Moving Away From WPEngine? Here’s What You Should Know

If you’re a WPEngine customer planning to host your WordPress website on your own cloud server or with another web host, be cautious about the WPEngine Must-Use (MU) plugins installed on your site.

We’ve had several WPEngine customers approach us after facing migration issues when moving their WordPress sites to other hosts.

Eighty per cent of website owners who contacted us chose to use migration plugins, which transfer everything in the /wp-content folder, including WPEngine’s proprietary must-use (MU) plugins and drop-in files. While essential on WPEngine’s platform, these files can conflict with other hosting environments if not removed during migration.

To avoid conflicts, ensure that you remove the following MU Plugins and Drop-In Files when migrating your website from WPEngine.

- Path /wp-content/mu-plugins
Force Strong Passwords - WPE Edition
WP Engine Cache Plugin
WP Engine Seamless Login Plugin
WP Engine Security Auditor
WP Engine System

- Path /wp-content	

What Are MU Plugins And Drop-In Files?

Must-use plugins (mu-plugins) are plugins installed in a special directory inside the /wp-content folder that are automatically enabled and can not be deactivated unless manually deleted. Drop-in files are used to alter Core WordPress files and are usually ‘dropped in’ inside the /wp-content folder.


If you are using a migration plugin to transfer your website from WPEngine, then you need not worry about the wp-config.php file. However, if you are moving your website manually, it is recommended that you create your own wp-config.php file as WPEngine’s customised file contains several settings that can cause issues.

If you need help migrating WordPress away from WPEngine’s hosting platform, consider reaching out to us. Our team has extensive experience in handling such migrations.

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