Why I Stopped Managing My Own WordPress Server

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Managing my own server used to keep me up at night. I was constantly worried; about the software, whether all of my tools were up-to-date; what to do if something went awry (which happens with technology, because, well, it’s technology).

At the time, I was building Saucal, yet there I was managing a WordPress server, fighting fires, and wasting valuable time on tasks other than designing killer sites for you. It was a headache, and made it challenging to focus on building and running a business and serving you, our customers.

At Saucal our goal is to design stunning websites, that help you build your business and attract new customers. Playing firefighter with server management made that promise hard to deliver on.

Then one of our clients was hacked and I stayed up all night fixing it. That was the the last straw. I vowed not to self-manage my server again, and I immediate sought a better way.

We found WP Engine after some shopping around, and WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting platform was a perfect fit.

And since we moved to WP Engine, we’ve noticed a huge difference, not only in the time saved by no longer grappling with service management, but in the performance of our customers’ sites.

WP Engine is a WordPress expert. You won’t find that anywhere else. Other platform providers simply say they know WordPress, where WP Engine knows it inside and out. WP Engine is a WordPress specialist, not a hosting generalist. That shows in the amazing support we’ve received from WP Engine over the more than two years we’ve hosted our site and several customer sites on the platform.

Along with incredible support, the user experience is top-notch. We use staging to design sites before pushing them live, so we can test them and ensure they’re perfect before deploying. And we get peace of mind from automated and on-demand backups, which enable us to restore our work to any point we choose. All that and a simple and intuitive UI, makes adding customers and additional staff to access the a WordPress install a breeze.

If you’re anything like me, you saw site migrations as a necessary evil. You hated them, but they needed to be done, despite the time, complexity, cost, and overall hassle. They took hours. WP Engine put an end to that, however, with the Automated Migration plugin, which in just a few clicks automatically migrates a WordPress site to WP Engine’s platform. We’ve gotten migration times to between five and 10 minutes—really just the setup time–which allows us to onboard more customers faster, and focus on what we do best: building beautiful sites.

And unlimited transferable developer installs eliminate additional host costs so we can work on any number of client sites we want. This saves us a bundle, lets us scale, and gives us the freedom to experiment.

WP Engine saves us time and money, and boosts our dev team’s morale. The platform works out of the box without any of the headaches.

I am now free to focus on building Saucal’s business and serving you, our customers, without having to worry about hosting. We can do what we do best: building and creating amazing, revenue-driving sites for you. We can focus on you and your success.

And on top of all that, we haven’t had any more hacked sites. We are confident that our sites and your sites are safe.

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