I've been seeing more and more people worrying about Core Web Vitals (CWV) becoming a ranking factor and trying to get under the thresholds by switching servers. I get it, the server is the foundation of any website. But is the new server that much better?
I think if you're switching from a basic shared host to another, you won't get that much of an improvement, if any. You'd need to switch to a higher-end shared host like WPX, but those also cost much more.
If you're looking to switch servers for speed, a VPS server is the way to go. You can go with a Cloudways to have it managed for you, like a shared host. Or you can set it up yourself, which is what I do to save ~50% from Cloudways prices.
If price is the main factor in choosing a server, a VPS server is also the cheapest. A Vultr High-Frequency server that can hold 3 WordPress sites and handle over 100K in traffic is $6/month. Siteground is $6.99/mth for the 1st year and $14.99/mth after that, for 1 WP site and ~10K in traffic.
The biggest deterrent for people is the How of getting a VPS server. So I created a step-by-step guide on how to do that, because I noticed there just isn't one out there: How to Migrate a WordPress Site to VPS Hosting.
I take you from setting up the Vultr server to migrating the WordPress site and domain, so you don't have any down time. It's possible to follow the steps and do everything in ~1-1.5 hours.
If you don't want to get a VPS server, but you're still moving servers and not sure what the best way to migrate is, just follow Step 3 of the guide. It uses the Free WPVivid plugin and the whole process will be less than 15 minutes.
Hope that the migration guide helps someone here. VPS servers work great with Ezoic too, no problems there.
A CDN can speed up your site primarily by serving content from servers that are geographically closest to each reader — plus lots of other optimizations!
Nice overview of what a CDN is and how they help with your site's speed.
For my sites not using Ezoic's CDN, I'll use bunny.net CDN with a Vultr High-Frequency Server.
Not all CDNs are created equal too. Cloudflare has a free CDN, but in my experience, it wasn't that fast. I got better speeds out of using bunny.net. Some tools have their own CDN too, like ShortPixel, but you'll want to test out the load speeds from those. ShortPixel's CDN didn't load as fast as bunny either.
You can check a CDN's response time at GTmetrix.com and looking at the Waterfall timeline to see response times. If you sign up for a free account, you can change the location of where the test is coming from. Pingdom does the same thing, but I like the GTmetrix Waterfall to see how the page and each individual item loads.