I recently switched from a Virtual Private Server (VPS) to a Managed Server and did a comparison when i had identical sites hosted at the exact same time.
Here’s the results which do vary depending on which tool you use to test for site speed and what time you conduct the test.
WPEngine is my choice for managed hosting because they ONLY host WordPress and focus on speed and security.
If you’re relying on site for your livelihood, these are 2 of the most important factors which can cause a huge amount of frustration and keep you up at night.
From what i have read and experienced so far, WPEngine provides very consistent average speed across all WordPress url’s.
Google Analytics site speed also reports on all url’s which Google uses rather than daily tests on your homepage.
GreenGeeks has provided me the best VPS hosting after using both level 3 and 4 with Hostgator but it hasn’t been without at least 40 emails to support. This has kept me up at night and been a hugely frustrating experience at times.
They did a fair job at identifying the problems which where slowing down my site but it was up to me to fix them
The speeds ok today but its not consistent and Google Analytics tells me my average site speed for entire site over a monthly period is 16 seconds.
Google doesn’t like an average this high and i believe i have been penalized because of it.
Page Load Average Speeds
I’ll report back in one month with the average page loading times for WPEngine and we can take a look at the difference. I’m confident it will be significantly faster however time will tell.
I’m betting my page views will also be significantly higher in one months time as well.
I Used Pingdom for these 2 speed tests.
Difference in Costs
VPS: The cheapest level of VPS is about $50 a month if you want cPanel included. Without that you can take off $10 a month. Each level of VPS costs between $20-30 a month more. At hostgator i needed level 4 which was $80 a month.
Managed Hosting: The cheapest plan starts at $29 a month (personal plan) which allows you a certain amount of disk space and resources. I’m on the Personal plan.
Making Your Site Faster
There’s lots of articles on making your site faster, just Google WordPress speed and you’ll see many big name sites with lists of tips.
The only problem is, you need to spend a heap of time learning and applying all these methods.
Or you could simply move your site to a server which is managed by a team of fulltime staff specializing and focusing primarily on both WordPress and speed. Worth a try if you’ve tried everything and your site is still slow.
Here’s some of the most popular articles on site speed. You’ll need these if you are on shared hosting with up to 10,000 sites on each server.
Mashable: 11 Ways to Speed Up WordPress
If you need to apply some of these tips to speed up your site, you must be using a hosting plan which doesn’t manage these things for you.
That’s why these articles have been written. For people which own sites hosted on slow servers.
Expert Help Is Expensive
Managed versus unmanaged. Based on my experience it doesn’t matter how much power your server has, its how much well its optimized and tweaked to work with your site. VPS, out of the box is not optimized.
Jason Cohen, the founder and Ceo of WPEngine, offers a free speed test and eCourse on how to make your site load faster.
On top of this, his expert staff will spend 2 hours to optimize your site for speed & help you move your site over to try out their servers for 60 days free of charge.
Have you tried managed hosting or VPS?
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