New service features and cPanel price increase

Hello everyone, Jacob here with The Core Hosting. The team has been working hard over the last few months redesigning our website, working out a new lower-cost pricing structure, and expanding the features of our current services as well as creating new ones! Also, as a follow-up to our email last month, We wanted to go over the new cPanel pricing structure as it is a big change.

New Shared hosting features

Shared hosting is one of our largest services we provide, and we are always looking for ways to improve the performance of our servers, which of course improves your sites. Over the last few months, our team has researched, tested, and now finally rolled out several new features to this platform.

  • Redis Server – For all of our Deluxe and Premium Shared hosting packages, you now have the ability to create, manage, and control your own redis instance. With Redis, you can vastly improve the performance of your websites by allowing you to utilize it as a caching system, rather than file-based or Memcache based.
  • PHP 7.3 – We’ve added support for PHP 7.3 so you can now use this newer version which is 10% faster than 7.2, 30% faster than 7.0-7.1, and 3x faster than 5.6.
  • Discontinuation of PHP 5.6 and 7.0 – Unfortunately, due to both of these versions now falling into their EOL (End of Life), which means they are no longer provided any type of updates. We will be removing these versions from our shared hosting platform. If you need help migrating to a newer version of PHP, please feel free to contact our support team.
  • Cloudflare Railgun – We are proud to announce that we have rolled out our Cloudflare railgun to all shared hosting packages. From your Cpanel account, you can now add your site to Cloudflare, and utilize not only its super-fast CDN, but our included railgun network, built on the Cloudflare platform. (Best part, it’s free)
  • JetBackups System – We’ve upgraded our backup system to now include the Feature package JetBackup system. You can now have more control over your backups, restorations, and more.

Lower Dedicated Server prices!

Over the years, we have become great partners with our infrastructure provider, and as such, we are now able to provide our Semi-Managed dedicated servers at an even lower price than before. On some server packages, the price has been lowered by almost half, while still maintaining the fully packed hardware and unlimited bandwidth at high speeds.

If you are looking to make the switch from your VPS service or shared hosting, to a Dedicated Server, contact our sales team today. We can help you make the best decision for what your site or application needs, and what will help you grow.

cPanel price changes

As most of us heard back in June, cPanel was acquired by Oakley Capital, and as such, price changes were going to be in the works. Expanding a bit more on our email last month in august, cpanel price changes went into effect September 1st of this year. These changes go from the standard VPS or Bare metal license to a new “Per-account” system. Depending on the number of individual cPanel accounts you have within your system, it will determine the pricing of your license. Below is a simple chart of the # of accounts Vs the price.

For VPS’s (Cloud)

cPanel Solo Cloud1 Account$15.00/Month
cPanel Admin CloudUp to 5 Accounts$20.00/Month
cPanel Pro CloudUp to 30 Accounts$30.00/Month
cPanel Premier CloudUp to 100 Accounts$45.00/Month
cPanel Premier Cloud Bulk accountsEach account above 100$45+$0.20(Per account over 100)/Month

BareMetal Servers (Dedicated Servers)

cPanel Premier MetalUp to 100 Accounts$45.00/Month
cPanel Premier Meal Bulk accounts Each account above 100 $45+$0.20(Per account over 100)/Month

If you have any questions regarding the new cpanel pricing structure, or what your new price will be, or even how to lower your cpanel license price. Please contact our support team with all the questions, we will be happy to assist you.

Why choose a Dedicated Server?

why choose a dedicated server

What are the motivations to pick a Dedicated Server?

A Dedicated server is the “All In” when it comes to power, security, and control. With a Dedicated server, you won’t need to share resources with anyone else. Here are a portion of the top reasons that individuals pick a Dedicated server over other hosting choices:

Security is a top need

In case you’re maintaining a large online presence, security ought to be a top priority. With most hosting services such as Shared hosting, VPS hosting, and cloud hosting, you are sharing the host machine with tens if not hundreds of other clients. In these scenarios, Security can not be fully maintained by you, as you do not have root access to change important settings to secure the server and your hosted website or applications.

With a Dedicated server, you have full control, and as such, you can set up as tough of security as you need. Root access allows you to install needed security application, Change needed server settings, and maintain full access to all aspects of the system.

Showing the difference between Shared, VPS and dedicated hosting

You anticipate reliably large amounts of traffic

The measure of traffic going to your site each day is a significant factor in your sites’ presentation. Generally, most site owners calculate their site’s performance on the internet based on the number of people that come to their site. However, if your site becomes sluggish due to hosting services that are just not up to capacity for your site or application, Then it is time to look for something larger.

While a VPS Hosting can be an appeasing solution, For heavily trafficked sites, a dedicated server is a far better solution. Since you maintain full usage of all resources of the server, you never have to worry about others using resources that could be desperately needed for your site.

Faster load times means more visitors

In a similar light to the above, the faster your site goes, the more visitors you will get, and the longer they will stick around. Many articles have been written relating the speed of a site, and the time it takes to load a page, directly correlates to site view time. So the slower your site or application, the fewer time people will spend on site and the more bounces you’ll receive.

With a Dedicated server, you can fine-tune every aspect of the system to give you not only optimal performance but 24/7/365 up-time.

You need a custom solution

Shared services can be severely limited, Not only in terms of available resources but in what you can do. As your website or application begins to grow, you may grow out of the standard programming codes, and move into more unique systems. In these events, the normal channels may not be sufficient.

Dedicated servers give you the ability to do what you need. From installing custom services to creating specific environments for your applications. You have no limitations as to what you can do with a Dedicated Server.

You’re envisioning significant growth

why choose a dedicated server

If you have a site that will require major resources in the not too distant future, you may find it best to start out with the type of hosting you’ll need rather than trying to migrate your site to a dedicated server. Other hosting options will allow you to scale up, but there’s a limit to the amount of resources you’ll have access to.

Why you should abandon PHP 5.6

PHP 5.6 was a great and very widely used version of PHP. For years developers enjoyed the benefits of the PHP 5 branch and were updated for a long period. But, all good things must come to an end, and as of Jan 1st, 2019, PHP 5.6 has reached E.O.L which stands for End Of Life. This means it is no longer receiving security fixes or updates.

What does this mean for you?

If you’ve been keeping your PHP applications up to date (you should be!) then moving to a new version of PHP should be little to no problem. PHP applications that are being developed on a continual basis, will almost always be supporting the latest in server software. This is especially true for PHP applications.

However, we all have lives away from the screen and we tend to forget about the software we have installed to run our online website/applications. which means they tend to get overlooked when it comes to updates. If you’ve not been keeping your PHP apps up-to-date, then the first thing to do is check with the developer and see if there are updates to the applications you are using. If there are newer versions of your application, then updating your application should be relatively straight forward. Many of today’s PHP applications, such as WordPress, have the ability for automated updates to make moving to a new version fairly straight forward.

No matter what, however, The one thing you should make a top priority is moving away from PHP 5.6. Not moving away from 5.6 could lead to your site and serve being compromised, as security vulnerabilities will, and more than likely already have been found.

Why moving to PHP version 7.1 or higher is the right thing to do.

Speed!

PHP 7 saw a rewrite of the Zend Engine, introducing what is called ZendEngine NextGen, adding one of the largest speed enhancements to PHP applications ever. PHP 7.1 and higher versions add immense performance increases to PHP applications that were running on PHP 5. Most tests conducted show speed improvements of almost double to triple for WordPress and most common CMS applications.

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Code compatibility

With a new Major version of PHP (That being 7.x), most application developers will be dropping support for 5.6. In most cases, without upgrading your PHP version, you will be unable to upgrade your application or will have issues if you do. In other words, the transition stage of migrating PHP applications seamlessly from PHP 5 to PHP 7 is closing fast.

Security

As of now, PHP 7.0 has already reached its EOL period and is no longer maintained. But PHP 7.2 does not end its EOL until January 1st, 2021, and PHP 7.3 until January 1st, 2022. This means you will always have security updates and fixes until those times.

How do I move to PHP 7.1 or higher?

That’s the easy part! If you are one of our DIY or Managed WordPress Hosting clients, no need to worry about upgrading because you’re already using the most current version! If you’re hosting with another provider, the best thing to do is to check with their support team to see if they have them available. Alternatively, on Cpanel based systems, you can easily swap version using the build-in MultiPHP version change system.

Motivated to move away from PHP 5.6?

Hopefully, we have helped you to see the benefits of moving away from PHP 5.6. If you want to move away, and either is not able to or do not know how to, then contact us! With our new Managed WordPress Service, we will help maintain, update, secure and optimize your WordPress site, and help the transition process much easier. Or make the migration to us today, We will match or do better than your current pricing! We offer both DIY(Do it Yourself) hosting for those who want to control all aspects of their site, as well as Managed WordPress Hosting where we take care of all the backend work for you! Contact our sales team today!

What is Managed wordpress hosting?

what is managed wordpress hosting

What is Managed WordPress Hosting? There’s no denying that WordPress is a standout among the most amazing site frameworks available today. It offers broad Search engine optimization abilities, strong security, and all the customization a developer may require. WordPress additionally has an overall network of engineers, bloggers, and specialists devoted to developing and enhancing the open-source system. In any case, organizations hoping to embrace WordPress should initially recognize the contrast between Managed WordPress Hosting and unmanaged, or shared hosting, WordPress Hosting. Understanding the nuanced advantages of Managed WordPress Hosting can enable you to settle on the best decision for your business site.

WHAT IS MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING?

Managed WordPress hosting is a professional service that controls and maintains the technical elements of a WordPress website. Managed WordPress hosts are a more sophisticated option for businesses and institutions in all industries, offering invaluable advantages, such as cutting-edge security, superior customer support, optimal site speed, improved performance, and a variety of other benefits.

UNMANAGED VS. MANAGED HOSTING

While unmanaged hosting is traditionally less expensive than managed WordPress hosting, unmanaged sites often offer minimal features and require much more work to create and maintain. The minimal nature of unmanaged WordPress hosts can be a great option for individuals, bloggers, or independent contractors looking to create a personal website or establish an online presence. It can also help engineers and other individuals who want to learn more about WordPress development and customization.

For businesses trying to grow their brand and expand their audience reach, however, managed WordPress is a much more effective and reliable option. Why? Because managed WordPress hosts like The Hosting Guy oversee the more challenging and technical aspects of a WordPress business site. For example, managed hosts conduct routine backups, monitor site downtime, and ensure speed and reliability. Managed WordPress sites almost always guarantee faster site speeds, despite the amount of traffic your website receives. And with automatic updates, you’ll always have the most up-to-date version of WordPress — without having to spend time checking for updates and waiting for downloads.

With the specific knowledge and skills required to manage such technical elements, managed WordPress hosts provide business owners with a hassle-free experience and piece of mind. As a result, investing in managed WordPress frees up resources that website owners can dedicate to other key areas of business development.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING?

The number of sites relying on managed WordPress has grown rapidly in the last seven years, and it has become a dominant content management system for companies of all sizes and industries. And if you’re considering a managed WordPress host for your company, it’s important to understand the main differences between managed hosting and unmanaged hosting.

Benefits of Managed wordpress hosting

Here’s a more detailed look into four key benefits of managed WordPress hosting.

SITE SECURITY

One of the most beneficial aspects of managed WordPress hosting is that it offers unparalleled security. With an unmanaged WordPress site, for example, you’re responsible for finding the right tools, scans, and updates you need to keep your site secure. This might work if you’re a one person team who has experience in malware and file scanning and DDoS mitigation. If not, no problem. Managed sites implement the highest level of security on your site, plus they’ll conduct daily backups, malware scans and frequent updates that prevent hackers from disturbing your website.

UPTIME MONITORING

The speed and performance of your WordPress site has a direct impact on your search engine rankings and your user experience. So when your website experiences slow speed, downtime, or other performance issues, it’s important to identify and remedy these issues promptly. Most managed WordPress hosts offer 24/7 website monitoring, so business owners don’t have to worry about checking their site’s performance at every waking moment. For busy business owners who want to maintain a strong reputation and customer experience, performance monitoring is a huge plus of Managed WordPress.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

When you invest in managed WordPress hosting, you’re paying for highly-skilled support agents that can assist with all your needs 24/7. Managed WordPress hosts train support technicians who can understand the technical nuances of WordPress, helping to solve both common and complex problems. For example, The Hosting Guy equips every member of its support team with a comprehensive skill set and contextual client knowledge. Every person who calls The Hosting Guy support receives consistent, high-quality support tailored to their website’s specific needs. This is just one example of how technical support differs between managed and unmanaged WordPress.

CUSTOMIZABLE HOSTING SOLUTIONS

Most managed WordPress hosts have the customization capacity to support all industries, from higher education, to eCommerce companies, and everything in between. If you’re in the healthcare industry, for example,
The Hosting Guy supports regulatory compliance statues like HIPAA. If you’re an online retailer, you can protect cardholder security through PCI DSS support. Additionally, managed WordPress sites can be a great solution for agencies. By managing critical site elements like server management, speed tuning and caching, agencies can launch creative work confidently and securely.

CHOOSING A MANAGED WORDPRESS HOST

Once you’ve decided that managed WordPress hosting is right for you, it’s time to choose the right provider. And while many managed WordPress hosts are designed to support a variety of industries, every website’s needs are unique and some hosts may meet your needs better than others. This article features reviews of managed WordPress hosts, and it’ll provide you with some industry-specific details. If you’re new to managed WordPress hosting, this is a great place to start learning about the marketplace.