My blog is currently hosted by StableHost. Their headquarters is in Phoenix, Arizona. They have data centers in Phoenix, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. I chose the data center in Phoenix because it’s the nearest to my readers in the Philippines. Of course I want my readers in other parts of the world to have a speedy connection to my blog as well. That’s why I have CloudFlare’s free plan, which as of this writing have 86 data centers around the world.
My plan is to move my blog from StableHost to SiteGround as soon as possible. SiteGround’s headquarters is in Sofia, Bulgaria. They have data centers in London, England, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Chicago, Illinois; and Singapore. I’ll choose SiteGround’s Singapore data center, because it is the nearest to the Philippines.
Once my blog is at SiteGround I will be able to have HTTPS, HTTP/2, PHP 7, and other cool stuff to make my blog more secure, more stable, and faster for my readers.
I will not be able to use CloudFlare’s free plan anymore once I apply HTTPS to my blog. I’ll need CloudFlare’s Pro plan. The Pro plan is $20/mo at CloudFlare’s website. Since SiteGround is an Optimized Partner of CloudFlare, SiteGround is offering an upgrade from the Free version to the Plus version.
I just finished a live chat with Kaloyan Gangov, one of SiteGround’s Senior Sales Representative. The Plus version is $14.95/mo or $143.40/yr.
$14.95 × 12 months = $179.40.
$179.40 – $143.40 = $36.00.
You save $36/yr if you go with the annual Plus plan.
The Pro plan at CloudFlare’s website does not have Railgun. You must get the Business plan ($200/mo) or the Enterprise plan (call for quote) to have Railgun.
The other benefit of SiteGround being an Optimized Partner of CloudFlare is that you get to have Railgun whether you use the Free or the Plus version.
In addition to CloudFlare I will also subscribe to KeyCDN. As of this writing KeyCDN have 25 active data centers and 6 additional planned data centers. I requested the founders of KeyCDN to consider having a data center in the Philippines. One of the founders, Jonas Krummenacher, said there’s no ETA (estimated time of arrival) yet, and that they will keep an eye in this area for future POPs (points of presence). At least they have not written off my suggestion.
It seems to me that Frederick Townes, the author of W3 Total Cache, has prioritized Placester, a tool for real estate agents, brokers, publishers, and associations. That’s why I deactivated and deleted W3 Total Cache from my blog. I will get WP Rocket instead.
If you check the changelog at WP Rocket’s website you will notice that their developers are continuously making incremental improvements every couple of weeks or months. W3 Total Cache feels like it’s forsaken.