WP Engine Vs. Rackspace Vs. Digitalocean Vs. AWS Vs. Self Hosted Server
For the benchmark we used a wordpress plugin called “Benchmark” it’s available in the wordpress plugin repository as a free plugin. try it if you wanna test the speed of your wordpress hosting provider
Test 1. At first i benchmarked my self-hosted VPS server running Cpanel on CentOS6 with 4cores of Intel Xeon & 2GB RAM, the test results were almost good except the Database Queries/Second. it was way too slower than i expected maybe because the HDD speed was very low or maybe i think Cpanel Limits the Database Query speeds per user
Test 2. WP Engine, aas9.in is currently hosted here in WP Engine(Starter Plan $29/month), the test results look almost very good, good CPU speeds, network speeds & also the database query speed is very very good because everything here is cached. you don’t need to sue any caching plugins here in WP Engine because everything is already cached
Test 3. Digitalocean, digitalocean performed pretty good in terms of CPU speed and also Database query/second was pretty decent without caching anything cause it runs on very fast SSDs but the network speed is not as good as i expected. This test was performed on a $5/month droplet running Ubuntu 12.10 with 512Megabytes of RAM & single Core Intel Xeon
Test 4. Rackspace CloudServers, Rackspace performed the best in terms of CPU speed and Database query/second but i don’t know what happened with the network, i performed the test on many other Rackspace locations but the result of the network speed is same everywhere “0.00Mbps”, maybe because there was a firewall or something else. but it was guaranteed by rackspace that it will provide at least 100Mbps of network speed with this server configuration. this test was performed on a Ubuntu server 12.10 with 1GigaByte of RAM & 2Core AMD Opteron, $30/Month
Test 5. AWS’ EC2, EC2 has a decent network speed and CPU speed is good too but the Database query speed is not impressive at all, but ,maybe you can make them faster by using caching plugins/MemcacheD. this test was performed on a EC2 server running Ubuntu 13.04 with 0.6 Gigabytes of RAM & 1 core Intel Xeon(T1.Micro instance), $14/month
based on the benchmarking results, i recommend you to use either WP Engine or Rackspace, as because they provide you very fast servers without needing to configuring anytypes of caching plugins or running MemcacheD,etc those are complicated stuffs you know.
And if you really cheap servers go for digitalocean, they’re very cheap, starting just at $5/month.
Or if you’re a hardcore geek and wanna configure everything as you need and also want a very fast network then Try AWS, they have the fastest network speeds and gives you the freedom to configure everything you want, but it’s not as cheap as compared to others.
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