Top Hosting Providers for WordPress Developer Features

Hosting Providers for WordPress

Not all hosting providers are developer-friendly. They’re nice guys and all – but they simply may not have what you need to grow. But what WordPress developer features should you be looking out for? Let’s talk about PHP management and auto-updates, WP-CLI, WordPress Mass Management, Secure Shell (SSH) Access, Git.

Important WordPress Developer Features

Important WordPress Developer Features

We all want to make a great impression. So do hosting providers when presenting themselves to the developers. However, you should know better what’s just glitter and what’s substance. Here are the winning features they should provide.

PHP Management and Auto-Updates

One of the reasons you may choose to buy something over another is the flexibility of change anytime you want. The same goes for hosting providers who offer the ability to change the version of PHP used for WordPress. They may also let you activate/deactivate various PHP modules. Where PHP is involved, you need to look out for hosting providers with top performance too.

Coming second as preference are the providers who only offer the ability to change the version of PHP used for WordPress – but not PHP modules. Only being able to modify PHP variables without a PHP version or module management just isn’t good enough to consider.

Hosters need to find a way for WordPress core to update itself automatically, without having to take any actions. Auto-updates can be by default – and it’s equally fine if a setup wizard or control panel is in place. Providers who offer no assistance with updates or management around updates don’t make the cut.

WP-CLI

Nobody likes bottlenecks – hence, providers who offer the ability to utilize WordPress WP-CLI as a built-in feature are excellent choices. Or simply if they allow the use of WP-CLI from local or remote hosting.

WordPress Mass Management

Multitasking is the way forward in almost everything we do nowadays. In the WordPress sphere, this means being able to perform multiple actions with a single click – Or even the same action on multiple sites simultaneously. Such as applying updates to WordPress core, plugins and/or themes, security checks or any sort of analysis.

For more info on how you can get a handle on self-management, check out our detailed article on Managed vs. Unmanaged WordPress Hosting. Choosing managed or unmanaged hosting depends on your needs, but ultimately WordPress mass management should fall into your consideration.

Secure Shell (SSH) Access

Providers who offer the ability to access WordPress via SSH go on the winning list. SSH does not need to be available by default. But if the customer wants it, the provider should make it easy to enable it.

Git

We like it neat. Git allows you to group the changes in the source code so you have them at hand later on. Providers who offer some type of Git integration or services are part of this category.

Top-Performing Hosters for WordPress Developer Features

Top Hosters for WordPress

When it comes to WordPress web developer top performers, in the Cloud Spectator Report you can find the winners. The only ones who got an A, but not an A+ were HOSTPRESS, CONETIX, and ZNETLIVE with 92%. The hosting providers have in place WP-CLI, mass management, auto-updates, SSH updates, Git, and only partial PHP management.

Second rankers are A2Hosting, BLUEHOST, HOSTINGER. They have full PHP management in place, but missed on implementing either Git, in case of A2Hosting, or mass management – the latter two.

The Raspberry Awards in this category go to 34SP.com, FlyWheel, and Pressable. All of them failed to implement four of the must-haves to get a developer-friendly badge. Therefore, we’ve narrowed down the essential list of WordPress developer features that hosting providers shouldn’t miss. Look out for PHP management, WP-CLI, mass management, Git, and SSH access.

WordPress Features, from Plesk to Developers

Plesk WordPress Toolkit makes a great impression on even the more advanced developers for its one-click “build – secure – run” features. That are simple, yet appeal to both amateurs and experts.

WordPress Toolkit

Build with Plesk WordPress Toolkit

When building a WordPress website, a developer needs to be fast and furious. Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit provides easy installation, a staging environment, and theme and plugin management. In one click, you’ll download WordPress, then create a database with a DB user and an admin account.

The staging environment allows you to experiment with new ideas and only when you are convinced by them, will you go forward. You can also push the on/off button for plugins on one or several WordPress instances. From WordPress Toolkit 4.0 upwards, you even get remote management. Basically letting you bring any WordPress instances on remote Plesk servers to your WordPress Toolkit management area.

Security at Hand

Click on the magic Secure button to detect and protect your core installations. Just check for the items you wish to harden, push the button and carry on. Here you’re getting the latest security recommendations and best practices from WP Codex and WP security experts. Meaning you don’t need to be a security expert or have an on-hand team – because it’s already there for you.

Run and Play

When you hiccup, you drink a glass of water. When your site hiccups, you run Restore Points, and everything goes the way it used to be. Bug invasion? Plesk WordPress Toolkit is going to keep you away from it with debug management.

When updating your WordPress plugins or themes, go into the maintenance mode with a single click. Moreover, with WP-CLI, you can import a database, create a new user, and update themes in a flash.

It’s not an amateur tool, so it’s for the WordPress developers with a bit more experience.  But it’s a small purchase that helps you save a lot of time. Hence becoming more productive, cost-effective – and ultimately more profitable.

We’d love to hear your experiences with developer-friendly providers. So drop a line in the comments and let us know if we got it right or wrong!

Getting the Best WordPress Hosting Performance Today

WordPress Hosting Performance Today

Fast, performant, and close to home? It sounds like a line from an ad. But it’s not. It’s about what a hosting provider should offer a WordPress business. So let’s dive into the behind-the-stage attributes that will give you ultimate WordPress Hosting Performance.   

To have great WordPress performance, you should look for the following magic features: CDNs and your server location. A data center that’s geographically-close to its users guarantees low latency. While CDN ensures excellent response times to users worldwide. Let’s call them the salt and pepper of the WordPress hosting performance dish. Read on to discover the rest of the equally important ingredients.

The WordPress Community on WordPress Performance

We asked the WordPress Community for a top tip to boost WordPress Performance. Here’s what we got. 

Must-Have Hosting Performance Features

WordPress needs hosting. Which WordPress performance attributes would make the latter one the best match?

Optimizing Speed and Performance - Ruby on Rails vs PHP

Server-level Caching and CDNs

Server level caching is a great way to provide a significant performance boost to most websites with a lot of static content (images, CSS, HTML). While CDNs also perform caching, it’s good to have a server-level caching by default.

Speaking of Content Delivery Networks, the providers who offer a CDN with the selected WordPress plan score higher in the attractiveness top. Even upper on this list are the providers who offer a CDN that’s integrated into a control panel.

HTTP/2 and DNS

Also, the hosting provider or CDN one must enable the HTTP/2, the latest major revision of the HTTP Protocol. Moreover, to make a good impression and provide the best possible performance for the users, Gzip compressing should be part of the offering.

A performant hosting experience includes offering a fully-featured DNS service. The providers which offer restricted DNS or domain features (like adding a parked domain, add-on domain or subdomain) don’t make the best impression.

First Byte 300ms or Less

Can it make it in under 300 milliseconds? Then, it’s a keeper. For the end-users, it means their browser will receive the first byte of response within this time-frame. Apparently, 300 milliseconds or less is the golden number – according to numerous e-commerce studies.

Detailed WordPress Performance Benchmarks

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“We want it all and we want it now”. These are the expectations we hear from customers browsing online platforms. This is why speed and performance play a major role in the success of any online business. Website performance is about retaining users, improving conversions, making customers happy – and ultimately, growing your business.

Studies say you have just 27 seconds to make a first good impression. When you have an e-commerce website, you have even fewer seconds at your disposal. Neil Patel, digital marketing guru, states that 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Moreover, Google penalizes slow and poorly performing websites from an SEO perspective and downgrades search engine rankings.

Therefore, other than the managed WordPress hosting plans, how a provider handles various levels of traffic in real-time is also very important.

What Makes the Difference?

  • Concurrency is the number of multiple simultaneous users that are connected to your application, requesting content as quickly as possible. But not all at once.
  • Meanwhile, Requests Per Second (RPS) represents the number of requests the web server can respond to within 1 second. Sites with higher RPS will be able to handle more traffic.
  • As for the latency, it represents the response time observed for 95% of the requests sent during a time frame.

Why Geography Impacts Performance

location - CDN - globe

How do you feel about long-distance connections? They may work, but with some struggle. This also applies to your WordPress hosting, so that you can get the bets WordPress Hosting Performance.

Your website may not perform at its best if the location of the data center that hosts it is not close to your audience. Picking a data center in the same city as your audience will provide much lower latency.

An ideal scenario would be to have two data center locations in the same region to deliver at full speed dynamic content. In particular, PHP generated content dynamically, which can’t be cached easily. And even all your users are in the same area as your data center, you don’t want to lose points for high latency.

This is why using a CDN comes handy. As a Content Delivery network helps you to deliver excellent response times to users worldwide.

Top WordPress Hosting Performers and Why

So, now you know what to look for in a WordPress hosting provider. But do such ideal hosting providers exist? Well, yes. According to Cloud Spectator Report, the best ones, in terms of performance features, are:

  • FlyWheel
  • Kinsta
  • Pantheon

All three of them are A-class hosting performers because they have in place: server-level caching, HTTP/2, gzip compression, premium DNS, First Byte at or under 300ms in at least 1 location, CDN available and CDN management.

WordPress Hosting Performance Features

FlyWheel and Kinsta are top performers also in regards to Global Reach. Pantheon got maximum points for Backup and Restore features, too. For Staging & Cloning, both Pantheon and Kinsta got gold medals. Kinsta received a two more on WordPress Support, respectively Onboarding chapter.

Nevertheless, on Developer Friendly, General Support, respectively Security Features aspects, other providers got into the spotlight. However, none of the 17 providers included in the international benchmark study achieved top scores across all nine listed categories.

Important takeaway: as a WordPress owner you need to determine which feature sets are vital for your needs before selecting a WordPress Hosting provider.

How Plesk Impacts Your WordPress Performance

Speed Up WordPress Website

Lots of points to consider when choosing the best-performing WordPress hosting provider for you, right? Fortunately, there is another way to get the same perks, but without any headache. While using Plesk Hosting Platform for your virtual or dedicated server, you can also use the WordPress Toolkit extension on top of it.

Instant benefits? Everything becomes simpler regarding configuration, routine management or overall performance of all your WordPress projects. Remember that Google likes performant websites and ranks them higher in the search results.

Discover more ways to turbocharge your WordPress Performance here.

To keep it short and simple: a fast and well-optimized WordPress website will do the work. And happy visitors can become satisfied customers later on.

The Truth about Managed vs Unmanaged WordPress Hosting

Unmanaged vs managed WordPress Hosting

Quick Quiz: What Type of WordPress Hosting do you need – Managed vs unmanaged hosting?

1. Are you more of a (a) Do-it-yourself (DIY) type or b) Plug-and-play kind of person?
2. Do you usually (a) go with the flow or (b) need a backup plan?
3. When traveling, do you prefer (a) shared accommodation or (b) space for yourself?
4. Looking at your lifestyle, do you (a) go for the basic stuff or (b) comfort and security

Unmanaged vs Managed WordPress Hosting Verdict

Well, based on the above criteria, Plesk can tell you which type of WordPress user you are – the managed vs unmanaged hosting type. If you mostly picked (a), then you are an unmanaged hosting type, whereas mostly (b) choices reveal your managed WordPress hosting preference.

Disclaimer: There is no right or wrong answer and you’re fine either way. However, having a full perspective can help you make the best business decisions later on. Keep reading for more info on your business needs, the core differences and benefits of the two different hosting types.

Managed Hosting: The Plug & Play Type

Your profile tells Plesk you are part of a managed hosting category for your WordPress. You trust and rely on someone else for your hosting solution, while you focus on your core business. Going deeper, you can choose from the following managed hosting types: a) Shared; b) Cloud; c) Virtual Private Hosting (VPS); d) Dedicated. 

Love Shared Hosting?

This hosting plan is typically the cheapest. Your site shares resources with other accounts on the same server. Shared hosting is a good option as long as website traffic and your end-user base don’t outgrow the server’s resources. The downside is that noisy/resource-hogging neighbors will affect your site as all websites have to share space on the same server.

Scale up to Cloud Hosting

Multiple physical servers work together and the network shares virtual resources. If you choose cloud hosting, it means you want flexibility, resilience, and redundancy. Also, you prefer a pay-as-you-go model. However, for cloud hosting, you need good planning abilities and management skills of this environment.

VPS Hosting Fan?

This means you prefer a virtual instance on a physical server with its copy of an operating system (OS). Plus, your own resources such as CPU, RAM or any other data. You can always add more resources on your plate without the need to migrate your website.

Moreover, you get a similar level of flexibility and benefits as with a dedicated server, but with a shared cost of services. This means almost full freedom. Because you have access to everything and can install any software you want and need. No dependency on traffic or audience.

Your Own Dedicated Hosting

Are you playing in the league of big numbers of visitors? Then dedicated hosting is for you. You probably have an online store with lots of rich media that need to max out on RAM. It’s also the most secure option and provides the highest level of system control.

Therefore, you can keep noisy neighbors out of the picture. However, know that dedicated servers usually come with monthly pricing or some kind of long-term commitment. So you need to think carefully in advance regarding how many resources you’re going to need.

Unmanaged Hosting (DIY) – The Good and The Bad

Based on Plesk analysis, you love being in the ‘techy weeds’. As a DIY type, you prefer to build, configure, maintain and secure your server. While also ensuring that your website is up and performing well. As basic needs’ fulfillment is enough for you, a server with only an Operating System (OS) installed will do. You need to install and configure any additional software such as WordPress, Apache, PHP or MySQL.

Why Unmanaged Hosting Can Be Tricky

If this tips you over between managed vs unmanaged hosting, then you’re dedicated to the tricky craft of managing your website(s) and server. You love it and it costs you almost nothing. However, this may take too much time and keep you away from other more important stuff for your business and growth. Also, you may be saving money now, but in the long run, this may not be as beneficial. Consider this: your site has always been a bit slow to load, but imagine it in two years’ time. When your business and website traffic grow.

Backup plans take too much time and energy for you, but if the worst happens you may pay for it in other ways. For example, after a few days off you find your site compromised and filled with spam links to random websites. Or when something goes wrong with your manual WordPress updated and the website goes down. Constantly having to monitor your site and implement performance and security optimizations may drain you. Thus, possibly crippling your business eventually.

Plesk and WordPress Hosting –  Plug, Play and More

You’ll see many options in the WordPress managed hosting candy shop. So it’s hard to choose. But for the ones who prefer a turnkey solution for their websites, Plesk WordPress Edition with WordPress Toolkit is the right combination.

Watch and see how quick you can activate your WordPress hosting solution with Plesk.

Top Plesk WordPress Hosting Benefits

Especially when compared to shared or VPS providers, this WordPress hosting provides better maintenance and data integrity. According to market benchmarks, data hosting providers offering the ability to change the version of PHP used for WordPress score higher.

24/7 customer support 

Managed WordPress Hosting is intuitive and requires a few clicks installation. But the house’ specialty, the sweet cherry on top of the Plesk’s WordPress Hosting is our customer support. From onboarding to finish, all clients get 24/7 attention from our side, including website support and tech support for non-developers.

Automated WordPress Security, Backups and Upgrades

Another advantage you’ll welcome with open arms is the free WordPress vulnerability scanner when you create a new site. Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit security scanner goes beyond the basics and implements the latest security recommendations and best practices from WP Codex and WP security experts.

Performance and Speed 

Get Plesk with your WordPress Hosting and you’ll have this included in WP-CLI. Thus helping clients import a database, create a new user, update themes and plugins in a flash using the WP-CLI. Speaking of plugins, for an enhanced customers’ WordPress experience, any caching plugin will significantly improve your WordPress performance.