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About WP Engine

WP Engine is one of the larger and better known WordPress-only hosts out there. The technology is solid, as is the focus and WordPress expertise.

See how it compares with WPMU DEV below.

How the battle went down.

For these tests, we used two different (and free) performance testing tools:


A load testing service that allows you to stress test your web-apps and APIs with thousands of concurrent connections. Find out more

KeyCDN's performance testing tool

This tool measures the performance of any URL from 10 different locations around the world. We used this to test TTFB. Find out more

*Based on starting plans for each platform.
*As of September 2020
Max Parallel Clients
The number of users the server handled at one time before maxing out.
TTFB Average (All Locations)
The average TTFB reading across all the tested locations (lower number is better).
476 ms
511 ms
TTFB Average (Geo-Optimized)
The lowest (A.K.A best) TTFB reading out of all the locations tested (lower number is better).
81.14 ms
170.23 ms

In this case, the comparison ended up all in the favor of WPMU DEV; with parallel client numbers more than doubling that of WP Engine. TTFB Average (Geo-optimized) was also highly in favor of DEV.

The average TTFB across all 10 testing locations was much more competitive, but overall WPMU DEV clearly came out on top in this performance test.

Full TTFB results:

Check out the full list of TTFB times (depending on location) below if you want to see who delivers the speed closer to your area.

WP Engine

How did we come to the above results?

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our hosting testing methodology.

Max Parallel Users? Average TTFB? Geo-optimized TTFB?! What does it all mean? Get a behind-the-scenes, step-by-step look at our exact hosting performance testing methodology.

See how we tested

Battle of the hosting features:

*As of September 2020
WP Engine
Data Centers
The locations of data centers where you can host your site.
US (East & West), UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, India, Singapore
Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, UK, Sydney, Montreal, Iowa, South Carolina, Oregon
Dedicated Server Resources
Server memory, CPUs, and storage space is allocated to each individual site.
Custom SSL Certificates
The option to upload your own SSL certs instead of one provided by a free certificate authority.
Dedicated IP Address
Each site is assigned its own IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
WordPress Multisite Support
The option to host WordPress Multisite networks.
Site Backups
The max number of backup restore points you can keep and for how long.
Daily for 40 days
Expert Migrations
If an automated migration doesn't work for any reason, experts will manually move the site for free.
Staging Sites
Easy one-click creation of staging sites for development and testing.
Uptime Guarantee
The percentage of uptime promised in a given month. If this is not met, credit is given back to customers.
SSH Access
The ability to add and manage SSH users to access the site for development.
Email Accounts
The option to add email accounts linked to your domain, free of charge.

Not convinced?

Put WPMU DEV to the test yourself.

Check out our hosting plans or take a WPMU DEV Agency membership (Incl. one Bronze level site) for a free 7 day trial. See how it performs for yourself and run your own tests following our methodology (or any other you prefer).

Want to test for longer than 7 days? Everything WPMU DEV comes with an automatic 30 day money-back guarantee.