I particularly don't do well with change, with trying new things so I tend to stick to stuff I've known overtime.
I started with Qservers because my boss at Evans Publishers (Software unit) used them during my stay in the company. Aside the Integrated School Manager software built by my unit, we also helped schools build websites and host them.
So moving to WordPress self-hosted for the first time (been using blogspot and wordpress.com since 2014), I bought domain and hosting plan at Qservers. I was like, if things go south, their office is within reach. Besides, my boss had never complained about them (at least to me, which was quite unlikely)
So I built my blog and started with them. 2018, 2019. By early 2020, there was already a huge spike in my traffic. Aside the almost 30 minutes downtimes everyday (most at midnight) there was no other obvious problems with Qservers. Infact using them is cost-effective and safe with
- Free daily backups
- Flexible invoice generation
- Free SSL certificate (for as long as your domain & hosting are active)
- Great support ticket management
- User friendly interface and automated setups etc.
But there was one problem. BANDWIDTH!!!
If it's about storage disks, Qservers has enough with up to 1000 emails, about 3 domain aliases, more than enough subdomains etc. But their bandwidth is the problem. For countless times, I encountered the Resouce Limit error and about 5 people complained to me everyday of not being able to access my web pages until they wait and try again after few minutes.
This prompted me to use tawk.to to track my traffic real time. With this software, I was able to detect how many entries my site had in a minute (on average), how many users were blocked from accessing more pages, and how many 404 errors there were.
So I attempted an upgrade. I moved from the business pack to mega pack but the problem persisted. Hundreds of complaints during downtimes, all met with defensive arguments about my site being up and running from their end.
Early this year, I approached Hostinger and Namecheap for possible migration. As I said earlier in this review, I don't do well with changes so I was very skeptical about the move as I've read countless guides and reviews about problems resulting from website migrations, especially those with thousands of pages and subdomains.
But I moved still. After days of research about the duo's services: downtimes, cost and relatability, I chose Namecheap. The migration was successful followed by domain propagation.
Less than three days after the migration, I noticed a huge turn around in my traffic curve. My daily stats tripled and my bounce rate went from 87 to 62 (in less than 3 days). I waited for about 1 week and there was no single report of Resouce Limit even with the spike in traffic (which were unarguably blocked by Qservers low bandwidth and inefficient CPU).
It's been three months with Namecheap and presently, I can record a total 400% increase in my daily traffic, even with better server response time.
As a website designer, I have more than 25 active domains and 17 hosting accounts with Qservers (all being static websites for my clients) and there has been no problems with them. In essence, Qservers is a very great, reliable and cost-effective hosting company with good customer support but if you're building a blog, that which you intend having thousands of daily traffic, I suggest you opt for their VPS hosting or dedicated servers if you have the budget.
If not, you may want to try other hosting companies with high sophisticated shared hosting servers and bandwidth. Talk of Bluehost, Namecheap, Hostinger, GoDaddy etc.
Micheal Ace, 2021.