Linode vs Lightsail vs Vultr: with SpinupWP Cloud-Based Server Control Panel

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through our comparison of Amazon Lightsail vs. Vultr vs Linode. We’ve been using these two cloud web services for months. We love both of them. These are high end quality cloud service providers in the market for WordPress web developers. Also, in this review, I use SpinupWP to manage these VPSs with ease. And you’ll be able to learn more about this cloud-based server control panel. We use SpinupWP to setup multiple WordPress sites on each instance.

Which Is VPS is better, Vultr, Lightsail, or Lindoe? What are the best VPS providers?

Let’s read on to find our comparison: Vultr vs Lightsail vs Linode

In this review, we focus on the starter packages, which include: prices, features, performance, and infrastructure.

Linode:

  • 1 GB
  • 1 Core
  • 25 GB SSD
  • 1 TB 40 Gbps
  • 1000 Mbps
  • $5 / mo

Amazon Lightsail

Lightsail is an easy-to-use cloud platform that offers you everything needed to build an application or website, plus a cost-effective, monthly plan. Whether you’re new to the cloud or looking to get on the cloud quickly with AWS infrastructure you trust, we’ve got you covered. Lightsail is ideal for simpler workloads, quick deployments, and getting started on AWS. It’s designed to help you start small, and then scale as you grow.

Quickly create a website that shines. Create and customize your blog, e-commerce, or personal website with Lightsail’s pre-configured applications like WordPress, Magento, Plesk, and Joomla.

Linode

  • 1 GB Memory
  • 1 Core Processor
  • 40 GB SSD Disk
  • 2 TB Transfer*
  • $5USD/mo
  • Click-to-launch OS & applications

Vultr

Vultr compute features 100% local SSD and high performance Intel CPUs.

  • 25 GB SSD
  • 1 CPU
  • 1024 MB
  • 1 TB
  • $5/mo
  • Spin up a new instance with your preferred operating system or pre-installed application in just seconds.

With $5 per month, Amazon Lightsail offers better specifications for its cloud service. You can get more bandwidth and more storage for the same price that Vultr offers.

Infrastructure locations: For Vultr, we chose Atlanta for our hosting. Currently, Vultr has more than 16 locations worldwide. Oregon is our location when using Lightsail, which has many regions across the continents. Both providers offer cloud server location you prefer.

Lightsail

Lightsail Alarms: We love this feature as we can add two alarms per metric, and choose to be notified by email, SMS text message, or both.

Pros & Cons

  • Lightsail is generous with its storage. However, if you want to create snapshot, you’ll have to pay for the snapshot storage. Vultr is better here.
  • The control panels of both Vultr and Lightsail don’t give you much information about the usage. You may need a third-party service to visualize or extract detailed information.
  • With proper configurations, you’ll be certain that these small VPSs can handle high amount, spike traffic.
  • On Lightsail, you CANNOT create more than 3 DNS zones. This means that Lightsail limits you to host more than 3 sites (different domain names).
  • Vultr supports DNSSEC
  • AWS Lightsail CPU spikes are more frequent than Vultr (leads to more down times)

Tested: Cached and Uncached

With h2load – HTTP/2 benchmarking tool, I found these:

  • Linode (with 3 small WordPress sites), it cannot stand total 100000 requests, 100 concurrent clients and 10 max concurrent streams. The CPU will explode if you want to give it a try. Yet, it’s safer when using this same load test after configuring the cache (as configured with SpinupWP setup).

SpinupWP as your Cloud-based VPS Control Panel

Setting up a new WordPress site or blog on a VPS like Vultr or Amazon Lightsail can be time consuming. If you planning to run a number of blogs on a single VPS, there is a better way to do that. We’ve just started rolling out a few websites and blogs running Vultr. To make things easier, we also deployed SpinupWP.

What’s SpinupWP? It’s a control panel to easily host WordPress websites on a cloud provider of your preference.

Here’s a note as we’re taking on this combination of the best of Vultr’s VPS (simple, fast, and scalable SSD cloud hosting provider) and SpinupWP, an app aimed at developers, that makes it so much easier to host WordPress sites yourself. It’s a simple control panel for Vultr.

SpinupWP makes it easy to spin up an optimized, multiple WordPress website on your VPS in a few minutes.

How to get started with SpinupWP

First thing first, you register a new account at SpinupWP. After that, you sign up for a Virtual Private Server at a cloud provider. There are many VPS providers (in our case, we’ve got both Lightsail and Vultr). Lastly, you connect your Virtual Private Server to SpinupWP.

With SpinupWP and your VPS up and running, you can start running optimized WordPress websites on your own VPS. What we love and the most at this stage is that Spinup WP is here to take care of all the software patches, security and other things. Overall, it saves so much of your time.

Essential SpinupWP features

  • Automatic VPS security updates
  • Access and login disabled for the Root user
  • Free SSL certificates (with Let’s Encrypt)
  • Firewall which limits access to NGINX and SSH
  • Optimal settings for Nginx security
  • Each site is isolated through its own user. Therefore, if one site gets compromised, other sites on the server are safe.
  • SFTP/SSH access for each site.
  • Two-factor authentication for platform logins.

Usability

  • Interface Usability: Great
  • WordPress Installer One-Click
  • Domain Management: Application Level
  • Server Management: So so
  • Application Management: So so
  • Team Manager: Yes
  • Application Monitoring: Absent
  • Server Monitoring: Absent
  • Server Transfers: No
  • Project Manager: No
  • Development Environments: Live

Why we love SpinupWP?

  • Connect your Vultr API with SpinupWP in just a second.
  • Without much hassle for DIY configuration, we can launch a new site in a few minutes. This saves us a lot of time to launch sites fast. Install the latest stable versions of Nginx, PHP, MySQL/MariaDB, and Redis from the standard apt-get repos with no pain (but gain).
  • Performance: it’s very fast. It’s what we’re embracing these day for better site speed (see the screen shot above as tested on Gtmetrix). Set up with Redis object caching for improved database requests.
  • SpinupWP has all the key features most WordPress developers need. For instance, having Let’s Encrypt certificate and Nginx installed is a just a few clicks (without typing any command).
  • Automatic Security Updates: You’re going to get free Let’s Encrypt HTTPS (automatic renewal) with ease. Another example is that the app disables some critical PHP functions by default.
  • SpinupWP works with Vultr, DigitalOcean, Linode, AWS, and any other provider

Previously, we looked into using EasyEngine to install WordPress Nginx Setup & Management. However, we ended up setting up Nginx with HTTP/2 Support using this mini guide. As it’s trying to live up to its tagline, SpinupWP is “your own flawless WordPress server, spun up in minutes.”

SpinupWP is a Modern Cloud-Based Server Control Panel. It’s here to help you implement best practices for every server you spin up. Designed for WordPress. SpinupWP is a company of Delicious Brains Inc., a small company of expert WordPress developers, the brains behind the popular WP Migrate DB Pro and WP Offload Media plugins, WordPress core contributors.

There are something that should have been ever better. The documentation section is not much to offer yet. For example, when you want to see how the service works well with any VPS provider or not, it’s not easy to get more details.

There are similar services in this category that you may have heard of like GridPane, ServerPilot, Laravel Forge, Cloudways, and RunCloud.

Migrating from One Server to Another

Cloning your WordPress site is easy. It’s quick way to move your site to a better, newly-spun VPS with little down-time.

SpinupWP Packages

Currently, Spinup WP offers the plans listed below. If you sign-up through this review, you get $50 in Spinup WP credit for free.

Vultr’s smallest plan starts at $2.5 per month (512MB memory), which is probably the cheapest plan for a VPS. To use Vultr with SpinupWP, you need at least 1GB. Use our referral link to get $50 to start testing your VPS host with SpinupWP.

A WordPress site we manage (hosted on Lightsail) get great results on Google Console’s Core Web Vitals

How to Speed up and Optimize Your WordPress Sites for Lightning Speed

Here’s a mini guide and how-to to help you optimize your WordPress blogs and sites to load fast and serve high traffic. How? We’re basing this on our years of experiments and work to help our clients’ sites.

First thing first, choosing the best WordPress is everything for today and tomorrow. After all, it’s your website infrastructure. You make it or break it. There are two key things to consider. Like it or not, Google keeps up with its optimization requirements for web masters and developers. The latest out of the giant search engine’s pipeline is Core Web Vitals. Everything in this is all about site speed and performance. Just deeper and detailed.

What to measure in the Google’s Core Web Vitals:

  • Poor URLs
  • URLs need improvement
  • Good URLs

How to achieve the Good URLs for Google? This is one of the toughest questions. However, there are some fixes and tricks we should use to improve the WordPress site load speed.

Aside from this, speed analys tool like GTmetrix provides comprehensive information to help you boost your site speed. For example, Page Load Details (time, size, number of requests) is an essential factor to consider when you want to improve WordPress site performance.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Web Host?

Hosting WordPress on a VPS: Recommended

WordPress is software with performance, security, and ease of use. The basic WordPress software is simple and powerful. Hosting a high traffic WordPress requires some great setup and configurations ahead.

As we discussed since the beginning of this post, for VPS we highly recommend either Amazon Lightsail or Vultr. These are more than great enough for hosting personal blogs, small and medium business websites, or even affiliated websites. Although it’s not easy setup a new, clean WordPress site for most beginners, there are also simplified ways to do with just some clicks.

VPS Server Settings: Best WordPress Configurations
At the time of writing, we suggest that you should consider this setups for your periodical traffic spike WordPress sites:

  • MariaDB over MySQL (more on this later)
  • Nginx, PHP-FPM (not just the best, but perfect for most WordPress sites)
  • Nginx FastCGI caching
  • HTTPS (is the best free Let’s Encrypt certificate)

Top 10 Security Practices for Protecting Your Infrastructure

After launching my first WordPress blog more than ten years ago, I realize that WordPress is no lightweight and compact as it used to be. It’s both great and not. Whatever it is, now is the time to see what we can do to improve our WordPress sites. There are quick tips and tricks to improve the overall performance of a site.

To begin with, I’m going to list down a number of things you can do. After that, we’ll also look into the basic infrastructure (WordPress server and configurations).

Overall, SpinupWP is quick and easy to setup. Our cloud servers (Vultr and Lightsail) are blazing fast, and the user interface is a delight to work with. Ideally, it’s one of the subscription-based control panels for experienced WordPress developers and professionals.

Want to see how it works on a small WordPress site? Take a look at this https://smallsweethome.com/

Also good to read: WordPress SEO resources

Top tips to make your WordPress sites load faster

  • Less is more: less plugins is better. Much of the time, most WordPress site owners tend to need more functionalities and features they don’t need. So they just keep adding useless plugins to their sites. What’s the downsize? Well, these plugins, many of them, take much of the web server resource.
  • You should consider using MariaDB as your WordPress instead of MySQL. Here’s a good comparison of MySQL vs MariaDB vs Percona.

Linode link: https://www.linode.com/?r=74b48a1d7ec663896dde14abf11d4b66f58f4c25

Good to Read

WordPress: Best Practices on AWS: Reference Architecture for Scalable WordPress-Powered Websites (PDF)

Best WordPress Plugins in 2021

WordPress is much more powerful when integrating with the right plugins. At KokiTree, before we decide to use a plugin, we spend some time to understand the functionalities of the plugins and we test them. The best WordPress plugins allow developers and designers to achieve our web design and development objectives. In addition to this, we also want to make sure they’re just simple and good enough for the users.

This is a list of the best WordPress plugins we love using to build websites for our clients.

Amazon Lightsail vs Vultr reviewed

A List of Top Best WordPress Plugins for Blogs & Affiliate Marketers

Backup Plugins

  • WP-DBManager by Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
  • Use Google Libraries

    A lightweight plugin to help off-load your web server, this Use Google Libraries plugin makes use of Google’s AJAX Library API instead. Good performance benefits that most people need.

  • Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

    If you’ve got a WordPress website (especially a niche review site like SweetMemoryStudio) that requires continuous updates over time, chance is that each post has many revisions. For example, before optimizing, this website’s database is of 19.079 MB. After running this plugin, the size is just 4.095 MB. You save 14.984 MB. That’s a lot. Like it’s named after, the Optimize Database After Deleting Revisions plugin for WordPress is an easy to use database cleaner and optimizer.

  • WP Clone by WP Academy

    What’s the easiest and fastest way to migrate a WordPress website or blog from one host to another? Undoubtedly, the WP Clone plugin is simply the best solution for this. We’ve used this plugin regularly. 99% of the times, it works very well. For huge WordPress site, we don’t recommend you using this WP Clone. Two things you should note is that: the plugin does no support multi-site and site size limit.

  • Backup Buddy 

    It doesn’t hurt to have a backup copy of your blogs. It hurts when you don’t have a copy of your website backup. Download this Backup Buddy plugin now.

  • All-In-One WP Migration

    Moving a WordPress site from one web host to another can be a pain if your host doesn’t have any way for this support. All-In-One WP Migration is another option to the WP Clone by WP Academy plugin.

WordPress SEO Plugins

  • Yoast SEO

A great website without quality content and SEO isn’t a website. Every WordPress website we design, we use this Yoast SEO plugin for one single purpose, to optimize the websites for search engines. This plugin is powerful yet easy to use for most users.

  • Hyper Cache

This is one of a few lightweight caching plugin we love. It’s simple and easy to configure. Presently, we’ve been using the Hyper Cache WordPress plugin on our Vultr VPS.

  • Broken Link Checker

The real beauty of the web is the link. Broken link is the thing to avoid. The Broken Link Checker does one thing well: It scans your WordPress website for any broken links and lets you know that you should fix the issues. Need extra help to boost your SEO rankings? Use this useful plugin.

  • Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Facebook and Messenger load photos fast. There many factors, one of which is highly compressed images. On your WordPress websites, you can also have this little plugin Smush Image Compression and Optimization to help reduce large photo file sizes to optimal without losing much quality.

  • Really Simple SSL

Not all, but some web hosts don’t offer the absolute SSL solution. However, a simple way to make sure that all pages are over https is having this lightweight Really Simple SSL.

  • Cloudflare

Most of WordPress sites we host and manage are on Cloudflare. It offers everything we can dream of having for small and medium business websites and blogs. Speed and performance. Yes. Security Yes.

  • Broken Link Checker

A key factor to improve a better web browsing experience is fixing dead links. The Broken Link Checker will help taking care of that. As a result, you’ll gain a better SEO, too. Overall, all we want to achieve is speed and performance on a low-resource web server.

  • Toolbelt

WordPress.com’s Jetpack plugin is very popular. But it must be a joke. It consumes so much of your web server’s resources. Developed by Ben Gillbanks, Toolbelt plugin is a simpler, minimalist version that works to address a number of issues you need.

  • WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache
  • WP-Sweep

Security Plugins

  • Limit Login Attempts

The Limit Login Attempts plugin provides a simple, smart security solution.

Must-Have WordPress Plugins

  • Contact Form 7

All of the WordPress websites we build, we use this Contact Form 7 plugin for the Contact Page. It’s simple. It works. Another good contact form plugin we also like and use is HappyForms, which is quite intuitive.

  • Easy Footnotes

If you’re looking for an easy to insert footnotes in blog post, you may consider this Easy Footnotes plugin.

  • LessButtons & Social Pug: Social Share Tools

It’s one of the best social share plugins to have on most websites. We use this LessButtons plugin for most, if not all, of our WordPress websites we develop. The simple sharing buttons are very nice.

Another (up to date) plugin for social share we highly recommend is Social Pug. We love it and use it on a number of websites that we manage. Check out Social Sharing Buttons – Social Pug!

  • Table of Contents Plus

This plugin makes it easy to create a list of internal links within a post or page. The Table of Contents Plus plugin by Michael Tran can also produce output a sitemap listing all pages and categories.

  • Post Grid

If you need a last-minute solution to how the latest posts should look better than a list view, the Post Grid plugin does it magically in a few clicks. It solves the problem as it’s named after.

  • Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin (AWPCP)

We spent a lot of time searching and testing the best plugin for Classified Listings and Ads. This AWPCP is currently the one we use. It works well. It fits the basic requirements that allow registered users to add their listings to a WordPress website.

  • Super Progressive Web Apps

Do all WordPress websites and blogs need be mobile apps? Not really. There are many third-party services that offer to convert WordPress websites to smartphone app. But we find this Super Progressive Web Apps the best plugin that combines “the best of mobile web and the best of mobile apps.” We love it. And we use this plugin for some of our web projects.

Good to Know

Use only less plugins that fix the root of the problems.

How did we come up with this list? We reviewed, ranked, and researched this topic in addition to our own tests and implementation.

We try to avoid using plugins whenever possible to save web server resources. Therefore, each plugin we decide to use for the WordPress websites, we have to research and test first. We hope that this list of the best plugins will help you to use the only the best, optimal ones.

We don’t focus on listing the most popular WordPress plugins. We believe in functions.

Note: we will continue to update this review so that you’ll have a comprehensive list of the best plugins for your affiliate marketing blogs.

Some selected WordPress websites we use these plugins:

Announcing the launch of student WordPress hosting program

KokiTree is excited to launch a new free WordPress hosting program aimed at university students, faculty members, and academic organizations. The program has started as an initiative to provide free and budget hosting for Cambodia’s bloggers who have been using the company’s hosting services for their personal projects.

The free WordPress hosting program aimed at the two main target audiences — the educators and the individual students. This offer for the faculty members is essentially the same that got the whole program started: it allows each approved professor to enroll anyone, who participates in his/her course, for a free hosting account.

The main new thing in the KokiTree students hosting program though is that individual students can now participate as well. Each student can get a one year full-featured hosting account by KokiTree at a highly-discounted price. The only requirement is to provide a valid e-mail with the .edu extension. Another addition to the program is the opportunity for student organizations to partner with KokiTree and receive free hosting for their WordPress websites.

Currently, we’ve got two locations for our hosting service (highly optimized for WordPress sites): one in Asia (Singapore) and the other one in the United States. And we’re currently looking into deploying Raspberry Pi as WordPress web servers located in a Phnom Penh Internet provider.

If you’re a student and interested in this WordPress hosting program, please send us an email and describing your website project.

How to Fix Issue Code 83441-US

What to avoid if you don’t want risking closure. What to do after receiving this email (below) from Amazon Associates:

Your Associates account is at risk of closure.

Why?
We reviewed your account as part of our ongoing monitoring of the Amazon Associates Program. During our review, we determined that you are not in compliance with the Operating Agreement, found here: . The violations include the following:

-You are incentivizing others to visit the Amazon Site via your Special Links by offering rebates, cashback, discounts, points, donations to charity, or other incentives, or by stating that customers can support you by shopping through your Special Links.

An example of the above violation can be found here: [websites URL]

-Your Site makes inaccurate, overbroad, deceptive or otherwise misleading claims about Products, the Amazon Site, our policies, promotions, or prices.

An example of the above violation can be found here: [website URL]

What’s next?
Within five business days please correct the violations and notify us when you are in compliance through our customer service contact page: . Please choose the subject ‘Warning/Information Request Response’ from the dropdown menu, and be sure to reference Issue Code 83441-US in the comments field.

If you do not respond within five business days, we may close your Associates account and withhold fees.

More information.
For more information about what we’re looking for in your response, see our Warning help content, found here: . You can also find tips and other helpful information by asking other Amazon associates. Check out the Associate discussion boards via this link: .

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Amazon.com

Warmest Regards,

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/associates

If you received this email (above), what you should do is keep calm and simple.

First thing thing, you should read the email message carefully. What are the key points that you have to be ready to address and clarify. As mentioned in the email from Amazon, there are 2 main issues. Based on our own experience, the first thing to update is the disclaimer statement. Make sure you follow the statement from Amazon, not more than that. If you’re adding messages that encourage readers or visitors to support your work by clicking or ordering through your links, you’ll get this kind of warning.

The second is point is less under your control since another website publisher used your Amazon Affiliate tracking code for linking. However, you can still contact the site publisher to remove it from their site.

After addressing these issues, you should promptly respond to Amazon (as stated within 5 days).

After doing everything necessary to respond to the issues sent from the Amazon.com, here’s the message:

Dear Associate,

Thank you for your prompt response to our request for information. We appreciate your cooperation.

If we have any further questions or concerns, we will contact you again by email. Thank you for your continued participation in the Associates Program.

Warmest Regards,

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/associates

How to Fix WordPress Malware Infection

WordPress is wonderful. It’s free and open source. However, without proper maintenance and hardened securities on the web server, it’s possible that WordPress websites and blogs get compromised. And this comes with a price.

As you’re reading this post, you may be looking for solutions or plugins to clean and fix WP-VCD malware.

The WP-VCD malware infected sites will look normal. Its injected scripted will add some new content to your site without your knowledge. On the Dashboard, the Administrator will find some limited accesses like adding new plugins or add new posts.

How to fix WP-VCD malware:

  • First thing first, to be able to have a full access to the functionalities on your Dashboard, you should replace a clean ‘Functions.php’ file.
  • Check the Users tab. Who has the Admin access? It’s advisable to lock down existing users for the time being as you’re going through the process of cleaning up the malware.
  • Install security plugins like iThemes Security and Wordfence.
  • Search for files with php extension in your Upload folders.
  • There are some PHP files you have to clean: Functions.php and a weird PHP file (name could be: 123x.php).
  • You should first look at your WordPress database. In this scenario, your WordPress may have been hacked. And as you may be limited to install WordFence, you should check the Table: wp_usermeta. Who’s logged in from which IP? Remove it and block it immediately.

Top Best WordPress Plugins

Good to Know

You have to be very pro-active when your site is under attack. As you’re working to clean your WordPress blog from infected malicious codes, you have to make you patch the security holes.

Additional Resources:

Greetings!

Welcome! KokiTree is a Phnom Penh-based digital agency that offers marketing services to help you grow your business. In Cambodia, we live and breath all things digital and remarkable stories. At Kokitree, we love the combination of storytelling and digital technology to kindle your business’s growth.

We’re really excited to start the very first day of 2017 by helping one of our clients, SINET, to launch an ad campaign for a refreshed product line.