But what happens down the track when you add hundreds of pages of content, 20 or so plugins and thousand of images?
What happens is your site starts eating serious amounts of server resources, exceeds your plan limits, then slows down or goes down.
The reason for this is some hosting providers stick 6000 sites on each shared server and then throttle, suspend and/or jail the most serious offenders.
This works in their favor because they know you’ll soon complain which gives them the opportunity to provide a solution. Sell you on an upgrade to a Pro account which costs 3-4 times as much as shared hosting or the next level up, which is VPS.
You get caught between the devil and the deep blue sea!
They don’t generally tell you the real problem is caused by their servers being overloaded. The most common excuse is ” you must have too many plugins or faulty code”.
In reality, each hosting plan has a limit and is monitored by software to make sure the account doesn’t exceed those limits.
Not many WordPress users have time to monitor WordPress server uptime and CPU usage. Most web hosting providers are focused on monthly sales figures and not on setting up the best server environment specifically for your WordPress site.
How do i know this? I’m online a minimum 12 hours a day, 6 days a week and have tried nearly every type of hosting plan available.
It hasn’t been a satisfying experience. Its been a serious worry at times and caused pain and frustration.
I have learn’t how hosting companies operate which means i understand how to find a solution which offers value for money, peace of mind and satisfaction.
I’ve been hosting my own sites for over 5 years now and over the last year have been trying to work out the best solution to avoid suffering slow loading times, throttling and server errors caused by exceeding CPU resource limits.
I’m too busy to keep spending time worrying about if my site is still online
Knowing the fact that each hosting plan has limits, one of the best ways to avoid hitting those limits and suffering site problems is to work out exactly how much CPU resources your WordPress site uses.
More specifically, which hosting plan covers your limits so you no longer suffer slow page loading times, throttling and/or server downtime.
VPS Hosting for WordPress
In my case its a VPS (virtual Private Server). But not any VPS, as i’ve just moved from Hostgators Level 4 VPS to Green Geeks because i didn’t need the VPS plan Hostgator kept insisting on. I’ve already written a review on GreenGeeks hosting previously.
The difference is Green Geeks have setup and optimized my VPS and put me on a plan which fits in with the amount of CPU resources my site uses. Unlike Hostgator who took a long time to setup VPS correctly and only after i upgraded from level 3 to level 4 VPS.
GreenGeeks VPS server technicians will specifically configure your server for your WordPress site. This is whats called, fully managed VPS.
When you choose a Hostgator VPS, by default, the settings aren’t configured for your specific needs and you have to go back and forth with the server admins, before they get your VPS server configured specifically for your site.
This was NOT my experience with GreenGeeks
Upgrading Hosting Plans
This is what actually happened when i upgraded from their Pro account to VPS.
1) I have prepared the DNS TTL levels to allow for a smooth transition to our VPS services. We will allow these changes to take effect and then proceed with the upgrade. Further updates will be available later today.
2) We have started your migration over to the VPS service. I will keep you posted.
3) Your site is active and operational on our VPS platform with nothing further for you to do.
Not only is my site now on a VPS suited to my sites resource needs, its on a VPS with cPanel that provides enough CPU resources to ensure my site never exceeds the limits. This way i won’t suffer slow loading times or any downtime.
Be aware that adding cPanel to your hosting plan can actually use a fair chunk of your resources
My Hostgator VPS cost nearly twice as much because it wasn’t optimized properly for my sites specific needs.
Who Did I Deal With?
I dealt with TJ at GreenGeeks.com
He answered all my concerns and replied to every one of my 27 emails.
One of the things i really liked about GreenGeeks is the one on one service. At Hostgator, i was dealing with someone different every time i tried to get a problem fixed and my vps configured correctly.
I still think these are the best yearly hosting plans for beginners with smaller sites that don’t use much CPU and only need a shared server and i’d add GreenGeeks to this list to.
I’ll write more about my experience with both GreenGeeks.com and VPS if i can offer any further tips for choosing an appropriate web server for hosting WordPress powered sites.
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