How to Setup Your WordPress Hosting with WP Engine:
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to setup a WP Engine WordPress hosting account for your Website. Website hosting stores all of your Website content and allows you to publish your Website online.
The biggest mistake I see in choosing a hosting plan is choosing it based on price. Price is important, but should take a back seat to security, speed, and support. I personally use WP Engine hosting for all of my own Websites and my client’s Websites. The startup plan is $35 per month.
7 Reasons Why I Use WP Engine:
WP Engine Tutorials:
Watch me setup hosting in less than 7 minutes:
NOTE: WP Engine changed their pricing structure on March 1, 2018. This video was filmed prior to that date. The only difference will be the pricing. (it went up $6 per month for the basic hosting plan)
How to Login to Your WP Engine Account:
This video will show you how to do backups and create a password protected site while building your Website.
Access your hosting account by going to my.wpengine.com.
How to Login to Your WordPress Website & Configure Settings:
Access your WordPress Website by adding /wp-login.php to the end of your URL. Once logged in, I’ll show you which settings need to be changed immediately.
How to sign up for WP Engine Hosting:
Go to wpengine.com. Click on the big orange “Get Started” button or the “Pricing” tab in the top right navigation. Either one will take you to the page that shows their hosting plans. See the image below.
Pick your WP Engine hosting plan
Your next step is to click the bright orange button titled “Pick a Plan” or scroll down on the page till you get to the hosting plans. See the image below:
Once you scroll down, you’ll see the plans. Go to the “Startup” plan and click the blue “Get Started” button. See the image below:
WP Engine Signup form
The signup form has 4 up-sells:
- The first is to add an additional Website. You won’t need that right now.
- The 2nd upsell is to gain insights through Google Analytics integrated into your dashboard. You don’t need this right now as I’ll show you how to use Google analytics in a future lesson for free.
- The 3rd upsell is for location based personalized content. This usually isn’t needed in the beginning unless you are targeting users on different continents.
- The fourth upsell is to run multiple WordPress Websites from a single install. You won’t need this right now as we are only building a single install.
I always skip these as you can always add them later in if needed.
NOTE: The last thing to be aware of is your PHP version.
PHP 7.0 is much faster, but newer so not all WordPress themes and plugins work with it.
If you’ve already picked out a WordPress theme, just make sure it’s compatible with PHP 7.0.
If you’re not sure, I show you a compatible theme in Lesson 6.