MANAGED VPS HOSTING

SPECIALLY TUNED FOR WORDPRESS

WordPress web hosting is complicated. We’ve tried many, many providers & setups. Trust us, it’s complicated.

Here’s the bottom line: Our servers are faster, lighter, and more secure.

Host with us in confidence, so you can focus on your business.

240% faster, 35% lighter, just by switching over to Pixl VPS!

It's just web hosting, what's the big deal?

When you’re starting out, it’s easy to just pick a plan and go with it. But when you want to go serious in your online growth, that’s where things get really complicated. There are literally thousands of combinations of server providers and setups, and everyone claims they are fast and secure. 

Here are the facts:

  • More CPU/RAM/SSD don't automatically mean fast

    Hosting companies usually don't reveal actual specs, but will sell you on "4x vCPU". True, "4 is better than 1", but 1 fast CPU is better than 4 slow CPUs.

  • Bigger (hosting company) doesn't mean better

    Big hosting companies like GoDaddy or BlueHost are costed for 24/7 support, which means less budget for hardware. Some people use reseller plans from these providers, which means even lesser resources are allocated to you.

  • Hosting with Amazon Web Servers (AWS) doesn't mean automatic security

    As an analogy, renting a shoplot in a prestigious mall does not guarantee safety from shoplifters. AWS just provides the hardware, nothing more. Likewise for Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Digital Ocean, & others.

  • Hardware is only half the battle (but it IS important)

    Server software and your WordPress setup (plugins, themes, etc) play the biggest role in webpage load speed. But to get under 4 seconds, you need more power under the hood.

  • Most web designers don't understand hosting

    You just need to watch YouTube videos to call yourself a web designer. Understanding servers however, is a whole other matter. We don't pretend to understand 100% either - we're not Server Engineers. But 10 years has taught us enough 🙂

We’ve tried many hosting plans over our 10 years of experience building 100+ WordPress websites. We’re tired of slow, underperforming, yet expensive web hosting plans that ultimately waste our time. So we built our own.

It took us a while to perfect the formula, but we’re finally happy with what we have, and we’d like to offer it to you.

Features included in all plans

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Managed by Pixl

We take care of the technical bits so you can focus on running your business.

VPS Configuration

Secure, private containers with virtually dedicated resources prevent cross-contamination from other websites.

Tuned for WordPress

Hardware is only half the battle. Our software stack is built specially for WordPress, with better speed & security.

SSL for all websites

SSL encryption is no longer optional in 2020. We provide free lifetime SSL certificates for ALL websites.

High-speed CPUs

3.8 GHz Intel Xeon Skylake CPUs ensure speedy delivery of your webpages.

High-speed SSD storage

Solid State Drives perform 4-10x faster than Hard Disk Drives and is especially important for WordPress.

Server-side Caching

Server-side Redis caching speeds up websites by 200% and is superior to WordPress-level caching.

Triple-Layered Firewall

All our websites are protected by UFW, Fail2ban, and 6G Website Application Firewall (WAF).

Automatic Compression

We use GZip compression to serve smaller webpages for faster delivery.

Daily Cloud Backups

We perform daily server backups at 4am so you can have peace of mind at all times.

Plans & Pricing

All our servers are specially tuned for WordPress, with a software stack that is hard to beat elsewhere. 
Rest assured you’re getting the best we have to offer. We use our own hosting and we’re very impatient people 🙂 

FAQ

Generally speaking, there are three types of email:

 

  1. Transactional emails: These are automatic emails sent by the website, e.g. Lost Password, eCommerce Order Update, etc. These ARE included in your hosting via a 3rd party service called Send in Blue.

  2. Communicative email: This refers to your regular email inbox for communication purposes. Traditional cPanel hosting includes this email as a self-hosted option together with your website. This practice is HIGHLY DISCOURAGED due to various safety reasons outlined in this article. We recommend GSuite for email at USD5/user/mo. 

  3. Marketing email: These refer to marketing newsletters and eDM campaigns, and are also NOT included in your hosting. We recommend using a marketing service provider such as Mailchimp or ActiveCampaign for this.

This is a Managed Hosting service by Pixl for Pixl clients and should not be ordered as a standalone hosting service intended for self-management. 

 

Our VPS hosting system is controlled through one unified interface, which also controls backups, firewalls, SSL etc for all servers and sites. Rest assured that we are not using cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, or other traditional software stacks that are built for reseller access. We definitely do not use the "unlimited addon domains" approach often used by freelancers and low-end hosting providers (those are outright dangerous) - our VPS plans are indeed truly Virtual Private Servers.

 

If your developer needs direct access to the server, we are happy to provide you with SFTP & SSH access to your files & database, by request. We can also provide root access to the server, with reasonable justification. 

 

Exception: Our Dedicated Server plan DOES include control panel and root access.

Your domain is your single most important asset online, and should be registered and controlled by you, regardless if you're a one-person enterprise or a well-established corporation. We do not condone the freelancer practice of registering domains on your behalf - we've heard too many stories of businesses losing their domains for one reason or the other.

 

For Malaysian companies, we recommend registering your domain with Serverfreak. We have worked with them for many years and they have proven to be fast, reliable, sincere, and most importantly, technically capable.

 

For our international clients, we recommend GoDaddy due to their regular promotions and availability of 24/7 global phone support. However we do not recommend GoDaddy for any other service - this is a sentiment shared among most seasoned web designers & developers worldwide.

 

Once you have registered your domains, we will help you link them to your server.

We offer Secure FTP (SFTP) access for all VPS & Dedicated plans, by request only. There are some technical processes to be followed; this is not as straightforward as providing a hostname, username, and password for connection to FileZilla. Please ensure you or your developer is technically savvy before working with SFTP.

 

If all you need is a file system manager, we recommend the File Manager WordPress plugin for hassle-free access to your files. For security reasons, please remember to deactivate and/or delete the plugin after every use.

Each instance of WordPress is counted as One Website. This includes staging sites, archived sites, and subdomains. 

We impose website limits to maintain a speedy loading time for your website. Overloading your server will slow it down, defeating the whole purpose of having a VPS in the first place.

 

If you need more websites, we recommend upgrading your plan, or ordering another server. However, we allow overloading your server with more websites at your request, so long as you understand this will slow down the rest of your websites.

Our CPUs are high-speed CPUs which cost more but perform better. The average VPS runs on 2.2GHz CPUs while ours are powered by 3.8GHz CPUs. There are other factors but we'll cover those in a blog post instead. 

 

In addition, remember that Pixl VPS is a managed service. Signing up for a commercial VPS means you have to manage the system on your own, or pay someone else for setup, configuration, and maintenance. It's not a two-click process.

You will see a definite improvement in your website speed, especially in your WP Admin. Expect to see snappier responses when loading pages and performing operations.

 

With that being said, although a good hosting server is key to having fast load speeds, it's only half the battle - the other half is your WordPress setup. We will be launching our WP Speedup service soon, so stay tuned!

Unfortunately our specialised WordPress setup means you will not be able to host other applications within the same server. 

Pixl Starter hosting is designed for basic websites with static information, billed at RM400 per website per year.

Websites in this plan share a VPS 1 server with 63 other websites, with an allocation of 500MB high-speed SSD storage each. We do not expect fast loading speeds on this, but it may suit you if you are just looking for a place to put your website.

Please contact us for more information.

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