What host to choose?

by Will Blears

What host to choose?

by Will Blears

by Will Blears
scalahost web hosting review
So, I see questions regarding which host to pick on the Facebook group quite frequently and I can see why, there are so many options available, so many companies, so many different packages, so many price points – it’s easy to get confused!
 
To add to that there are WAY too many people recommending shitty hosting providers simply because of they’re lucrative commissions (hostgator, bluehost, siteground e.t.c).
 
I’ve been building websites for about 11 years now and in that time I’ve used many of the big name hosts and quite a few small ones and they were all awful. Whether it was simply down to the servers not being fast enough, awful support, too much downtime, they just were not up to scratch.
 
Choosing a good host is so vital, it’s such a fundamental part of our business, so it’s crazy to think that people simply choose a host of the whim, without really researching it.
 
On top of that, once you have chosen a host and begun setting everything up, building out a website, adding content, growing traffic e.t.c realizing you have made a poor decision and then changing host can be a TOTAL fucking nightmare!
 
So, based on my 11 years experience I want to recommend one and only one host: Scalahosting.
 
I’ve been using them for over 3 years now, I am so happy with their service that I actually just purchase an annual subscription because I know and trust they will do a great job.

What package do I currently have?

I am now on the Cloud Enterprise package (since August 2016, previously I was on a VPS Pro package) and I also have these additional options:
  • Litespeed Web Server: massive uplift in WordPress website speed both front and backend.
  • Litespeed Web Cache: server side caching, means no need for WP plugins and supposedly is better. I’ve not really noticed the speed uplift when I added this, but caching is good and I never really analyzed the before and after, but I still would recommend it.
  • 100 GB Disk Space: calculate what you need, if you currently have a host see what you are using. If you are starting from scratch then start small and add, otherwise its a waste of money.
  • 8GB RAM: similarly to disk space, unless you know what you are currently using, start small (2GB or 4GB) and build on it.

The Litespeed Web Cache is something you have to ask support for once you have ordered the package and it comes at an additional cost, I think its about $25 for the year.

What’s so good about Scalahosting?

  • Support: it’s absolutely fantastic, I have taken complete advantage of their fast response time and friendly service with well over 150 requests since I begun using Scalahosting.
  • Severs: now I am not going to pretend and say I know a lot about server technology, I don’t. But, what I do know is that my websites are fast and are always online. Their servers are fast, reliable and efficient!
  • Price: they’re not the cheapest, but they’re not the most expensive. They don’t bullshit you and they don’t hound you with all this sales crap, there just upfront and honest and so are their prices.
If you are looking for a web hosting company which is affordable, fast, reliable, efficient and scalable then check out Scalahosting. If you have any questions at all then please leave a comment below!

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Entrepreneur and Online Advertising Expert. I have 11 years experience in Online Advertising and currently I am the founder of a boutique Paid advertising agency and Affiliate Marketeer.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this info Will.
    I have used VPS before but suffered security issues so since then I have been using hosting services that are optimized for WordPress (example – WPEngine).

    Is the Cloud hosting service you are using optimized for WordPress? or does Scalahosting help you customize it for WordPress?

    At least it seems that there is no speed issue because that was another reason I left VPS hosting.

    • I used to have a managed VPS package, rather than unmanaged so that the host would keep everything up to date e.t.c which is far better for security purposes.

      In regards to the Cloud hosting package, it’s not optimized for WordPress. However, I do use a few add-ons such as Litespeed Web Server which is good for WordPress. I’ve used WP Engine before, however, the issue I had with them is that once you begin custom building WP sites I found that a lot of my sites were not allowed on their hosting plans due to their significant restrictions on certain software being used alongside WP.

      • Thanks for that feedback WIll.
        Do you have all your sites in one hosting package? or do you spread them out on different hosting packages or hosting companies?

        I actually use wpxhosting.com now but they do not gurentee allocated resource. So from time to time a few of my sites become pretty unstable.

        I am speculating that because of their shared hosting configuration, other people’s sites might be using excessive resource and bringing my sites down along with theirs.

        What’s your opinion on spreading out the sites to multiple hostings?

        • Hi Tony, sorry for the delayed reply!

          I do have all my sites on one package, it’s the Cloud Pro package so it’s more than enough to handle all my sites 🙂

          Yeah, I couldn’t do that, at the end of the day your websites are your business and if you can’t be guaranteed resources for your websites then I’d move away!

          Shared hosting generally speaking isn’t very good, it’s shared so it’s very affordable and probably fine for a handful of sites, especially during the early days but once you start generating an income and become reliant upon that income then its probably time to move away!

          I wouldn’t spread across multiple hosts only because its a lot to handle, from payments, to checking services, ensuring uptime e.t.c

          Just go with one host, but make sure they’re awesome and they offer enough growth such as Scalahosting.

  2. I’ve never heard of that host before today. I usually don’t stay with hosts for longer than a year. For some reason they end up getting bought out by EIG and their support goes bad. Or they just suddenly go from good to slow over the months. Currently I’m with HawkHost but it it also doesn’t pass the test of time then I’ll check out ScalaHosting.

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