I am a firm believer that if you don’t love your job, you should strive to change that by either finding one you love or making one you love. I am also a firm believer in loving where you live, who you associate with, what you do with your spare time, and every other aspect of your life. If there is something giving you grief, you should work to improve it, and the same holds true for hosting companies.

The success of my business is largely dependent upon my websites remaining operational and performing well. If a site doesn’t perform well, it brings in less revenue, revenue that is used to pay the hosting bill, the team salaries, and more. With so much riding on the performance and reliability of the sites, it only makes sense that the platform I choose to host my sites on is one of the most important decisions I can make for my business. If the sites consistently have troubles due to the hosting infrastructure, the business will suffer.

It astounds me that people constantly pay for cheap shitty hosting and then suffer the consequences because their business suffers.

For many companies, my own included, the website is the first point of contact with potential customers. It should go without saying that the reliability and performance of the website are critically important, perhaps even before the quality of the website. I at least can look past a poorly designed website (it could be my own opinions influencing me after all), but I cannot look past a site that is overly sluggish or goes down a lot.

If your business is powered by an e-Commerce or membership website, you should be paying a premium for your hosting account because if you don’t, you will pay a premium in the large revenue losses the site’s unreliability causes. The same goes for sites that are responsible for all or the majority of any business’s revenue.

I have had bad hosting experiences before, some that lasted weeks and some that lasted years, and now, when I look back at those, there is only one question in my mind: why did I take so long to find a better option?

A little less than a year ago, I made the move to Pagely for all of my websites. Never before have I had as good of an experience with a hosting company. From the quality of their support to the performance of their infrastructure. During the last year, I’ve managed to grow my business significantly, both in terms of revenue and the size of my team. Much of that growth is due to the reliability of my websites. When the websites, which are responsible for 100% of the company’s revenue, are reliable and perform well, I can focus on business and put my attention where it is needed most.

I am not a server guy—I know just enough about how servers work to be dangerous when I log into one—but I do know enough to understand that I should not be spending large amounts of time worrying about the servers my sites are running on, and I know enough to appreciate the true value that a quality infrastructure provides. I have no qualms paying a premium for the service I host my sites with because if I didn’t, I would be paying a premium in other ways: lost customers, high stress levels, and negative hits to the reputation of the software my team works tirelessly to build and maintain.

If you do not love your hosting company, why do you entrust a large portion of your business’s success to them? Quit what you’re doing and fix it.

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I love Pagely because they have worked wonderfully for me, but that doesn’t mean they will be the perfect fit for you (everyone has different needs), but they are a damn good place to start looking.

  1. Ryan Hellyer

    I agree with this whole heartedly. The worst I’ve seen, is people signing up for unmanaged VPS’s without having a clue about server administration. They know the VPS is cheap and they know it can go fast because they’ve read reviews about it. What they don’t realise, is that they can’t make those servers run fast without spending either a ton of time learning or a ton of money on configuring it. Not to mention the ramifications of them failing to keep it secure.

    For the record, I do run my own box. But I did spent a ton of time figuring out how.

  2. Myles

    This is actually what prompted me to start my own hosting company 5+ years ago, which was really just for hosting friends and giving out free accounts for open source devs … eventually it grew into full fledged hosting company.

    I was hoping to see reviews or comments (either good or bad) regarding your other hosts, as this post seems like some straight up advertisement shenanigans for pagely … i’m just sayin.

  3. Rene

    Don´t you mean “I know just enough about how servers work to be NOT dangerous when I log into one”?

    Otherwise i´d feel not comfortable to let you log in to my server:-)

    • Pippin

      It is just an expression that means I know enough to set servers up and get around the,. But not enough to truly optimize them 🙂

  4. Eric

    I really like your life philosophy about loving things and I agree with it. I am also grateful that you shared it with us. However I do think the power of this article was minimized by dropping a money link and not talking about any other contenders that are highly rated or losers that are poorly rated. Perhaps there might be a follow up post to this?

    • Pippin

      The link at the bottom is not an affiliate link; I make no money of clicks of that link that result in a signup.

      I included Pagely at the bottom because I genuinely love the quality they have provided me.

  5. Calum

    Would you mind sharing what package you are on with Pagely and how much you pay a month for hosting with them.

    Thanks

  6. Deyson

    Hello Pippin! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

    I was under the impression that you use WPengine? They are who I use and wanted to know if you switched to Pagely from them and if so why.

    Thank you for all your amazing work! 🙂

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