For all hosting accounts located on servers on the West Coast, I used a testing server located in Ashburn, VA. And for all hosting accounts living on servers on East Coast, I used a testing server located in Portland, Oregon.
The company offers both Windows- and Linux-based plans for those with more technical requirements, 24-7 phone support, a free site migration service, SSH access for geek-level access, and a solid 30-day money-back guarantee.
Currently, our sites use about a quarter of this allowance. While understandable, it does make me a little bit nervous that we might be charged overage fees if we suddenly received a spike in traffic.
WordPress users have the option of enhanced security and super-speed hosting on their SSD architecture for a slightly higher price. FatCow even provides a team of WordPress experts to help you out with anything you need.
Shopping for server hosting providers is difficult at best and confusing at the least. It’s even more of a challenge when you don’t know what questions to ask. Certain features are nice to have, while others can impact the credibility of your website, and ultimately, your business.
“Yahoo Small Business has been an important part of the development of our company. It’s easy to use, robust, sophisticated, and keeps up with our needs. It’s also reliable, scalable—an invaluable resource.”
VPS, or virtual private server, hosting is best known as the bridge between shared and dedicated servers. As such, it’s ideal for sites that are experiencing growth and whose owners want help in continuing to scale that traffic down the road.
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The downside of dedicated hosting is that you need technical skills, and to know how to configure and maintain a server. Unlike VPS or shared hosting, if something goes wrong on your dedicated server – it’s likely going to be up to you to fix it.
For example, our own HostGator Website Builder provides an incredibly convenient drag-and-drop building experience. You can choose from a wide selection of themes, and even pre-built sections, to craft your own amazing website and publish it in no time!
On balance though, for their combination of cost, ease of use, performance, security and feature set, we’ve plumped for WP Engine as the overall winner. They have options right down to $29 per month for smaller sites and a 60-day money back guarantee so you can kick the tires with confidence. WPEngine’s backend was a breeze to use and the range of developer features on offer are impressive.
Update 2 (Dec 2015): I’d definitely advice against using Bluehost. They had some major outages in last few days, also according to our customer analysis, their live chat support takes at least 35-40 minutes.
I was blown away; It was so easy I migrated four of our sites to WP Engine in about an hour and a half. When I told our CTO about the migrations, he didn’t believe me – so we migrated another site to WP Engine together. It took under 15 minutes.
There are many other ways to increase website speed but, these are the items that will have the biggest impact. You can visit CNET’s Internet Speed Test to instantly assess your current internet speed and find a new provider if need be.