Your Chance to Win One Year Hosting from WP Engine

Today I'm very chuffed to be announcing that we have partnered up with WP Engine for our weekly Monday giveaway. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, WP Mayor has been running on WP Engine for the past year or so, and I'm really happy with their service.
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Today I’m very chuffed to be announcing that we have partnered up with WP Engine for our weekly Monday giveaway.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, WP Mayor has been running on WP Engine for the past year or so, and I’m really happy with their service.


Hosting at WP Engine is one of the most sought after things in the WordPress world, and we want the most deserving member of our community to get his/her hands on this special giveaway we have this week.

The rules for participation and being eligible to win are simple.

Leave a comment and mention your website, then tell us why you’d like to move to WP Engine.

We’ll review all the entries and then choose a winner based on who we think most deserves/needs this year of free WP Engine hosting.

The contest is now open, good luck everyone!

Check out WP Engine’s hosting plans

Do you sell a plugin, theme, or WordPress service? Run a giveaway on WP Mayor to boost your exposure and brighten someone’s day.

Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the podcast. His personal blog can be found at

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36 Responses

  1. WP Engine it’s awesome! I would like to try it and the reason why i would like to win it’s that i’ve never got a premium hosting but i need it. I’m young and i can’t afford a premium hosting provider; maybe this will be my first time…

  2. Thanks Jean for your post! I am running a WPMU (multi-site) for several clients as well as several stand along WP installs and would love to be able to benefit from WP Engine hosting. I have been managing the server and everything on my own, and have done a decent job of it (and learning as I go) but I would like to spend more time doing client work and interacting with new clients and less time on back-end server admin.

  3. I work at Main Street Webworx in Greenville, SC and we’ve started recommending WP Engine to our clients, but I hesitate to recommend a hosting company that I’ve never used before. We currently host our own website on Mediatemple and they have more downtime than I’d like. I especially like the idea of hosting that is fine-tuned specifically for WordPress performance and security. On another note, a number of clients choose other hosting companies because they include email. I personally prefer Google Apps for email, but I think our clients would more likely choose WP Engine as a hosting company if email was included.

    1. I have had a bunch of bluehost issues as well. I run pagelines and bluehost can hardly take it. Best thing to do is get a tech guy on the horn and see if the versioning of the php is right for what you are doing. they’ve had mine all jacked up claiming that WP hates php 5.4 or whatever it is.

  4. I want to stop lying to people when I always wear my awesome “my blog is 4x faster than your blog” t-shirt, yet my blog (my very 1st WP site ever) languishes still on my first old crappy shared hosting account. I feel like it would be too self-indulgent to put my personal blog,, on such a rip-roaring service, for some cheapskate, masochistic reason I can’t figure out.

  5. I’m developing a website for my Aunt’s real estate company. The development site ( is currently hosted on Dreamhost. While Dreamhost is great for a personal blog, the shared hosting is a tad bit slow for any commercial business. Have been analyzing the site performance with various tools (GTMetrix, Pagespeed Insights, etc) and seeing page load times of 4 to 6 seconds. Need site tweaks to cut the page load times in half, to ensure mobile friendly performance.

    Based on reviews of WPEngine, I have strong confidence that their hosting service can achieve faster load times, without me having to do a lot of website tweaks (e.g., using CDN, using W3 Total Cache, etc). If I can make my Aunt happy with the site performance she will no doubt be a long term WPEngine customer. Personally, I would also like to have some first hand experience with WPEngine so that I can advise other clients about their hosting.

    Thank you WPMayor for this fantastic giveaway — it’s a superb bonus to the great content. Love you guys.

  6. Currently I’m getting ready to launch (sounds so much more impressive than it actually is) a new website – pitchperfect geared to helping small business people craft their story and then get them in front of the people who can make a difference. Choosing who and where to present is far more important than most people think.

    Love the idea of WP Engine and would love to build the new site using their services. Speed and reliability are so very important in reducing bounce rates (among other things) and from what I hear, their support is phenomenal.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a year of their hosting service.

  7. Jean you always come up with a awesome giveaway.
    I am currently running on a shared hosting and it always go down when we get High traffic.
    Really loved to see how WP engine works, heard lot about it and like to try it.

  8. With a site that averages around 1m. pageviews a month, I’m always hesitant to change things in the fear that I’ll screw something up. My current host is great, but I’ve been intrigued by WordPress dedicated hosting sites ever since they started popping up a few years ago. I have a few smaller sites or a personal blog that I would love to test out on WP-Engine first before moving my large site over!

  9. Old-gent – new career. Freelance Web Designer/Developer and looking for a good way to rise above the competition. Have read many reviews (including the WPMayor article) and customer testimonials about WPEngine being leader of the pack (with may be zippykid a close second at similar price point). Many of the top WordPress Blogs use WPEngine, which tells you all you need to know. Would be great to get some experience with website performance on WPEngine.

    Have some experience using Hostgator, Bluehost, and Dreamhost — and well, the performance of these hosting services are okay, but performance was like watching my 10-yr old dashund run up hill — ar·du·ous. On the flip side, their hosting services was/is very affordable. For new a Freelancer, the yearly cost of WPEngine hosting is financially tenuous (even with the WP Mayor Coupon) — so would love to win this giveaway.

  10. Big fan of WP-Engine. I run a site called It’s a sci-fi thing about shape shifting women taking over the world. WP-Engine has been on my top list of hosts for a long time! is a pageline site and has a ton of pictures of hot women shape shifting, but its been difficult finding a good host.

    We’re still working on getting traffic to this innovative and sexy site, but we will. I fear my current host won’t be able to handle what brings.

  11. I’ve been following WPEngine for a few years now, listening to podcasts, reading blog posts and I just love the fact that they know WordPress, 99% of my sites are build using WordPress having support for WordPress is paramount! That’s why I like to move to WPEngine.

  12. We are looking for a reliable and scalable host and moving our entire CMS over to WordPress. We have a lot of fears of moving to an unamanged (and even managed) host, and would WP Engine is definitely up on our top list of hosts to try.

  13. Last year I moved the student newspaper at Southern Oregon University to WordPress with great results. But the traffic has grown and the site is beginning to suffer. I have big plans for the paper that could push the limits of what WordPress can do at a conventional host. A year’s hosting at WPEngine could be a great opportunity to showcase both WPEngine’s tailored environment and the student-created content of SOU.

    1. …and I forgot to mention your use of “chuffed”…that brings back memories of my youth when I was an exchange student in the late 60’s. Ah, those were good times !!

  14. I am a start up Church Directory called and my WordPress Site is supposed to be ready and error free on May 24th. My wife and I have invested the last two years and our entire life savings to get this site up and running and we are going to be showing people the power of WordPress with an new and incredible picture driven and search friendly church directory. We are excited to use the best platform on earth for such a noble and glorious purpose, but the fact is we are tapped out and we are exhausted and it looks like we will only be able to afford a shared hosting site. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to use WB Engine as our host and if given the chance we will gladly launch our Kneel Here Worship Directory @worshipdirect right here in the Mayors’ House if we win this great honor. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

  15. We run an IT blog and are in need of a new host. We have had our eyes on WP Engine and would love to use them as our provider.

    “We must take advantage of the internet and help promote useful content and information.”

    Our Blog:

    Great giveaway Jean! You wanted to build a better community on WPMayor… well this is definitely how you do it 🙂

  16. I work with solopreneurs who didn’t grow up with computers and the internet. They are really good at what they do – but overwhelmed by the technology and all it takes to run a website.

    During the recent WP botnet scare I wrote posts about security, did a webinar about how to secure your website – and realized that asking them to install plug-ins or even getting rid of the user “admin” was beyond their comfort zone.

    So I have created a care & maintenance service to do the kinds of things that are necessary to maintain a WordPress site, but that people who don’t understand WordPress don’t, or can’t do.

    I’ve had my site at Dreamhost for a couple of years. While it’s adequate for me, I’m not comfortable hosting other people’s sites there. After this is underway I expect to be able to pay for the kind of hosting I need, but right now I can’t afford to move from Dreamhost. At the same time I don’t feel very good about hosting my clients sites there. I’ve been fantasizing about moving to WP Engine, and would love to be able to do it.

  17. Hi, our site is We have put blood sweat and tears into this and have been hacked twice, lost everything and all our likes on our blogs. We also had a virus on our site which was uploaded via FTP. OMG! I need a one stop solution that will offer me backup, security, support and peace of mind.

  18. Our current site is very slow, which is not so good for a site that is selling and demonstrating a WP plugin and needs to run really fast!

    I’ve heard great things about WP Engine and would love to find out if it is really as fast as everyone says it is…

    Here is our site: (currently undergoing a revamp). Thanks!

  19. Hi Jean,Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway.

    I blog about WordPress at a part of my work I need to constantly test various plugins,Themes and code snippets.So there are very high chance to break the system and highly vulnerable to Security threads.

    As far as I learned about WPEngine,They are one of the highly secured host and takes backup very often.Thats the very reason I opt in for WPEngine but unfortunately I couldn’t able to afford their price.

    I promote WPEngine exclusively In my blog.Since,I reckon they are one of the best Managed WordPress hosting providers.

    Have a loo at my blog here –

  20. I work at Cohesive Web Design in Greenville, SC and we have about 120 clients on WordPress and some of them need email. Google apps just started charging so this would be a perfect WordPress hosting solution for their site. Especially since it is geared towards WordPress speed and security!

    1. The giveaway has already ended, and it’s also good to note that WPEngine does not offer email hosting. For everything else, they’re absolutely great!

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