@kev I use easyname.at
It not worpress only, but they have onclick install of wp and check your other boxes to
@kev I'm not joking - exactly what level of service are you looking for? How much load? etc.
I've got a pair of 1U servers I'm trying to figure out exactly what to do with, and I was thinking about giving friends / family discounted hosting and using docker to let them manage it. Very early stage idea, but 🤷 who knows maybe it's worth us talking about it?
The service would literally be called https://thats-no-barn-thats-a-datacenter.com/ - and would be "you get what you pay for, servers sitting in my barn"
@funnylookinhat while I appreciate the offer, that would be pretty much the same as self-hosting, albeit free. 🙂
@kev EasyWP has some pretty cheap plans. They have a CDN and SSL on the second tier. Backups aren't automatic, but they're easy to do.
@nathand I've used EasyWP in the past and they're really good. They're top of the list at the moment.
@kev disclaimer: I work for Automattic who owns WordPress.com
I think WordPress.com is by far the best managed hosting solution for WP, so long as Calypso (the custom admin UI) is not too limiting.
Pressable (another Automattic product) is very solid for a more standard WP hosting solution, but I’m not sure what sort of caching/CDN work they do.
Don’t go with GoDaddy. I’ve seen many tickets in our support queue where problems originate with their hosting setup.
@reykjalin I won't be going with GoDaddy, or similarly bad hosts.
The big bearer I have with wp.com is that they restrict access so much - so I can't use my custom theme etc.
@kev yeah, WP.com’s restrictions are pretty heavy handed, but in that case you might be interested in looking at Pressable. Those are just plain WP installs as far as I’m aware.
I host some of my test sites at work there and I haven’t had any issues, but I haven’t measured performance in any way.
Pressable sites benefit from a lot of the WP.com infrastructure, so performance should be good.
WordPress.com has support for third-party/custom themes these days. It's available on the Business/eCommerce plans:
+1 to WordPress.com as well; I have tried many hosts in the last few years, but keep coming back to WordPress.com for its performance. Super proud of our systems folks.
If you decide to give WordPress.com a try, don't hesitate to ping me! I'll need to work from our helpdesk software though.
@kev we use WP engine at work and have been generally very happy with them, pricing tiers are a little confusing to me but it seems like they tick all the boxes
@kev what about Cloudways?
CDN and Backups would be a little bit more than the regular server price but I don't think they would be over your budget.
(I have a referral link if you want one)
@g I've been playing around with Cloudways today, but it comes out at $20/month, which is fine, but the UI is really verbose, which I don't want/need.
I want to use the WP UI and that's it.
@kev the Cloudways UI is very different and it does take a while to find what you may be looking for, but I have found once you have it the way you want you don't have to use their UI.
Since moving to Cloudways I have had very little (to almost none) downtime, and their support is very good (ticket's answered within a couple of hours).
@kev One.com (disclamer: my friend works there) they do a great job. They have developed and submitted several network related patches to the linux kernel.
@nathan I have considered Kinsta, but with the traffic my blog gets, I'd be looking at over $100/month. :(
@kev I use Neostrada for these things. They’re Dutch and pretty much offer all this—well, I do use Cloudflare for the CDN bit—and fairly decent support for under €5 a month. Gets you cPanel, SSH access, Git, auto-renewing Let’s Encrypt certs, and more. (Well, I actually use their “mid-size” reseller package which is like €30/month, but still.) Hard to imagine something similar can’t be found elsewhere.
@kev Only thing I use a VPS for anymore is if I need Ruby, or Go, or Redis, or headless Chromium, or anything that isn’t PHP/MySQL, really.
@kev Hetzner or OVH come to mind as generally good and really affordable, too. (Both EU as well, in case it matters.)
@jan I have a VPS running Plesk at the moment, and it's great. I just don't want the hassle of managing the web server.
@kev I think CDN is a bolt-on but I recently switched a dozen sites to wpmudev hosting, couldn't be happier
@jaz I didn’t know they did Hosting - I thought they were a blog haha! Their service looks really cool, I’ll definitely check them out, thanks!
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