Hostgator Optimized WordPress hosting is still in Public beta but I’m optimistic that it would be a game changer in the coming days. Especially when all managed WordPress hosting are costly for any entry or mid level bloggers, low price of OWP will disrupt the WordPress managed hosting industry.
With the changing dynamics of WordPress, it’s important for host our WordPress site on WordPress optimized hosting and OWP by Hostgator will be a life saver for WordPress bloggers & website owners in the coming months.
Exclusive interview with Hostgator Product specialist
I got a chance to interview Kyler Petterson (Twitter:@TheKylerP ) who is a product specialist at Hostgator & he knows the product inside out. I interviewed him about Hostgator Optimized WordPress hosting, and below you can find all the answer.
He also clicked an exclusive picture for HGUsers (Unofficial hostgator users community), and a special thank you for being so generous & caring about our community.
So without waiting, let’s get into more specific of Optimized WordPress hosting offered by Hostgator. In this interview you will learn what all technology is used, benefits & many more product specific details.
Harsh) What differentiate shared hosting plan with OWP? From Technical perspective
Kyler) The new OWP platform was built on our new cloud platform. Currently we only have 3 plans, but in the future it will be scalable to match your needs. We also have the CDN built-in, whereas previously you would have had to use a third party CDN. Then there’s the part that we have ripped out the cPanel. Most of our WordPress users used it mainly to get in to install WordPress and then that was it. If there’s something you absolutely need cPanel for, you can contact us and we can help you out. As with our shared platform, there are custom mod_sec rules, but we’ve beefed them up for OWP.
Harsh) Which technology are you using on the server side? Nginx, Varnish or mix of these or any other?
Kyler) A combination of NGINX and Varnish
Harsh) What will happen if a user uses a WordPress cache plugin? (Will it be completely discarded or will it conflict with server config)
Kyler) You can certainly add in your own caching plugin as long as it’s not on our blacklist of plugins. It should not interfere with the built-in caching from the server side.
Harsh) Is there any limitation in the terms of plugin? Is there any list of Disallowed plugin?
Kyler) Accidentally answered it in the last question. Yes there is a blacklist of plugins but we don’t have this list publicly available. One limitation that I can think of is from a power user perspective is that you shouldn’t use any plugins to modify your .htaccess. While you can make some changes, it is not advisable to modify existing directives.
Harsh) Regarding CDN: Is it powered by Cloudflare or something else? Is it switched on by default or user have to configure anything from their end?
Kyler) The CDN is powered by Sitelock and yes you will need to turn it on. It was intentional in case people already had something like Cloudflare. You just need to go into the cache settings in Portal and activate.
Harsh) Which is relative computer power? X= ??
Kyler) We don’t have this publicly available unfortunately
Harsh) What kind of user should get WPPro developer help? Is it targeted to Developer or business level end users?
Kyler) This would be geared more for someone that’s not a developer. We have WordPress experts that will walk them through basically everything they need
Harsh) SSL Certificate: I see right now it’s shared SSL certificate. How can a user get or use a dedicated SSL certificate? How about Dedicated I.P?
Kyler) We don’t be doing dedicated IPs for these (right now at least) but you can get a SSL. We’re pushing the feature live very shortly. We can use SSLs with SNI so they’ll work on the site.
Harsh) Support: Is there a dedicated support for OWP, or the support is shared?
Kyler) OWP customers will be utilizing the same support as regular customers. It’s WordPress. We deal with it every day 🙂 But we do have the WordPress experts that can answer tickets that are a little more outside of the scope of the support.
If you have any more questions regarding OWP offering from Hostgator, feel free to let me know via comments below.