I’ve written several posts already about how web hosts operate based on my own personal experience.
I’ve also discovered there’s various degrees of interest when i post about hosting.
The WordPress consultants on the WordPress forums have been discussing the difference between VPS and shared hosting for several months.
Its been one of the longest running discussions about hosting i have ever seen. Why?
That’s what this post is about.
The reason WordPress consultants, WordPress bloggers and web designers search for the right hosting plan for their needs.
This is all about avoiding the pain and frustration caused by slow loading sites which is caused when your site uses more resources than your package supplies. And there’s other reasons too.
If your site loads slow then many of your readers will leave.
Its like walking into a shop or ringing a company and being put on hold while waiting around for information from the staff. Its frustrating and all you want to do is leave and go somewhere else especially if you have a problem that needs fixing now.
My previous posts have been based on using different accounts with the following hosts:
- Bluehost – Standard shared and Pro shared accounts
- Hostgator – Baby plan (shared), VPS level 3 and 4
- GreenGeeks – Pro shared & VPS
Each account is different and provides a limit on resources, i.e
- Data Transfer
If your plan limits the amount of resources your site can use then you need to keep below the limits otherwise it will be throttled, slowed down and even suffer real downtime.
We all know web designers, WordPress consultants and online marketers make money from hosting by referring sales via affiliate links (Myself Included), but how much do they make?
These figures are a big reason some web hosting providers need to get you to upgrade.
- Hostgator pay $50 -$150 per referral
- Bluehost pay a flat $65 per referral
- GreenGeeks pay$50 per referral
- WP Engine pay between 10% – $200 per referral
They don’t in the first year or two if the affiliate that referred the sale is referring 6 or more sales a month. They lose money. Unless, they can get you to upgrade.
Bluehost charges about $85 a year, if you pay yearly, so they make a small profit and more if you pay monthly as you end up paying more than $85 a year.
GreenGeeks pay their affiliates $50 for each referral so they’re profitable and don’t need to get you to upgrade as much as some other hosts.
WP Engine affiliates earn between 10% and $200 per referral so they are profitable as their cheapest plan is $29 a month. They also fully disclose exactly how much resources you can use.
You can still receive more than 25,000 visitors a day and stay on the cheapest plan as long as you don’t exceed your storage limit.
- GreenGeeks offer a free transfer service
- Hostgator offer a free migration service
- Bluehost don’t offer a free service to move to them
- WPEngine charge you $300 to move to them unless you complete the migration yourself
Which host has Automattic (WordPress) invested in?
WordPress has partnered with WPEngine and invested $1.2m which is the ONLY web host WordPress has invested in.
WP Engine ONLY host WordPress powered websites & blogs unlike other hosting providers.
Here’s some answers to a question asked to Jason Cohen, Ceo of WPEngine recently.
As a premium host, you use top of the line hardware and provide expert support. What else differentiates you from other web hosting companies?
(1) We’re the fastest, as measured by Pingdom, a 3rd-party service.
(2) We have larger sites than anyone except WordPress VIP, which means we know how to scale better than almost anyone.
(3) We guarantee security, in the sense that if you’re ever hacked, we’ll un-hack you for free.
(4) We have more WordPress-knowledgeable tech support staffers per 1000 customers than anyone, which means we have the time to solve your special problems.
(5) We’re the only hosting company who lets you try us for 15 days, free.
(6) We’re the only hosting company with an investment from Automattic, which doesn’t automatically mean we’re better, and doesn’t mean we’re “favored” — Automattic is great about NOT favoring any one vendor — but it does mean we have the support and assistance of all the smart folks there to help us make the best service we can.
(7) We give you a staging area where you can test changes to your site before making them live. source: doeswhat
This post should provide you with a clearer picture when it comes time to choose a web host especially if you are having problems with your sites page loading times and being limited by the resources available to power your site.
Its clear that some web hosting providers need to get you to upgrade especially if they are paying their affiliates more than they are receiving from the customer for providing the service.
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