We have always aimed to be on the front foot when it comes to WordPress hosting innovation. Being one of the first (if not the first) company to offer free, one-click installation SSL Certificates, to introduce HTTP/2 and PHP 7.x by default, and the first to utilise high-performance SSD disks for all accounts, we feel there is always room for improvement and the next big step is here!
Our customers constantly tell us is that they value 2 things above all else:
While proof of WPX excelling at both can be found independently online, we wanted to do even better. This is why we have built our own WPX Cloud from the ground up - the fastest WordPress hosting CDN.
Here is what we will cover in this article:
Essentially, WPX Cloud is our own custom-built Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Not sure what a CDN is? Put simply, using a CDN is like having a mini-server nearby to help load and run your website faster and more efficiently, even from the other side of the world!
For example, let’s say that you’re a nature photography blogger based in Montana, and your website is hosted with WPX in our Chicago data centre. That site will load well across North America but nature-lovers visiting your blog from Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa will find that your website loads more slowly. This is because your blog’s content (images and text mainly) is being retrieved from our Chicago server and sent all the way across the world to visitors outside the USA.
Instead, our CDN grabs that content and quickly delivers it to nearby servers to benefit your blog’s visitors. Whether your visitors are from Berlin, Sydney, Johannesburg, or Tokyo, they’ll see your blog from a fast local server and not from the other side of the world!
Using our Cloud CDN, the speed increase for site visitors around the world is dramatic.
But isn’t the ‘WPX Cloud’ just like any other CDN?
Unlike most CDNs, our Cloud was custom-built from the ground up BY us (a hosting company!) specifically FOR high performance WordPress hosting!
Over the coming months, many additional features will be added to our WPX Cloud,
more on that soon!
We test and tweak our Cloud CDN constantly for maximum WordPress performance and that’s something that conventional CDN companies (who are not hosting companies) can’t, or simply won’t, do.
There are dozens of reasons why using Cloud will benefit your business websites. Here are only the main ones;
Your website’s loading speed will increase dramatically. If your website’s serving a global audience, you’ll see a big improvement; our internal tests show improvements from 50% to 320%, depending on the website configuration and resources.
Our Cloud CDN is 100% free of charge for new and existing customers!
WPX Cloud websites will be able to handle upwards of 3 times more concurrent users, invaluable for popular sites.
20+ Worldwide Locations
Your website’s content will be served to visitors from over 20 worldwide locations, covering 6 continents and the vast majority of internet users. This also ensures smooth load balancing during traffic spikes.
We’ll spare you the technical jargon, but websites on the Cloud will benefit from additional security features. On top of your free Incapsula Enterprise level security, our CDN will deliver additional piece of mind to webmasters.
Any business-minded blogger knows that the loading speed of a website plays a major role in the Google rankings algorithm, especially on mobile devices. Boosting your load speed will also boost your search traffic.
Negates third-party CDN
Using our free Cloud negates the need for any third-party CDN. While in most cases a third-party CDN will cooperate with the WPX Cloud, its benefits will be diminished. Turn off that external CDN, close your now-obsolete account, and switch on your free Cloud.
All new WPX accounts after 23rd Oct 2018 will have their Cloud CDN configured and activated by default. Existing WPX Hosting customers will have to switch on the Cloud manually via their Control Panel. Check out this article for more information.
WPX Cloud 2.0
All of these nice benefits are available right now however, there is much more planned over the coming weeks and months. There are even more advanced features and benefits on the way! Keep your eyes peeled for updates soon.
As thousands of WPX users can testify, we have never cornered our customers into an add-on or upsell. Every feature we provide is included in our plans for free; that’s part of WPX’s signature all-included, managed hosting service!
Just a couple of months ago, we even doubled the included bandwidth for all plans. When is the last time that this happened with your current host?
We have heard endless stories of web hosts taking their customers hostage. From paid back-ups (worse are the backup restore fees), to malware cleaning fees, migrations done with faulty plugins or costing hundreds of dollars per site, to paid SSLs (Really? Still?), extra for security, extra for a CDN, extra for a staging area, extra for this plugin or that, and the list goes on and on.
All this just makes us tired.
The way we understand WordPress hosting is simple; we are the experts that provide the complete service that you need. You shouldn’t worry about all the technical things that happen backstage (of course, we are more than happy to discuss details with all tech-savvy people).
We want to make WordPress hosting as straightforward as it can be and this of course needs to be represented by one, simple price. Including all our perks and benefits in the plans makes it super easy and smooth for our customers and for us. We give you everything you will ever need, all you need to do is grow your websites.
This is why the WPX Cloud is included for free in all plans. We want our users to have the unfair advantage online and offer an even more complete service.
For a step-by-step guide to activate your WPX Cloud (relevant only for existing customers prior 23.10.2018), please refer to his guide here.
With all this in mind, hopefully it is clear why we have developed the WPX Cloud and why we are offering it for free in all our plans. You will not only ensure a faster website load speed, improve your search rankings, increase your security and reduce your costs, but it will also give your audience a much smoother and pleasant experience using your website.
As always, our super friendly and helpful Support team is on standby 24/7 to help with any questions or uncertainties you might have.
If you’ve liked what you read and would like to test the WPX Cloud for yourself, you can check out our plans here.