How To Make WordPress Faster In 8 Steps?

We are always trying to make our WordPress site loads faster because it is a known fact that slow loading website will make you lose web traffic and potential customers.

Do you know that visitors spend an average of 3 seconds on a site to allow it to load? So, if your website is not loading faster, you are losing visitors!

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What is the easiest way to make WordPress faster?

Glad you ask this and in this post, you will discover 8 steps you can take today (yes, like right now) to make WordPress faster.

But before that, make no mistake as the blame should not on WordPress. Installing a stock WordPress theme such as Twenty Seventeen and zero plugin will allow your site to load under 1 second even with the below average web hosting service.

When you start installing premium themes and plugins to make your WordPress experience better, your loading speed will take the hit almost instantly — from an average of 1 second to over 5 seconds!

So, what can you do to make your WordPress faster? Here are some of the best tips you can start today and without hiring a website developer.

1. Choose a well-coded WordPress theme

A good WordPress theme goes a long way and in this case, the theme is going to impact the speed of your site.

Great WordPress themes doesn't take forever to load and as a matter of fact, it takes only a faction of the time to load.

I use StudioPress for this WordPress site (and almost all my other sites) because it is fast, well-coded and doesn't come with bloatware.

2. Choosing the right web hosting company

There is no wrong going for a cheaper web hosting solution if you are not affordable for premium WordPress hosting such as WPEngine.

There are many web hosting solutions that starts between $2 to $5 per month for hosting a small website. The most important parts about choosing the right web hosting company are:

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    Availability of support (chat, email or phone)
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    Reviews
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    Different database to choose from

You can go through a full list of the best cheap WordPress hosting services (click to read the complete comparison).

If you are looking for a good WordPress hosting, I highly recommend Cloudways for affordability and scalability. I even use Cloudways to host this blog.

3. Install only useful plugins

How many plugins do you have under the hood? On average, most of us have around 10 to 12 WordPress plugins installed and active.

While there is no perfect number for the number of plugins installed, the best solution is always to install the minimum number of plugins.

The more plugin you have installed, the slower your WordPress website will load.

If you want to know which plugin is dragging your WordPress speed to snail-mode, install P3 Profiler and run a test.

Want to know which plugin is dragging your site down? Run a test using P3 Profiler plugin to determine the culprit!

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4. Uninstall plugins that you don't use

Are you keeping inactive plugins and not uninstalling them? You should always make it a point to uninstall plugins that you don't use.

Leaving inactive plugins in your WordPress site will not only slow down your site but it will also affect your site's security.

5. Be wary on theme builders

There is high demand for theme builders in today's market because it is easy to use and creating website from scratch is way much easier.

However, using theme builders can easily cause your website to load slower than usual.

Most theme builders come with multiple elements and customization to help you design the perfect website layout

The only problem is that it comes with a truckload of CSS and codes which will slow down your website loading speed.

Looking for the best WordPress theme builder? I highly recommend Divi 3.0 for performance, speed and affordability.

6. Install cache plugin

Cache plugins help to speed up your website in many ways. While premium WordPress hostings often come with inbuilt cache feature, you probably need to install your own cache plugin if you are using a lower end WordPress hosting service.

The easiest cache plugin to configure is WP Super Cache and you can pretty much set it up (automatic) in just a few clicks.

Of course, W3 Total Cache is a great alternative but it certainly comes with several advanced configuration.

Click here to setup your W3 Total Cache correctly for faster loading speed.

7. Remove unwanted CSS

Removing unwanted CSS is a great way to speed up your overall WordPress site.

The process of removing unwanted CSS isn't a walk in the park. It certainly takes some coding skills and knowledge. You can read this post to learn more about it.

If you are using Thrive Architect (or Thrive Content Builder), you are in luck!

There is an option for you to remove unwanted CSS files when you are building WordPress landing pages with Thrive Architect.

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The removal of Theme CSS allows your website to load lesser CSS files and thus, improving the overall loading speed.

If you know a thing or two about CSS and coding, it is always best to remove unwanted CSS codes from your site to avoid slow loading speed.

BONUS

Are you looking for a good theme builder? Thrive Architect is one of my top favorite after Divi 3.0. Read my full Thrive Architect review and see how it can help you create powerful landing pages in just a few clicks (without making your site loads slower)!

8. Use a content delivery network (CDN)

If you want to make your website loads faster, then start using a content delivery network (CDN).

A CDN speed up your website by keeping static files in various datacentres around the world. This allows faster distribution of files to your visitors as they will be getting partial files from the datacentres nearest to their locations.

CloudFlare and Incapsula are two of the best free content delivery network that will help fasten the speed of your website and provide a layer of additional security.

Want to make your website speed even faster? Try using customized CloudFlare Page Rules for massive loading speed. Click here to read more the full guide.

Making WordPress Faster Today

Are you ready to make your WordPress loads faster?

I hope you find the above 8 tips useful and if you have something to share, leave a comment and I'll take a look at it!

Why You Must Clean Up Your WordPress Database from Time to Time

This blog post is contributed by a guest blogger, Sujain Thomas. Sujain Thomas is a website developer and she also has years of experience in data management. She has written extensively on how database management is necessary for improving a website’s performance.

Are you worried about the loading time of your website? Have you been hearing complaints that it takes too long for the site to load, and some of the pictures do not load even after waiting for several minutes? Then, surely there is a need for you to look into the performance of your website. The chances are that the bounce rate on your site is quite high since people do not like waiting around for too long. In fact, according to studies, people abandon a website in favor of another if it takes more than a few seconds to load.

 

Why is it essential to monitor the load time of your website?

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Yes, just a few more seconds can have a significant impact on the search engine optimization and popularity of your website. It would not be wrong to say that for each second more your site takes to load, the abandon rate on your page rises. Kissmetrics states about 47% of consumers expect a website to load within two seconds or less. Moreover, 40% of consumers abandon a web page that requires over three seconds to load. Today's websites are responsive and attempt to create a seamless experience for visitors across devices. Did you know that 73% of mobile internet users have said that they have encountered a web page that was too slow in loading? Are you sure, yours is not one of them?

You must be wondering if there is an easy way to shave a few seconds off the load time of your website. In case you are using WordPress for your site, and it has been running for only a few months, you are probably in luck. Cleaning up your website's database might be the only thing you need to do to boost the load time of your site.

 

Why does your WordPress database require cleaning?

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You are probably aware of the fact that WordPress uses PHP and MySQL PHP is a programming language is used for fetching and displaying the information that is stored in a MySQL database. As you are always making changes to your website, updating and editing data and design, there are probably a lot of elements in the back-end that you required at one point of time but do not anymore. These unnecessary items can slow your website, adversely affecting the load time. Clean up of every aspect starting from posts, comments, meta titles and descriptions, options, terms may be required to optimize your database.

 

Why must you backup your database?

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Since your database has all the information that is required to run your website, experts from RemoteDBA.com suggest backing up your database before the cleanup. In case, you mistakenly delete something that you were not supposed to, you can end up the appearance and performance of your website. Thankfully, with the right plugin, taking your website's backup is not a very difficult task. You must read up on WordPress plugins a bit to find out which ones suit your requirement the most.

Now that you know how the maintenance of your database is vital for the correct functioning of your website, you must chalk out a plan for database clean up from time to time. Assess the performance your website and figure out when is the time that you will be okay with the minimum bit of downtime. Since you are using WordPress, you can be sure that the downtime will be minimum.

Thrive Themes vs Divi 3.0: Which Is The Best?

Thrive Themes vs Divi. Which is the better choice?

I get this question all the time and I want to be really honest here. I don't think there is a guide out there which cover a lot of what Thrive Themes and Divi can provide.

And in most cases, they are often one-sided due to personal preferences. I ought to be different and I hope you will find value in this post. More importantly, I hope you will be able to decide which is the best WordPress theme for yourself.

 

Important disclaimer

I want to disclose that I am an active affiliate for both Thrive Themes and Divi. However, I do have active purchases for both Thrive Themes and Divi (due to my nature of work). Therefore, I want you to be rest assured that I know exactly what I'm talking about.

 

Thrive Themes vs Divi: Overall design

Design and feel are two things that I look highly on. I am a minimalist guy and I don't like complicated designs. Take a look at this blog and you will figure that out.

That's only the core reason why I use StudioPress for my personal branding.

Now, Thrive Themes vs Divi, which has a better design?

Let's take a look at what Thrive Themes can offer. By default, Thrive Themes comes with 10 themes that you can start with.

In comparison, Divi also comes with 10 inbuilt themes that you can choose from.

Until here, both Thrive Themes and Divi are both providing pretty decent designs. Therefore, I would give them an equal score here.

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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Ease of use (uploading design and demo version)

At this point of time, it felt like a fair comparison and this should be a draw, right?

No! You're wrong and this is where nearly EVERY marketer out there doesn't tell you.

Divi is a clear winner here and allows me to explain to you further.

Imagine you are a complete beginner and have no coding knowledge. You purchase Thrive Themes and you hope to import the demo content, load it up and walaa, you are all set to go.

Here's the problem. There is NO complete demo content upload or download available. Therefore, you have no choice but to do everything from scratch.

Don't get me wrong. You can download the demo and upload them but you will be shocked after uploading. You probably have the colour and that's much. No fonts nothing. The only way is to work from scratch again and that would take some time.

If you are going to for Thrive Themes, don't be surprised with this! Again, it is not something bad, just troublesome.

Divi is no different either (in some ways). You can download the demo themes and upload them. Now, Divi flares here because you can get the complete demo version to your site. The only downside is that Divi comes with DOZENS of features that will make your head spin.

Of course, the easiest (but time-consuming) way is to read the manual first.

Sorry, Thrive Themes but Divi is a clear winner here. Not everyone has the time or knowledge to play with codes.

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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Website loading speed

Anyone who is serious about managing a website will always take consideration of the loading speed.

On average, a website visitor expects the site to load under 2 seconds. Websites that load under a minute often rank higher on search engines compared to those sites that have slow loading speed.

Here's one problem with these WordPress themes. Not all the WordPress themes out there are well coded for speed. Make no mistakes that there are premium WordPress themes that take ages to load.

I tested both Thrive Themes and Divi based on a new website, zero plugins and only similar content on the front page.

After three tests, the results are as below.

Thrive Themes: 1.2 seconds, 1.35 seconds, 1.2 seconds

Divi: 1.6 seconds, 1.86 seconds, 1.71 seconds

I was hoping that either one of them would hit the below 1-second mark but they didn't. Nonetheless, the results are pretty obvious that Thrive Themes is definitely a better choice when it comes to loading speed.

The developers behind Thrive Themes are bold enough to share their mindset on website loading speed on their website (see below).

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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Customization features

If you are looking for a premium WordPress theme that doesn't require a single line of code to customize, then you are going to love both Thrive Themes and Divi.

Both of these are the leaders in the market for drag and drag WordPress builder. By far, no one had come close to what they can offer in terms of customization.

However, when comparing both of them, who will be the ultimate winner?

Carry on reading to find out.

Thrive Themes allows you to do customization with their Content Builder. This is how it looks like in action.

Thrive Content Builder Review Thrive Content Builder is awesome and it works like charm. Among all the content builder, Thrive Content Builder certainly makes content building much easier.

But, there's a problem with the content builder. It doesn't play well with CloudFlare. Again, I have no issues with Thrive Content Builder but if you want to use it with CloudFlare, make sure you turn the CloudFlare Rocket Loader off.

Divi is different from Thrive Content Builder. Here's how it looks like in action.

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Yes, Divi is just like Thrive Content Builder. Customization can be done easily with Divi and Thrive Content Builder.

Divi has its own issues as well. The most common one is the size of the page and technology behind it. Due to the wide range of features, the page loads slower and it can be annoying if you are using a slow web host. A good web host can easily solve this problem any time of the day.

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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Split testing

I know you are asking for this. Who doesn't love split testing, right?

With split testing technology, you can test pages with different fonts, colour, and wording, to name a few. Here, Divi flares extremely well because split testing is inbuilt in all themes.

Using Divi, you can test out anything, from a small part of the page to the whole page. Basically, the sky is your only limit.

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Until date, Divi is the only premium WordPress theme that allows you to do perform the split test on pages.

On the other hand, Thrive Themes do allow split testing but only on opt-in forms (email marketing). Of course, I certainly hope they will implement this in the near future.

But until then, Divi is the clear winner when it comes to split testing technology.

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Thrive Themes vs Divi: Pricing review

Pricing is always a concern and I'm sure you feel the same too.

So, which is the better deal?

This is how much Thrive Themes cost.

Thrive Themes Pricing

And this is how much Divi costs.

Divi Pricing

From the above, it is clear that Divi is much cheaper when compared yearly. Divi also is a clear winner as it has the lifetime plan which is a single payment.

In terms of face value, Divi is definitely the winner but if you would take into consideration of the unlimited use of Thrive plugins, Thrive Themes is actually the one with higher value.

When you sign up for Thrive Themes, you will automatically able to use all the Thrive plugins to further skyrocket your website. With Divi, you only have access to a smaller number of plugins and other themes.

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Recapping the Thrive Themes vs Divi review and comparison

Let's calculate the score, shall we?

Thrive Themes and Divi both managed to earn four points after the review. So, which is the best WordPress theme?

Personally, I would recommend Thrive Themes if you are a blogger or managing a small business. Thrive Themes products are very much fitted into these categories and they will help you 'fly' high in the sky. See Thrive Themes in action here.

If you are looking for a professional WordPress theme for your business, Divi is a better choice because it offers more customization and features which fit well for business and professional nature. Take a look at Divi here.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and let's discuss.

What Is The Best WordPress Hosting Site?

Best WordPress hosting site. I'm sure the answer varies and it is highly dependable to individuals. For me, I have my fair share of experiences using shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting and even virtual private servers (VPS). In this post, I'm going to share with you the best WordPress hosting sites based on price and more importantly, server performance.

The Best WordPress Hosting Site

Top choice: WP Engine - Excellent performance and customer support

Plans: As low as $35 per month (25,000 visits)

Advantages using WP Engine

Limited Time Offer - 2 Months Free

Disadvantages using WP Engine

 

Secondary choice: FlyWheel - Affordable pricing and unique billing feature

Pricing: As low as $14 per month (5,000 visits)

Advantages using FlyWheel

Try FlyWheel today!

Disadvantages using FlyWheel

 

Third choice: SiteGround - Excellent pricing with a scaled down performance

Pricing: As low as $3.95 per month

Advantages using SiteGround

Try affordable WordPress hosting with SiteGround.

Disadvantages using SiteGround

 

New entry: Kinsta Hosting - Blazing fast servers powered with Google Cloud Platform

Pricing: As low as $30 per month

Advantages using Kinsta

Click here to see all the benefits using Kinsta!

Disadvantages using Kinsta hosting

 

What is the best WordPress hosting site?

Personally, I would choose for WP Engine as my first choice. For the price of $35 a month, I can rest assured that my sites are always protected and secured. More importantly, downtime is never a problem and the support team over at WP Engine is willing to go beyond simply because they could. For me, this is definitely a deal breaker as I do not want to be charged for every support I require. Take a look at this post and you will understand why.

If you are a web developer, FlyWheel (or GetFlyWheel) is a great choice for you because it provides easy billing features. In other words, you can transfer the charges over to your client through FlyWheel's dashboard. There is no more mess and you can focus on the thing that you are best in ... which is designing the site. The downside of FlyWheel is the plans are pretty much similar to WP Engine and therefore, you will get a better deal when using WP Engine instead. The Tiny plan from FlyWheel allows up to 5,000 visits in a month and let's be real honest -- that is really insufficient for most bloggers.

SiteGround is the lowest in the comparison tier. While the low plans are great for starters and beginners, the servers are optimized for WordPress hosting but they are still shared web hosting. This means that it is NOT managed WordPress hosting and you will get lower performance servers when compared to WP Engine and FlyWheel.

Last but not least, the newest entry is Kinsta hosting. Kinsta offers a simple solution for both entry level websites and business websites. With pricing starts at $30 per month, Kinsta offers top notch VPS performance (thanks to Google Cloud Platform) and inbuilt cache plugin that makes your website loads insanely fast. Plus, the support team is available 24/7 via live chat to answer all your doubts and challenges you may face in web hosting.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me which web host you are currently using!

Cloudways Managed Cloud Hosting Review 2017

You found this article because you are interested about the Cloudways managed cloud hosting review 2017. I'm not going to disappoint you, you've come to the right place.

I promised to make this article as detailed and informative as possible. Therefore, I'll be covering a wide range of topics related to Cloudways such as:

  • What is managed cloud hosting?
  • Introduction to Cloudways
  • Cloudways managed cloud hosting review for the year 2017
  • Advantages and disadvantages of Cloudways
  • How to migrate a website to Cloudways?

I hope you find this article useful and I will appreciate it if you can share this on social media.

Cloudways Managed Cloud Hosting Review 2017

What is managed cloud hosting?

According to Techopedia, managed cloud hosting is a process in which organizations share and access resources, including databases, hardware and software tools, across a remote network via multiple servers in another location. In managed cloud hosting, servers are purchased in slices or as a virtual server.

If the above sounds geeky for you, don't worry. Here's a simplified version for the meaning of managed cloud hosting.

Managed cloud hosting is not like your average shared hosting service (example, Bluehost). In shared hosting service, you will most probably share the same hosting environment with over a thousand or other users.

Compared to cloud hosting, you can utilize the entire server allocation for your usage. The server is also hosted on a virtual server where accessing it would require a remote network connection.

The term 'managed' simply means that the server or servers are maintained by one or more support team. Thus you don't have to worry about server maintenance.

I'm a huge fan of managed cloud hosting and to be extremely honest with you, cloud hosting services aren't the cheapest in the market. However, they are probably one of the best especially when it comes to server performance.

Searching for the cheapest managed cloud hosting platform? You don't have to look far as Cloudways is the best (and cheapest) managed cloud hosting platform you can find in today's market.

Introduction to Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform

Cloudways has long been in the industry of virtual servers. I've used them several years back, and they are affordable.

Back in those days, Cloudways only have Digital Ocean and Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their provider. Now, Cloudways is working with several other partners such as Vultr, Google Cloud Platform Live, and Kyup.

Here are some reviews on Cloudways:

"Cloudways is an interesting company because it is in the process of moving from a service offering, where every deployment is essentially a custom one, to a far more productized approach." - Ben Kepes, Forbes

'Cloudways takes care of the management of open-source tools for hosting websites, like Magento, WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.' - Jordan Novet, Venture Beat

"Cloudways indicates the emphasis is on simplicity, targeting SMBs that have little to no desire to operate or administer the infrastructure themselves." - Liam Eagle, 451 Research

"There's a lot to like about Cloudways. The Web host has flexible plans, killer Web-based customer support, and excellent uptime. It's a company that you can count on to keep your site up and running." - Jeffrey L. Wilson, PCMag.com

"Cloudways is always a fun company to test. It showed major performance improvements in this round (2015) and earned an honorable mention. It was by far the most improved provider between tests." - Kevin Ohashi, Review Signal

 

Cloudways managed cloud hosting review for the year 2017

In all my reviews, I am always very strict about performance, scalability, cost and support. Coming from the customer service industry, these are just values that I cannot overlook and are often considered the core of any business.

 

1. Cloudways managed cloud hosting server performance review (rating 9 out of 10)

For starters, I want to be straightforward to say that I am not testing on their smallest package, 512 MB server. Instead, I'm using two servers of 1 GB and 2 GB respectively. Therefore, my review will be based on both of them.

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Of course, 512 MB server would probably be enough to host a brand new website or smaller ones. With the websites that I manage, I need more firepower of course.

Regarding performance, Cloudways exceeds my expectations by miles apart. Due to traffic and security concerns, I always use managed WordPress hosting as my go-to web hosting service. If you are wondering, I'm using WP Engine, and the package was Professional.

Here are the stats when I was still using WP Engine:

WP Engine Pingdom Speed Test

WP Engine Pingdom GTMetrix

Here are the stats when I am using Cloudways managed cloud hosting:

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Cloudways Pingdom GTMetrix

Now, take a look at the top. The stats are very clear and straight forward.

It certainly looks like Cloudways is really good and could easily consider as overperforming since I'm comparing it head-on with one of the world's best WordPress hosting, WP Engine.

Cloudways comes with Varnish feature as well, therefore, works like a charm and allows your website to load faster than most web hosting services could.

Plus, being a managed cloud hosting platform, there are more allocated resources for your website which will directly affect the loading speed.

Bear in mind that I'm using Cloudways 2 GB ram on Digital Ocean that costs me $34 a month compared to WP Engine Professional plan at $99 per month.

A critical Cloudways managed cloud hosting review is not complete without sharing the information of Let's Encrypt and RackSpace's email feature. According to Google, websites that have SSL would rank higher than most websites that don't. When you use Cloudways, it is easy to apply for an SSL certificate (for free). The entire process takes around 5 minutes and can be done only when you have the domain pointing directly to the allocated IP address on Cloudways.

As for RackSpace email feature, it is chargeable at $1 per email (per month) and trusts me; this is an awesome feature compared to others. Bear in mind that you can easily have this service by clicking on the "Addon" button to purchase the service.

 

2. Cloudways managed cloud hosting scalability (rating 10 out of 10)

Need to scale your website because you are growing? No problem!

With Cloudways, scalability is never an issue. As a matter of fact, you can easily do so by just dragging the scale up to the designated value, and the billing will automatically be reflected.

Managed cloud hosting such as Cloudways allows you to scale down your website as well easily. This can be done by creating a clone server and selecting a lower tier cloud hosting package that fits your need.

Noticed the ease of upgrading and downgrading on Cloudways?

When it comes to scalability, I would give Cloudways scalability of 10/10 because it is just that simple and can usually be completed in 10 minutes.

 

3. Cloudways managed cloud hosting pricing/cost (rating 10 out of 10)

At this point of writing, I'm residing in Malaysia, and my exchange rate for USD is approx 4.46. So, let's take the instance that I'm using WP Engine $99 per month.

USD 99 x 4.46 = RM 441.54

This means that I should be paying approximately RM 441.54 every month just for web hosting!

Now, when I use Cloudways, I'm being charged at $32 per month.

USD 32 x 4.46 = RM 142.72

That's approximately 67% saving every month!

Let's do us all a favor and think hard on this. We all talk about web hosting speed, security, performance and probably a dozen more features but at the end of the day, the price matters the most.

When you use Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform, you are doing yourself a favor by getting the best performance as well as easy on your wallet.

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Oh by the way, do you know that Cloudways doesn't tie you down with prepayment? All subscriptions are based on month to month basis.

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4. Cloudways managed cloud hosting support (rating 8.5 out of 10)

When it comes to supporting, Cloudways go a long way in making their customers feeling happy and satisfied.

For starters, you will receive a telephone call from their support team a few days after signing up for their service. And on top of that, you have the ability to hop onto their 'live chat' sessions for any help. Until date, the waiting queue for live chat is always fast and usually, the wait time is under 30 seconds.

Typically, their support team is very well trained in most scenarios, but from time to time, you will meet up with a few who are less experienced. While they will try to help out as much as they could, it would be a little annoying when you have to repeat yourself a couple of times!

Now, when it comes to rating the level of support provided by Cloudways, I would give them a nice 8.5 out of 10. If they could have more experienced staffs working throughout the clock, it will probably further increase the satisfaction level of the customers.

 

5. Simplicity in managed cloud hosting (rating 9.5 out of 10)

Simplicity and user experience are two vital components for any web hosting service. As most beginners or webmasters don't want to spend the entire day getting the server up and running, both of these are more important than ever.

Here's a screenshot of my dashboard:

Cloudways dashboard

As you can see, it is very straightforward and pretty for the eyes.

Managing a cloud hosting server is not an easy task. It often requires experience and certain knowledge before you can have a fully running service. With Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform, it is extremely easy to create and manage your cloud servers.

Cloudways allows you to:

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  • Create managed cloud servers quickly
  • Manage servers easily
  • Scale up or down the server
  • Turn on and off Varnish
  • Reboot the server
  • Purge the cache
  • Clone the server
  • Install SSL certificate under 5 minutes
  • Change PHP settings
  • And much more

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The above can be done on all Cloudways managed cloud hosting servers without any coding. You can either turn on or off specific services with just a few clicks.

It is so easy that you can even migrate your website using Cloudways's migrator tool!

In the scale of 1 to 10, I would give Cloudways simplicity and user experience at the score of 9.5.

Yes, Cloudways managed cloud hosting is seriously that good!

 

How to migrate to Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform?

Do you remember paying hundred of dollars just to migrate your website from one web host to another? Yes, those days.

With today's technology, you are no longer bound for that. Instead, you can use migration tools provided by some hosting companies to ease the job. Currently, Cloudways is the only managed cloud hosting platform that offers such service.

The process of migrating to Cloudways is simple. Here are the steps:

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IP propagation takes time. Therefore, do not panic if your website doesn't load or shows 404 error.

 

Advantages of using Cloudways managed cloud hosting

Cloudways is still one of the best managed cloud hosting platforms you can find on the market today. It is highly affordable, and the server performance is better than most web hosting services.

When you use Cloudways, you will get powerful servers all to yourself as well as excellent customer service. Another plus point is that Cloudways is a fully managed cloud hosting platform. This means that you don't have to go all the way to learn how to manage a server. Cloudways teams will take care of the maintenance for you.

As Cloudways is very affordable, it makes all the sense that Cloudways is more popular than most VPS or cloud hosting platforms within the industry. While most VPS and cloud hosting services would cost above $50, it only costs as low as $10 with Cloudways.

 

Disadvantages using Cloudways managed cloud hosting

Cloudways is not created to fit everyone's needs. After all, there is no product in this world that fit everyone in the market. One of the biggest disadvantages using Cloudways is the price.

Allow me to explain.

When you use Cloudways, you need to understand that Cloudways works as an intermediary between you and the cloud provider. Therefore, you are required to pay slightly more when using Cloudways.

Take a look at Digital Ocean pricing structure:

digital ocean pricing

And here's the pricing structure for Digital Ocean on Cloudways:

cloudways pricing

Do you see the differences?

I know for a fact that many people consider it as a huge cost disadvantage. Well, it depends on how you see it.

Creating a droplet on Digital Ocean is easy and price efficient. However, you are required to do all the server maintenance yourself. Compared to Cloudways, the dashboard and systems are setups for you. Instead of using command code to get the droplet in Digital Ocean running (which could take hours if you are inexperienced), you can opt to pay slightly more for a full-fledged service through Cloudways.

Now, can you consider this as a disadvantage for Cloudways? Go figure!

 

Summary: Cloudways managed cloud hosting review 2017

If you are looking for a good and affordable managed cloud hosting service, you should consider using Cloudways. After all, the entire operation system is set up to ease your burden, save you more time and ensuring that your website is up and running the short time possible.

On the other hand, Cloudways is less effective if you know about coding and server management as there are many Cloudways competitors such as Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services and Linode to choose from. Of course, those are an unmanaged cloud hosting compared to Cloudways managed cloud hosting platform.

To end my Cloudways managed cloud hosting review for 2017, allow me to stress that I highly recommend Cloudways because it is highly scalable, user-friendly and a high-performance cloud hosting platform for both beginners and advanced users. With affordability in mind, there is absolutely no doubt that Cloudways is the best managed cloud hosting you can find in 2017.

Click here to try Cloudways for free and judge Cloudways by yourself!

How to Serve Static Content From a Cookieless Domain

Want to know how to serve static content from a cookieless domain?

You came to the right place. In this article, I'll be sharing with you how to solve the irritating "serve static content from a cookieless domain" warning.

If you are using Pingdom, this sight is just too common for many:

serve static content from a cookieless domain

Disclaimer:

Due to the latest changes with the web and new protocols such as HTTP/2, it is safe to ignore this warning for now. However, I'm still a strong believer that we should find a solution to fix the "serve static content from a cookieless domain" warning if we can.

And yes, this article will show you how.

if we can.

And yes, this article will show you how.

 

How to fix the "serve static content from a cookieless domain" warning?

Here's the quick and direct response to your question. In order to serve static content from a cookieless domain, you can either re-configuring your WordPress website or use a Content Delivery Network (or CDN in short).

 

Solution 1: Re-configure your WordPress website to serve static content from a cookieless domain

This method is free but at the cost of some work and knowledge.

For starters, you need to understand that the way your website is being configured will play a crucial role in the success of this method.

If you use a top-level domain such as domain.com, then you would need to actually use a separate domain altogether. If you are using www.domain.com then you could simply set up a subdomain such as static.domain.com.

As most websites are configured on www.domain.com, the method below is strictly for websites with www:

  1. Create a subdomain
  2. You can use any name and I'm using static.domain.com. This is where you will be delivering your files from (and ultimately solving the server static content from cookieless domain warning.
  3. Point your subdomain to your wp-content directory with a CNAME.
  4. Not sure what is CNAME? Here's a quick source for you.
  5. Edit your wp-config.php file to reflect the following:

define("WP_CONTENT_URL", "http://static.domain.com");
define("COOKIE_DOMAIN", "domain.com");

Not sure where to find wp-config.php file?

The configuration file of your WordPress script is located in the WordPress installation directory and its name is: wp-config.php

You can edit it through cPanel --> File Manager. Find the file, click on it and from the top menu choose "Edit".

 

Solution 2: Using CDN to serve static content from a cookieless domain

The fastest solution to serving static content from a cookieless domain is by using a Content Delivery Network.

Here's the concept: If you offload all your static content to a CDN or a file storage service like MaxCDN, keeping the static file requests cookie-free should be easy as long as you haven't set up a CNAME record on a subdomain that receives cookies from your top-level domain.

For Google and other search engines, it doesn't matter the files are hosted on 3rd party servers or your own.

Remember that it is all about the domain that the request is made to and making sure nothing on that domain sets any cookies.

 

Why use Content Delivery Network such as MaxCDN?

The answer is simple. It is easy and hassle free. You don't have to crack your head or mess with confusing codes just to serve static content from a cookieless domain.

Besides that, MaxCDN is seriously affordable and apart from solving your static content serving, it also helps you to speed up your website loading speed by the seconds!

Don't forget that Google gives higher ranking to websites that load faster (and under 1.5 seconds).

Learn more about MaxCDN and click here to get MaxCDN discount.

 

How to know if you have successfully serve static content from a cookieless domain?

Once you have completed either of the steps above, you would need to clear your browser cache and empty the cache plugin. You may also decide to leave it for a few hours before checking on Pingdom Tools.

You will know it is successful when you see the following:

fix serve static content from a cookieless domain warning