Technical SEO: Digital Ocean vs Google Cloud vs AWS

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This may seem off topic but its on topic, technical SEO is imperative … you’re not going to rank number one on Google using Shopify or Wix.  It just isnt going to happen.
Its also apparently difficult to get solid advice on SEO Hosting from “experts” Best Blog Hosting for SEO is junk … reciting features doesnt make a hosting plan the best…one quote notes that WordPress is already installed with InMotionHosting.com … so what!  Our web servers are preconfigured to install WordPress in every new account as well…it only saves maybe 5 minutes per user but for
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Comparing Digital Ocean Droplets and AWS EC2 VPS

How Is This SEO?

This may seem off topic but its on topic, technical SEO is imperative … you’re not going to rank number one on Google using Shopify or Wix.  It just isn’t going to happen.

Those platforms are not serious enough to deliver the configurability one needs to out perform a competitor.

This Isn’t Your Typical Review

It’s also apparently difficult to get solid advice on SEO Hosting from “experts” Best Blog Hosting for SEO is junk … reciting features doesn’t make a hosting plan the best…one quote notes that WordPress is already installed with InMotionHosting.com … so what!

Our web servers are preconfigured to install WordPress in every new account as well…it only saves maybe 5 minutes per user so that savings is not for the user but for a web host, that time adds up very quickly.  So that’s not a benefit for the client as much as it is for the host.

You likely aren’t a web host, so it’s not that big of a deal.  I’d like to see benchmarking tests they may have run to decide who is the best.  And we do … but thats coming in a few paragraphs.

I only mention these to point out typically articles covering which thing is better, focus on the irrelevant because the author lacks a clear grasp of technology and SEO.  Well, this isn’t one of those articles.

Promising More Than Physically Possible

Unlimited bandwidth…sounds great but what are the limits?  There are limits, the infrastructure that a site sits on has limitations.  If someone uses a CAT5 cable instead of a CAT6 everything will be slower and you’ll find a speed limit there.  It may be 5 gbps which is A LOT but … that IS a limit.

Bottlenecks can be designed into infrastructure by error and these can limit a site’s performance. Unlimited bandwidth means nothing because there are limits … physical limits exist and can’t be avoided.  So “unlimited” is a term being misused a lot in hosting today.

WordPress preinstalled saves someone 5 minutes but nothing else.  These aren’t important to the Hosting performance and way too many top articles on SEO hosting confuse WordPress’s selling points with the web host’s infrastructure.  That’s what this is all about after all, infrastructure and how it directly impacts a site’s Google ranking.

Google says that over half of all searches are now mobile.  Mobile is extra sensitive to speed and technical SEO matters.  Thats why its so important to set yourself up with the best infrastructure to build on.

Cloud Computing: Background On Our Use Case

The industry standard in web hosting administration software is cPanel.  No way around it with cPanel your support opinions are bountiful where as dreamhost.com has its own proprietary server software … its no better or worse in actuality, its just far less supported by third parties.

Ultimate SEO is hosted on a variety of cPanel servers that were easy to build and deploy, we made them from scratch and some with templates but all in all, there are 4 AWS servers, 2 Google Cloud Platform and 4 Digital Ocean. These currently are powering hundreds of sites including this site.  Cost varies wildly…

Shared Hosting Solution?

It’s important to note that your web host is honestly likely run on one of these three services.  Godaddy is … if you have their shared hosting your running on this environment.  You’re sharing their share of the cloud environment.

Why not just skip ahead and be the master of your domain….sure it will cost more than $3 a month … but that $3 a month hosting plan is shit.  You can have a decent VPS server for $5 a month with better performance.

We’re not going to mix apples with oranges though, this isn’t about shared hosting plans and a VPS.  The VPS will win.  A good review between AWS and a traditional hosting provider is AWS vs Blue Host

Amazon Web Services

I don’t even know what I am spending, where and how it is being spent.  AWS charges you for every little thing and no matter what steps you might take it may seem like rising project costs are simply unavoidable.

Their platform to work within is NOT intuitive … its damn near hell, and it will require some play time.

You’ll need to recall that you have to leave the virtual server’s configuration area to select an IP address to then assign to the server you were just configuring.

Then go back to the server configuration and keep working…till a minute later you have to go to some other obscure place.  (that will cost you money too…each ip address, not talking about bandwidth that’ll cost you too … I’m just saying the ip number).

Don’t even think about swapping hard drives and knowing what is attached to what unless you are prepared to write down long strings of numbers and letters.

AWS does provide greater flexibility than the others on options beyond just a virtual server…but unless you plan to send 100,000 emails a day you won’t benefit from their email service … as an example.

Cloudfront looks like a great CDN option, until you find Cloudflare.

Technical SEO wise I’d give AWS a D overall. Infrastructure and computing power is an obvious A+, but it’s how you interact with that, that weighs the grade down.

More so AWS limits your resources with Throttling and Burstable CPUs … these sound good but they mean they’re only giving you part of the resource not all of it.

Poor navigation and the nickle and dime pricing is absurd.  Want to monitor your usage so you can understand your bill?  Monitoring costs more…its ridiculous.  CloudWatch can be expensive.

They do offer reserved instances and I loaded up on those but still my costs never decreased.

AWS is so hard to understand billing wise that IT Managed Service Providers will offer free excel templates to figure out your AWS monthly costs.

Think I’m being over the top?  Check out this calculator form sheet by AWS to forecast your expenses.

It is never simple when you ask how much and are handed a spreadsheet to calculate the server costs.

Here’s something crazy…why my April bill was $167 but AWS forecasts it will be $1020 in May I have no idea.  I’m not adding servers…so whatever they know, I must not.

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AWS costs are high and unpredictable

AWS costs are high and unpredictable

Google Cloud Platform

Is easier to use and wrap your head around but it is considerably more expensive than either of the other options. For this simple reason…they receive an F. The additional costs come with less options and less features than AWS.

Billing is more transparent and you can understand why your bill is what it is at least.  But Google also makes unilateral decisions for you like blocking smtp and ssh access.  

Sure its more secure but it makes email and server maintenance a nightmare.  You can add those to nonstandard ports in the firewall but then you have to keep up with an oddity.

Documents like this Connecting to Instances make it seem like not a big deal, but these will not allow you to move a file from your computer to the server like SFTP would.

They are expensive, offer less and needlessly shot you in the foot with their restrictions.  

That’s why I stand by the F as an overall grade.  Now infrastructure capabilities … A+ no doubt about it…but you’re paying a premium and placed into a box.

Digital Ocean

I received no compensation or thank you from anyone for writing this … Digital Ocean is my B+ graded cloud solution.  

It’s the cheapest, and they don’t seem to charge you a fee for tools that are required for the main product to function, unlike AWS and their static ip addresses.

They have the least ability and options outside of a virtual server.  If you want a database server that’s in the works unless you can use Postgres.  

UPDATE Sept 2019: MySQL Databases are now fully supported and available.  Additionally Microsoft.com has step by step instructions for installing MsSQL on Digital Ocean’s linux machines.

That’s limiting, but it is also not important if you’re just running a few web servers that will already have MySQL installed on them anyhow (if a LAMP server template is utilized).

Digital Ocean is the no frills, no surprises, cloud computing option.  The reason I have so many servers is because I am migrating everything off AWS and Google Cloud to Digital Ocean…it’ll be cheaper.  A lot cheaper…we’ll discuss performance in this article.

cloud computing cost comparisons

cloud computing cost comparisons

That’s right… $20 vs $121, $177 and $120 from AWS, GCP and Azure.  I didn’t really consider Microsoft Azure just because I have reservations moving into their sphere of control where every thing you need to do is addressed by yet another Microsoft clunky product that usually has little imagination in it.

Test out a server in each environment and I think you’ll quickly take to the Digital Ocean option.

But in deciding the winner of this debate I figure a more scientific method could be used….so let’s divide the debate into areas that can be scored and assessed.

Amazon Web Services vs. Digital Ocean

Simplicity at scale

Ease Of Use

As previously noted, the Digital Ocean’s dashboard is very streamlined compared to AWS.  With AWS you have to configure your network, and several other parts such as the keys before you can make a server that’s accessible to the internet.  

Digital Ocean, you can literally have a server running in less than a minute from a single screen.  Who else can claim that?

Base Cost

Digital Ocean’s costs are inclusive of bandwidth, hard drive size, ip addresses and more.  Everything you need to have a server is right there in one easy package.   Their packages include:

RAM CPUS BAND SSDHD PRICE  
1 GB 1 vCPU 1 TB 25 GB $5/mo
$0.007/hr
 
2 GB 1 vCPU 2 TB 50 GB $10/mo
$0.015/hr
 
3 GB 1 vCPU 3 TB 60 GB $15/mo
$0.022/hr
 
2 GB 2 vCPUs 3 TB 60 GB $15/mo
$0.022/hr
 
1 GB 3 vCPUs 3 TB 60 GB $15/mo
$0.022/hr
 
4 GB 2 vCPUs 4 TB 80 GB $20/mo
$0.030/hr
 
8 GB 4 vCPUs 5 TB 160 GB $40/mo
$0.060/hr
 
16 GB 6 vCPUs 6 TB 320 GB $80/mo
$0.119/hr
 
32 GB 8 vCPUs 7 TB 640 GB $160/mo
$0.238/hr
 
48 GB 12 vCPUs 8 TB 960 GB $240/mo
$0.357/hr
 
64 GB 16 vCPUs 9 TB 1,280 GB $320/mo
$0.476/hr
 
96 GB 20 vCPUs 10 TB 1,920 GB $480/mo
$0.714/hr
 
128 GB 24 vCPUs 11 TB 2,560 GB $640/mo
$0.952/hr
 
192 GB 32 vCPUs 12 TB 3,840 GB $960/mo
$1.429/hr

Amazon Web Services doesn’t allow an easy comparison.  Everything is charged individually it would seem.  They have a tool called Simple Monthly Calculator, it’s a spreadsheet basically … first off  if  you need a calculator it’s obviously not simple.

AWS Calculator

To compare something with the $5 option from Digital Ocean I used the calculator and a t2.micro which is 1cpu and 1g ram with a 25 GB SSD drive, with 2 ips and 1 TB of data transferred to the world, costs about $21.49 but that’s also after a -11.00 discount … without the discount it was 32.49.  That’s for the $5 Digital Ocean option.

AWS Costs

Google Cloud Platform’s version of VPS using Compute Engine isn’t as bad to figure out as AWS but it is still seeming complicated.  I guess my beef with GCP and AWS is that if I spin up an instance I’m obviously going to have to have bandwidth so some baseline amount should be included … just because the instance cant function without it…so it should be part of the instance, I think.

So the N1 class is their general use server.  On-demand pricing is:

$0.0356 / vCPU hour and $0.00095444 / GB hour

So our 2 vCPU with 4 gb RAM is about $0.07 for vCPU and $0.0038 for RAM per hour.  Google shows 730 hours average in a month.  Meaning $51.38 a month.  That includes no hard drive or bandwidth ,.. but no use calculating it further as GCP is way in the lead as most expensive of the three.

Now you might say…well you get what you pay for … and I’d say … Not true in 10/10 tests. 

So at $5 to $32

Digital Ocean Wins 

But wait there’s more and this is the why you’ll switch to Digital Ocean.

Options

Monitoring and alerts can be configured on both platforms .. both allow scaling up and adding additional storage as well as internal networking.  Internal networking has shown to provide fast results for configurations like a web server and an independent second database  AWS though has an expansive offering of options and wins out in this area.

AWS Wins

Billing Options

Digital Ocean allows for credit cards as well as paypal.  AWS allows credit cards and bank accounts.  The difference then is Paypal vs Checking Accounts and since this is a cloud computing, tech product … Im going to prefer Paypal to a tool that has been around for hundreds of years.  So we’re going to hand it to Digital Ocean.

Digital Ocean Wins

Freelancer Friendly

Each can transfer servers to other accounts.  I’ve only been successful in doing this with Digital Ocean and not AWS.  The AWS process is more tedious and you can give a server away that you aren’t an admin of anymore but still are responsible for billing somehow.  That sucks!

Digital Ocean Wins

Support

AWS only offers free billing support…although if you ask them a tech question they do tell you “as a courtesy” here is an article that might help…but tech support itself is out of your reach for free.  Digital Ocean allows you to message them and I’d assume some tech level of support for their platform without charging.

Digital Ocean Wins

So all in all…

The winner is Digital Ocean over GCP and AWS.

but … now an added update to question these assertions…

VPS PERFORMANCE TESTING

Testing Digital Ocean to AWS head to head.

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Data Security Note: Its Okay To Snitch.

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Someone asked me if calling out a “hacker” makes you a snitch?  I smiled and told them, being a snitch is decent.  People who don’t like snitches are doing things they are ashamed of and know it.  In IT we need to be snitches a lot more and loudly. Its pretty fun being your own […]
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Someone asked me if calling out a “hacker” makes you a snitch?  I smiled and told them, being a snitch is decent.  People who don’t like snitches are doing things they are ashamed of and know it.  In IT we need to be snitches a lot more and loudly.

Its pretty fun being your own web host, maintaining your own cloud resources and setting up the security protocols and so forth.  We’ve hosted about 300 sites at various points and presently maintain 120.  All of which are internal projects and resources.  This volume creates a lab for SEO experiments and … incidentally security lessons.

I’d say the single biggest threat to a web site I’ve learned is inactivity.  Simply leaving it to its own devices leads to returning and finding someone else has been there..these exercises are great opportunities to learn from.  I started creating pages titled with the IP address of bad actors … because its important to share information.

I’m looking closely at

3 1055 3.25% 573 2.73% 1394347 13.27% 261 3.53% 5.188.210.89
4 995 3.07% 865 4.13% 28421 0.27% 1 0.01% static.17.137.9.176.clients.your-server.de
5 981 3.03% 533 2.54% 1462595 13.92% 242 3.27% 5.188.210.84
6 859 2.65% 466 2.22% 1158921 11.03% 221 2.99% 5.188.210.83
7 789 2.43% 486 2.32% 1226681 11.68% 180 2.43% 5.188.210.85
8 512 1.58% 155 0.74% 520837 4.96% 102 1.38% 195-154-183-75.rev.poneytelecom.eu

The .de suggests Germany and .eu supports that with European Union.  Also .ru email addresses are red flags in the sites subscribers and users.  Russians….cute, but uncivil.

The ultimateseo.wtf site bandwidth maxed out alarmingly early this past month.  I set relatively low bandwidth limits on test sites to alert me if there is an unusual level of attention being earned but a site with nothing unusual on it.   That brought ultimateseo.wtf to my desk today and according to the logs it was via the FAQ section, which makes no sense…why the FAQs of a test site might bring 10gb of data transfer attention suggests a malicious event.  Primarily that attention came from those ips above.

5.188.210.x

What is known of this identity?

Source: whois.ripe.net

IP Address: 5.188.210.84

% This is the RIPE Database query service.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
%
% The RIPE Database is subject to Terms and Conditions.
% See http://www.ripe.net/db/support/db-terms-conditions.pdf% Note: this output has been filtered.
% To receive output for a database update, use the “-B” flag.% Information related to ‘5.188.210.0 – 5.188.210.255’

% Abuse contact for ‘5.188.210.0 – 5.188.210.255’ is ‘[email protected]

inetnum: 5.188.210.0 – 5.188.210.255
netname: AlkonavtNetwork
descr: Dedicated Servers & Hosting
remarks: abuse contact: [email protected] [1]
country: RU
admin-c: BJA12-RIPE
org: ORG-BJA2-RIPE
tech-c: BJA12-RIPE
status: SUB-ALLOCATED PA
mnt-by: MNT-PINSUPPORT
created: 2018-07-22T18:47:38Z
last-modified: 2018-07-22T18:47:38Z
source: RIPE

organisation: ORG-BJA2-RIPE
org-name: Bashilov Jurij Alekseevich
org-type: OTHER
address: Data center: Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Sedova str. 80. PIN Co. LTD (ru.pin)
abuse-c: BJA13-RIPE
mnt-ref: MNT-PINSUPPORT
mnt-by: MNT-PINSUPPORT
created: 2015-12-17T21:42:47Z
last-modified: 2018-07-22T18:50:42Z
source: RIPE # Filtered

person: Bashilov Jurij Alekseevich
address: 111398, Russia, Moscow, Plehanova str. 29/1-90
phone: +79778635845
nic-hdl: BJA12-RIPE
mnt-by: MNT-PINSUPPORT
created: 2015-12-16T04:19:25Z
last-modified: 2018-07-22T18:58:31Z
source: RIPE

% Information related to ‘5.188.210.0/24AS34665’

route: 5.188.210.0/24
descr: PIN DC
origin: AS34665
mnt-by: MNT-PIN
mnt-by: MNT-PINSUPPORT
created: 2019-11-11T07:41:06Z
last-modified: 2019-11-11T07:41:06Z
source: RIPE

% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.96 (WAGYU)

Now notice oddly the use of a proxy isn’t utilized or is it being utilized? A web search of the person’s name shows a forum noting that this network IS a proxy.  So anything from here is likely the end of my trace, but its good enough.   This network is in league with them.

5.188.210.8 is blacklisted by 28 websites using IP Blacklist Cloud Plugin.

5.188.210.8 Details from APNIC

Object Value
inetnum: 5.188.210.0 – 5.188.210.255
Netname: AlkonavtNetwork
Descr: Dedicated Servers & Hosting
Country Code: RU
Country: Russian Federation
Person: Bashilov Jurij Alekseevich
Address: 111398, Russia, Moscow, Plehanova str. 29/1-90
Phone: +79778635845
Hostname: PIN DC
Source: APNIC
Object Value

You see they have been listed for a while on IP Blacklists.  Normally this is a nonissue as I block traffic to many trouble countries.  But this test site was a test.  Things were different and thats alright because we learn from it.  Primarily that Bashilov Alekseevich isn’t worth allowing access to your or anyone’s network.  He’s a pussy and he serves as the front of people wasting my time.

5.188.210.0/24 CIDR

So the next obvious thing is not to block the ips but the whole block of it since we see several ips in the same range.  CIDR 5.188.210.0/24 basically means 5.188.210.0 thru 5.188.210.255. Now we can block it in the site but thats the least we can do.  Networking of course comes down to 7 layers as you may recall and we can take this block to a higher layer…the server level would block communication on the whole server but I still feel thats too close to the target.  Digital Ocean’s firewall would be my preferred place to block communication.  But to my knowledge you are unable to specifically block communication on a certain port to a specific ip.  You can block every one and list everyone allowed, but the reverse isnt available.  Correct me if Im wrong in the comments.

So server level it is … now … for added distance we could put a server with the firewall on it between the world and the webserver but at this point that may be overboard.  There’s already a Cloudflare layer of security on most sites, incidentally this site was not using Cloudflare, normally they do but I just wanted to shake things up.  Then a firewall in the cloud, then a firewall and ModSecurity on the server. The on the site a firewall and security scanning.  To add another server with a firewall to just block one pussy on a test site isn’t worth the time.

I’ll continue to review the data and assess the test site’s likely compromised files.  Incidentally the site didn’t have our recommended security plugins in place but different security plugins.  WP-Cerber remains our recommended plugin and has been added now to replace the apparently defeated plugin that I wont name.

If your a webmaster, I encourage you to share the IPs of problem connections.  I never call these folks hackers, cause thats not what they are … they’re opportunist.   “They exploit an opportunity, such as an inactive site, or one that doesn’t use updated software.

Updating your site is the second biggest thing after activity that plays a role in security wins vs defeats.

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SEO WordPress Optimization

Initial success was quick to be realized in optimization of the sites images, the addition of a CDN network, html compression and image compression. After this first phase the site was loading at about 5 seconds on average.

This meant the site was loading in less than half as long as before but still almost twice as long as our three second goal. In reviewing what we had to do we identified three areas that we felt encompases a site’s speed.

I. Content – animations, js, css, images, video files

These are the basics that every site should have in place by default. Rarely does a new client have all of these in place.

II. Site Optimization – compression, software versions, CDN 

Adding Content Delivery Network or CDN as an optimization.  While a CDN is infrastructure its not required for a site to function but servers to improve the delivery of content, so for our purposes it is an optimization.

III. Server and Networking Infrastructure – host hardware, 

SEO Optimization Areas

 

Content For SEO Speed

Speed is important to SEO ranking. It’s incredibly important with mobile users which now out number desktop users on Google’s search engine. Google has an initiative called Mobile First and its title makes it obvious what they want to see from sites.

In previous tests we’ve seen a visible bump caused by a site’s speed performance. This was observed with at least 3 sites that were first on shared hosting, then given a dedicated VPS server.

Leaving behind the animations and scrollers is an easy thing for an SEO to advocate but it’s sometimes those elements that drive the site’s conversion rates. Content that’s rich in only text may be great for Google but it isn’t the best way to present yourself to future clients. Our goal was to minimize animation but leave content largely intact.

We also worked to resolve site errors and broken links within the content.

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What A CDN Can Mean For Your SEO

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Almost everyone has heard of the importance of site speed, even the average blogger with lackluster technical skills. In a previous article we did a comparison between two domains and found speed was the likely signal pushing one site above another in mobile searches. Google wants to provide sites that users will actually use. You may have the absolute best content but if it takes over 3 seconds to load your page its a big problem for ranking. Each 1 second delay reduces page views by 11% Each 1 second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16% Each 1 second delay decreases 7% of conversion rate For a store doing $100,000 a day a 1 second delay means $2.5 million in lost sales. Google uses page load speed to help determine your sites rank. CDNs are great resources to speed up your page speed load times. Think of it like this[Find Out More]
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Almost everyone has heard of the importance of site speed, even the average blogger with lackluster technical skills. In a previous article we did a comparison between two domains and found speed was the likely signal pushing one site above another in mobile searches.

Google wants to provide sites that users will actually use. You may have the absolute best content but if it takes over 3 seconds to load your page its a big problem for ranking.

  • Each 1 second delay reduces page views by 11%
  • Each 1 second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16%
  • Each 1 second delay decreases 7% of conversion rate
  • For a store doing $100,000 a day a 1 second delay means $2.5 million in lost sales.
  • Google uses page load speed to help determine your sites rank.

CDNs are great resources to speed up your page speed load times. Think of it like this … if you’re a pharmacy and you have one location for the whole world people are going to have to travel great distances for your products. But if you open a pharmacy in every state people can just go to the nearest location to get all of your webpages and no one has to travel that far. This is a CDN a Content Delivery Network.

The expense of having 50 servers in 50 states is likely too much for most websites. A CDN steps in and provides the infrastructure for us to share with others.

Here are a few common questions site owners ask in regard to CDNs:

  • “What is a CDN?”
  • “What are the benefits of a CDN?”
  • “Do I still need to purchase hosting if I have a CDN?”
  • “Does my site need a CDN?”

We’re going to go over what a CDN is and thoroughly explain the important role this technology plays in the modern web.

We’ll also briefly touch base on the differences between your web server and a CDN before placing our focus on who does and does not need this technology implemented on their website.

What is a CDN?

Here’s the technical definition of a CDN, or at least a paraphrased version of it. A CDN, which stands for Content Delivery Network, is a global network of servers that deliver content to visitors of a website based on where that visitor is located.

You need to understand how regular web hosting works in order to understand this definition as well as the importance of it. In a typical web hosting environment, all of the traffic running to your website gets sent to your host’s web server, the one you installed your site on and the one that holds its data.

This often results in a slower website for all visitors as that single server struggles to stay afloat among the surge of traffic it receives on a regular basis. It can even leave your site vulnerable to DDoS attacks. Why is this bad? Here are a few quick facts to help you understand the importance of having your site run as quickly and reliably as possible:

  • Google made site speed a ranking factor in as early as 2010. [Source: Search Engine Land]
  • 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less. [Source: Kissmetrics via Akamai and Gomez.com]
  • 40% of consumers abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. [Source: Kissmetrics via Akamai and Gomez.com]
  • 79% of shoppers who are dissatisfied with website performance are less likely to buy from the same site again. [Source: Kissmetrics via Akamai and Gomez.com]
  • 52% of online shoppers state quick page loading is important to their site loyalty. [Source: Kissmetrics via Akamai and Gomez.com]
  • A 1-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions. [Source: Kissmetrics via Akamai and Gomez.com]

This, obviously, leads us to our next question.

What are the benefits of a CDN?

The most obvious and most important benefit of a CDN is an increase in site speed for all users of your website no matter where they’re located in the world. When you implement a CDN on your website, you’re distributing access to it to what are known as “proxy servers” located all around the world.

Let’s say the web server you purchased from your host is located in New York and you do notuse a CDN. In this environment, a visitor from Australia would need to load all of the static content on your website, which are your images, CSS stylesheets, and JavaScript files, from New York, which can take quite a bit of time.

If you use a CDN, your Australian user would be able to load that static content from a server that’s closest to them, maybe even in the same country depending on the CDN service you decide to go with. This will allow them to load the page in a much quicker manner.

Your server is orange and other servers keep copies of your site so they are closer to users.

You can see how this works in the illustration above. You still have your “origin server,” which is storing your WordPress installation and database, but you also have your “replicated web-server clusters,” which store your site’s static content. Again, static content are images, videos, CSS stylesheets, and JavaScript files.

The origin server is located toward the south of North America in the illustration above while the replicated web-server clusters are located in six continents around the world. You can see how the “user” icons demonstrate how users are served static content from the replicated web servers closest to them instead.

The impact? Some sites report seeing a decrease of more than 50% in the amount of time it takes for their site to load after implementing a CDN. [Source: KeyCDN]

If you’re still having a tough time figuring out how this technology makes your website faster, think of it like a highway:

  • The main lane is your origin server.
  • The additional lanes are your replicated web servers.
  • The cars are the users visiting your website.

Without those additional lanes, all of the cars on the road need to use the main lane. This will eventually result in a traffic jam as more and more cars fill the lane. Traffic will start to slow before the flow stops altogether after the lane becomes too congested.

If you open those additional lanes, cars will be able to distribute themselves among them rather than relying on a single lane. This will allow them to move at a much quicker pace, and they’ll get to their destination a lot faster than they would have if they were all using the same lane.

CDN Speeding Up

In other words, having your users load static content from a server that’s closest to where they’re located will allow each and every one of them to load your website much quicker than they’d be able to if they were all loading that content from the same server.

I’ve seen this site swing 20 to 30 places in it rankings…and you can over take better content with a faster site if the other site is slow.

Check out some CDNs for your site…

  • Maxcdn
  • Sucuri
  • Swarmify
  • Jetpack – Not recommended
  • Cloudflare – not exactly a CDN but similar
  • keycdn.com
  • rackspace
  • AWS Cloudfront
  • CDN Enabler
  • Cloudinary

We can review some of these in another post soon.

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Why I Made The Switch To Digital Ocean And You Should Too After a year of ballooning costs I stumbled across Digital Ocean an figured I’d try their $5 VPS server and compare it to my Amazon Web Services experience. Astonishing… Digital Ocean quickly grabbed my attention with the straight forward ease of use. I had a working cPanel server in less than 20 minutes. They make the entry into Cloud Computing easy with a 1 CPU 1 GB Ram server that has 25GB SSD and 1000GB Transfer …. also included was 2 external IP Addresses and the Ability to create a firewall protecting my servers. That cost $5 a month. Jaw dropping I exclaim the AWS price is $5 just for the two IP addresses! I should have made an apples to apples comparison but at that moment I was off. My AWS Configuration And Cost: 2 t2.medium 2[Find Out More]
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Ultimate SEO is proud to announce our partnership program with Cloudflare. As a defacto web host serving hundreds of sites this strategic alliance brings the best hosting security solutions together and integrates one of the most popular internet companies with our hosting solutions. In the coming days we’ll be relaunching UltimateSEO.net as our hosting and network site. Below we’ve included some notes from Cloudflare as well as a video. Us in 90 Seconds from Cloudflare on Vimeo. How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare.  CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Ultimate SEO! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it[Find Out More]
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Ultimate SEO is proud to announce our partnership program with Cloudflare. As a defacto web host serving hundreds of sites this strategic alliance brings the best hosting security solutions together and integrates one of the most popular internet companies with our hosting solutions.

In the coming days we’ll be relaunching UltimateSEO.net as our hosting and network site. Below we’ve included some notes from Cloudflare as well as a video.

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How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare.  CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Ultimate SEO! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

We power more than 400 billion monthly page views – more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined – and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through our network. We’re really glad Ultimate SEO has partnered with CloudFlare.
Faster web performance

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Ultimate SEO and make it even better.

We run data centers [link to http://www.cloudflare.com/network-map] strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

Broad web security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks [link to http://blog.cloudflare.com/2011-the-year-of-the-ddos] (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections [link to http://www.cloudflare.com/features-security] against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

Signing up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with Ultimate SEO, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing Ultimate SEO cPanel dashboard. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through Ultimate SEO are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month [link to http://www.cloudflare.com/plans]. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Ultimate SEO, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community [link to https://www.cloudflare.com/sign-up].

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Cloud Computing: Digital Ocean vs Google Cloud vs AWS

This may seem off topic but its on topic, technical SEO is imperative … you’re not going to rank number one on Google using Shopify or Wix.  It just isnt going to happen. Its also apparently difficult to get solid advice on SEO Hosting from “experts” Best Blog Hosting for SEO is junk … reciting features doesnt make a hosting plan the best…one quote notes that WordPress is already installed with InMotionHosting.com … so what!  Our web servers are preconfigured to install WordPress in every new account as well…it only saves maybe 5 minutes per user but for a web host that time adds up very quickly. But you arent a web host so it’s not that big of a deal.  I’d like to hear about benchmarking tests they may have run to decide who is the best. Features Aren’t Technical Specs Unlimited bandwidth…sounds great but what are the limits?  There […]
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This may seem off topic but its on topic, technical SEO is imperative … you’re not going to rank number one on Google using Shopify or Wix.  It just isnt going to happen.

Its also apparently difficult to get solid advice on SEO Hosting from “experts” Best Blog Hosting for SEO is junk … reciting features doesnt make a hosting plan the best…one quote notes that WordPress is already installed with InMotionHosting.com … so what!  Our web servers are preconfigured to install WordPress in every new account as well…it only saves maybe 5 minutes per user but for a web host that time adds up very quickly. But you arent a web host so it’s not that big of a deal.  I’d like to hear about benchmarking tests they may have run to decide who is the best.

Features Aren’t Technical Specs

Unlimited bandwidth…sounds great but what are the limits?  There are limits and these are beyond the hosts control sometimes but for instance …. if someone uses a CAT5 cable instead of a CAT6 everything will be more speed limited and especially if a bottle neck is designed in to infrastructure. Unlimited bandwidth means nothing to me because there are limits … physical limits exist and can’t be avoided.And WordPress preinstalled saves someone 5 minutes but nothing else.  These aren’t important to the Hosting platform.

Cloud Computing: Be Your Own Host

The industry standard in web hosting is cPanel.  No way around it with cPanel your support opinions are bountiful where as dreamhost.com has its own proprietary server software … its no better in actuality its just far less supported by third parties.  Ultimate SEO is hosted on a variety of cPanel servers that were eay to build and deploy, I made them from scratch and with templates but all in all there are 4 AWS servers, 2 Google Cloud Platfrom and 4 Digital Ocean currently powering hundreds of sites including this site.  Cost varies wildly…

Its important to note that your web host is honestly likely run on one of these three services.  Youre sharing their share of the cloud environment.  Why not just skip ahead and be the master of your domain….sure it will cost more than $3 a month … but that $3 a month hosting plan is shit.

A good review between AWS and a traditional hosting provider is AWS vs Blue Host

Amazon Web Services

I don’t even know what I am spending, where and how it is being spent.  AWS charges you for everything little thing and no matter what steps you might take it may seem like rising project costs are simply unavoidable.  There platform to work within is NOT intuitive and it will require some play time to remember that you have to leave the virtual server’s configuration area to select an IP address  ( that will cost you money…each ip address, not talking about bandwidth I’m just saying the number ) and then return to that original area to associate it.  Dont even think about swapping hard drives and knowing what is attached t what unless you are prepared to write down long strings of numbers and letters.

AWS does provide greater flexibility than the others on options beyond just a virtual server…but unless you plan to send 100,oo0 emails a day to people you wont benefit from their email service … as an example.  Technical SEO wise I’d give AWS a D overall. Infrastructure and computing power is an obivous A+ but its how you interact with that that weighs the grade.

Poor navigation and the nickle and dime pricing is absurd.  Want to monitor your usage so you can understand your bill?  Monitoring costs more…its ridiculous.

They do offer reserved instances and I loaded up on those but still my costs never decreased.  AWS is so hard to understand billing wise that IT Managed Service Providers will offer free excel templates to figure out your AWS monthly costs.  Think I’m being over the top?  Check out this calculator form sheet by AWS to forecast your expenses.

Heres something crazy…why my April bill was 167 but AWS forcasts it will be $1020 in May I have no idea.  I’m not adding servers…

AWS costs are high and unpredictable

AWS costs are high and unpredictable

Google Cloud Platform

Is easier to use and wrap your head around but it is considerably more expensive than either of the other options. For this simple reason…they receive an F. The additional costs come with less options and less features than AWS.  Billing is more transparent and you can understand why your bill is what it is at least.  But Google also makes unilateral decisions for you like blocking smtp and ssh access.  Sure its more secure but it makes email and server maintenance a nightmare.  Documents like this Connecting to Instances make it seem like not a big deal, but these wont allow you to move a file from your computer to the server like SFTP would.

They are expensive, offer less and needlessly shot you in the foot with their restrictions.  Thats why I stand by the F as an overall grade.  Now infrastructure capabilities … A+ no doubt about it.

Digital Ocean

I received no compensation or thank you from anyone for writing this … Digital Ocean is my B+ graded cloud solution.  Its the cheapest, and they don’t seem to charge you a fee for tools that are required for the main product to function, unlike AWS and their static ip addresses.  They have the least ability and options outside of a virtual server.  If you want a database server thats in the works unless you can use Postgres. Thats limiting, but it is also not important if you’re just running a few web servers that will already have MySQL installed on them anyhow.

Digital Ocean is the no frills, no surprises, cloud computing option.  The reason I have so many servers is because I am migrating everything off AWS and Google Cloud to Digital Ocean…it’ll be cheaper.  A lot cheaper…

cloud computing cost comparisons

cloud computing cost comparisons

Thats right… $20 vs $121, $177 and $120 from AWS, GCP and Azure.  I didn’t really consider Microsoft Azure just because I have reservations moving into their sphere or control where every thing you need to do is addressed by yet another Microsoft product that usually has little imagination in it.

Test out a server in each environment and I think you’ll quickly take to the Digital Ocean option.

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