For the beginner
Your web site needs a home, and your web address (Personal Domain name) needs to direct people to that home so that they can find your website fast. We will take care of all that for you with our service Managed WordPress Hosting. We will also make sure that your site is backed up in case of a problem, and that everything is secure. That is safe Hosting.
For the interested
For the best possible flexibility we use our own servers and setups after having tried a number of other services that left a lot to be desired. Our Managed WordPress servers are in a serverfarm in Holland with very quick access times in Europe and Scandinavia. We also offer multilingual sites so if you are present in several markets we can deliver quick access times for all languages.
To keep everything up-to-date we use a service from ServerPilot to setup the basic server configuration, and CMS Commander for the daily duties such as backups.
Your site will be stored in something called a WordPress Multisite for easier maintenance of the WordPress installation. The easier it is to maintain, the more secure the hosting will be.
For the serious
The list below is just a very short list of what we use for our Managed WordPress Hosting. We will expand on these texts over the coming weeks.
- Our servers are run by Digital Ocean on their Holland Datacenter. We run Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS on them.
If you would like to see some statistics for the servers we use you can do a speed test here
Speed test for Amsterdam 2 datacenter
- Our stack is installed and maintained by ServerPilot. It installs e.g. Nginx, Apache, MySQL, and PHP 7.0/7.1.
- We use 2 different Firewalls to protect our servers. One installed by ServerPilot and one where we adapt the .htaccess files and lock down the WordPress file system as much as possible.
- We use CloudFlare as our CDN (Content Delivery Network). It off-loads our servers and protects from DDoS-attacks and Brute Force Attacks.
- We use HTTPS / SSL provided by ServerPilot for higher security.
Some of the tools and plugins we use
This is our main tool to supervise, backup, and update all our sites. We use mainly Multisite installs to make updating easy. This makes updating several Multisites very easy!
It also mean that we always have updated sites for best protection and speed.
We have just started using this plugin and it seems very promising. Read Ian's article about Caldera forms.
Page Builder by SiteOrigin
This is a free Page Builder that we use on most of our sites. It does not play well with Toolset unfortunately so you have to chose either or on a page or post. It gives you columns on a page which is something that's badly needed in the WordPress editor.
This is a superb set of plugins to setup your own Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, Views, Google Maps, and Layouts. It's a very complex product and we will write several posts about how we use it and its capabilities.
On these pages on adolfsson.photo we use Toolset to generate interactive maps, dropdown lists etc.
WP Migrate DB Pro
Delicious Brains have a must have plugin to migrate database and images between our local development, staging, and live servers. Saves you so many hours of work.
A fairly new plugin from WPMUDEV. It's still a bit buggy but they are getting there. It takes care of the following:
- Security scans
- Vulnerability reports
- Safety recommendations and customized hardening
- Login protection and IP Lockout
- Blacklist monitoring
Advanced Bulk Actions
"Supercharge the WordPress admin panel with additional bulk actions to manage your content."
Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode
"The #1 Coming Soon Page, Under Construction & Maintenance Mode plugin for WordPress."
"Clone posts and pages." and your Custom Post Types!
Media Library Assistant
An absolute must-have plugin if you have more than 50 images on your web site.
Enable Media Replace
"Enable replacing media files by uploading a new file in the "Edit Media" section of the WordPress Media Library." Ideal for when you have updated your image meta data, or just changed the resolution/crop/dimensions of an image.
Force Regenerate Thumbnails
"Delete and REALLY force the regenerate thumbnail." The important part here is that it deletes image sizes no longer used by your theme. You also use it after you have changed or deleted some of the standard image sizes like "Thumbnail".
"Enhance Multisite for Network Admins with different topics". Also one of the must haves for a MultiSite.
"Apply styles to your Google Maps with the official Snazzy Maps WordPress plugin."
Read Ian's article about Snazzy Maps and how to use the Snazzy Maps Plugin.
Toolbar Publish Button
"Save a lot of your time by scrolling less in WP admin! A small UX improvement that keeps Publish button within reach and retains the scrollbar position after saving in WordPress admin."
"An extremely powerful anti-spam plugin that blocks spambots without annoying captcha images."