Should one move their WordPress Website or Blog to a more reliable Webhost? If so, what is the best Host to use and what should one look for? Well these are questions I get asked often as a WordPress specialist and this past week I moved my Website to a far better Hosting solution.
For years my WordPress Website was hosted with Crazydomains here in Australia (I believe their datacenters are in Perth). There is alot of negative commentary on the Web regarding the reliability and/or poor service delivered by Crazydomains. I didn’t have too many problems hosting with them until the past week where my Hosting account was suspended because Crazydomains didn’t like my backup solution (it is a standard and highly resilient backup solution that I use). Anyway, it’s important to me that I have a reliable backup solution so I needed to move Webhost.
What to look for in a new Webhost
My criteria for choosing a Webhost was fairly generic. The Webhost must use and make available for shared hosting all of; Linux, Apache, MySQL , PHP (i.e. LAMP) and cPanel. Also it’s important to me for great page load speed that the server/s are hosted in Australia (preferable East Coast Australia as this is where most of my customers work and live). I don’t need more than a few gigabytes of storage for my Site but need at least 50GB of monthly data transfer allowance.
After much research I decided to settle for a Host that satisfies all my criteria and that has a datacenter in Sydney. It’s also a great priced Hosting package.
How I made my Website even quicker
I use caching, compression of files and various other means to speed up my Website (I’m quite fanatical about page load speed and Website performance in general). Once my Website had a new home at the new Host here in Sydney I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and move all static content onto a Content Delivery Network (CDN). I get a proportion of my work from outside Australia and in particular the U.S.A, U.K. and South Africa. Making my static content travel all the way from Australia to, say the U.K. is sure to slow page load speeds. A good CDN delivers content to the customer from a location close to the customer resulting in faster Website performance for the person viewing my Site.
Amazon CloudFront WordPress CDN
There are various good CDNs out there but prices vary greatly. I was amazed therefore to see how reasonably priced Amazon Web Services (AWS) is. AWS offers many solutions for Websites as well as online Services; for those that don’t know, Amazon.com doesn’t only sell books and other products; it’s also a leader in providing solutions for Web services and Webmasters including even DNS hosting as well as their CDN called CloudFront.
UPDATE: Amazon now uses a Datacenter in Sydney, Australia so is quicker than every for Australian WordPress Websites.
The Results are in – WordPress and CDN is great SEO
Setting up CloudFront took a little while but wasn’t overly complicated. The results however are immediately obvious; after just a few days I’ve noticed in Google Webmaster Tools that it’s taking Google significantly less time to crawl my Pages than before. This has to be good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as well as a better Website experience for my customers.
If you’re looking to take advantage of using a CDN with your WordPress Site contact me as I can get you ‘up and running’ quickly and at a low cost.