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How Evomira decreased load times by taking control of their hosting

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We at Evomira have been in business since 2008. It all started as a one-man show focused on building Joomla websites and components and as our clients grew, we slowly built a team of developers, designers and copywriters. We have been focusing solely on WordPress since 2012. We pride ourselves on taking a personal approach and handling each business that comes through our doors with the utmost care, as if it were our own, and therefore managing to keep happy client relationships that span over years.

Previous challenges

As we were starting up, we had to deal with an array of client setups, most of which included shared hosting and the downsides that came with it – poor performance, downtime, missing features. We soon realized that if we were to offer the very best to our clients we needed to stop focusing solely on just building the websites, but also on what powered them. This, in turn, led us looking for managed hosting and ultimately at VPS & Cloud setups.

What we have managed to do over the past year is to educate our clients that in order to have the best client-facing solutions we have to use the best providers for the job – in our case that has turned out to be UpCloud, and through their recommendation and tutorials, RunCloud.

The simple pricing of UpCloud, combined with the encompassing features of RunCloud’s managed dashboard, have allowed us to offer the best bang for the buck for our clients.

Hosting on UpCloud

We’ve got sites ranging from small portfolio sites to eCommerce. What we usually do is use UpCloud’s Simple Pricing to host each site on a separate server and thus be able to quickly scale when needed. Most of our sites are on single-core setups, except eCommerce where we try to foresee any usage spikes and use multi-core, high-RAM setups. All of our servers use the MaxIOPS storage solution.

In order to keep our clients secure we’ve been using both UpCloud’s L3 firewall and RunCloud’s software firewall to prevent any unwanted access. Backups are currently handled through external providers, but we are looking forward to using UpCloud’s infrastructure for this service as well given its high speed.

Improvements

On most of our sites, load times have decreased by approximately 50% when compared to other managed hosting providers. Not only that, but we’ve been able to handle usage spikes much more quickly without having to go through numerous support tiers. Server reliability and performance have been outstanding, with only one breakdown in the London datacenter that was quickly handled by support and we were kept updated throughout the whole process.

All in all, UpCloud has been a great help to our continuous growth and we have been recommending them happily. Their own suggestions and tutorials on how to make better use of their infrastructure have been of great help, including their input on setting up 3rd party services.

Future plans

We’re looking at using the API of both UpCloud and RunCloud to be able to more quickly set up client websites. What we’d like to see is UpCloud offering a managed concierge-like solution in terms of keeping our servers updated and secure throughout.

We’re excited to have found UpCloud and are eagerly keeping an eye on their roadmap for the months to come.

Locations

Helsinki (HQ)

In the capital city of Finland, you will find our headquarters, and our first data centre. This is where we handle most of our development and innovation.

London

London was our second office to open, and a important step in introducing UpCloud to the world. Here our amazing staff can help you with both sales and support, in addition to host tons of interesting meetups.

Seattle

Seattle is our 4th and latest office to be opened, and our way to reach out across the pond to our many users in the Americas.

Singapore

Singapore was our 3rd office to be opened, and enjoys one of most engaged and fastest growing user bases we have ever seen.