Hosting Performance Contest – September 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Mopegranate Burst)

Here's the 44th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for September 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. The interesting observation is that the slowest hosts have become a bit faster this month. By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance tables and charts here. All monitored hosts are … [Read more...]

Hosts Can’t Have Zero Downtime, And Other Sad Truth About Hosting Uptime

One of the illusions that many hosting users have is that hosting can have 100% uptime. To add insult to injury, some hosting companies promise 100% uptime. But even promising 99.9% uptime can be just a marketing gimmick. The devil is in the technical details what uptime really is. People and hosts understand uptime differently. Don’t fool yourself when expecting high uptime. And don’t let the … [Read more...]

Hosting Performance Contest – August 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Mid-Priced Split)

Here's the 43d Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for August 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. In general, this contest's results can be described as "The mid-priced hosts in the contest have split into two groups - with distinguishable better and worse performance". By the way, you can find the latest roundups … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About RAM And CPU On Shared Hosting Plans

Let me guess. When choosing a shared hosting you want more CPU and RAM for your account for less money. But some shared hosts do not even display this information. So embarrassing! “What’s wrong with them?!” – you may say. And your second though is “Perhaps CPU and RAM is not what guarantees a shared host to be powerful and fast?” Let me show you the details. In this article: You will … [Read more...]

Hosting Performance Contest – July 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Better Uptime, Worse Speed)

Here's the 42nd Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for July 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. In general, this contest's results can be described as "More hosts with 100% uptime and more hosts with worse Satisfactory Apdex (speed stability)". By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance … [Read more...]

Does Cloudflare increase Time To First Byte (TTFB)? Tested on 3 hosts. 6480 manual measurements

One of my readers contacted me regarding experiencing bad Time To First Byte (TTFB) on his website. After a little research I suspected that using Cloudflare and/or a caching plugin can influence TTFB. And I decided to make thousands of speed and TTFB tests with and without using Cloudflare as well as with and without using a caching plugin. I tested it on three different shared hosts. I did … [Read more...]

Hosting Performance Contest – June 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Nearly Top Uptime)

Here's the 41st Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for June 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. In general, this contest's results can be described as "Many hosts got perfect and nearly perfect uptime". By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance tables and charts here. All monitored … [Read more...]

How to Make a Blog Post Downloadable (e.g. PDF) With Easy Editing Option And No Duplicate Content For Free

  Intro One of my subscribers, Bruce, suggested making access to my articles in a downloadable format (e.g. PDF). And I thought it was finally time to do it this way or the other. I had considered making downloadable PDFs before. But the tools (plugins) which automatically turn the blog posts and the pages into PDF files did not work very well for me. Mostly because I did not want … [Read more...]

Hosting Performance Contest – May 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Healthier)

Here's the 40th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for May 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. In general, this contest's results can be described as "More hosts succeeded with benchmark level set for great hosting". By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance tables and charts … [Read more...]

The Uncomfortable Truth About Testing Website Speed And Hosting Speed

  Intro I’ve seen many times how bloggers test website speed or hosting speed. And it makes me sad. It’s sad because the way they test it does not make sense. And it gives no value to the readers. There are two problems: The first problem is that most people run the speed tests just once or maybe a couple of times. The results of such “testing” are misleading and do more harm than … [Read more...]