At DiDHost, we attach great importance to service efficiency, which applies to both classic hosting as well as WordPress hosting. Today, we're going to look at the differences between DiDHost WordPress Hosting and WordPress Hosting cyberFolks not only in the field of performance.

cyberFolks, is one of the most popular hosting services in Poland, being a part of R22 holding. The brand name appeared over a year ago. Previously popular operator Linuxpl from Rzeszów, after the acquisition of its resources by the company H88 (part of the holding) lived to see the change of name to cyberFolks.

WordPress hosting

Recently a trendy buzzword, because the number of users of this CMS keeps growing and they are looking for hosting services, preferably immediately for this CMS. Looking through the websites of various providers, I see that most of them, in addition to standard hosting, also have dedicated WordPress hosting plans. Cool, but...

The trouble is that it is often just a label with little or sometimes literally nothing to do with it. Is Kowalski aware of this? Not at all. He sees the WordPress Hosting sign and believes that this is the best option for his future activities. After all, he will have a website on WordPress.

In my eyes, this is taking advantage of the customer's ignorance and, although this situation does not have to bother the customer if he is unaware of it, it seems to be an unethical action on the part of the suppliers.

At cyberFolks, fortunately, the differences are there, which pleases me and may suggest that it's actually an independent environment from regular hosting with better performance.

At DiDHost, we never thought of duplicating plans and renaming them. The differences between classic hosting and WordPress hosting are significant: from differences in cloud infrastructure, system configuration to the amount of computing resources that individual accounts can have.

Panel

At DiDhost, customer services are managed through the Plesk Panel. Convenient, intuitive with a range of unique capabilities.

CyberFolks, on the other hand, is based on the DirectAdmin panel, which in my opinion, and we have been working with it for many years, is much less comfortable and does not give as many options to the hosting users. It is, however, slightly cheaper.

WordPress tools

At DiDHost, a number of tools are available on WordPress hosting accounts designed to make working with WordPress easier, better manage your installation and keep it secure. Below are some of the most important features of our accounts:

  • Autoinstaller security-oriented with fully customisable installation parameters, as well as the possibility to select ready-made sets of plug-ins and themes, e.g. for an online shop.
  • Updates management Whether automatic or manual from within the hosting. The update creates a WordPress restore point so that in the event of problems, a quick recovery is possible.
  • Smart updates. One click and the system will automatically create a clone of the page, then analyse the production page and the cloned page, then make updates on the copy and again perform an analysis telling you the chance that the operation could generate problems.
  • Security audits WordPress with the option to automatically fix (one click) any detected errors, potentially harmful to your site.
  • With one click, you'll move your WordPress task system (wp-cron) to your hosting task system (cron), which can have a positive impact on your site's overall performance.
  • Possibility to manage plugins and themes. Not only can you update a plugin from within your hosting, but you can also search the WordPress repository and install it without going into the WordPress backend. You can also disable or remove any plugin, which can be particularly useful if there is a conflict on your site preventing you from logging into the WordPress Panel.
  • Cloning a WordPress site. Once a clone has been created, you are free to operate on it without worrying that these experiments may adversely affect the performance of the production site.
  • Copying and synchronisation different installations among themselves. I will refer to the clone. In a situation where you are working with a clone and making a lot of changes to it, then you may want to migrate all that to the production site. You do not have to combine with plugins or play with migration manually. Using the copy option, you can instantly transfer everything you have done on the clone to the production site.
  • LogsThese are records of important operations performed on your WordPress site. Thanks to them you can quickly track down any problems.
  • SEO audits - An extensive site audit performed externally, combined with data collected internally on your account, gives a huge amount of information that helps to improve your results in Google.

cyberFolks in this field:

  • The auto-installer is Installatron. As I have seen for years, the translation of this application into Polish cries to hell.
  • Possibility to clone a page from within Installatron
  • An audit is available in the DirectAdmin Panel, which only checks what security measures are worth implementing, but you have to take care of implementing them yourself.
  • Basic SEO tools in higher plans

Safety copies

On DiDHost and hosting accounts for WordPress, you will find four independent backups.

One stored on separate DiDHost servers, where hosting accounts from up to 14 days are archived. This data is only available to us, but can be shared upon request.

The second automatic copy, this time accessible from the Hosting Account Panel, also made daily, stores data in Acronis Backup (an external server room). Copies from the last 7 days are available plus weekly copies from the previous three weeks are also available.

A third manual or automatic copy can be set up by the account holder and sent to a private cloud such as Amazon, Google Drive, Drop Box and Microsoft One Drive.

Finally, there is also the option to manually create a copy of the WordPress instance itself.

One copy is made at cyberFolks, which keeps files shorter or longer depending on which plan you have. From the last 7 days to 28 in the case of the largest plan. You can also make a copy manually.

Security

At DiDHost we use imunify360 protection among others, so that dangerous traffic is filtered, brute force attacks, sql injection, XSS, WP XML RPC and many others are detected and blocked. Dangerous software is detected and can be automatically removed.

In a nutshell, it's strong WAF protection that uses a global database of attacker IP addresses that is updated in real time and available to every account in combination with malware protection. Every day we block tens of thousands of hacking attempts on WordPress sites hosted with us.

In addition, each hosting account, each domain has its own firewall that can be disabled, re-enabled or its rules modified if they prove to be too strict for one or another WordPress plugin.

A WAF with protection against basic attacks is available at cyberFolks, as well as access to your own IP whitelist and blacklist.

Performance

I raise this issue mainly because many people ask me if DiDHost WordPress Hosting is based on LiteSpeed server thinking that this is the only web server environment that guarantees fast website performance. Is it really so?

We have been familiar with LiteSpeed for years and we also have this environment deployed on our standard hosting. However, the WordPress hosting is mainly dominated by NGINX, which can work independently or as a proxy for the Apache server - a matter of individual choice.

We did a lot of tests during which we wanted to determine whether for WordPress hosting as for standard hosting Whether to choose LiteSpeed or NGINX. The tests looked not only at response times, but also at robustness against heavy traffic and pointed clearly at NGINX. If you look at the large global hosting companies specialising in WordPress such as Kinsta, you will see that they too use NGINX to host WordPress rather than LiteSpeed.

For the purpose of this article, I did some comparison tests. I tested cyberFolks hosting for WordPress on the wp_GO plan! and our WP Plus hosting account.

On both services I installed WordPress and left its basic configuration (default plugins and theme). On cyber_Folks I just had to disable the automatically installed and activated LS Cache plugin, which started building a cache immediately after installation, which in turn caused the site to launch quickly, and I wanted to run a test without afterburners.

The result for DiDHost, where I've highlighted one metric below, which is the time it takes to receive the first data from the server (the less the better), looks like this:

Response from the main DiDHost document

Test result for cyberFolks:

Response from the main cyberFolks document

I repeated each test 5 times selecting the report that generated the lowest TTFB score.

I did the same when testing sites with active caching. In cyberFolks I re-activated the LS Cache plugin while in the case of DiDHost hosting I did not install any plugin, but only activated server-side nginx caching from the hosting account panel.

Results for DiDhost:

Answer of the main DiDHost document After applying NGINX caching

Results for cyberFolks:

Response of the main cyberFolks document after applying NGINX caching

In this case, the results practically evened out with a slight advantage in favour of DiDHost, but I emphasise that no cache plugin for WordPress was used in the case of DiDHost!

All tests were performed with the WebPageTest tool from London:

Date of test
Date of test

NGINX supports servers and single accounts with often heavy traffic at our site and we do not experience performance drops. Also, when we tested our LiteSpeed hosting and WordPress hosting, WP installations in the NGINX environment performed better.

And one more test performed using Litehouse on board the Chrome browser. Test also on two analogous sites. In the case of cyberFolks the LiteSpeed Cache plugin is enabled, and on DiDHost WordPress there is no cache plugin and NGINX caching is running on the hosting account side. Tests done from Lublin on an Orange LTE connection.

cyberFolks

TTFB test result from Lublin

DiDHost

DiDHost test result from Lublin

In the above test the TTFB difference is even more pronounced 100:30 ms.

Computing resources

On WordPress hosting from DiDHost, the smallest account comes with 2 CPU cores and 2GB of RAM. At cyberFolks, the lowest plan is 1 core and 1GB RAM.

Going to the highest plan, the WP Elit offers 5 CPU cores and 8GB of RAM, while the largest CyberFolks account is 3 cores and 1GB of RAM.

Cloud

Our infrastructure is cloud-based. I have not found any information about this on the CyberFolks website, so I can assume that since they do not write about it, they are still using the classic approach where physical servers are set up, DirectAdmin is installed on each of them and such a farm works. If this is in fact the case, then customers are more exposed to the negative effects of hardware failures, which in the case of cloud solutions are practically imperceptible. When one node goes down, another takes over.

Knowledge and technology

If you decide to buy a WordPress hosting from DiDHost with an annual subscription, you will have free access to courses on how to build websites/shops/blogs on the platform MeetWP. You can read about one of the courses at WordPress course.

Knowledge combined with quality technology gives you a better chance of achieving your goals. Hosting alone, even if it is the best in the world, will not do the job if it is not followed by personal development.

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2 Comments

  1. Paweł Mansfeld says:

    Very nice test, with specifics - you have chosen the right measurement methods (TTFB and Cache inclusion). I'm glad you brought up the topic of the HTTP server and making readers aware of this fundamental issue. LiteSpeed by itself is OK as a technology but it doesn't surprise me that NGINX performed better, after all it's an accelerator recommended by WordPress developers themselves which - as you rightly pointed out - all real WordPress hostings use 🙂 It would be great if you showed the results of the php-benchmark-script.com synthetic test of all DiDHost plans you could also compare them with the results of competing services.

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