Fastest WordPress Hosting in South Africa

stevodurbs

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Hi guys,

This is a question specifically about WordPress performance on Linux hosted servers. This is not about value for money, good customer support or anything else.

I've been developing client websites on (or transferring to) a variety of tiered Linux hosting solutions from Afrihost, Hetzner, WebAfrica, RSAWeb and GoDaddy and possibly a few others I've forgotten. I haven't experienced exceptional performance on any of the South African providers.

The single only provider I've been amazed by speed wise was on a single occassion using SiteGround, but they're US based and I'm looking for something within SA.

I'm wanting to know which WordPress / Linux hosting providers you guys have found to be the quickest or most responsive?

Thanks for your responses!:)
 
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Domains (SSDs)

I moved my wordpress sites from Afrihost -> Hetzner (Not bad, but konsoleH is not my thing) -> domains.co.za then never looked back.
 

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Hi guys,

This is a question specifically about WordPress performance on Linux hosted servers. This is not about value for money, good customer support or anything else.

I've been developing client websites on (or transferring to) a variety of tiered Linux hosting solutions from Afrihost, Hetzner, WebAfrica, RSAWeb and GoDaddy and possibly a few others I've forgotten. I haven't experienced exceptional performance on any of the South African providers.

The single only provider I've been amazed by speed wise was on a single occassion using SiteGround, but they're US based and I'm looking for something within SA.

I'm wanting to know which WordPress / Linux hosting providers you guys have found to be the quickest or most responsive?

Thanks for your responses!:)

WP performance-wise you won't find much difference between most of the good hosts out there. Sometimes it's really the luck of the draw in terms of what server you get placed on etc.
 

stevodurbs

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Sometimes it's really the luck of the draw in terms of what server you get placed on etc.

I've noticed that a lot with Afrihost (my current primary provider) - I'll upgrade/downgrade a hosting package and be moved to a newer server with newer version of Cpanel and it'll be infinitely better!

I have heard that WordPress specific hosting providers optimise their servers to better handle WP's (slightly clunky) code...? Looking into Mshini at the moment for this reason.
 

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I've noticed that a lot with Afrihost (my current primary provider) - I'll upgrade/downgrade a hosting package and be moved to a newer server with newer version of Cpanel and it'll be infinitely better!

I have heard that WordPress specific hosting providers optimise their servers to better handle WP's (slightly clunky) code...? Looking into Mshini at the moment for this reason.

How are they better optimising their servers? Most Linux-based web hosting companies - whose servers are up to date - use very similiar setups. Typically the only real advantage of using a 'Wordpress specialised' host, is that the support staff should be well versed in Wordpress development, and can assist you should you run into any issues or need any tech advice regarding your Wordpress site. But you usually pay more - often quite a lot more - for that kind of service, so it's up to you whether you really need it. Any decent host worth their salt should be running updated software (latest MySQL & PHP etc.) and should be able to assist you in optimising your website.
 

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How are they better optimising their servers? Most Linux-based web hosting companies - whose servers are up to date - use very similiar setups. Typically the only real advantage of using a 'Wordpress specialised' host, is that the support staff should be well versed in Wordpress development, and can assist you should you run into any issues or need any tech advice regarding your Wordpress site. But you usually pay more - often quite a lot more - for that kind of service, so it's up to you whether you really need it. Any decent host worth their salt should be running updated software (latest MySQL & PHP etc.) and should be able to assist you in optimising your website.

I have to agree with this. So long as the infrastructure and software is up to scratch, you can host your WP site and optimise it yourself, wherever necessary. WP has 'super cache' plugins that work quite well in achieving this (I'm not sure how Mshini's server side caching works or what the real benefits are in comparison to a plugin). There are plenty of articles floating around that could assist you in the optimisation process.

Services like Mshini make you pay for the 'managed' aspect of WP hosting. For those without a decent WP background, it would sound most appetising to them. However, if you have the inclination to self-manage, then that is the better option.
 

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elitehost has a decent infrastructure that has added quite a bit of speed to my wordpress sites. the lower-end packages limits were just a bit disappointing to me though, so I'd recommend 1 site per 1 hosting package and to possibly place that site behind cloudflare as well for added benefit in case the site grows to a lot of views
 

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elitehost has a decent infrastructure that has added quite a bit of speed to my wordpress sites. the lower-end packages limits were just a bit disappointing to me though, so I'd recommend 1 site per 1 hosting package and to possibly place that site behind cloudflare as well for added benefit in case the site grows to a lot of views
But aren't they down often? Looking at that other thread
 

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But aren't they down often? Looking at that other thread

Not very often - they have had more hicckups (dare I call them that) over the last year or so. At the beginning, I had zero problems. Domains.co.za is looking pretty damn good for new local clients.
 

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But aren't they down often? Looking at that other thread

Not that much, they've been fighting against a dDos attach on their upstream provider and have been building their own network, which they have more control of and can mitigate such attacks faster, since they started having issues.

However, bandwidth aside, they're the fastest shared hosting provider for wordpress in SA IMO
 

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Not that much, they've been fighting against a dDos attach on their upstream provider and have been building their own network, which they have more control of and can mitigate such attacks faster, since they started having issues.

However, bandwidth aside, they're the fastest shared hosting provider for wordpress in SA IMO
Not so sure about that.

I've been with them before unless EOHs infrastructure changed, they are certainly not the fastest.
 

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Not so sure about that. I've been with them before unless EOHs infrastructure changed, they are certainly not the fastest.

Wish I'd be able to back him up, but I've never actually had WP on Elite. Would be interesting to see a comparison between the previous, current, and future infrastructures.
 

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Not so sure about that.

I've been with them before unless EOHs infrastructure changed, they are certainly not the fastest.

They upgraded all their servers/hosting. Where have you been? under a rock?

Out of interest, what makes them the fastest? What do you base that on?

Their shared hosting servers are all on SSD's, I've tested between HostGator (international but still), Web Africa and Afrihost. Response times in terms of rendering the pages are way lower, even if you look at a service like tools.pingdom.com that has international servers accessing your local SA server.
 

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They upgraded all their servers/hosting. Where have you been? under a rock?

Dude, cut the guy some slack, he doesn't know

I was with Elitehost more recently - wasn't impressed when compared to HK, WC and Ample. But you're right, AH and WA doesn't come close. I do get the sense that Elite's performance depends on what server you end up though (density wise etc)...
 

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Dude, cut the guy some slack, he doesn't know

I was with Elitehost more recently - wasn't impressed when compared to HK, WC and Ample. But you're right, AH and WA doesn't come close. I do get the sense that Elite's performance depends on what server you end up though (density wise etc)...
No no, no slack needed. I was up and cruising on a flawless domains SSD whilst they were DDoS'ed for a week
 
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Im watching this thread with very close eyes. I was with Hostgator for years and then their backup slumped terribly. I moved around until I landed with Hetzner. Im hosting 11 sites on a dedicated server and am FAIRLY happy. The load speeds are not great (acceptable)
but I am assuming that is due to the amount of java Im loading. In terms of support - these guys blow me away - they are always able to find a solution within minutes.
 
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