Difference between CLOUD vs VPS vs MANAGED Hosting

What’s the difference between CLOUD vs VPS vs MANAGED hosting? Yes, it’s confusing as hell! Many different services seem to use the words CLOUD, VPS, and MANAGED all interchangeably…and most people don’t know what they mean. I’ll break down their technical differences and explain how they affect your webhosting performance and pricing.

Why are MANAGED VPS Servers so Slow?

After moving nearly a dozen WordPress speed-up clients away from “managed VPS” hosting services this past month, I’ve decided it’s time to state loud and clear: MANAGED VPS sucks! It’s slow as hell and way over-priced! And don’t think I’ve haven’t tried them all! A2 MANAGED VPS sucks. ($80-160/month) InMotion MANAGED VPS sucks. ($80/month) LiquidWeb MANAGED… Read more Why are MANAGED VPS Servers so Slow?

Redis vs Memcache vs APCu – object cache comparisons

Yes, you should definitely use object caching for your webserver…especially for dynamic page generation. It speeds things up incredibly and can do wonders for page speed performance. Redis and memcache are more or less interchangeable. I naturally would try Redis first and see if it’s super fast, no weird issues. If Redis isn’t totally smooth,… Read more Redis vs Memcache vs APCu – object cache comparisons

Best CDN Providers for WordPress – Speed Review 2018

CDN’s are becoming all the rage nowadays ever since CloudFlare offered their free plan. But now, there are all kinds of micro-CDN’s popping up everywhere. Each with a different set of pricing and services. I won’t go over the differences…all I care about is speed, reliability (HIT frequency), coverage, and ease-of-use. Here’s a list of… Read more Best CDN Providers for WordPress – Speed Review 2018

EASY WordPress Security Tips WITHOUT Slowing Performance

WordPress security is becoming a much bigger issue nowadays because of its popularity. So many sites are using WordPress, with many developers building apps, themes, and extensions for it. But unfortunately this also makes it a common target for hackers. But on the flip side, there are tons of documentation and support for WordPress and… Read more EASY WordPress Security Tips WITHOUT Slowing Performance

Cloudways Managed Hosting Review (2018)

My honest thoughts on Cloudways managed hosting services! Cloudways is a premium alternative to traditional VPS or cloud hosting providers and I would say competes directly with Runcloud and Serverpilot. They’re a new-ish hosting company getting popular very quickly by both technical as well as non-technical users. Beautiful service, easy to use, with great support… Read more Cloudways Managed Hosting Review (2018)

301 Redirects to HTTPS (with and without WWW)

I’ve given examples for both “www” and also “without www”. I gave neutral code that works with any site. If you want, you could also replace “%{HTTP_HOST}%” with your domain name. I only have rewrites for Apache HTaccess right now. Add this code above the #BEGIN WordPress line in your htaccess. 

Fastest ways to load Google Analytics JS on WordPress

Load Google Analytics faster on WordPress! If you’ve ever been addicted to speed-testing your site on Pingdom/GTmetrix, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. That GA JS request lags your site costing you an extra 100ms-2seconds of load time. Below are my favorite methods to prevent the Google Analytics JS from slowing down your… Read more Fastest ways to load Google Analytics JS on WordPress

Johnny’s WordPress Hosting Review (UPDATED 2018)

All the WordPress webhosting companies I’ve personally tried or heard about from people I trust! My compared criteria are: SPEED, reliability (up-time), FEATURES (easy to make changes, add SSL?), and PRICING (not crazy expensive). Customer service is not as important for me since I can do 99% of things myself. I’ve tested a handful of… Read more Johnny’s WordPress Hosting Review (UPDATED 2018)