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When I first started this blog, I looked for the most inexpensive hosting option because I wasn’t sure how long I’d be blogging. I ended up choosing Dreamhost – others had reviewed it and seemed to be happy, and the package was attractive: $120/year for unlimited bandwidth, disk storage, domains, and email accounts, plus a free domain registration if you registered your first one with them. After installing WordPress, I noticed that it took a while to save changes made to posts/upload photos/etc, but I assumed that it was just the cost of using WordPress. I blogged on a very inconsistent basis for 2 years, and have recently gotten back into more regular posts. A couple months ago, I began to get very frustrated with posting – saving drafts would take a long time – so much so that I would work in 2 different windows, saving one then working on the other while I waited for the first to finish saving. Ridiculous. A quick analysis on a page speed site revealed that my homepage loading time was TWELVE SECONDS! That’s ridiculously, insanely long:
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After looking around the web for answers, I tried a couple different suggested solutions like installing cache plugins & messing around with the HTML, but the problem was still there. I stumbled across this awesome article by Gregory Ciotti and right there – number one on his list:[quote style=”1″]1. Choose a good host
While starting out, a shared host might seem like a bargain (“Unlimited page views, wowie zowie!”), it comes at another price: incredibly slow site speed and frequent down time during high traffic periods. If you plan on doing awesome stuff (aka the kind of stuff that creates high traffic periods), you’re killing yourself by running your WordPress site on shared hosting. The stress of your site going down after getting a big feature is enough to create a few early gray hairs: don’t be a victim, invest in proper hosting.[/quote]
That’s ME! Dreamhost promises unlimited everything for low prices, but it’s a shared hosting set-up with unbearably slow speeds. Gregory recommends WPEngine, but their lowest tier is still $30/month – a little rich for me, a small personal blog. I had no idea that there were hosts that specialize in WordPress-based sites, so I looked for another similar to WPEngine, but less expensive. I came across WPOven, which didn’t have any substantial reviews online, but did have a 14-day trial period and was a more reasonable $20/month. I tried them out & haven’t looked back at Dreamhost – WPOven is IT FOR ME! My site is blazing fast now, all without changing a thing besides the host – my theme, photos, content, plugins – all the same. I had no idea how much the speed of my host was affecting my ability to post – it’s like night & day. Files upload quickly, changes are saved immediately – it’s no longer a pain to write new posts! I checked my page load speed just now, and it’s [highlight bg=”#fbff99″ color=”#000000″]4.62 seconds[/highlight] – a HUGE difference from before.
Support-wise, WPOven has been amazing. They will migrate your site over & set you up on their servers for free, and it took less than 24 hours to have everything set-up properly. They are very responsive, and have a ticket-style support system, where you can send messages back & forth. I had an issue last month where my site was returning a 503 error, and they had it fixed in less than an hour. Amazing. I definitely recommend them!