You’ve started to build your WordPress website locally or you want to start working on one. You might have already chosen a theme you’ll use, you have a list of plugins which need to be installed, you already have a name for your new site and the content is nearly finished. Only one crucial part of the puzzle is missing – a top-notch hosting company which will take care of your website in the following months and years.
Choosing a great hosting company can be more challenging that you initially think. There are really a lot of hosting companies out there and new ones that specialize in WordPress pop up every day. While all of them will let you install and manage a new site without problems, not all hosting companies are the same. If you’re looking for speed, reliability and quality support it’s hard to decide where to store your WordPress site.
A solid hosting company can do a lot for you! They will save you time, money and nerves. Kickassd is one of such companies. Stick with us because this Canadian-based firm has a lot to offer.
Kickassd is different from the very start. Usually, there are large companies that have tens if not hundreds of employees who take care of all the hardware and software needed to run your website smoothly. Taking a completely different approach, Kickassd wants you to know that they are a small team who don’t want to overgrow. Employees of this small team work very closely together and they already feel like a family who can take care of your WordPress site. Because of that, they won’t be able to take new members forever. Instead, they want a smaller user base for which they will provide the best possible experience. So far, they are excelling at this job. And we definitely appreciate the honesty.
When choosing WordPress hosting, there are a few things to look after. And one of the most important things is speed.
If you have ever opened a site which took far too long to load, you know how users feel and that they don’t want to visit that site again. Of course, you want your site to be lightning fast and load in just a few seconds. This is something Kickassd can definitely help you with.
For starters, Kickassd allows you to install WordPress in a matter of seconds. This isn’t just a phrase; with the help of Softaculous Apps Installer, you can have your WordPress up and running just by clicking “Next” button a few times. After we received the username and password for our new WP installation, everything was very quickly. It did not take more than a minute! And we even selected a custom theme and created a custom admin username within that time. This was possible because of the before mentioned installer and the lightning speed of the server.
By using Litespeed + LScache in combination with the support for Litespeeds WordPress Cache, the skilful team at Kickassd created a powerful combination of plugins and caching techniques which resulted in serious increase in performance.
The team has managed to configure their servers in a way which would bring out the most out of Litespeed and Lscache combo. And as we tested it, their combo works just as intended – it’s super-super-fast!
To make everything even faster, there’s Zend Opcache. This powerful caching engine helps with the performance of PHP pages that cannot be cached. In combination with Litespeed, Opcache allows your website to load even faster than before. The good thing is that you don’t really have to know anything about these buzzwords, technologies or techniques; the team at Kickassd made sure that everything works as best as possible out-of-the-box so that you can relax and enjoy the results – a site that is lightning-fast.
As you can guess from their name, Kickassd uses SSD (Raid 10) disks to store your precious files. Depending on the plan you choose, you get from 10 up to 40 gigabytes of storage which should be more than enough even for more demanding users.
All of their shared hosting servers are powered by Intel Xeon processors and use ECC RAM (from 256 up to 2014 megabytes, depending on the plan you choose) which promise stability and speed. Dedicated servers run on SATA disks in RAID 10 configurations.
Their dedicated DNS servers are located in OVHs High Availability Cloud in Canada and Western Europe.
A hosting package wouldn’t be complete without a powerful and easy-to-use GUI. A good control panel will save you hours of work when adding new databases, email accounts or simply adding a new add-on domain. Guys at Kickassd took care of this and installed some great applications which will save your both time and trouble.
To start with, you will find that there is MagicSpamPro ready to watch over your emails. Even before a spam email gets to your inbox, this software will take it down for you. This anti-spam system is usually a paid service while at Kickassd you get it completely free!
Although speed is really important, backups are too (although you won’t think that until you need them). All Kickassd hosting accounts come preloaded with R1Soft Backups. Believe us, this is a paid-only option with 98% of hosting companies and it can cost around $19 per month. Here, you get it for free. Incremental backups are made automatically once a day and stored off-site in the cloud. Files, e-mails, databases or a complete account can be restored anytime. You can also download whatever you need (obviously). Backups are encrypted with AES-256 encryption. Impressive!
Free SSL certificates are available for all domains. Their cPanel will allow you to control your account in details; you get to control everything from installations, databases, domains, emails, billing, and so much more.
Delivering on promises
With the help of WP Server Stats, a free plugin from WP repo, we took a quick look at the server stats. The results weren’t surprising; they told us that the server was located in Montreal, Canada. The memory limit corresponds to the plan we chose for the test (up to 256MB) of which we only user 2.71MB at that moment. It was nice to see that the CPU load was only at about 12%.
Then we went on and pinged the server. As expected, the ping is very low for the users in the United States since the server is located in Canada.
Incredible value for money
Kickassd offers incredible bang for your buck! R1Soft backups, SSL certificates, all of the caching software and add-ons – that’s really not something other hosters offer for free on the “smallest” packages. Maybe when you pay them $50 or more per month, but definitely not $8. Great thing is, when everything is pre-packed for you, it’s ready to go the moment you sign up. No need to think about add-ons you may or may not need – everything is here and ready. And trust us, Kickassd will really give you everything you need to run a blazing fast WordPress site starting from just $8 a month.