This was the year where DragonBlogger.com was to transition to a new leaner theme and perhaps transition to cloud hosting platform which is more scalable and capable of handling more concurrent SQL connections than my current hosting situation. I particularly only find this an issue because I am a multi author site and when more than one author is logged into WordPress at the same time the 2 concurrent SQL connections limitation causes intermittent 500 errors for admins who are logged into the site and performing actions.
Now I never take moving or changing web hosting providers as a simple thing, there are so many to choose from and nearly all have mixed reviews. I do however do my research and heavily rely on web hosting reviews and information from peer bloggers before I make any decision regarding migrating to a new web hosting provider.
Cloud Web Hosting
I recently learned about a service called Optimal Hosting, this is a little bit different than your traditional shared web hosting provider and in fact had slightly different features than your typical VPS, Shared and Cloud hosting, combining some of them to make a hosting platform that may be something I will consider.
Now, I haven’t their service before and personally don’t know any bloggers who do, but when I contacted the company I learned the offer the following features (most you can read right from their homepage).
- Unlimited Disk Space
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Email
- Unlimited Domain Hosting
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- You also get Bing, Google, Yahoo and Facebook credits for signing up.
Now that in itself is the information you also can see in quality shared hosting plans, so I contacted them further to find out how they are a cloud platform and how they are different than a typical shared plan.
You are hosted in a cloud environment, not thousands of customers sharing a single physical server this helps increase reliability and stability of the environment. Also they said your hosting plan gets 1 CPU and 512MB of resources, this is like a VPS the way it is assigned when I hear it offered this way. They also said 15 concurrent SQL connections which is 13 more than you get with a standard shared hosting plan from any hosting provider.
All of this for $6.95 per month made me really seriously consider looking at trying Optimal Hosting as it seems like they are a hybrid of Shared, VPS and Cloud hosting for a very reasonably monthly rate. For me to get that many SQL connections and those resources I would be paying easily double that for a VPS hosting plan and I have been on very unstable VPS hosting plan before.
So, I don’t know if I am ready to take the plunge but I am definitely considering it and I know I will either try another VPS or Cloud hosting plan in 2013, I don’t have the resources for dedicated hosting just yet, but Optimal Hosting may be something I may try.