WP Engine for WordPress Administrators

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WP Engine Admin Guide
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WP Engine is our WordPress hosting choice at MRK WP. In this guide, you will learn how to use the various features and tools WP Engine offers.

In addition, we guide you on how to set up and maintain sites as a WordPress website administrator. You can learn how to troubleshoot websites and run site updates. WP Engine platform tends to be very complex, limiting you from making the most out of its features. Therefore, in this course, we will also teach you how to navigate around the WP Engine portal to make the most of the service.

Who is this course for?

  1. WordPress Administrators with interest in using WP Engine to host their sites.
  2. WordPress Administrators with some experience in setting up and maintaining websites.
  3. Anyone seeking to set up and host sites via WP Engine.
  4. Anyone seeking to start hosting and managing WordPress websites.
  5. WP Engine users who are seeking to get the most out of the hosting service.
  6. WordPress agencies that are using WP Engine to host their client websites.

What will you learn?

We have broken this course into four chapters. These are:

  • WP Engine Admin User Portal: In this chapter, you will get introduced to WP Engine’s User Portal. You will learn how to access the features and tools inside the WP Engine portal. You will also get introduced to Environments in WP Engine under this section.
  • Setting Up Sites in WP Engine: This section will look at how we can add sites to our WP Engine hosting plan. You also get to learn how to add users to WP Engine.
  • WP Local and WP Engine: At MRKWP, we use WP Local to set up the local WordPress development environment. In this chapter, you will learn how to pull down a site from WP Engine to your computer with WP Local. We will also look at how you can push changes from the local site/environment to the WP Engine server.
  • Site Maintenance: WordPress sites need to be well maintained from time to time. This chapter will discuss security issues related to WordPress. You will learn how to navigate around site vulnerabilities with the help of WP Engine’s tools. Last but not least, we will look at how you can contact the WP Engine support team for further assistance in case of any problems.

Course Pre-requisites

To undertake this course, you will need to have the following.

WP Engine logo
WP Engine

Hosting Plan with WP Engine

WP Engine is a hosting company that offers WordPress-managed hosting. It guarantees fast site speeds, reliability and website security. 

To date, WP Engine hosts more than 1.5M websites.

Since we will be looking at setting up and managing websites using WP Engine’s tools, you will need a hosting plan with the platform.

We will briefly discuss some WP Engine Hosting plans later in this section.

Visit our partner page to get a discounted WP Engine hosting plan.

Local for WordPress Development
WP Local


Local enables you to set up a local WordPress development environment. With this tool, you can connect your website hosted via WP Engine to your local development environment.

Local enables you to pull down your site from the server to your local environment and vice versa. You can also push files from your local environment to the WP Engine server.

You can download Local from their website.

WP Engine Hosting Plans

WP Engine offers mainly three types of Hosting Solutions via its platform. These are

  • Managed WordPress – For the common WordPress sites.
  • eCommerce Solutions – Customised for WooCommerce sites.
  • Advanced Solutions – Enterprise solutions with Advanced security.

Managed WordPress and eCommerce hosting solutions

Both managed WordPress and eCommerce hosting solutions come with five plans. These are;

  1. Startup Plan
  2. Professional Plan
  3. Growth Plan
  4. Scale Plan
  5. Custom Plan

Four main features vary among these plans.

Depending on your plan choice, four features will range from one plan to another. These are;

  • Sites included in the plan: These are the number of sites you can add/have under a given hosting plan.
  • Visits Per Month: Total number of visits to all sites within that given plan.
  • Local Storage: Total storage capacity allocated to your site(s) under a given plan. This storage includes storage for each site’s three environments. That is, production, staging and development.
  • Bandwidth per month: Total amount of data transferred between site(s) under that plan.


The billing of these features is across all sites you have included under that given plan.

Advanced Solutions

This type of hosting comes in as an Enterprise solution. It includes advanced features in security, dedicated servers and high availability. To get advanced hosting services, get in touch with the WP Engine sales team through this contact form.

Your WP Engine Agency Partner - MRK WP
Your WP Agency Partner – MRK WP

At the end of this course, you will be able to set up a site in WP Engine. Then, pull down your WP Engine site to your local development environment using Local WP. You will also be able to maintain and secure your website using the tools provided by WP Engine.

In this guide, we cover the following:


WP Engine User Portal

Navigating the User Portal The User Portal is the epicentre of all tools and features offered by WP Engine. It shows all

7m read.

Environments in WP Engine

Types of Environments An environment is a workspace for a given site. In WP Engine, a collection of 3 environments make

2m read.

Setting Up Sites in WP Engine

Adding a Site to WP Engine You can add either a new or an existing site to your WP Engine plan. Here are the steps on ho

3m read.

How to Add a Domain and SSL in WP Engine

This guide shows you how to add a domain and SSL in WP Engine. We also show you how to add A records to your domain.

4m read.

Using WP Local with WP Engine

What is Local? Local software lets you set up a local WordPress development environment on your computer. It would be be

7m read.

WordPress Website Vulnerabilities

WordPress Cyber Security Attacks Like any other computer system, WordPress Websites are vulnerable to cyber security att

4m read.

Automatic Plugin Updates with Smart Plugin Manager (SPM)

Automate WordPress Updates with WP Engine’s Smart Plugin Manager! Our review explores the features, benefits and much mo

7m read.

Manual Site Updates

Smart Plugin Manager may not manage all site updates. Other updates such as WordPress core need a manual updating proces

11m read.

Backups in WP Engine

Backups are essential when it comes to managing a WordPress website. These enable us to restore a site to a version that

5m read.

WP Engine Support

Your website could run into a problem that could be out of the scope of troubleshooting. This is where WP Engine support

2m read.