[Update on 12/06/2014]
Last month we moved to Bluehost’s Optimized – Managed Hosting for WordPress Plan. So far I’m very impressed and happy with the result. I was looking at the results and metrics & thought why not to share my opinion with others. I’m sure you must have read so many articles on below topics so far but one more :).
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Let me share some more light on this. Why I moved to diff hosting plan and all reasons behind that? When I started Crunchify.com, I was using Hostgator’s shared hosting. Immediately after few months moved to Hostgator’s Managed VPS Hosting. I was with them for more than 2 years but some how recently started facing so many performance issue. As you can see below traffic increased significantly on Crunchify in last 4 months. Almost
Below update and review is not biased. It’s totally my opinion. Thanks Hostgator for all your service so far :). Also, this is not a promoted post by Bluehost either. But yeah, links are affiliate links.
Let’s start with the reasons I think which made me switch hosting plan. Checkout below diagram from Google’s Webmaster tool. Total time spent downloading a page. In middle of August 2014 we started facing lots of high page load time issues.
DB server issue. Below image is from VPS panel.
My MySQL instance was getting killed every 3 days. I filed Hostgator ticket and admin helped me a lot. Find below very nice and detailed technical update from them. I really appreciate feedback.
But somehow this DB issue one of the reason I moved away from the VPS hosting. How come default setting kills MySQL daemon? Without that your WordPress blog is dead. Is that hard to believe?
Then I had 2 choices:
- Move to Hostgator Dedicated Server
- Try Dedicated WordPress Hosting
It was tough decision but I tried risk and moved to Bluehost.
So far I never faced any issue. Newly created this WordPress Optimized Hosting really worked for Crunchify. Brand new cPanel. 5 Managed WP Sites and more. I only thing I’m missing is free SSL with my plan. Hostgator was giving away free DOCOMO SSL certificate with almost all plan.
No need to mention but there are lots of other WordPress Optimizations I have performed to make page load very faster including moving to faster MaxCDN. Now page loads very fast. Just
~0.4 seconds to load.
I would definitely encourage others to try Bluehost.
Reason why I switched to another Hosting within couple of months
The only reason I’m posting below points here because I want to give correct and honest feedback to my readers. Atleast I can put all points in front of users so they can decide on their hosting need.
Point-1. Server issue
On December 4, 2014 – Bluehost had SAN (Storage Area Network) issue and my VPS server was one of them. Find here below all screenshots which are self-explainable.
Point 1.1 You don’t want to see this error message for your VPS server (
Your Hosting Server is not active).
Point 1.2 Server is: Error
Point 1.3 Error communicating with server 🙁
Point-2 Customer Service Experience
I also filed another 3 tickets and response time was between 3 to 5 days. By that time I already moved to another hosting provider. So, guys, I made this mistake before but I would suggest all of you to consider these points while selecting your Web Hosting.Would love to know what you think. Chime in and share it as a comment. Don’t forget to share this guide!