To date I have worked on many websites of mine and hosted them on different servers including greengeeks, a2hosting, Liquidweb managed WordPress, wordpress.com (personal, premium, and business plans), CtrlS datacenter, arvixe, and host4geeks. The best I have found on for value for money is wordpress.com but the features are a bit limited and the best one for the performance and speed was Liquidweb managed WordPress but it was a bit expensive for me as my website earnings and traffic was not enough to justify the cost.
I shifted all my websites to wordpress.com plans as they were cheaper and were giving free domains along. But the low cost personal and premium plans are limited in functionality, so I was thinking of migrating the websites to another host.
I came across EasyWP by NameCheap while doing the research and their plans looked good to me. I took EasyWP starter plan ($30 per year) for one of my low traffic websites but as I was transferring the website from wordpress.com they were not offering free migration. I tried exporting xml from previous host and import to new host but it was not working. There was a 504 timeout every time I used to upload the xml after a minute or two and not more than 20 posts were getting imported.
I contacted EasyWP support for the same and it took many days.
The page speeds looks to be good with page load times below 2 seconds for most pages.
As the EasyWP starter plan does not come with free SSL I used cloudflare to get free SSL which was used for loading secure website and also I got SSL certificate (Origin server free TLS certificate signed by Cloudflare) installed on the server which they allow for starter plan. Within few hours the sites pages were loading via https.
The dashboard gives basic information about the website and its status. Backup tab gives info on the site backups. Users can access site files via SFTP and database by phpMyAdmin by generating one-time username passwords. This is good and secure way of accessing the site backend.
On uploading, full-resolution images to the WordPress I was getting errors like “Post-processing of the image failed likely because the server is busy or does not have enough resources. Uploading a smaller image may help. Suggested maximum size is 2500 pixels.” “The response is not a valid JSON response.” So for all my websites now I have to compress the images to make them smaller in size and resolution for them to process in their servers. This is a big negative.
I have even faced a few downtimes after shifting to EasyWP. During my hosting with WordPress.com Business plans, I had zero downtime. But EasyWP had given at least 1 downtime of few hours in 1-2 months.
- Value for money
- Good site speed
- No SSL for the starter plan
- 2500 pixel width limit for uploaded images