NeONBRAND has been around long enough to know a little bit about hosting, specifically which hosts provide the best benefit to your SEO.
For a long time, we were fans of WPEngine, super easy to use, great support, Texas-based company. They met our needs superbly for a lot of years.’
We were also starting to develop more Laravel Apps and could see the power of using the command line in our development processes.
Then we started developing our websites using Roots/Bedrock. What a game-changer that was. Bedrock requires access to the command line, and while WPEngine provides a little bit of support for that, we found it fell short far too often.
Our current setup is a combination of services, in no particular order:
DNS with Cloudflare
Before Cloudflare we were using the DNS that came with our registrar, like most people. Whether it was Godaddy or some other obscure registrar, that was were we also hosted our DNS.
Once we learned of Cloudflare’s FREE DNS management, and the power that came with that, we made the switch and moved all our sites over to Cloudflare.
Servers with Digital Ocean
Digital Ocean is a leading provider of on demand servers. They’re comparable to Amazon’s solution, AWS E2, but in our opinion, much much easier to use. Their UI is fantastic and their support is great.
Note, this is not a managed server environment like most WordPress people are familiar with, you are in charge of managing your own server from reboots to installing server updates.
If you’re comfortable on the command line, this is the provider to use.
Server Management with Laravel Forge
Laravel Forge is obviously a tool primarily built for handling Laravel Applications, it just so happens that you can manage servers for WordPress on there as well!
Laravel Forge is what we use to add and remove sites to our Digital Ocean servers, it handles all of the programming required for connecting a new site, as well as all the security certificates and even spinning up new servers if needed.
Las Vegas Website Hosting Providers
If all of this seems a little daunting, we are here to help. We are also strong believers in empowering our clients with their own setups so that you’re not “married” to us (unless you really want!).
We can help you configure your own setup on each of the above services and then help you manage it after the fact if you need help!