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Looking through the Google Plus community and Slack chat history, there have been many suggestions regarding hosting for Craft websites. It may not be possible to get a single conclusive answer, but I still want to know...

What hosting company do you recommend for a Craft website?

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TL;DR


Personally, I've had great experience with DigitalOcean.

It is a VPS solution with virtually nothing pre-installed. I've found it to be amazingly fast and stable, even for sites with a high volume of traffic. Spinning up a new VPS "droplet" is incredibly simple and painless.

Since it's basically an "empty" server when you create a new droplet, I've found that DigitalOcean pairs well with ServerPilot. Keep in mind that ServerPilot requires your droplet to be created with Ubuntu 14.04, and must run its setup before you do anything else with your droplet.

ServerPilot gives you an easy interface to setup the common software you'll need to run your site... namely PHP & MySQL. Using both services combined, we're able to easily spin up a new droplet, set it up with ServerPilot, and be up and running quickly!

Only downside... email hosting is not included in either service. So you'd need to find a separate service to handle email hosting. (We use Zoho, which I find to be adequate. I'm still on the lookout for the "perfect" email solution, but that's a topic for another day.)

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    DO user here too. Love it. Regarding email, you could technically install your own email service but that requires some technical know-how & is generally a hassle. Along with that, email is too critical of a communication line for some people that it may be worth just using Google Apps or Zoho for that peace of mind & stability. Never used Server Pilot but I may give it a go for my personal site! – Sean O'Grady Apr 23 '15 at 21:12
  • I have also had only good experience with Digital Ocean - I even recently had the company I work for move to them. – Marty Apr 23 '15 at 21:26
  • Virtualmin GPL is a free, decent, minimally-ugly on-server GUI for management I've been using for a few years. It has a one-step install script and makes software updates + vhost/cron/backup management all easy without being too bloated or in the way like Plesk or CPanel. (As an alternative to ServerPilot.) – Matt Stein May 5 '15 at 18:56
  • The biggest benefit from the setup Lindsey describes is ServerPilot. These guys do an outstanding job of setting up the server, security updates, multiple versions of PHP per domain name and user management. Best part its free if you don't need SSL or multiple SSH users. Its also important to mention that SeverPilot works with any Ubuntu machine - dedicated, virtual, and even a local VM (I used one to test their service)... Can't recommend them enough. – Jason McCallister May 22 '15 at 21:07
  • Totally agree with this. I prefer Forge to ServerPilot, but they are both great choices, as written up here: How Agencies & Freelancers Should Do Web Hosting – andrew.welch Jul 28 '17 at 2:09
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If you're looking for a fully-managed hosting provider, ArcusTech is top-notch. Their servers run Craft very well and we've rarely had any issues with them.

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I've got Craft sites running well on both WebFaction and Tsohost's cloud hosting platform.

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    +1 for Webfaction: inexpensive and a nice middle-ground between custom controls (their concept of webapps lets you run different sites with different versions of PHP, for instance) and the responsibility of a full-fledged VPS. – James Muspratt Apr 29 '15 at 19:27
  • Another +1 for Webfaction. All the speed of a VPS with all the don't-have-to-manage of an otherwise crappy shared service. – Matt Stein May 5 '15 at 18:53
  • Ditto WebFaction, big fan – Nathan D Huening Jul 27 '17 at 20:47
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As a heads up, I would avoid Cloudways. It looked ideal in theory but I've had a few problems and found their support to be fast but lacking and quite resistant to the idea of Craft.

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I have several client Craft sites on Nexcess, using their ExpressionEngine shared plans. The support has always been excellent, and it performs really well. Note that you can use most versions of PHP, you'll just need to request it from support.

Update: Nexcess now offers Craft-specific hosting, and PHP versions can be selected in the hosting control panel.

I recently cloned a fairly query-heavy client site to the cheapest EEP 100 Nexcess plan and a ServerPilot-managed 2GB Digitalocean droplet with MySQL tuned a bit based on Percona recommendations. Both were using PHP 7. I didn't do extensive load testing, but with dev mode on, the Nexcess server outperformed my DO server consistently, on all front-end and control panel views.

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I use both DigitalOcean like Lindsey as well as Rackspace Cloud Sites. Cloud Sites includes email so that's a perk, but it is essentially shared hosting where as with DO you have a VPS.

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I use...

  • RamNode and Virtualmin GPL for fast, powerful, inexpensive development boxes that take minimal maintenance/sysadmin time (check out Virtualmin GPL's super-easy install script!)
  • Webfaction for modest production sites that need to be inexpensive and fast with zero required sysadmin time
  • ArcusTech for client production sites where I shouldn't be relied on as a sysadmin (which is all client production sites)
  • Amazon AWS when clients have web teams that would laugh at the quaintness of a single server instance

This basically has me covered at any scale, and I'm happy with each provider. Transactional mail goes through Mandrill when I can help it, as it's usually free and always fast and reliable.

I'm also in Seattle (United States), so when I say fast it's a geographically-relative term. Most of the above offer servers in various cities+countries.

Update May 2019: I no longer use Webfaction after its acquisition by GoDaddy, and I've settled on using Laravel Forge with Digital Ocean, Linode, or Vultr for most new production projects. I published a blog post last year comparing VPS providers, some of which are great for powerful+cheap development boxes.

For transactional email, I almost always use Mailgun.

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    You might like Ajenti more than VirtualMin. – Natetronn May 22 '15 at 21:16
  • Ooh, and here I thought I tried all the things. Thanks @Natetronn! – Matt Stein May 22 '15 at 23:28
  • @MattStein What plan do you use on ramnode that supports virtualmin gpl? kvm/openvz? and what size, etc. thanks! – Wes May 1 at 15:57
  • @Wes I just updated my answer, which has changed quite a bit since my original post. Virtualmin has run fine for me on KVM and OpenVZ servers with various specs (Ubuntu, CentOS, 1-8GB memory, 1-4 CPU cores). I used Centmin Mod (centminmod.com) for some time as well, which does away with UI bloat and provisions a really fast CentOS LEMP stack—worth comparing to Virtualmin if you're interested. – Matt Stein May 1 at 16:09
  • @MattStein thanks for all the info, and the blog post of vps comparisons too!... I too am looking to bail on webfaction :) – Wes May 1 at 20:35
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You can check out Web Hosting UK or Rshosting , user friendly support with SSD server to help better performance.

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We're using AWS to host Craft and it's worked out very well. We're using elastic beanstalk, as well, which has been super helpful with deployments.

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Linode.com is great... and they offer managed hosting too, if you want it.

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Since 4 years we moved all our EE sites over to UNIXy. These guys are amazing, fully managed, support request often answered in minutes, they think for you in finding the best possible set-up and are well known for there Varnish implementation.

Servers are located in the US and Europe. The later being important to us and pricing is sharp.

Last year we started out with a new server dedicated to our Craft customers. Currently we have 5 servers running and I've never experienced a security issue, downtime, or slow support over the years.

Love these guys 😀

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I use Rackspace Cloud Sites and Arcustech

  • I have used Could Sites in the past - how has it been for you using Craft? I have had a site using MODx and when traffic was high, the site would crash. This was some time ago though... – Damon Apr 30 '15 at 14:12
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I've been using WiredTree for a couple of years and am very happy with their service. They are very helpful and quick to respond to inquiries 24/7 to any issues and queries you have with the server.

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I would recommend you to go with a managed host provider like Cloudways for Craft hosting. Some of its good features are:

  • ThunderStack consists of Nginx, Varnish, Apache, PHP-FPM
  • Vertical Scaling
  • Cloud providers i.e AWS, GCE, DO, Vultr and Kyup
  • 1-Click installations
  • Caches (MemCache, MemCached, Redis)
  • CloudwaysBot
  • 24/7 Support
  • User Friendly UI experience
  • Provides their custom Cpanel from which you can manage your server in 1-click
  • Latest PHP versions
  • Thanks for the recommendation. Can you please add some details regarding why you recommend Cloudways? – Lindsey D Sep 19 '16 at 15:48
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    I have edited my answer – Ahmed Khan Sep 20 '16 at 8:49
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For websites in Switzerland i recommend to use Cyon (https://www.cyon.ch/). It runs on LiteSpeed Webserver and offers a easy to integrate fullpage cache solution comparable to Varnish cache without any extra cost (more information on LIghtSpeed Cache in German: https://www.cyon.ch/blog/LiteSpeed-Cache). It speeds up the craft installation to a maximum. The LiteSpeed Cache function is already available on the smallest hosting package for only CHF 9.90.

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AWS is good but it's quite expensive. I would suggest to to go for F(x) Data Cloud or Digital Ocean. They have the quality Service and both of them are highly reliable and appreciable.

Both will satisfy your requirements and are cost-efficient.

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I would highly recommend you for **F(x) Data Cloud** .The major reason for recommending you is that you will get more cost-Effective Plans, Higher Uptime, Custom SSD Storage and most importantly appreciable Technical Support. I have been using their 7 servers at this moment and quite happy with the Cost and Services. Visit: https://fxdata.cloud

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I can recommend the Craft CMS hosting by Kualo

  • LiteSpeed
  • Redis
  • Latest PHP versions
  • Block storage
  • Green hosting.
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I've moved from Digital Ocean onto Fortrabbit. They're an official CraftCMS hosting partner and they've been great. Amazing support, great speeds. Can't ask for anything more.

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I have all my hosting through Media Temple I've never had a problem - love the support.

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    I have to say I've run two Craft sites on shared hosting ("GS") and found them to be extremely slow. Same goes for ExpressionEngine sites. – James Muspratt Apr 29 '15 at 18:23
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    MediaTemple is one of the hosts we get the most support tickets for. Usually really random, obscure problems. – Brad Bell Apr 30 '15 at 3:44
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    I've also found MediaTemple to be very slow with a couple of Craft sites I had hosted there. It seemed to have gotten worse in the last few months. Moved to DigitalOcean and they fly along. – Patrick Nesbitt Apr 30 '15 at 8:04
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    Very interesting. Thanks for the insight guys! Now I'm going to be watching like a hawk! – Damon Apr 30 '15 at 13:36
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    I'd like to echo the iffy experience with (gs). It used to be terrible about 9 years go, had a brief period where it got much faster and more stable, and it's back to relatively slow performance (measured via Pingdom) and random weird issues. Awesome support, subpar service. Managed hosting is way cheaper at ArcusTech, and Webfaction has been my new home for shared-hosting-budget and even some VPS projects. – Matt Stein May 5 '15 at 19:10

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