Best Articles about hosting, WordPress security, backups and how to make your website better

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This is a go-to page with the most useful articles and resources I’ve published on

I’ll be adding new entries here. So, feel free to bookmark this page.

Hosting. In-depth view

As full as possible list of EIG companies and brands with details (beware EIG hosting!)
This is very popular go-to resource and it contains:

  • The most complete list of hosting companies owned by EIG (e.g. HostGator, Arvixe, BlueHost etc)
  • Other brands and companies that EIG Corporation owns (e.g. ConstantContact, VDeck etc)


My recommended list of hosts, including shared hosting, VPS and Dedicated
I’ve picked out the best performing, the most reliable and ethical hosts I could find. The article contains:

  • My short reviews of the hosts I personally recommend
  • Recommendations for choosing a hosting
  • Live charts showing how the hosts perform (uptime, my test websites speed)


Non-stop hosting monitoring results: Hosting Performance Contest
I’ve been monitoring some shared hosts in order to find the best from the best from performance point of view (uptime and speed). This article contains:

  • Description of my methodology how I determine the best host
  • Monthly and yearly results of monitoring (determining the best hosting)
  • Corresponding links to each of the monthly performance hosting reports


Real-time hosting performance charts and hosting performance historical data (speed, uptime, satisfaction index)
This useful page is basically a data-and-chart sheet which contains the following:

  • Real-time performance charts (speed, uptime) for the shared hosting I’ve been monitoring
  • Monthly data since February 2016 with average data (uptime, speed, satisfaction index) for each of the hosting I’ve been monitoring


Hosting comparison table with prices and affiliate data
I’ve analysed affiliate programs for the most well-known hosting companies and the hosts I recommend. The purpose is to present the approach of hosting analysis from affiliate costs point of view and the risks connected with it.
This page contains:

  • Table with pricing, refunds terms, per-sale affiliate values, evaluation of risk indexes
  • My very short reviews on each analysed host
  • list of hosts I like based on this analysis


“Can You Use Time To First Byte (TTFB) To Judge Hosting Speed (after 11.7 mln tests)?” research
I show the results of my testing (11.7 mln tests have been run) and research on if Time To First Byte can be a good measurement for hosting performance.

“Is A2Hosting Turbo really worth it?” research
I show the results of my testing (4,176 tests have been run) and research on how much A2Hosting Turbo plan is faster than its normal plan.

Web hosting research
This article describes the process of finding a good hosting and explains how not to become a victim of marketing delusions.
It’s especially useful for beginners who is looking for a hosting.


Website Security

Protect your website from hacking step-by-step – easy, free and very effective
This is the essential resource and tutorial for making your site secure for free without using sophisticated plugins or website security products. It’s recommended as the first step for securing your WordPress site
The article contains:

  • Introduction to WordPress security in very easy language
  • Tutorial how to make your WordPress site as secure as possible with the least efforts


One best security plugin or combination of plugins?
The purpose of this article is to compare the most popular and the most efficient website security solutions. This article shows how you can protect your website in an advanced way (both free and paid).
It contains:

  • In-depth comparison of free and paid security products: Sucuri, iThemes Security, BulletProof Security and WordFence
  • Different strategies that you can use to protect you website


Is your host well-protected from DDOS attacks? And your website?
The purpose of this article is to explain the topic of DDOS attacks that becomes more and more important for website owners. Although it includes theoretical materials (easy to understand), my purpose was to make it very practical and useful. After reading it you will be able to make better decisions on how to deal with DDOS threats for your website.

Website Backups

My best way to backup a website to the cloud for free (plus other ways to backup a site for free)
This is a comprehensive go-to resource that explains how to create and manage WordPress backups for free.
The article contains:

  • Tutorials how to create full and partial cPanel backups
  • Tutorial how to setup free version of UpdraftPlus plugin to backup your site to GoogleDrive cloud


In-depth review of best website backup services for WordPress sites
This is detailed comparison of the most popular paid backup products for a website: CodeGuard, BackupBuddy, BlogVault and VaultPress. This article is very useful for finding out the hidden behind-the-marketing sides of each product.

Website Performance

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins Speed Test: W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache vs Sucuri Firewall (Cloud WAF)
This is my one-month non-stop test of two best free caching plugins and one paid security product with caching layer. More than 32K full page load time tests run to evaluate the performance of the caching solutions.

W3 Total Cache Settings Are Explained In-Depth And Recommended
W3 Total Cache is a very powerful and versatile caching plugin. But because of its lots settings and options this plugin is considered to by difficult. In fact, it’s not difficult, it’s perhaps just not clear enough for many users. And I wrote this article to make this plugin clearer.

Display Images Only When You Need Them (Make Your Site Faster With Lazy Load. 50 Tests)
I’ve run 50 tests to analyze the effect of using lazy load functionality. The article also focuses on how lazy load influences the following important user-experience metrics: Start Render Time and Visual Complete Time. You can apply the same technology (a free lazy load plugin) to improve the speed of your site.

How To Optimize Images: The Strategy To Make Your Site Faster For Free (52 Tests)
When to use what type of images. How to optimize images for free for better speed. Different image optimization techniques. Also, I’ve run 52 tests to see the effect of using image optimization.

…More articles about WordPress speed optimization are on the way. Stay tuned!

Email Marketing And Opt-In Plugins

Best Opt-in Plugin: Why I Use ThriveLeads
This is my in-depth review of the best email opt-in plugin I could find for my use. And this is not just for getting more email subscribers!

Working On Your Website

How to migrate WordPress website to HTTPS the right way (including video tutorial)
This comprehensive tutorial is based on my practical experience. The article includes practical thoughts, advice and tips from A to Z on moving your WordPress site to HTTPS. There is also a video walk-through on fixing mixed content issues using different techniques.

How to create an interactive responsive image with highlighted areas which can be clicked (for free; use it in WordPress)
Creating images with highlighted clickable areas has been either difficult (required coding) or was not free (required paid and heavy plugins). But this detailed step-by-step tutorial solves the problem and let you do the job easy and for free.

How to migrate (and also clone) your website easily and for free even if your site is large (using All-in-one WP Migration plugin)
This is easy tutorial for beginners to help clone a website. This is useful for testing plugins or website development if large you deal with a large website.

How to clone your website for testing for free (using WP Clone plugin)
This is easy tutorial for beginners to help clone a website and put the clone on a subdomain. This is useful for testing plugins or website development.

How to Avoid Plugins or WordPress Update Breaking Your Site (using WP Staging plugin)
This is a simple but useful tutorial for beginners. You’ll learn how to avoid the situations when installing new plugins or updating your plugins or updating WordPress version breaks your site. This method works great for bigger websites too.

Marketing tips and getting rid of illusions

My research on how much money popular bloggers earn by blogging per visitor and per page view
This article will show you that behind big income there’s always a big audience and traffic. But it depends on you how much per visitor or per page view you can earn.

My review of Seth Godin’s book “All marketers are liars”
I recommend reading both the book and my review and make your own conclusions.

My FatCow hosting review that turned into a case study
FatCow’s website can be considered as a successful example of on-site marketing. And my review helps to understand the marketing tricks that you can avoid if you are a client or use them to make your product more successful.

P.S.: I’ll be adding more links to my articles on this page when I write good stuff 🙂

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