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...]

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...]

Is A2Hosting Turbo Boost 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 Boost (formerly Turbo) really worth it. And finally I decided to check the performance of … [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...]

SiteGround Has Bad Server Response Time Or Time To First Byte? Results After 16 Mln Tests

Some time ago one of my readers asked me to comment on his concern that someone says SiteGround had a bad Time To First Byte (TTFB) which is also meant as Server Response Time. Since I’ve been monitoring Server Response Time, hosting speed and uptime 24/7/365 of 15 shared hosts including SiteGround since 2016, I’ve got something to say. To be as specific as possible, I’ve taken the whole year … [Read more...]

Server Response Time And Time To First Byte (TTFB) To Estimate Hosting Speed? 16.5 Mln Tests In 2018

Intro When people want to estimate hosting speed, they often use Server Response Time or Time To First Byte (TTFB) value. Whereas they should use Full Page Load Time metric. And In this post I show you the data collected during the whole 2018 year on how fast the hosts were and how their speed is connected with Server Response Time (or Time To First Byte (TTFB) to be more … [Read more...]

Most reliable and fastest hosting in 2018 (millions of uptime and speed tests)

This post summarizes all monthly reports about how 15 hosts performed in 2018. This outlines more than 16 millions of measurements. Also, in this post I will name the most reliable and the fastest hosting in 2018 according to the tests among the hosts I've been monitoring. By the way, you can read a similar report on year 2017 here.   Intro I've been monitoring the performance … [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...]

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...]