It was late and I should have been in bed… but instead, like most internet entrepreneurs, I was checking my stats “one last time” before bed.
I anxiously awaited for the daily sales numbers to load up and then almost had a heart attack.
Sales were down ~90% for the day…
A flood of questions started rushing through my head:
Q: Did my search rankings drop?
Q: Did my emails stop getting sent out?
Q: Was my site down?
A: YES! In fact, a few of my sites were down for the day… this went from bad to worse.
By the looks of it, these sites had been down nearly the entire day! Worse yet… this was the fourth or fifth time (I don’t really know) that my sites had recently gone down.
Together, these sites are capable of doing $1,000+ per day and when that kind of revenue is on the line… every second counts.
My “budget hosting” just became VERY expensive.
I had been considering switching to WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting for some time now and I had actually migrated some of my sites over but never flipped the final switch to make the hosting change final.
This night was the nudge I needed to finally flip that switch and complete the migration.
Within an hour, or so, my sites were live on WP Engine’s server and sales were rolling in again. I tried to go to sleep but the adrenaline was still pumping through my veins. Who knew WordPress hosting could be so intense!
I’ve sung my praises for WP Engine many times on facebook (here, here, here and here are some examples) and I love answering questions people have about WP Engine and managed WordPress hosting in general.
That being said… I’m far from an expert. That’s why I rely on WP Engine for the following:
- Nightly automated backups
- 1-click restore points
- Content delivery network (CDN)
- Caching (no more need to figure out how to set up your caching plugin)
- Updating WordPress
- Security (if you ever get hacked, they’ll fix it for you for)
- Scalability (when you get featured on amazing sites like this one or this one you never need to work that the spike in traffic will take down your hosting.)
Basically, it’s like I have a hosting/tech/IT expert working for me to ensure my sites are blazing fast, secure, backed up, ready to go viral and so much more.
WP Engine is hosting a complimentary webinar to talk about the 4 Ss of managed WordPress hosting:
If you’re serious about your website (or just want to start a new website built on a rock solid foundation) be sure to check out the webinar that WP Engine is running on Thursday May 21st.
As always, if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below. I’m here to help.
Founder of VOSA.com
P.p.s. There’s no real way to know how much revenue was lost due to my sites being down because I’m not sure how long they were down for and there’s not way for me to actually know how many sales were missed. What I do know, is it was costly and it’s something I wanted to avoid in the future…