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I am about to go live with a WP site that is heavy on content and ajax and JS.
The budget host I use is having trouble keeping up with the load.
What kind of hosting should I be looking into. What makes a plan suitable to this kind of site?
bluehost is good with wp
Basically any decent sized host?
Buy a dedicated server if you need to.
dedicated server for sure
we've been using bluehost for the last few years- but have lost all faith in them over the last 6 months. we now expect our sites hosted with them to be down at least one day a week - and always get the usual "check back in 20 minutes" response. we've been moving those sites slowly to other hosts. mostly to site5.com
ok.... there are multiple things here...
1. Are you caching? (wp-cache,etc)
2. Are you getting RAM limits overloaded from your host?
I'm doing a wp site now that's forecasted to have a huge spike on one day, we're using http://www.cloudflare.com/ to deal with the spike, for pretty cheap for what you get with it...
We've used webfaction for testing and dev, rackspace for huge sites....
If you're already overloading a host and you haven't even gone live, you more than likely need to look at optimizing your code. Especially any ajax that's querying the database. If Ajax is resulting in big queries, see what you can cache as a static file/files.
Some hosts like GoDaddy are absolutely garbage. I always have new clients asking how to speed up their site, then i see its on goDaddy.. Uh... go with ***any*** other company for twice the speed instantly. :P
thanks for the input, guess I should look into things a bit more in depth with the developer.
To the cloud!
Looking for a good hosting but just for normal crap.
Any $10/month shared hosting is good enough for you. Most of your scripiting will be client-side so the server power will not increase your on-site performance
test to see if the same site is slow when running on localhost, XAMPP or WAMPP allows you to easily install a full test mysql/php/apache server for local testing and development. if its slow on localhost, then the code needs to be optimized. If it's fast on localhost but slow on live server, then you may want to cache files and/or find a different host.