WP Engine is a mature managed hosting service and has had time to develop many useful features that benefit its customers. This includes free migrations from one host to another, daily backups, staging websites, transferable sites, and much more.
WP Engine has a built-in content delivery network with multiple data centers spread around the world. When you opt to use the CDN, it delivers site resources from the data center closest to the user and cuts down on latency.
Evercache is a proprietary caching system from WP Engine that all customers can take advantage of. It stores static resources and makes it easier for users to download them, which significantly reduces the loading time of websites on the platforms.
With WP Engine, there’s no need to share the same login details or give everyone administrator permissions to affect the whole account. Instead, you can add multiple users to a single account and set granular permissions, which protect your interests and allow them to be productive.
The platform provides multiple tools for developers, including a local instance to create a website, an API that allows you to automate many tasks, SSH gateway, and much more. Taken together, it gives you much more flexibility to design the site in a way that best suits you.
WP Engine has been around since 2010 and has had many growing pains. You may see some reviews mention that the service is unreliable or has major outages. That was true at one point, but most of those issues have been rectified, and it now has an average of 99.9% uptime. There’s even an SLA that guarantees the uptime on the enterprise plans, but unfortunately, it’s not available on the lower tiers.
The hosting company has moved away from cPanel because it doesn’t properly serve the needs of its customers. Instead, the focus is on making it easy to navigate through all the options related to your hosting account and optimizing your WordPress sites. The custom cPanel allows you to add more websites, group sites together, add users, view account level statistics, and more.