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High-Performance Managed Web Hosting

You likely just spent somewhere between two to a fifty grand on a brand new website complete with meticulously written copy, gorgeous images, and compelling testimonials about your business. You’ve made a real investment in your business to put your company’s best foot forward on the web. But if your site loads any longer than 3 seconds, you’re going to lose a significant number of people’s attention and with it the chance to win their business.

If you’re wondering why 3 seconds is the magic number for page load time, you’ll see in the chart below that after 3 seconds load time, the number of people which “bounce” off a site goes from 9% for 3 seconds to 38% for 5 seconds.

Credit to Pingdom.com for this terrific graph

So what we offer to address your business' Need for Speed

Web Hosting is technically a service but what you’re actually buying from us is a result. The result of having a web server that’s secure, reliable, but most of all, fast.

What you get with our professionally-managed web hosting is nothing short of the state of the art. We use enterprise cloud infrastructure. We use the world’s fastest cloud servers from UpCloud as our primary web servers in combination with the world’s largest cloud provider (Amazon AWS) for content delivery and site backup storage. Additionally, we use ServerPilot’s industry-leading server management software to configure, secure, and manage our primary web servers.

Keeping WordPress sites fast and secure is not a one-time job either, with our professionally-managed web hosting, we manually perform bi-weekly WordPress, theme, and plugin updates to ensure no errors have occurred during the update process. We also hand-tune your WordPress site with the leading WordPress database optimization software and CSS + JS concatenation software.

Once that’s all done, your site’s content is offloaded to each of Amazon’s data centers across North America and Europe so your visitors download images, videos, CSS, JS, font files, and more all from the closest Amazon AWS data center.

Last but not least, we backup your site 3 different ways. We perform daily off-site database backups as well as monthly off-site file backups. On a server level, we take snapshots of our servers every Sunday night.

Our Data Center Providers

Why We Use Upcloud for our primary Web Servers

As the old adage goes, your computer is only as fast as it’s slowest component. That component for any user over the age of 30 has always been their storage device (hard drive). Servers are no different as they are still a computer with components including a motherboard, CPU, memory, and storage device.

In the early 2000s, many websites were just static HTML, CSS, and Javascript files. That meant, web hosting servers didn’t require much processing power because all they did was serve static files to client machines (desktop computers, phones, etc.) Today’s websites are built with applications like WordPress which not only require a fair amount of CPU and memory to run efficiently but also a storage device fast enough to load databases from storage into memory within milliseconds. What this means is that WordPress not only needs ample CPU and memory resources but also a high-performance storage device which allows MySQL (database software) to query databases extremely quickly.

While there are plenty of gargantuan virtual server providers out there like Amazon AWS, Google GCP, Microsoft Azure, Digital Ocean, Linode, etc., no one touches UpCloud’s performance. UpCloud developed their own storage technology which offers the fastest block storage that is often twice as fast as standard enterprise-grade SSD.

Industry leading IaaS marketplace analyst Cloud Spectator has chosen UpCloud twice as #1 performance leader in Europe among 10 top European cloud providers (DigitalOcean, Azure, AWS, Google, 1and1, CenturyLink, Rackspace, OVH, and Softlayer).

While UpCloud may be a European company, we use either the Chicago or San Francisco datacenter to host your website assuming you’re based here in the states. If you’re in Europe, we can of course host your website at one of UpCloud’s European data centers.

Technical Information for the nerds

Core Web Server Specifications

  • Chicago or San Francisco-based Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS server leveraging UpCloud’s proprietary high-performance storage system.
  • Software stack is a Linux, NGINX front facing web server, Apache back-end, MySQL 8, PHP 7.x or PHP 8.x software stack specifically optimized for WordPress
  • All servers are configured to be automatically updated with security updates from the Ubuntu security repositories as well as the ServerPilot repositories. These updates are signed with the Ubuntu and ServerPilot GPG keys, respectively.
  • Servers kept updated with latest Ubuntu LTS release
  • SHA-256 (SHA-2) SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt included
  • Server size maintained with ample CPU and memory to ensure sub-40% typical memory usage and sub-30% typical CPU utilization for ample headroom
  • Server snapshot backups taken every Sunday evening
  • Server is configured with an iptables network firewall. This firewall only allows TCP ports 22 (SSH), 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS), and UDP port 68 (DHCP).

Content Delivery Network Included

  • Static site assets (CSS, JS, images, fonts, etc.) offloaded to Amazon AWS Cloudfront Content Delivery Network (CDN) across North American and European data centers for rapid content delivery included

WordPress Application Maintenance Included

  • Bi-weekly professionally-performed WordPress + theme + plugin updates included

Site Backup Services Included

  • Daily off-site database backups to Amazon S3 included
  • Monthly off-site file backups to Amazon S3 included (on-demand file backups available at no additional charge)

Domain Services Included

  • Professional Domain Management Services included
  • Professional SPF/DKIM DNS Record Configuration included

Site Migration Services Included

  • Website migration to our server included

WordPress Security Modifications Included

  • WordPress XML-RPC disabled
  • WordPress login URL modified
  • Manually confirm WordPress wp-config.php file permissions set to 600
  • WordPress Brute Force Prevention plugin installed and configured

WordPress Performance Optimizations Included

  • Browser Caching configured
  • Malicious WordPress comments auto-deleted bi-weekly
  • Bi-weekly database optimization included

Google Analytics & Search Console Services Included

  • Google Analytics Tracking Code installation included
  • Google Search Console Sitemap Submissions Included
  • Facebook, Google Remarketing, etc. and other tracking code installation included

Additional Available Services

  • Site Malware Remediation Services available
  • Image file size optimization services available
  • WordPress domain change services available

Pricing

Pricing is straight forward, $75 USD per month if paid monthly or $825.00 USD (1 month free) if paid annually upfront.

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