My Hosting Is Slow, I Want To Migrate To A Faster Host. Read This Before Doing It

Having used more than 100 hosts since 2013, still using 17 different hosts and talking with my readers via email now and then I’ve got quite an experience in dealing with hosting speed issues. And there are two types of extreme reaction of hosting users when then encounter speed issues: Leaving the hosting because of a bad speed ASAP, or Tolerating the awful performance with a concern in … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]