Hosting WordPress site is easy but optimizing for optimal performance and security is not.
Hundreds of shared hosting provider can host your site for less than $5 a month, and they are ok if for a beginner.
However, when traffic increase, looking for fast loading site, continuous security, running an eCommerce store, then you need a secure and performance oriented hosting.
Most of the WordPress site owner choose VPS, Cloud VM (virtual machine) as a next step to move from shared hosting. Because they are told to move to the cloud hosting as it’s fast and can take a load of heavy traffic.
But what happens next?
They spend too much time on configuring and maintaining a cloud server.
When you are on shared hosting, you get everything with one click.
- WordPress installation
- Email creation
- File transfer
- Database access
- Enable SSL
- Backup & restore
- And much more…
and if you are planning to migrate your site to cloud with the same expectation but I am sorry to say, you’ll be disappointed.
When you buy a cloud/VPS server such as Linode, DigitalOcean, AWS, Vultr, etc. you get a vanilla server with OS. A server where you need to install database, web server, PHP, WordPress and it’s related software + you got to deal with the configuration & security.
Are you ready for that?
If you are skilled and have time, you can do it. But if you are not then you better look for managed WordPress hosting providers.
Why Google Cloud?
In one line, they are better than many out there, and it’s cost-effective.
Google is known for their low-latency network, and GCP (Google Cloud Platform) is where Google’s product like YouTube, Gmail, etc. are hosted.
GCP pricing is less than their competitor (you know what I am talking about).
Googe Cloud data centers are located in 15 regions worldwide so you can choose to host near to your user’s location.
I moved Geek Flare to GCP more than a year ago and since then never looked back to migrate anywhere.
How do you host your WordPress site on Google Cloud Platform?
There are two ways.
First – you create an account, buy a compute VM, install the necessary software, configure to make it work, secure your cloud VM, secure WordPress, patch it regularly, perform regular maintenance, etc.
Second – offload all manual work listed above to the expert, and you focus on what’s more important to your business.
The following, you will know some of the managed WordPress hosting providers to host your site on Google Cloud.
Kinsta, a premium hosting platform for small to enterprise level of business is recommended by Google. You can get it started from as low as $30 a month, and if you pay for yearly, then you get two months FREE.
Kinsta utilize next-generation system container manager called LXD and packed with speed-oriented tech stacks like Nginx, MariaDB, PHP 7, server-side caching, etc.
Your WordPress is monitored 24×7 for uptime, DDoS, malware, etc.
Kinsta provides a beautiful dashboard to enable the feature or change the configuration.
For an ex:
- Switch PHP to higher or lower version
- Enable CDN
- Purge the caching
- Make your site secure (HTTPS) with FREE SSL
- Backup or restore
- Creating a staging environment
And not to forget about their excellent support and FREE site migration. Give a try to experience the Kinsta.
Not just Google Cloud but Cloudways let you choose to host your site on Linode, DigitalOcean, Vultr, Kyup, and AWS.
You can select the server size and data center location during sign-up. On top of awesome GCP, Cloudways offers some of the following.
- You can configure to take an hourly to weekly backup, so when things go wrong, you can restore it quickly.
- Need more capacity to serve more clients? Scale the server resources like storage, CPU & memory with one click.
- Built-in staging area
- Git is integrated
- Protected with managed firewall to keep the bad guys away
- SSH and SFTP access to take full control of your server whenever needed
- Schedule task to be performed on the server using Cron job manager
Get 20% OFF for six months when you host with Cloudways.
A new player in the market leverage Google Cloud infrastructure and Litespeed commercial web servers. You can get it started in FREE and pricing starts from $8 per month which is suitable for small site attracting ~18,000 visitors.
Closte uses Litespeed built-in cache, integrate with Google Cloud CDN and some of the below advantages.
- It takes incremental backup automatically
- Provide FREE SSL
- Staging area, GIT
- WP-CLI to manage WordPress if needed
- Options to choose PHP versions
And a beautiful dashboard to manage your website.
One of the leading premium managed WordPress hosting has recently partnered with Google Cloud to offer the best experience possible.
WP Engine is trusted by more than 70,000 customers worldwide. You can get it started from $29 a month which includes one WordPress install and suitable for ~25,000 visits.
- Some of the advanced features are:
- Serve dynamic content based on user’s geography
- Performance insights at code level by New Relic
- Robust security protection from brute force, WordPress specific vulnerabilities attacks
- Page performance metrics to quickly diagnose the slow loading page and improve
Themecloud leverage Astra next-generation firewall to provide better-inbuilt security.
You can get it started from as low as $9.90 per month.
Some of the features:
- Automatic daily backup with 1-click restore option
- SSL cert by Let’s encrypt
- Domain with up-to five emails
- WP rocket license included in higher plan
- Cloudflare PRO plan included in VIP plan
- User-friendly dashboard
Building fast loading and secure WordPress site is always challenging. And, if you are not willing to spend time in setup and managing then it’s better to choose managed WordPress hosting provider who does heavy work for you so you can focus on your business.
However, if you are looking to learn setting up WordPress on your VPS then check out this online course by Andrew Eaton.