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?
- WordPress Administrators with interest in using WP Engine to host their sites.
- WordPress Administrators with some experience in setting up and maintaining websites.
- Anyone seeking to set up and host sites via WP Engine.
- Anyone seeking to start hosting and managing WordPress websites.
- WP Engine users who are seeking to get the most out of the hosting service.
- 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.
To undertake this course, you will need to have the following.
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 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;
- Startup Plan
- Professional Plan
- Growth Plan
- Scale Plan
- 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.
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.
Here are some of the links to extra resources and documentation on WP Engine hosting.
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
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
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
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.
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
WordPress Website Vulnerabilities
WordPress Cyber Security Attacks Like any other computer system, WordPress Websites are vulnerable to cyber security att
Automatic Plugin Updates with Smart Plugin Manager (SPM)
WP Engine offers the Smart Plugin Manager. This add-on can update plugins and themes on your site. However, this plugin
Manual Site Updates
Smart Plugin Manager may not manage all site updates. Other updates such as WordPress core need a manual updating proces
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
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