Someone recently asked if I was still using A2 hosting. I am not and so I’m updating this thread. See first post and this:
I didn’t leave A2 because of poor service and so I’m leaving what I said about them in this thread because they could still be a good option for someone. I only left them because I took a break from managing websites at one point and I cancelled my A2 package.
A few months later I got the itch again and decided to start fresh with a new host. I had used Siteground before and since then they changed their interface and built their services on top of Google Cloud, which I don’t think was always the case.
Why not just use Google Cloud directly? Or other service? To put it simply: I like managed hosting. There are zero hassles. I don’t have to worry about choosing the right things/settings. I’m a very busy family man, and not a pro developer. Sometimes I’ll see posts here where people are having issues with Flarum and to me it sometimes sounds like it has to do with how they have their server set up. And sometimes that is admitted and the poster will be like, oh, I didn’t add this to the server configuration, or I didn’t update that.
Siteground has a beautiful interface (no longer cPanel). One click SSL, one click https force, one click security and caching options, one click (or so) Cloudflare integration. They of course offer everything else you need for Flarum too (ssh, composer, etc.)
The cost (after any promotional period) is on par with other managed hosting providers. Not extremely cheap. But, cheaper than cable, Internet, mobile phones, electricity, and other utilities. Although when I say managed I don’t mean they install and look after your Flarum for you. I just mean that server wise, there’s nothing you have to think about. It’s just great out of the box. And fast. If you also want a WordPress site they have a couple really nice plugins to go along with it for caching and security.
If you like tinkering with servers and adding every component, then it’s probably not for you. But, if you just want to focus on running a small online community with zero hassle, fast speeds, and little set up effort… then a service like Siteground will be for you.