Our Innovative Approach to Hosting. (Important Updates)
Last Update: Mar 3, 2020
Today I wanted to spend some time outlining the hosting platform, how we operate as a hosting network, and offer you some insight into updates and changes that are going to be taking place on the hosting side of our business in the coming months and years ahead.
We also have some upcoming changes to our hosting levels here for Starter and Premium members that you should be privy of and understand.
First off though, I want to provide you some insight into the sophistication of our hosting network here at Wealthy Affiliate. Over the past 10 years, we have been building one of the most sophisticated hosting platforms in the Wordpress industry from a technical stand point, investing millions into the development of our proprietary hosting framework.
Our mission is four-fold: Security. Speed. Reliability. Support.
Those are the baseline categories that we are constantly working to improve, and that we ARE evolving each and every day. Some changes are apparent, but most changes to a hosting network are subtle and don’t have any customer facing impact.
When I think of hosting and what creates a great hosting experience, I think of the way a healthy body operates. If you don’t “feel” any pain, and you don’t realize it’s there, then it is operating 100%. The same with hosting. If you don’t have any speed lag, you don’t have security issues, you have 100% up time, and your support is seamless and actually is working for you (when you don’t even realize you need them), that is an optimal hosting environment.
In other words, you shouldn’t feel your hosting. You should just be able to build your business and focus on THOSE elements, we should be providing you with a seamless environment to host and serve your websites without you having to worry about anything. That is our goal, and that is what we will continue to build on.
We plan on leading the Managed Wordpress Hosting industry through our technical developments, innovation and sophistication. We also plan on providing you with the best experience from start to finish, when it comes to building your website, managing your email, managing domains, and streamlining your business through ONE incredible hosting platform.
Our Approach to Security.
Security is paramount in the hosting world, there are constant attacks taking place throughout the world in efforts to wreak havoc on your website (cause downtime), but also efforts by “hackers” trying to gain access to your personal details and in some cases entire website takeovers.
With our hosting network at Wealthy Affiliate we have established an incredible set of security protection technologies and processes to keep your website safe, to prevent downtime from erroneous botnet attacks, and to protect your security and private data.
Most times a significant attack will go unnoticed by you and the end user (people visiting your website) because of the measures we have implemented on a network wide basis. As each day goes by, we continue to harden our servers and offer the industry standard in terms of hosting security for Wordpress websites.
Our Approach to Speed.
Speed is becoming everything in the world of SEO, and in the world of websites. If you aren’t operating a website that loads efficiently to your visitors, then they are going to leave. This poor user experience is also one of the most critical ranking factors in Google Core’s updates.
Out of the box, ALL websites hosted at Wealthy Affiliate have the industry leading speed rating in Google PageSpeed insights. I just built a free website (https://hostingspeed.siterubix.com), to exhibit just how fast and how powerful the websites are here at Wealthy Affiliate.
As you can see, it is 100/100 on ALL the pages. We are offering you the fastest hosting and Wordpress installs in the industry, setting you on the best footing for creating and growing a business online. Fundamentally, this is critical to your success now as a website owner, and as an online business owner.
Behind the scenes, there is a lot taking place to make this happen. The hosting speed that we have accomplished is the result of years of research and development, and implementing “proprietary” technology that is layered onto our hosting network. Part of this core technology has been bundled within the SiteSpeed Accelerated platform, which is available to all members, and the SiteSpeed Extreme which is available to Premium members.
In the past few years, we have been recognized by Canadian Government for our Advancements in Scientific Research and Development of Wordpress “speed” and "caching" technology. SiteSpeed, and SiteSpeed Extreme are functions of this, and we are handling your website caching and performance improvements on a server level.
This is something that NO plugin can accomplish and exactly why it is so beneficial to have a Managed Wordpress Host that understands not just how to be a great host, but also has an innate knowledge and understanding of the 1,000’s of micro-inefficiencies of Wordpress (which can be a beast at the best of times).
Our focus moving forward with our hosting platform is to remain the fastest in the Wordpress space and to continue to advance the hosting network to perform as fast as technology will allow. We have large scale hosting related projects going on behind the scenes at any given moment.
Our Approach to Reliability.
Another ongoing focus is the reliability of your websites and overall network "up time". If your website becomes unavailable to your users, or you potentially do something that "takes your website down", then it can have impacts on your website revenue and your rankings in search engines.
We are doing many things within our hosting network that lead to a greater reliability. This includes full redundancy, which means we are at all times running "mirrored" versions of your website, so if one server goes down, the other one will go live. This is incredibly expensive to implement and to operate, but this is a service that is included with all websites hosted here at Wealthy Affiliate.
Redundancy, back-ups, powerful hardware (servers), and real time network monitoring on all websites are just a few of the ways that we mitigate any downtime and ensure maximum up time with all websites here at WA!
Our Approach to Support
Having access to proper hosting support is something that we built into our procedures right from day one. Unlike most hosts that have "front line" or intermediary support, we offer our hosting clients direct access to the server administrators. These are the server technology experts, and they are the ones that can actually fix your issues. And they do. The average "fix" for any ticket that is sent to SiteSupport here is less than 5 minutes.
That sets the industry standard, but we always know we can do better. We are continuing to streamline some more complicated process and if we see a certain behaviour or trend that can be "patched" with technology, we will develop. This is the sort of service you can expect from a high quality Managed Wordpress Hosting company, and is something that is one of our key and primary focuses as we innovate the hosting platform!
There you have it. Some further insight into the hosting network here at WA and how sophisticated and accomplished the level of hosting you have access to here with your membership. I didn't even mention the all-inclusive nature of the hosting, the fact that there are NO up sells, SSL is included, caching is included, email is included, and features like SiteHealth are included.
We will remain on the leading edge of the Managed Wordpress Industry and we have innovative ideas that are going to drive the way websites are hosting and operated for many years to come. Expect brilliance out of us from the hosting side of our business, and expect a full scale and sustainable hosting "brand" to take shape this summer.
Before we leave you today, we want to outline some hosting changes that are coming up on March 16th. If you are a Premium member, you WILL NOT be impacted by any of these changes and you will be grandfathered in to your existing hosting plan.
Upcoming Hosting Changes, March 16th, 2020
We are moving to updated hosting plans in preparation of some significant launches in May, and the introduction of a standalone Managed Wordpress Brand being launched Summer 2020.
These are how the hosting updates look:
Starter Membership: 1 Website, Formerly 2 Websites
Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites
If you are a Starter member or a Premium member before March 16th, you are going to be grandfathered into the old hosting structure. If you are a Premium member before March 16th, you are going to have the ability to build 25 SiteRubix websites and 25 websites on your own domain within your membership (which is ridiculous value).
People that join Premium beyond March 16th will get 10 websites with their Premium membership, which is still an absolutely incredible value if you were just purchasing hosting alone!
Your Real Value. Compare If You Dare.
Before I leave you today, I just want to offer you some perspective on the value of the hosting you are getting here at WA. Our hosting is a leader in terms of speed, security, reliability and power in the Wordpress industry. Just for some insight, here are the price points of the hosting companies that we view as "similar" in terms of quality in the industry.
Pagely (5 Websites) = $199 per month
WPEngine (10 Websites) = $115 per month
Kinsta (10 Websites) = $200 per month
Wealthy Affiliate (10 Websites) = $49 per month! (included with Premium)
Again, our hosting network is included with your Premium membership. It is all-inclusive, no up sells, not extra up sells, no costs for additional caching plugins, email, SSL, or any “add on” that other hosting companies are charging. Did I mention that we are the fastest in the Wordpress industry, and the most cost-efficient (by a mile).
We hope this has offered you some further understanding into our ethos here at Wealthy Affiliate and given you further comprehension into the comprehensive and sophisticated nature of the hosting at WA. If you have any questions at all about the hosting here, or the upcoming changes, please leave them below and I will be happy to help you out.
Exciting days are ahead at Wealthy Affiliate!