First I apologize for underwhelming amount of posts lately and really poor blog performance. No thanks to my, now previous, hosting provider and no thanks to me being occupied with weather change headaches more than with my blog.
Anyway I spent last evening dragging blog to new host and here is overview of things of past and things to come in that department.
Quite a name in WordPress community by now, with massive marketing promotions and contests. As regular readers might remember my WordPress story won me two years free hosting with them and shortly after I moved there from my starter local hosting provider.
Now I feel like I cheerfully walked into minefield.
After cleaning that up and some minor dumbfounding support experiences it got calm… Until winter. Which greeted my blog with extreme slowdowns, monthly downtimes and support failing at not even fixing, but even finding the issue.
It took two tickets, two months and pile of email constant Pingdom logs submissions (hours of downtime and even more of as bad slowdowns) to make host do something. By the end of February I was seriously pissed and burned out. Issue turned out to be WordPress-specific – loops of scheduler processes that exhausted server resources. Ironic or what?
While troubleshooting I also requested information on my resource consumption and turned out I was barely fitting in CPU quota (3.33%). With my modest amount of traffic this is crazy. Mild increase and I would get asked to cash in for expensive plan.
Overall WPWebHost seems like a nice cheerful bunch that loves WordPress.
Only caveat – as hosting provider they suck.
Choosing new host, while spiked on nerves, is no fun. I got through way more marketing bullshit and contradicting reviews and testimonials than I wanted to.
LiquidWeb caught my attention with good feedback from Ipstenu in thread about WordPress and hosting I started at WPTavern, confirmed by Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today and testimonials I googled up.
Absolutely most of it was variation of expensive, but worth it. As for me this is very practical praise that says a lot about company.
- more expensive than average (starting at $15 a month for shared hosting);
- quotas smaller than average (from 1GB space, 120GB bandwidth);
- generous 15% CPU limit;
- three own datacenters;
- on-site US-based support;
- extras like SFTP, SSH, shared SSL and free domain names included by default.
Order was smooth. I got confirmation call in minutes and had my setup instructions in under half of an hour. Responses on two support tickets, I opened so far, were pleasantly fast and very precise.
It gives good first impression, will see how it goes.
If you are reading this then your DNS had updated and you are looking at new host. There are some still missing pages and images here and there plus I need to redo optimization tweaks. Please tell if anything is not working as it should.
Other than that I will try to get back on track with posts flow.