Option 2 – Hosting With WP Engine
If I am very honest, WP engine is pretty pricey, and as already mentioned, no match in regards to the value that WA hosting offers in terms of value for money. However WP engine is the perfect solution for those that are building websites for their clients and requires their clients' websites to perform at optimal speed with hardly zero down time and excellent customer support.
WP engine is also perfect for those that require to run adult sites or gambling sites for their clients as it is not possible to host these particular sites with WA hosting, as it is against WA hosting's policy.
In general WP engine promise an all round excellent WordPress experience with 24/7 customer support in terms of telephone, live chat and email support. WP engine is not scared to roll up their sleeves to support you with whatever aspect they can in regards to WordPress and even aspects unrelated to WordPress, e.g they are happy to talk to you about marketing strategies etc. over the phone.
Included with any WP Engine membership hosting package you will receive the Genesis framework for WordPress as well as 35 premium StudioPress WordPress themes. The StudioPress premium themes can simplify the website building process for you and the Genesis framework it is built on within WordPress is specifically designed to be optimised for search engine optimisation. This said however, it all comes down to your personal preference in what works for you. If you only sign up for the starter hosting package from WP engine, then you might be getting quite a good deal in terms of all the premium StudioPress themes you receive for free, that is included in your hosting package.
The most disappointing aspect of WP engine is probably the fact that no personal emails for your website is included in that hefty price tag.