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

Is Cloudflare with Cache-Everything rule effective? Tested on StableHost 6336 times from 16 locations

This is the second part of my practical research on Cloudflare free service. The first part is dedicated to Cloudflare free service without considering Cache-Everything rule. And in this article I present the results of testing free Cloudflare service with and without Cache-everything rule enabled (this option is free). Also, I compared the speed with and without a caching plugin used in … [Read more...]

How fast is A2Hosting with and without free Cloudflare Service?

I’ve heard quite a few controversial opinions about using a free Cloudflare service. The main point that users blame a free Cloudflare service for is that it sort of brings more harm than good. I decided to check it myself. The main thing I tested thousands of times is website speed with and without free Cloudflare service. By the way, this is the first part of the research. Read the second … [Read more...]

One Best Security Plugin For WordPress or Combination of Plugins?

1. Intro Let me assume you are concerned about your website safety or have already been hacked. And you would like to know what is the best security plugin for WordPress out there. You might have heard of some of them and you don't know which one to choose to make your site protected from hackers and malicious bots. I've made a research on WordPress security plugins and solutions and would … [Read more...]

The Best Free Online Tool To Check Website Speed (A2Hosting Tested 600 Times)

I’ve picked up six popular free online tools to check website speed and tested my website hosted on A2Hosting (the cheapest Lite plan). And I’ve made 600 tests to find out the most reliable (i.e. the best) tool. And after analyzing the test data I make recommendations on using the particular free online tools which will help you make more precise measurements of your website speed. By … [Read more...]

Cheaper And More Expensive Hosts Compared From All Over The World. HawkHost vs A2Hosting

Evaluating hosting speed is not a trivial task. And as you probably know, to answer the question "what it is to be fast for a hosting" I monitor 15 US-based hosts from US West and East Coast and publish monthly reports. It’s truly a great source of the objective information on hosting performance. However, in some cases these reports may be considered as limited because there are only two … [Read more...]

Best Opt-in Plugin: Why I Use ThriveLeads

  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 Avada theme fast on A2Hosting? 8352 tests done to answer that.

On what shared hosting does Avada theme work well? Is Avada fast on A2Hosting? These are the questions that I have been asked multiple times. Until I tested it and monitored it myself during a quite lengthy period of time, I could just say that most shared hosts are not suitable for a heavy WordPress theme like Avada. And I could just say that a managed or self-managed VPS or more expensive WP … [Read more...]

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins Speed Test: W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache vs Sucuri Firewall (Cloud WAF)

I've run 32,224 tests during one month to find out which caching plugin makes your website faster. I tested W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache plugins. They are the two best well-known free caching plugins that WordPress users highly recommend using to make your website faster. And also I compared them to the caching solution that I currently use – Sucuri Cloud WAF (website application … [Read more...]

How to Configure W3 Total Cache. Easier Than You Think. Settings Explained

Intro  Many users think that configuring W3 Total Cache plugin is hard because there are a lot of settings that they do not understand. In this tutorial I want to explain the settings and show you how to configure this plugin easily. W3 Total Cache is a powerful, flexible and free caching plugin for WordPress. But it allows not only optimizing your website caching, but also … [Read more...]