i have used commons in a box for my site http://amisocial.net/
the site has become quite popular(more than our expectation :P) registering 2000+ members in 15 days.i want to know is there a cache plugin that you can suggest which works with buddypress( tried w3 total cache).
moreover, i will now be migrating my site to zippykid for better experience as the site is very slow right now(go daddy hosting). if you think that i should try any other host then please recommend .i have a budget of about $400/year only.
thank you 🙂
I’ve tried and left a number of hosting companies (BlueHost, Netfirms, GoDaddy, A Small Orange were among the worst experiences). I haven’t tried zippykid, but the two I mention below are the ones I’ve settled in with for the long haul.
1) My recommendation for those looking for high-value, high-performance hosting without a big budget: The Temple Host. Their $15/mo Business Plan should take care of your 2,000+ member cbox community for a good while and they’ll work with you if you start to outgrow that account and need to upgrade to a VPS (which is still well under $400/yr).
W3 Total Cache is exactly the right plugin to use. Temple Host has memory-enabled caching so when W3 Total Cache is enabled on your BuddyPress install it works wonders. It doesn’t do that on crapDaddy because of how they have their servers configured.
A group of volunteers and I are setting up a wordpress multisite install with buddypress/cbox and eventually hoping to get it to talk to an install of localwiki. The Temple Host support is always super helpful. There’s not a lot of spit and polish on their website or hosting panel, but I’m convinced they put a lot of attention on their servers because they perform great.
2) For those with at least $99/mo to burn wanting robust hosting with cool features like built-in, easy-to-use backup/restore and deploy with git, WP Engine is the only other host that I like. Their customer support is very good. The link I’ve included is an affiliate link. I help host nonprofit sites like breadforthecity.org and mobilize.org. I don’t make any profit.
If you’re reading this and already have a WP Engine account, join their affiliate program – it can make the cost of their hosting a tad bit cheaper.
Hope you or someone else finds this helpful. Good luck!
I am currently hosted at Zippykid (just since a couple of days) and the buddypress docs plugin is not working there – I have the exact same installation that I did on a testing website on hostgator – it works fine on hostgator (but I do not want to stay there! http://elephantest.com/network1/wiki/ ) but not on zippykid: http://network.chronicleproject.com/wiki/ the wiki create a new page is not working and the edit – read a doc either ( http://network.chronicleproject.com/groups/test-public-group/docs/ ) . I am disappointed with the support at zippykid – no phone support – waiting for their answer about this problem but I am thinking to move at The Temple Host or wp engine. Thank you for the server suggestion.
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