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#269822 9-Apr-2020 12:55
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I know this has been asked before and the previous consensus for NZ Wordpress hosting was OpenHost. Although their recent Google reviews are not confidence-inspiring (2.4 average). I'm currently using GoDaddy and while I was previously impressed with their service I've had some recent negative experiences so would like to support a local supplier. Any recommendations for local WordPress hosts are very welcome. 


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  #2458189 9-Apr-2020 12:58
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I'm a shareholder of this company so take it how you like but is built cPanel with Litespeed servers (server side caching for WordPress sites). I'd be happy to have a chat about what's required if you wanted. 

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  #2458190 9-Apr-2020 12:58
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Do you REALLY need it be in NZ? And support?


I reckon a $3.50 USD Lightsail instance is pretty hard to beat - Wordpress ready to roll out of the box with AWS's hook up with Bitnami.


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  #2458481 9-Apr-2020 15:54
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I agree that local isn't really necessary in most cases. AWS Lightsail is good, but you have to maintain the server / Wordpress yourself. WPEngine is fantastic, great product, beyond great service, for a production grade Wordpress system, but it comes at a cost.


I run give Wordpress instances on an AWS t2.nano (5% of a Xeon core / 512MB RAM), which includes a My SQL Database and Nginx. The trick is tuning MySQL and PHP to use limited memory, and having a small swap file.

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  #2458500 9-Apr-2020 16:09
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Have a chat to @danielfaulknor who specializes in this sort of thing.





Thanks @michaelmurfy, appreciate the recommendation as always :)

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  #2462100 15-Apr-2020 18:29
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Ive just joined up with Openhost again, 2 years for price of one, so couldn't complain.  Been fine so far but early days ;)


I dont like using the supplied application installs, prefer doing them myself.



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  #2462220 15-Apr-2020 23:34
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Dulouz: ... Wordpress ...


Are you sure you really want Wordpress?


See The Insecurity of WordPress and Apache Struts


A study that analyzed all the vulnerability disclosures between 2010 and 2019 found that around 55% of all the security bugs that have been weaponized and exploited in the wild were for two major application frameworks, namely WordPress and Apache Struts.


The Drupal content management system ranked third, followed by Ruby on Rails and Laravel, according to a report published this week by risk analysis firm RiskSense



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  #2462233 16-Apr-2020 03:09
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Generally, WordPress itself is fine if you keep it up to date. It's using badly written plugins and themes that is the issue (or similarly not updating them).
It's also one of the most common platforms, which means it features more prominently in the stats.

So, yes, use WordPress, just take the appropriate protective measures. Also, running each WordPress site on its own system user jailed away from other sites is a good idea, if your hosting supports that - just on the off chance that something bad does happen. This advice applies to all packages on all systems too!

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