Kickassd Reloaded

 

Kickassd has been our reigning #1  best WordPress host since April 2016, and I figured it was time to revisit them, and see what they have been up to. The answer is, a lot! Kickassd has made some changes and all of them as far as I can see, all for the good.

WordPress Hosting

 

They now have WordPress specific hosting plans with some great goodies and hosted on their blazing fast web stack.

  • Litespeed WordPress cache support
  • Hosted in the cloud! This mean your site has High Availability. (very rare for wordpress hosts)
  • Global OpCode Caching
  • Free backups into the cloud
  • Extended WordPress support (essentially managed WordPress hosting)
  • Phone support
  • Custom security that blocks the majority of attacks at the server
  • Free SSL
  • 1 click install
  • Auto updates on core, plugins, and themes
  • Awesome staging setup using VersionPress, WP-CLI, and GIT. (this is awesome for developers)

 

Elastic Is Fantatstic

 

 

This is quite true in my opinion, and one of the great facts about Kickassd. All user accounts are isolated in a container and have their own resources just like a VPS. You can scale up your account with a click or buy individual resources. 2 of the big things people worry about with shared hosting is performance, and being forced into a VPS because they don’t have enough resources.

 

Kickassd obviously has the performance bit down to an art. So what is this elastic? Kickassd shared and WordPress hosting scales up until a whopping 6CPU and 12GB of ram all the while maintaining the convenience and familiarity of your shared hosting environment. You no longer have to worry about your future and being forced into a VPS!

 

Of course there are some exceptions to this. If you want to run something like Node.js than you will need to have a look at their managed Cloud Hosting plans. Or if your CPU use is consistently through the roof, again you would probably be asked to move to a cloud server. But for 98% of you you never have to worry, your future is clear.

CrocWeb Web Hosting Review (Performance)

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I have been seeing CrocWeb mentioned a fair bit lately with people being curious about their service and if they should use them. I figured I would do a performance review on them and let people know what they can expect in that regard. Also I will be giving my first impression on them.
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Flywheel WordPress Hosting Review

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I have wanted to try Flywheels WordPress hosting out for some time now, it just sounds cool, and like it should, well fly. So I finally decided to go ahead and give it a go. One thing to note is that on Flywheel each subscription is it’s own VPS similar to Cloudways and Bluehosts Managed WordPress hosting. The “Tiny” plan starts at 1 core and 512MB of ram.

 

Lucky for me Flywheel provides your account for free with 1 a staging site. The staging site is password protected but newer versions of Siege can be configured to login and pass the authentication and than begin testing. Sorry Flywheel hope you don’t mind, it was for a good cause!
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Linode VS Digital Ocean Performance Comparison

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With Linode just recently doubling down on ram I wanted to revisit the performance between these 2 VPS providers and see just how Linode doubling their ram on all VPS has affected performance. I have benchmarked these 2 in the past and it was always Digital Ocean that came out on top. Linode doubling it’s ram on all plans is going to force all of the major providers to rethink their offerings and come up with a counter offer, or they are going to lose a significant amount of their customers to Linode. I mean 2GB for $10 … really?! Considering Ram is probably the most limiting resource for most when it comes to a VPS this is huge.
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Pressable Review

 

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Pressable is a WordPress hosting service that does just WordPress hosting. This is similar to some other hosts I have reviewed who offer only WordPress or have an environment specifically designed for WordPress. Normally I do these review in roundups of 3-4 but a shortage of time as of late has forced me to do them 1 by 1 for now. So without further ado let’s see how Pressable performs!

 

For more information on how my testing works and what I am trying to accomplish please see the original comparison here: WordPress Hosting Comparison
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All Aboard The Just Get A VPS Train

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I have been noticing a very disturbing trend as of late. Where people on forums, Reddit, etc are asking for recommendations on shared Web Hosting and getting many replies like “just get a vps” or “just go to Digital Ocean”. 99% of the people asking for recommendations for a shared host do not have the knowledge and systems administration skills to setup, manage, and secure there own server.

This Is Horrible Advice!

Sure you can head over to DO and have a droplet spun up running WordPress in a few minutes. Here are some questions, if you answer no to more than 1 than really stick with shared hosting.
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How To Install Siege On Centos 7

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Siege is an excellent way to stress test a web environment and or application. Much more flexible and “real world” than AB (Apache Bench), and a great way to see if your Web Hosting provider is providing you what they say they are. Essentially Siege simulates real users visiting your website and you can configure how they visit, how long they visit, and where among other things. Be warned though sending a bunch of virtual users to “Siege” a site can essentially cause a DOS attack and get you in some trouble, so follow this guide and tips carefully.
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Best WordPress Hosting Round 4

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Welcome to Round 4 of our WordPress hosting performance comparison! For more information on how my testing works and what I am trying to accomplish please see the original comparison here: Best WordPress Hosting Round 1

The short of it is I use Siege to simulate a large amount of users who are hitting the test site over 15 random URL’s (yes I changed from the original 11) with a random delay of 1-3 seconds per visit per user. Each test runs for 10 minutes and is closely monitored, If I see the site is really struggling or becomes unavailable I stop the test. The goal is to show what each host offers in terms of performance and just how large of a difference caching makes.
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Best WordPress Hosting Round 3

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Welcome to Round 3 of our WordPress hosting performance comparison! For more information on how my testing works and what I am trying to accomplish please see the original comparison here: Best Wordpress Hosting Round 1

The short of it is I use Siege to simulate a large amount of users who are hitting the test site over 15 random URL’s (yes I changed from the original 11) with a random delay of 1-3 seconds per visit per user. Each test runs for 10 minutes and is closely monitored, If I see the site is really struggling or becomes unavailable I stop the test. The goal is to show what each host offers in terms of performance and just how large of a difference caching makes.

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Best WordPress Hosting Round 2

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Part 2 of the  Best Wordpress Hosting series features 4 different WordPress hosting providers. My original thread in which Kickassd dominated became a little longer than I wanted so I have slimmed things down a little for this article. Tests are run using Siege to replicate concurrent users over 11 different URLs from each test site. This more accurately represents real world use. If you are interested in more detailed information about the tests run and the purpose of these comparisons please see the original post linked above.
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