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...]

Best Opt-in Plugin: Why I Use ThriveLeads (Updated: Jan 2020)

  A blog without subscribers is like friendship without old friends. If you are looking for the best opt-in plugin for your needs and budget, or just want to see the advanced features that an opt-in plugin may have, then you will find my review very useful. Below I will show you the details that I've discovered about very powerful but still underused by bloggers opt-in and … [Read more...]

Is A2Hosting Turbo Really Worth It (After 4176 Tests)?

I get asked quite frequently what I think about A2Hosting Turbo plan. It's advertised as being up to 20 times faster. I'm always very skeptic about such boasting. And I shared my skepticism whenever I was asked about A2 and before this research I could not really answer the question if A2Hosting Turbo really worth it. And finally I decided to check the performance of A2Hosting Turbo and compare … [Read more...]

Is your host well-protected from DDOS attacks? And your website?

I'll cut it to the chase from the very beginning: no host can be protected from DDoS attacks very well. But some hosts are DDoS-protected better than others. In this article I'll explain you why. And I'll tell you what you can do to protect your online property from DDoS attacks without paying more than you need. If your website or application is currently under a DDoS attack or you want to … [Read more...]

Why managed WordPress hosts? WP Engine, Kinsta and LiquidWeb are examined.

In this article I will not just explain the difference between “ordinary” (shared) WordPress hosting and managed WordPress hosting, but also scrutinize the exact examples – WP Engine, Kinsta and LiquidWeb. These examples will give you a good practical understanding of some nuances which you can’t grasp without trying the service or analyzing real users’ reviews. Also you will see the advantages … [Read more...]