Why is hosting such an important topic?
We discussed why website speed is an important factor when it comes to having a successful website/business.
In case you missed that, make sure to read 5 beginner-friendly ways to improve your page speed in 2021.
1. EIG – HostGator, BlueHost, etc.
Now that you know why site speed plays such an important role, let’s turn our attention to one of the main factors that influence it – hosting.
They own all “popular” hosting providers like BlueHost, HostGator, DomainHost, iPage, etc., and are known to cut their costs by putting too many domains on the same server.
This causes delays, slow response times or even downtimes of websites.
That will give you a clearer understanding of why they have such a bad reputation and why should avoid them.
If your goal is to set up a blog just to learn & use it for private purposes, then one of the hosting solutions offered by EIG might be the right fit for you, since they are generally pretty cheap.
If your goal is to create a blog, monetize it and start a business around it, there are better options out there that will give you the results you’re after.
Cloudways offers fully managed cloud hosting that allows you to scale your hosting resources as you grow.
They have a great infrastructure optimized for speed, performance, and security
Like many before us, we went ahead and switched our hosting from HostGator to Cloudways after doing some extensive research on all hosting providers.
The Digital Ocean Servers for $10/per month was the initial choice for us.
At first, we were not sure if the resources provided (see below) were sufficient for our needs.
After a short live chat with Cloudways customer service, we were ensured that the $10/month plan is sufficient for websites with 30-70k monthly views.
On top of that, you can host as many websites as you wish within these parameters on one server.
After setting up the server on Cloudways which just takes about 5min, I did some minor adjustments to ensure that we get the best performance of our server on Cloudways:
Go to Server Management, click on Settings & Packages and adjust the Memory Limit to 256MB.
Go to Packages in the menu and update the following:
– PHP to PHP 7.4 (Update 2020)
– MySQL to MariaDB 10.4 (Update 2020)
– Install Redis
After we successfully migrated our website to Cloudways, the results blew us away.
Look for yourself.
GTmetrix score with HostGator
GTmetrix score at Cloudways
Google Page Speed Insights for Mobile at Cloudways
Google Page Speed for Desktop at Cloudways
Pingdom at Cloudways
Having scores like that for the first time got us really excited!
It’s a great feeling knowing that your page performance is on point and users are having a great experience.
We migrated our page using their WordPress plugin (tutorial) and had zero hick-ups.
It seems like the only negative feedback that Cloudways gets is for their customer support.
To us, it seemed like they’ve worked hard to improve on that front, and personally, we had no problems at all.
We were able to fix any minor issues within a few minutes and their customer service agents were very polite and helpful.
But don’t just take my word for it:
Why we like Cloudways:
- Our GTmetrix, Pingdom, and Google Page Speed Scores shown above improved immensely and speak for themselves;
- Even though we use a lot of images & gifs, our page loads instantly;
- Supports PHP 7.4 (unlike HostGator which offers only 7.1 for shared web hosting), MariaDB 10.4 for MySQL, Cloudflare;
- Comes with its own caching plugin called “Breeze” which covers all your basic needs;
- Offer a free migration that you can request, as well as a migration plugin that is easy to use (we did our migration using the plugin);
- Based on our experience – great customer service;
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL is included;
- Have great reviews 1, 2, 3 and 4
Another great provider that we recommend is Siteground.
Next to Cloudways, it’s one of the most praised hosting solutions out there.
Siteground is also recommended by WordPress.
Choose a plan based on what your needs are.
The “StartUp” plan is the obvious option if you only need hosting for one site.
If you plan on adding more websites and looking to grow a business, you should definitely take a look at their other plans and if you have any questions – consult with their customer service.
Despite Siteground’s impressive reviews and reputation, we felt like it wasn’t quite the right solution for us.
We felt tempted by the flexibility that Cloudways provides and knew that we would probably outgrow our plan quickly.
For that reason, we wanted to stay with a plan where we could pay monthly, rather than commit to a 2-3-year-plan.
See, the way how most hosting providers work is that you need to pay for at least a year ahead. Since the initial prices are so much cheaper than the renewal prices, it makes sense to take advantage and get the longest plan possible.
In the end – you have to choose for yourself with which hosting provider you feel more comfortable with and how much money you are willing to spend.
We are not trying to take anything away from Siteground.
According to many reviews & Facebook polls – it is one of the most popular solutions and offers you reliable & fast servers.
Why do we recommend Siteground: (full review)
- Great site performance (speed & uptime) due to superior technology.
- They are a support/customer-orientated company.
- Five server locations
- Free site migration
- Amazing support
- Optimized for WordPress
- Five-star reviews
- They are endorsed by the most popular SEO WordPress Plugin – YOAST
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