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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies or organizations that need to run specific applications or virtual services on servers. The cost-per-server ratio makes this ideal for testing and live deployment scenarios. It is especially ideal for smaller to medium size IT development teams. If you are looking to just set up a website, for example, AWS may not be ideal unless you are having it custom built.
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WP Engine

I think WP Engine is great for any company that wants a fully-featured WordPress host with several safety and security mechanisms. From automatic backups, to security management, to caching & CDN, all the tools are provided to deploy a world-class WordPress website.If budget is a concern, there are cheaper hosts but they offer fewer tools.If complicated server access or complicated proxying setups are required, I would not go with WP Engine. For example, last time I checked their documentation, they do not support reverse proxying to their sites. For complicated situations where reverse proxying is required, a different solution may be necessary.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.3
WP Engine
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.9
WP Engine
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.1
WP Engine
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
8.7
WP Engine
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.6
WP Engine
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.5
WP Engine
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
WP Engine
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
7.9
WP Engine
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.4
WP Engine

Pros

  • The ability to scale vertically and horizontally easily.
  • The ability to get server notifications
  • Ease of use within the AWS GUI
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  • 24/7 Chat and phone support is fantastic.
  • Their 3 tier system for Dev, staging, and Production on all WP site is great for working on and experimenting with layouts and plugins
  • The Daily backup points and easy way to restore those backups with once click means I can update plugins and make changes without having to worry.
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Cons

  • Better user support would be nice. It seems hard to find help when you need something specific from an Amazon employee.
  • Even though the prices are set up for enterprise they do seem high for small to mid level businesses, compared to other alternatives.
  • It would be nice to be able to have some type of DB security built in to the EC2s or as a default.
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  • If your solution requires custom Server setup or other languages outside of Wordpress's PHP7, then it might be hard to set up. Custom Cron jobs or Python tools might not work easily.
  • For some extremely small websites, WPE is overkill. Not all clients can justify 30/month.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
AWS has met our requirements, including the pricing. There is no need to move off of AWS at this time.
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WP Engine3.0
Based on 1 answer
I was in a situation where I had to bolt Wordpress on to an existing infrastructure that could not support it. If I ever end up in that situation again, please kill me. Other than that reasonably common use case, I don't think it offers a lot of value over robust shared hosting, virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated servers.
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Usability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 3 answers
The management console is the weak part of the service in my experience. It is adequate but slow.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services9.0
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Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Performance

AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
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Support

Amazon Web Services3.0
Based on 3 answers
unless you paid the premium, no support at all
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WP Engine9.0
Based on 1 answer
They are quite responsive and not done. I liked the support team's personalities overall and when there were problems, they were quite helpful. I did, in fact, feel special at WP Engine.
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Implementation

Amazon Web Services10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Alternatives Considered

We also looked at Rackspace but was attracted to AWS by the breadth of services available at comparable cost and reliability.
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I have worked with other top web hosting companies and none offer the simplicity of WP Engine. WP Engine is more expensive, however we deem the cost justifiable for the features that are included.Other web hosts are simple boxes that give you more control, however do not offer some of the same perks, or the support isn't as quick and eager to resolve problems.
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Return on Investment

  • Dynamic scaling has allowed us to match cost to revenue producing traffic
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  • We realized our ROI within the first month. The ability to have our site hosted on a secure server where we don't have to worry about vulnerabilities is great. Being able to manage it in-house is even better!
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Pricing Details

Amazon Web Services

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

WP Engine

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details