Sure, ChemiCloud uses LiteSpeed. But they also solve 2 big problems.
1st problem is that some hosts (like NameHero and Scala) only have 2-3 data centers. And only their US data center uses faster NVMe storage (most other LiteSpeed hosts like Hostinger don’t use NVMe at all). The 2nd problem is you have to sign up for 3 years upfront to get the cheapest price, but most hosts don’t let you scale CPU cores/RAM if your traffic or resource usage goes up.
ChemiCloud solves both these by using NVMe SSDs on 9/11 data centers. And while you still have to sign up for 3 years to get the cheapest price, you can use their Turbo+ Boost add-on to scale cores/RAM from 3 cores + 3GB RAM to 6 cores + 6GB RAM for an extra $6-7/mo. So even if you sign up for 3 years, you don’t have to upgrade to an entirely new plan just to add resources.
Aside from those, you get standard cPanel, Imunify360 for security, and multiple free migrations. ChemiCloud also has a 5/5 star TrustPilot rating where you can see people moving from SiteGround, Bluehost, GoDaddy, HostGator, and other lower quality shared hosts – all of which use slower SATA SSDs, strict CPU or I/O limits, and Chemi also has much better support.
For shared hosting, ChemiCloud/NameHero are usually my top 2 picks (it mainly depends where your visitors are). And with a 45-day refund policy, I’d say they’re definitely worth a try.
- LiteSpeed on all shared plans
- NVMe storage on 9/11 data centers
- Scalable CPU cores/RAM using Turbo+ Boost add-on
- Why I recommend the WordPress Turbo plan
- Request free migration(s)
- Configure LiteSpeed Cache
- Connect Memcached + OPcache
- Connect QUIC.cloud’s CDN
- Update to PHP 8+
- About their Cloud VPS plans
- ChemiCloud vs. similar hosts
- Facebook feedback
1. LiteSpeed On All Shared Plans
All ChemiCloud plans use LiteSpeed servers.
This is usually more CPU efficient than Apache (what most hosts use) and means you’ll use the LiteSpeed Cache plugin, then use it to connect Memcached and QUIC.cloud’s CDN with 81 data centers. This is a faster (and often cheaper) setup than something like SiteGround who charges $14.99/mo for their CDN on top of having to use a premium cache plugin to get optimal results.
You can use LiteSpeed on VPS plans, but the LiteSpeed license costs an extra $9.95/mo. This is still cheaper than NameHero who charges $45/mo to use LiteSpeed on VPS plans.
2. NVMe Storage On 9/11 Data Centers
NVMe SSDs are faster than SATA used on most hosts, often with 6x faster read/write speeds.
Unlike many hosts who have less data centers or only use NVMe in the US, ChemiCloud uses NVMe in 9/11 data centers (soon to be all 11). If visitors aren’t close to these, I suggest using QUIC.cloud CDN’s standard plan which serves both static/dynamic content from 81 locations.
Choose your data center at checkout:
3. Scalable CPU Cores/RAM Using Turbo+ Boost Add-On
The Turbo+ Boost add-on doubles the number of cores/RAM, letting you go from 3 CPU cores + 3GB RAM to 6 CPU cores + 6GB RAM. Hostwinds recommends keeping resource usage under 50% or it can lead to performance issues… so this is a good alternative instead of buying a new plan. They also have add-ons for shared/VPS/reseller plans, like one for disk space and dedicated IP.
- 12 months (7% Discount) $77.40 ($6.45/mo)
- 24 months (10% Discount) $150 ($6.25/mo)
- 36 months (14% Discount) $214.20 ($5.95/mo)
4. Why I Recommend The WordPress Turbo Plan
Because you get object cache (Memcached), OPcache, and more CPU cores + RAM. Which between these, means better performance and less chance of high CPU usage. You also get more disk space and inodes which you may need more if you also use your hosting for email.
Here’s the table from their website:
Here’s what the damage would be for 3 years:
5. Request Free Migration(s)
Their migrations include 200 free cPanel migrations + 10 non-cPanel migrations. You can also search “migrations” on TrustPilot to see other people’s experiences with migrations + support.
6. Configure LiteSpeed Cache
Once your site is moved, configure LiteSpeed Cache using my tutorial.
|SG Optimizer||WP Rocket||LiteSpeed Cache|
|Object cache integration||✓||x||✓|
|Remove unused CSS||x||Inline||Separate file|
|Host third-party code locally||x||x||✓|
|Image compression||✓||x||via QUIC|
|Image placeholders||x||x||LQIP via QUIC|
|Add missing image dimensions||x||✓||✓|
|Exclude viewport images from lazy||By class/type||Helper plugin||Automatically|
|Lazy render HTML elements||x||x||✓|
|First time visit optimization||x||x||Guest mode|
|Control cache TTL||x||✓||✓|
|ESI (edge side includes)||x||x||✓|
|Limit post revisions||Delete all||Delete all||Keep some|
|CDN PoPs||176||73||81 (standard plan)|
|Full page caching||✓||x||✓|
|Frequent new features||x||x||✓|
7. Connect Memcached + OPcache
Assuming you bought ChemiCloud’s WordPress Turbo plan, you’ll also want to enable Memcached + OPcache. ChemiCloud has instructions for Memcached which involves going to cPanel → LSMCD User Manager, then generating a password. Next, you’ll go to your LiteSpeed Cache settings and enable object cache (Memcached) while entering your username/password.
8. Connect QUIC.cloud’s CDN
QUIC.cloud’s CDN was also designed for LiteSpeed and caches both static/dynamic content on 81 PoPs. This should improve TTFB in multiple locations which you can measure in SpeedVitals and KeyCDN’s Performance Test. QUIC is also needed for page/image optimizations to work in LiteSpeed Cache with other benefits (like HTTP/3, Anycast smart routing, and DDoS protection).
Step 1: In the LiteSpeed Cache General settings, request a domain key and add your server IP. Once you have a domain key, click “link to QUIC.cloud” which adds a link to QUIC’s dashboard.
Step 2: In LiteSpeed Cache’s CDN settings, enable QUIC.cloud CDN (leave CDN Mapping off).
Step 3: Go to your QUIC dashboard, click your domain, and go to CDN → Enable CDN.
Step 4: Choose a method for connecting QUIC. I prefer QUIC’s DNS since it provides better routing and Anycast. And unlike the CNAME method, you can use it for both www or non-www.
- QUIC.cloud DNS: QUIC will copy DNS records, click “enable and add records,” and you’ll get 2 nameservers. Login to your domain registrar and change these to QUIC’s. Wait about 30 minutes and refresh the page. If successful, you’ll see “using DNS” in QUIC’s dashboard.
- CNAME: copy the address from QUIC and login to ChemiCloud’s cPanel. Head to the Zone Editor → Manage, and find your domain. If it has an A record, delete it and create a CNAME record. If you already have a CNAME record, edit it, then paste the address QUIC gave you. This only works if your site is using the www version in your WordPress “General” settings.
- Cloudflare: LiteSpeed has a video tutorial on this. You will change the CNAME record in Cloudflare to the one provided by QUIC.cloud. To do this, go to Cloudflare’s DNS settings and delete the A records for both your www and non-www domain. Next, create CNAME records for www and non-www domains. Make sure you use “DNS Only.” If you have Mail or MX records which use your root domain, you will need to create a subdomain and point the MX record to it. If you have issues, it may be caused by redirects in your .htaccess file.
Step 5: Verify QUIC.cloud’s CDN is working. You should see a confirmation message in your QUIC.cloud dashboard (i.e. Using DNS when using QUIC.cloud’s DNS). Eventually, you’ll see traffic is served through QUIC.cloud in the Analytics settings. You can also do an HTTP/3 Test.
Step 6: Review the free vs. standard plan differences. Unlike the free plan which only uses 6 PoPs, QUIC’s standard plan uses all 81 PoPs with DDoS protection. Especially if your visitors are far away from your ChemiCloud server, you’ll want the standard plan which is $.01-$.08/GB (depending on which regions you select) and requires adding credits to your QUIC dashboard.
9. Update To PHP 8+
Login to your ChemiCloud cPanel → Select PHP Version. Update to the latest version while testing your site for broken elements (which probably means a specific plugin isn’t compatible).
10. About Their Cloud VPS Plans
A VPS is obviously more powerful than shared and gives you more control. And from what I’ve seen, ChemiCloud is more on the affordable side. The major downside is ChemiCloud’s CPUs run at 2.20GHz where Vultr High Frequency runs at 3+ GHz. So Chemi probably won’t be as fast.
To use LiteSpeed on ChemiCloud’s Cloud VPS plans, add $9.95/mo since that’s the cost of the LiteSpeed license. Which means ChemiCloud’s “Cloud 1” plan will really end up costing $39.90.
This is still much cheaper than someone like Cloudways. Just for comparison, ChemiCloud’s Cloud 1 plan costs $39.90 and includes 2 CPU cores + 4GB memory. To get the same amount of cores/RAM on Cloudways Vultr HF would cost $60/mo (plus the cost of a premium cache plugin and their $5/mo Cloudflare Enterprise add-on). Which means you’re actually looking at $70/mo.
Here’s the table from their website:
11. ChemiCloud vs. Similar Hosts
ChemiCloud isn’t even comparable to GoDaddy, Bluehost, HostGator, and several other hosts (that’s why I didn’t list them). They’re night and day in terms of performance/support/reliability.
I’ll take ChemiCloud over SiteGround/Hostinger with LiteSpeed, NVMe, more cores/RAM, 5 star TrustPilot rating, and free migrations by a reliable team. NameHero/FastComet are more similar with LiteSpeed/cPanel, but they either don’t use NVMe or only use it for US. The 2 main cons of ChemiCloud are 3-year contracts to get the cheapest price, and Redis is faster than Memcached.
|SiteGround GrowBig||Hostinger Business WP||FastComet FastCloud Extra||NameHero Turbo Cloud||ChemiCloud WordPress Turbo|
|Server||Apache + Nginx||LiteSpeed||LiteSpeed||LiteSpeed||LiteSpeed|
|Cores/RAM||Not listed||2 cores/1.5GB||6 cores/6GB||3 cores/3GB||3 cores/3GB (scalable to 6/6)|
|Storage||20GB / SATA||200GB / SATA||35GB / SATA||Unlimited NVMe (US data center)||40GB NVMe (9/11 data centers)|
|Free domain||x||1 year||1 year||1 year||1 year|
|Major incidents||TTFB, DNS, CPU issues, controls Facebook groups||Downtimes, scams, fake reviews, bad poll||2022 DDoS attack on 3 data centers||2011 2-day node outage||None|
|Migrations||$30/site||Unlimited free (but screws it up)||3 free||1 free||200 cPanel + 10 non-cPanel|
|Full page caching||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Cache plugin||SG Optimizer (view chart)||LiteSpeed Cache||LiteSpeed Cache||LiteSpeed Cache||LiteSpeed Cache|
|Control Panel||Site Tools||hPanel||cPanel||cPanel||cPanel|
|TrustPilot rating||4.6/5||4.6/5 (fake)||4.9/5||4.6/5||5/5|
|Contract length||1 year||1-4 years||1 mo – 3 yrs||3 years||3 years|
Most of their “stack” is listed on the partners page.
12. Facebook Feedback
As always, I recommend joining the WP Speed Matters Facebook group since most other Facebook groups are run by SiteGround (that’s the only reason they’re promoted everywhere).
As of writing this, I’ve referred 46 people to ChemiCloud and only 1 got reversed, which means about 98% of people who signed up stayed with them – thank you so much if you use my link :)
Hey Tom, I was literally about to signup with WPX because I could see no other options. I had been going round in a loop with what I now see were surface level affiliate link articles all bringing me to WPX or Siteground. The reason I hesitated was that I had three interactions with WPX website/chat/ over some small but irritating issues when trying to signup and just got an odd vibe so it made me do a bit more digging.
ChemiCloud seems to have everything I need but this article has really thrown me as I’m a bit of a beginner (I’m moving over from wordpress.com) I know a little but now I’m wondering is there a good host that is beginner friendly.
It is May 2023 and would you recommend ChemiCloud. I see that it is quite affordable even for Turbo for 3 years and most important it has a data centre in Singapore.
My concern is I don’t see a lot of reviews in WP hosting Facebook or elsewhere in the internet
A lot of that is because that Facebook Group is controlled by SiteGround and they remove posts about other hosts. Yes, I recommend ChemiCloud.
Thank you !! Will use your link. Appreciate your hard work.
Appreciate you too, hope you’re happy with them!
Can you buy a hosting plan for me to begin my journey?
Email me the receipt and I can help with the cost. firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s me again… I’ve been following your tutorials to set up Chemicloud, and I realized that I probably don’t need a CDN due to my sites being local businesses…
What’s your opinion ? Would you recommend QUIC.cloud’s CDN even for sites that are supposed to receive traffic from a very localized region (city in this case) ?
Might want to try sticking with the free plan since QUIC is still needed for image/page optimizations in LiteSpeed Cache. I would test with and without the free plan.
Thank you for your detailed reviews! Just signed up for a 3 year wordpress hosting plan with Chemicloud using your link, I was using Siteground but ever since I found your website I’ve been wanting to change hosts. My site visitors are mostly French so Chemicloud seemed to be a better option than Namehero.
I wanted to have my domains registered in the same place, but apparently they don’t accept .fr domains.
Thank you – both for leaving SiteGround and for using my aff link. How do you like them so far?
Who do you use for domains, SiteGround? You might want to look into transferring them to something like Google Domains. Keeping them on a more neutral domain provider is good practice but I get it, I like keeping things in the same place too.
I love Chemicloud support! They answer less than an hour after I send them a ticket and are really helpful too! I still need to get used to the cPanel as I’m used to the SG interface, but I’ll learn as time passes…
I was actually searching for a domain registrar that accepts French domains, and I think I’m going to go with Google Domains for that same reason you mentioned. Got a link? :D
Haha I wish. I don’t even think they have an aff program, sounds like you’ve clicked on plenty of my links so don’t even worry about it.
That’s good to hear about Chemi. All I see are stats and low reversals so hearing it directly is obviously more reassuring. If you have questions about LSC/QUIC or anything else just lmk!