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Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by chechogr, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. #1
    I have a real estate wordpress website hosted in Godaddy with firewall.

    I have been told several times that it's not the best host.

    What host do you recommend me with a good price for wordpress and with security?
    SEMrush
    I have been told also that WP Engine is a good one.

    BTW, does a CDN provide the same security as a firewall?

    Thanks
     
    chechogr, Jul 6, 2020 IP
    SEMrush
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    It might not be the "best" but I'm not aware of any reason you should move away from them.
     
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    chechogr Active Member

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    ok, thanks
     
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    I agree, probably not necessary to move away from GoDaddy. However, a good way to measure hosting quality is TTFB (time to first byte). TTFB is how fast a server responds upon receiving a request to serve a file. There is a Chrome plugin called "Developer". It allows you to "Inspect" a page and measure TTFB (amongst other things). Bad TTFB results are often related to shared hosting accounts where there are too many websites on a single server. IMHO your TTFB should be consistently between 200-500ms for dynamic content (such as a WordPress site). If you have static content it should <100ms. If your host is consistently slow it may be time to either upgrade your hosting package or look elsewhere.

    FWIW my preferred web host is Pair Networks. I've been with them for about 20 years now. Their server speeds are good (TTFB consistently well below 400ms) and they have dedicated WP hosting packages. If you prefer cPanel you won't want to choose Pair because they have a proprietary account control center.
     
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    chechogr Active Member

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    I tested TTFB and it gives me the best result is for 2.952 seconds, do you think upgrading to the same hosting but with double RAM will get it better? The one I have right now has 2 in ram and the next one will have 4 in ram.

    Do you think the firewall might affect this time? Could it be better to have a CDN like cloudflare instead of the firewall?

    Thanks
     
    chechogr, Jul 7, 2020 IP
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    chechogr Active Member

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    I upgraded to next level hosting and one time it reports TTFB is now 0.091 ms
    Then it reports 2.492 secs.

    Do you think the firewall might be affecting this TTFB? Is it better to have a CDN than a firewall?

    Thanks
     
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    chechogr, Jul 7, 2020 IP
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    zoink59 Well-Known Member

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    A CDN and a Firewall are two very different things. I suggest you speak with your host and ask them about the variances you are seeing in TTFB. TTFB can be affected by server loads. You may have tried to visit your site at a time when the server was under heavy load. As long as your TTFB average time is low you will be fine.
    Here is a decent article on what is TTFB. https://kinsta.com/blog/ttfb/
    Unless you have lots of traffic across a broad geographical area you probably don't need a CDN (content delivery network).
     
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    chechogr Active Member

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    Using a CDN in the past I have seen that many attacks stop at the CDN. Doesn't it provide a bit of security?
     
    chechogr, Jul 7, 2020 IP
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    I noticed one thing when checkng the TTFB:

    If I check the site with https the TTFB is below 200 ms
    If I check the site by typing just the domain without https:// the TTFB is about 2.500 ms

    Which makes me think the ssl redirection is causing this delay.

    Any ideas?
     
    chechogr, Jul 7, 2020 IP
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    Interesting. I strongly suggest you mention the above to your host. A poorly written .htaccess file can cause TTFB issues (unless your host is using NGINX, in which case I really can't offer any advice on how to resolve the http vs https issue). Again, without more details my answers are guesses at this point. Your host will know much better than I what may be causing these issues.
     
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    I will contact them, but then again, the urls indexed in google are the ones with https:// so it shouldn't be an issue since google and its users load the urls with good TTFB, right?
     
    chechogr, Jul 7, 2020 IP