Background: VPSDime had posted an offer for a $ 7 a year OVZ based VPS on LowEndSpirit a few months ago. I decided to install ClassicPress, a fork of WordPress, OVZ on it.
I was testing WordPress (actually: ClassicPress) on a $10 a year VPS with the following specs:
– Brizy pagebuilder
– 85 speeds on Google Pagespeed: mobile; 93 on Desktop (without optimisation)
– Openlitespeed Server and Quic.cloud for CDN
Someone in a FB group did not believe it. In fact, he labelled me a scammer when I mentioned the above. Some deep dive into the posts in that group revealed the following:
a. Vested interest of some members of that group peddle the services of expensive web hosts and get affiliate commission in return.
b. Reliance on vanity metrics and plugins for speeds and performance. Case in point: I am yet to see a single post with a link to a Geekbench score or a Benchmark test to talk about the hardware (or network). But people keep posting GTMetrix results.
c. Questions asked are often framed incorrectly or are plain silly. So are the answers.
Simply stating monosyllabic terms like :The service is good:, “Support is awesome” etc does not help.
I have decided not to post in such groups anymore. Let the users deal with the usual low priced crappy providers, or ultra expensive, feature deficient ones. Benchmarks on the VPSDime VPS were in response to the accuser, who I believe lacks the capacity to understand the results. The readers of this blog can. For them, they are posted below.
Link to the offer from VPSDime (Now expired) : here
CPU: 1 Core @ 2.7 Ghz
RAM: 1 GB; Swap : 0 GB
Disk: 10 GB HDD
Bandwidth: 1 TB / month–Specs of the VPS
CPU Model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v2 @ 2.70GHz CPU Cores : 1 CPU Frequency : 2700.000 MHz CPU Cache : 16384 KB Total Disk : 9.8 GB (3.8 GB Used) Total Mem : 1024 MB (294 MB Used) Total Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used) System uptime : 10 days, 22 hour 51 min Load average : 0.11, 0.05, 0.07 OS : Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit) Kernel : 5.4.0 TCP CC : Virtualization : OpenVZ Organization : AS394727 Nodisto IT, LLC Location : Wilmington Manor / US Region : Delaware ---------------------------------------------------------------------- I/O Speed(1st run) : 88.2 MB/s I/O Speed(2nd run) : 138 MB/s I/O Speed(3rd run) : 121 MB/s Average I/O speed : 115.7 MB/s ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Node Name Upload Speed Download Speed Latency Speedtest.net 2962.56 Mbps 4409.60 Mbps 2.29 ms Beijing CU 101.17 Mbps 123.95 Mbps 226.12 ms Shanghai CT 1.04 Mbps 1137.59 Mbps 191.80 ms Shanghai CU 37.61 Mbps 249.71 Mbps 261.20 ms Hongkong CN 327.03 Mbps 853.13 Mbps 197.18 ms Singapore SG 418.06 Mbps 844.51 Mbps 211.07 ms Tokyo JP 44.61 Mbps 110.00 Mbps 143.22 ms
nench.sh v2019.07.20 — https://git.io/nench.sh
benchmark timestamp: 2020-10-24 11:57:15 UTC
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v2 @ 2.70GHz CPU cores: 1 Frequency: 2700.000 MHz RAM: 1.0Gi Swap: - Kernel: Linux 5.4.0 x86_64 Disks: ploop56418 10G HDD CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB 4.588 seconds CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB 6.167 seconds CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB 2.046 seconds ioping: seek rate min/avg/max/mdev = 145.7 us / 410.0 us / 12.4 ms / 311.2 us ioping: sequential read speed generated 3.23 k requests in 5.00 s, 806.8 MiB, 645 iops, 161.3 MiB/s dd: sequential write speed 1st run: 180.24 MiB/s 2nd run: 149.73 MiB/s 3rd run: 238.42 MiB/s average: 189.46 MiB/s IPv4 speedtests your IPv4: 104.251.xxx.xxxx Cachefly CDN: 313.48 MiB/s Leaseweb (NL): 16.80 MiB/s Softlayer DAL (US): 69.31 MiB/s Online.net (FR): 17.81 MiB/s OVH BHS (CA): 43.37 MiB/s IPv6 speedtests your IPv6: 2606:cd80:xxx:xxxx Leaseweb (NL): 7.57 MiB/s Softlayer DAL (US): 81.78 MiB/s Online.net (FR): 5.79 MiB/s OVH BHS (CA): 10.80 MiB/s
Wrapping it up:
If one is willing to dig deep enough, and be willing to learn and experiment with WordPress, one can get great setup at a very low cost. it is a DIY setup, of course, and you will be responsible for security, backups, updates and so on. And this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for those who relish typing away into the command line, the following makes for a killer combination:
- Linux on a VPS
- Open Litespeed
- CDN (Quic.Cloud)
- Litespeed cache
give it a try, you would not be disappointed.
I wrote a post in a different Facebok group in reponse to a silly question asked by the users.Their question was “which is the best web host for WordPress”
Variations of this question include
“Which is the cheapers Webhost?”
“Who is the best webhost?”
“Which Web hosting would you recommend? “
If you want some good, qualitative answers, some background information bright help, such as: 1. Which location?
2. Where will your customers typically come from? What about their customers?
3.LS required or optional?
4. Will Wp sites have woo comm?
5. Will this be managed WP or DIY ?
6. What are the minimum specs you are looking for? (Ram/disk/bandwidth iops…)
7. Which panel? CP, DirectAdmin, Plesk…
8. WP only or email and other features also?
10. Why or why not a VPS?
11. Backups ? Local or third party
12. Any specific compliance requirements? GDPR etc.
13. Budget (there, I finally said it)