Does your WordPress website run extremely slowly? Do you get hacked frequently? You are probably hosted in a shared environment.
From our experience, nearly all local web development companies use cheap shared hosting solutions.
This is where a hosting company hosts dozens, if not hundreds of resellers account on a single server. These are great for small cheap websites and require little effort on behalf of the web designer as most of the maintenance is done for them but they all suffer from performance issues.
All it takes is for one website on the sever to hog the resources and the rest of the server will suffer. The common cause for this is hacked website that send out spam emails.
Modern WordPress websites suffer from slow down particularly badly, the themes they are built on have a huge amount of functionality, but with all this functionality comes lots of code, and lots of code means slower websites. There is also a correlation between the number of plugins you use and the speed of your website, some plugins are worse than other. Do you use Visual Composer or Slider Revolution and have a slow website? They are likely the cause and you need dedicated hosting.
We limit the number of websites hosted on each server, monitor uptime, and check the page load speed of each site we put live. We also keep an eye on CPU and memory usage throughout the day to make sure nothing is causing issues.
All our WordPress websites are optimised to perform to the best of their ability and we use caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache with dedicated Apache modules to handle the caching functions rather than using disk cache.
This may all sound too technical, but the end result is our websites have better uptime, and are quicker loading than nearly all of our competitors.
We don’t just do WordPress hosting, we can host any PHP application on our Apache servers, and we have a dedicated Windows sever running Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2016 Standard.
We manage our domains using CloudFlare which provides its own performance enhancing functions and can also provide websites with SSL which improve security and your Google rankings.
Another aspect we found clients would get frustrated with is their emails. Many competitors still offer small POP/IMAP accounts, and while they offer unlimited accounts it is not much use if you can only store a few hundred megabytes of emails. We offer 5 business emails with 5GB of storage that work with POP/IMAP/ActiveSync(MS Exchange) and there is even a dedicated mobile App. You can access all your emails all the time from anywhere in the world.
For clients wanting more than 5 emails per month, or more storage, we provide email solutions through either Google or Microsoft, and these typically range for £4 – £8 per month per user with varying features dependant on price including unlimited storage or Office 365 for your PC and Phone.
Dolphin Promotions have provided us with a complete web and IT solution. They have redesigned our website, making it work with Facebook and other social media. They maintain the website for us so we don’t have to worry about it at all.
James also converted our phone system to VOIP saving us hundreds per year and providing us with more flexibility with our phones and he helps us set up a new CRM to manage our projects effectively.
R Gleave Director