Setup Your WordPress Hosting with WP Engine

//Setup Your WordPress Hosting with WP Engine
Setup Your WordPress Hosting with WP Engine2018-10-03T21:13:42+00:00

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. 

WP ENGINE HOSTING

Affiliate Disclosure: Jordan Odom Marketing is an affiliate with WP Engine. If you click on a WP Engine Link on this page and end up purchasing an account, Jordan Odom Marketing will be compensated for it. (This allows us to provide you with this free content) This does NOT cost you anything extra. We only recommend WP Engine based on our enjoyed use of it. We don’t promote products that we don’t use personally and find valuable.

7 Reasons Why I Use WP Engine:

WP Engine comes with an enterprise level security firewall to prevent hackers and malware from taking down your Website. I’ve had multiple clients who opted for cheaper hosting plans without firewalls who later got hacked. These hacked Websites had malware and porn on their sites. (Yikes!) Not only did it infect their Websites, but it also stopped all pay-per-click ads until they could get their Websites fixed. If somehow you do get hacked, WP Engine guarantees that they will fix it for free. That is peace of mind!

WP Engine hosting is optimized for speed, which is crucial for your visitors. Most visitors won’t stick around on a slow Website. You don’t need to add a caching plugin as they have their proprietary Evercache technology built in for scalability and speed. It’s alsoCDN (Content Delivery Network) ready to offer fast load times to anywhere in the world.

Daily backups are crucial for your Website. At some point in building your Website, you’ll do something to mess it up. I love being able to restore the Website with one click of a button. No need to worry about creating a backup everyday since it will be done automatically. I can also create a backup point at any time so I can make big changes with confidence.

24/7 WordPress technical support. You always know that when you’re getting help, they are experts at WordPress. This has not been the case with other hosting services. 

You need to have a secure Website and WP Engine provides you with the ability to install an SSL Certificate on your Website at no extra charge. Your visitors want to see the green lock and the https in the URL bar to ensure that their information is encrypted and secure when signing up for a newsletter or purchasing your product or service.

You probably don’t want visitors seeing your Website while it’s being built. WP Engine makes it easy to hide your site while under construction. Your WordPress install will be on a WP Engine URL like yoursite.wpengine.com, which is hidden from search engines. Second, you can setup a username and password to login and see the progress of your Website. This allows you to build at your own pace, while not worrying about people seeing your Website before it’s done. Once you’re ready to go live, you turn off the password and direct your domain name’s DNS settings to your WP Engine hosting account. Then the world will be able to see your finished product at the Domain name you purchased.

You can have a hassle free automated migration to WP Engine. Watch this tutorial.

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)

WP ENGINE HOSTING

Affiliate Disclosure: Jordan Odom Marketing is an affiliate with WP Engine. If you click on a WP Engine Link on this page and end up purchasing an account, Jordan Odom Marketing will be compensated for it. (This allows us to provide you with this free content) This does NOT cost you anything extra. We only recommend WP Engine based on our enjoyed use of it. We don’t promote products that we don’t use personally and find valuable.

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:

STEP 1:

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.

WP Engine Home Page - New

STEP 2:

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 Startup Plan

STEP 3:

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.

WP ENGINE HOSTING

Affiliate Disclosure: Jordan Odom Marketing is an affiliate with both Shopify and WP Engine. If you click on a Shopify link or a WP Engine Link on this page and end up purchasing an account, Jordan Odom Marketing will be compensated for it. (This allows us to provide you with this free content) This does not cost you anything extra. We only recommend WP Engine based on our enjoyed use of it. We don’t promote products that we don’t use personally and find valuable.

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.

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