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How Studiopress Sites Solves Hosting Nightmares

How Studiopress Sites Solves Hosting Nightmares

 

Over the years, I’ve always struggled with our network of websites. Fetchprofits, Rebelpreneur and Groovywebtools have been around for about 9 years now.

In that time, each of the sites (yes, including this site you are at) have been compromised, hacked, screwed with, and taken down for a total of 4 times. I can still remember the agony, pain, and a sinful amount of time I had spent just to get the sites back to normal.

I did every mistake in the book of “Royal Screw Ups You do With Your WordPress Sites” [There’s no such book. I just made it up].

Eventually, I moved this website to Flywheel and that’s where it’s been living for the last 2 years or so. It’ll continue to because it gives:

  • Super-fast hosting
  • Malware checks and prevention
  • Hacking prevention and hacker-proof hosting
  • CDN
  • Automated Daily Backups
  •  Extraordinarily good support (even if they are just available on chat)

Our clients usually choose Flywheel or WPEngine. I don’t even think of any other options for them, and I usually insist.

However, I have a wish list. I’ve always wanted to use StudioPress Themes for at least one of my sites. Rainmaker Digital — the company that makes Studiopress Themes also owns Synthesis Hosting, Digital Commerce Academy, the Rainmaker Platform, and the very famous CopyBlogger Blog that you might very well have bookmarked by now.

When I started out many years ago, The Genesis Framework and any of the Studiopress themes were out of my focus since I only used to work as a freelance writer or blogger. I had nothing to do with themes, frameworks, or websites.

Today, as we work with clients across the digital marketing spectrum — from websites to landing pages; from blogging to social media; and from analytics to conversion rate optimization, I find myself working with websites, themes, and frameworks.

Then, came along a new avatar that Studiopress took on: Studiopress Sites.

Studiopress sites give you everything that The Genesis Framework, Synthesis Hosting, the SEO tools (Like Scribe), attraction suite, Social Media tools, and much more for a single price payable yearly or quarterly.

Here’s what is included with Studiopress Sites:

  • The Genesis Framework (naturally)
  • 20 Mobile-Optimized Designs
  • WordPress-Specific Cloud Performance
  • No Upcharges for Bandwidth, Storage, CPUs, and RAM
  • Advanced SEO Functionality
  • Automatic WP, Plugin, and Theme Updates
  • Rock-solid Security Scanning
  • One-Click Install of Premium Plugins
  • World-Class Support

In short, It’s WordPress made easy without sacrificing power or flexibility. It’s perfect for bloggers, podcasters, and affiliate marketers, as well as those selling physical products, digital downloads, and membership programs.

Industry Standard Design Framework

 

Once upon a time, frameworks were all the rage. For an average business owner like you and I, however, that doesn’t mean a thing. All that we care about is that our website is up and running, it looks good, and it makes you money.

But it certainly helps if the website is based on a framework that’s rock solid. Won’t it?

The Genesis Framework already powers over 500,000 WordPress sites, and it’s the foundation of your new StudioPress Site. With search engine optimized code, airtight security, instant updates, customizable widget and layout options, and a huge developer community, Genesis is the framework that makes WordPress easier, without sacrificing power or flexibility.

 

20 Mobile-Optimized HTML5 Designs

 

I’ve always held the belief that How your website looks never matters; the only thing that matters is how well your website works for you.

Instead of losing sleep over this slide show or that or fussing over the graphics on your site (or the colors), the only thing you should be concerned about is how your website delivers. How does it perform? How much money does it make for your business?

It’d be nice if the next WordPress theme you buy takes care of the aesthetics, design, and the “oomph factor”. Studiopress sites comes with over 20 Mobile-optimized, sleek, and beautiful themes for your business.

In fact, you want sleek, professional design — without paying a fortune for it and without fearing instant obsolescence as web design evolves. Choose from a score of included turnkey “mobile optimized” HTML5 designs that provide beautiful frames for your content.

Feel free to personalize any of the included themes by tweaking the CSS, or go to a completely custom Genesis child theme.

 

Fast Loading Performance

 

Slow websites suck your websites’ (and hence the potential of your business) away. Your shared hosting can never give you the kind of speed backed by sophisticated technology stack to power your WordPress site.

Get started setting up your StudioPress Site right away on our infrastructure that’s optimized specifically for peak WordPress performance. Site speed and page load times are too important to be jammed on a box with hundreds of generic WordPress installs. More importantly, never face the experience of your site crashing just because you succeed in getting big traffic.

Zero “Hosting” Hassles

 

Remember the story about how all of my websites (including this one) went down one after the other? Hosting is not something you think about in your shower. If your hosting fails or if you run into trouble, however, hosting is all that’ll keep you up awake through countless nights.

Not only do you enjoy superior speed and performance with your StudioPress Site, you also avoid the hassle of self-hosted WordPress, like surprise expenses for bandwidth upcharges, storage, CPUs and RAM. Even as your StudioPress Site remains solid during surprise traffic spikes, you won’t pay extra for short-term success on the way to sustained higher traffic.

Rock-Solid Security

 

Running a business is hard as it is, and the last thing you want to worry about is about the security of your WordPress site. Because WordPress is popular, it stands out like a sore thumb with a perpetual, open invitation for hackers worldwide.

Your WordPress needs security. It needs care.

Even beyond the security features built into Genesis and the included automatic plugin and theme maintenance, there’s more to protect your StudioPress Site. Our architecture is designed to maximize security and performance — including intrusion prevention, continuous scanning and monitoring for malware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, and more.

 

Advanced SEO Functionality

 

Don’t chase gimmicks and tricks to manipulate your search results, because you can’t. Focus on writing good content and get linked instead.

However, it won’t hurt to keep your website primed for SEO.

The SEO features of the Genesis Framework helped make it the industry standard among WordPress users. For StudioPress Sites, however, we’re taking it even further, with advanced schema control, XML sitemap generation, robots.txt generation, asynchronous JavaScript loading, enhanced Open Graph output, breadcrumb title control, AMP support, and more.

 

Automatic Plugin and Theme Maintenance

 

One of the most common reasons why you get hacked in the first place is because you didn’t care to update your themes and plugins.

Most people don’t have a clue. Those who do almost always learn it the hard way.

Getting hacked is no laughing matter, and the number one way bad guys get in is through outdated themes, plugins, and old versions of WordPress. Many WordPress site owners now spend $79 or more every month to have an outside service keep things updated and safe. StudioPress technology takes care of this for you at no extra charge. Opt-out if you want!

 

One-Click Install of Included Plugins

 

Ever wondered if you could trust a theme or not? With all those plugins available, how do you know for sure that the next plugin you’ll upload won’t crash and burn your WordPress site?

Never wonder which plugins are trustworthy, thanks to your StudioPress Site’s repository of one-click solutions for the premium functionality you desire. Choose from an ever-expanding selection including WooCommerce, Design Palette Pro, AMP, Beaver Builder Lite, OptinMonster, AffiliateWP, Soliloquy Lite, Easy Digital Downloads, Restrict Content Pro, Ninja Forms, WPForms Lite, and more to come.

 

World-Class Support

 

When something happens, you need help. Never underestimate the importance of good support. All the hosting recommendations we ever provide are based mostly on the strength of a hosting providers’ support system.

WPEngine and Flywheel already take top positions when it comes to support. Studiopress is one of the very few who really provide support at that level.

StudioPress Sites are truly unique, in the sense that the entire service has been designed from the ground up to promote integrated ease-of-use while eliminating confusion and the chance that something will go wrong. And yet, you should rest assured that if something does go off the rails, our friendly support team is standing by 24/7 to assist you in getting back on track fast.

Most of the advantages you’d see above are absolutely important. You won’t know how important it is until you screw up, or you have the vision, or maybe you are just wise you learn from others’ mistakes.

Your WordPress website resembles your business, makes you money directly, and is responsible for your branding. It is everything your business stands for and for that reason alone, you should see what Studiopress sites can do for you.

Take a look at what Studiopress Sites can do for your business.

FlyWheel Review: Hosting Has Just Gone WorldClass, Have You?

FlyWheel Review: Hosting Has Just Gone WorldClass, Have You?

They say that web hosting is akin to dating: it all looks awesome when it first begins but begins to turn sour as time goes by. Things start creeping up on you slowly. You’ll begin to start updating your WordPress core each time there’s an update, look for plugins that are incompatible with your freshly installed version, and despite what you do, WordPress comes packaged with all sorts of insecurities, malware, and vulnerable scripts that can completely derail your business.

Ask me, I’ve had all my sites (and those of my clients) hacked multiple times in the last few years and we didn’t even have proper backups for some of these sites.

The only saving grace was the manual backup effort we took for ourselves and a few clients and that saved the day. Also, none of the sites that were hacked were of the ecommerce variety so we didn’t have credit card details and other sensitive information stored on any of our partner servers.

We knew it was time to say goodbye to regular shared hosting. Packing your website along with another 30,000 of those other sites on a single server sounded a wee bit outdated, dangerous, and vulnerable.

Plus, having to update WordPress, the themes, and the plugins was way too much work. The sounding bell came in when our previous host started sending emails with a regularity that can shame clocks about this vulnerable script or that. That took hours of our precious billable time away from work and into firefighting.

Here’s just one email with a list of scripts I’ve had to manually erase from the account (out of the hundreds):

previoushostemail

It took almost 3-4 hours for each “erase this out of your account” email. Those were into hundred. Now, multiply and imagine what kind of time I had lost.

Change Was Knocking On The Door

It was time to change. We had two options and we picked both: Flywheel and WPEngine. Both FlyWheel and WPengine are managed WordPress hosting solutions. Both of these companies are so focused on WordPress hosting that don’t provide anything else like cPanel, free emails, unlimited whatever. They are clear about what they give for their price points. They don’t do emails and they don’t give you a cPanel.

Flywheel gives the best-in-class hosting, free migrations(as many as you need), free demo sites to speed up your workflow, CDN, multisite WordPress install, daily backups, Cache, and SSL support.

We started out with Flywheel

dashboardfly

Flywheel gets you clean, blazing fast, WordPress hosting. You start out with a dashboard such as this one and you’ll have your WordPress installs laid out neatly — each with its own dashboard showing you overall info, stats, staging areas, billing information, and more.

AddOns, Bells and Whistles

Flywheel Addons

Flywheel isn’t much into hype. They keep a low profile and their addons exist to do even more with your already fast and secure hosting. You can also opt to use for a small monthly fee:

  • CDN
  • Multi-site WordPress Installs
  • SSL Support for Your website.

Daily Backups

daily backups

Flywheel does the ridiculously “must-do” but really “boring to do” task such as backups. Without backups, you have nothing. Flywheel does nightly backups each day and if you ever need to restore a previous backup, you’d do that with a single click.

Your Stats and How FlyWheel counts Visits

flywheel stats

Flywheel takes every unique visit in a 24 hour window as a count towards your plan usage. The numbers that you see are unique IP addresses to your website. FlyWheel automatically removes IP addresses of all known bots, spammers, and hackers since you wouldn’t have to pay for these kinds of visits that don’t count.

If a user visits your site and checks out one page or even hundreds of them(within the span of 24 hours), that’s counted as one visit.

So, How does Flywheel Perform?

While I am not even sure if the DNS propagation is complete, you can literally feel the difference as you browse your own use after Flywheel migrates your site for free (takes 1-3 days, following which you’d have to point your DNS which can take another 2 days. You should account for this).

Note: Your website is still live while the migration is on. It’s only after that you’d have to work the DNS settings.

Here’s how my site fared on the previous host:

Site Speed With Previous Host

Pingdom pagespeed test

Page speed test

Site Speed With Flywheel

Page Speed Test

Now, there’s a lot of work left to do with respect to reducing http requests, working with h2 tags, and SEO in general. I guess all that’s because I don’t use a CDN right now. I think I should just pick up that addon Flywheel provides.

That’s where I stand with Flywheel right now and we already moved three clients’ websites on to their platform at the time of this writing. Maybe, after, I finally met the web host that has some serious long-term potential.

Pressidium Review: How to Make Your WordPress Website SuperFast & Secure

Pressidium Review: How to Make Your WordPress Website SuperFast & Secure

 

Your WordPress website is vulnerable, subject to being dragged down by numerous images and a hundred other things you put on your site, and is also susceptible to breaking down or getting hacked.

Shared Hosting is a good start when you are just starting out but it cannot handle your website after a certain point.

That’s when you need something like Pressidium® Pinnacle Platform.

Why, you ask?

Reliability and Uptime

What do you do when Pressidium makes sure that you have no single point of failure?

Wouldn’t it be nice when your WordPress website is always up and running. By using layer duplication and redundancy, Pressidium builds farms of duplicated resources so that your site never goes down. No matter how much you’d want to scale up your WordPress environment, Pressidium handles it all.

WordPress Management Made Easy

Pressidium’s customer portal boasts of a clean, easy-to-use, and intuitive interface, which also pulls in a degree of automation and built-in intelligence.

Deploy your WordPress plugins and do other admin tasks through a one-click interface. So things like Instant Backups, usage statistics, invoicing history, cache management, and one-click deployment from staging are all possible, and only a click away.

Speed, Performance, & Awesomeness

Page speed has a direct bearing on SEO rankings, UX/UI, and customer perception. While you have the option of choosing a CDN service such as CacheFly or MaxCDN, it’s still an extra cost you could do away with by using a single, special WordPress Hosting such as Pressidum.

According to Billy Hoffman of Moz.com, the back-end performance of a website directly afftects search ranking. Fast websites are easy to use, load quick, draw in more visitors, and provide for an enjoyable user experience.

To get that kind of a performance, you’d have to stay invested with enterprise-grade, mission critical hosting. Either that or use Pressidium Pinnacle Platform which puts the technology that Google and Facebook use to your website. You get access to High-performance clustered environment with scale and consistency for every plan.

Using dynamic load balancing of web and network traffic, Pressidium uses its total Traffic Management solution to optimize each server request intelligently and dispatches requests to the least busy server. Site traffic peaks don’t have to crash your website anymore.

Pressidium® also offers GeoDNS which saves up to 30% on average page load time, Multilayer adaptive caching, HA SSD storage, a CDN service to minimize packet loss, and PHP optimization to speed up server-side PHP rendering. Pressidium also offers SSL acceleration (to encrypt and decrypt heavy http traffic).

Managed Auto-updates & WordPress Fixes

If you’ve been on WordPress for any length of time, you’d know how vulnerable it could be. We run about six websites as a part of Fetchprofits and all those six have been hacked for at least 4 times in the last few years. Although a part of that vulnerability comes from WordPress itself, it’s an issue with ordinary shared hosting.

Pressidium® provides you with anti-hacking peace of mind. The support team scans, looks for, and fixes hacking attempts on your site with proactive WordPress Security updates. Your site remains up to date, secure, and will boast of a fortress like security. Every WordPress update is checked, tested, and then applied to your site.

Pressidium® also provides managed web application firewalls (WAF) as a part of their stack of services to provide end-to-end protection for your site. Application Layer scanning, Bad bots filtering, fully locked down environment, secure File Access (SFTP) with single logins and encrypted protocol communication.

See how fast your website is at PageSpeed Tools by Google. See what Pressidium® can do to Speed up your WordPress Website.

If you are an agency, a tech development company, or an affiliate, Pressidium also has an excellent affiliate marketing program you might want to be a part of.