For many, there are few or no better choices than WPEngine for WordPress hosting the reasons why are a series of posts in and of themselves. It’ll cost around $25/mo, and this is very much a “you get what you pay for” situation. Not for bells and whistles and features that you probably don’t need. But for the things I refer to as RAMP (from my old software company days), or Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Performance.
If you don’t feel why these things are important, then either your website doesn’t matter, or you haven’t had problems with one.
Let’s get to it. So you want to set up a new WordPress website at WPEngine. Follow these steps:
- Click this link. That’s a referral link so I get a small commission. It also contains a 10% off first payment coupon for monthly.
- Scroll down the page to look at the plans. If you don’t know otherwise, then you want to STARTUP plan. Click get started on that.
The next page will look like this. The only real choice here is whether you do monthly or annually. Unless this is a quick test website or you otherwise cannot stomach a $270 bill, keep in mind that you’re going to have your website for a year and you might as well do annual for a discounted $270 vs $27 (first month charge) + 11 * $30, for a total of $357 for the year. That’s $87 saved.
Confirm that the discount code is in place like in the screenshot below.
Stay on this page and scroll down to fill out your personal info. Keep United States as the data center and enter an account name.
The account name doesn’t really matter. It’s a temporary domain name until your own domain is pointed at it, which we take care of after your account is all set up. Just choose something similar to your name or company name. If you have to abbreviate or put a number at the end to make it unique, it doesn’t matter.
Scroll down further and enter your billing info. Then click the checkbox for the terms of serivce and click “Create my site”.
After this step, you may need to choose a password and/or confirm your email address, and your site will start the process of getting set up.
Now you can move on to setting up account users, website, domains, and more. If you have a technical person helping you, you can create an account for them or share your login and they can take over the rest.