Rocket.net Review: 100ms Worldwide TTFB With Cloudflare Enterprise + More Resources For WooCommerce/Global Sites

If the fastest hosting means fastest TTFB, Rocket.net averages 100ms globally.

They’re specifically good for dynamic and resource-demanding sites with free Cloudflare Enterprise and 32 CPU cores/128GB RAM – arguably the fastest CDN with plenty of resources.

Compared to my previous host Cloudways, they use LiteSpeed’s PHP and CPU processors with 3.3/4 GHz base/turbo frequencies. Plus, you still get NVMe SSDs and Redis (or Redis Pro). That’s why Rocket is 90/90 for “performance reviews” and 33/33 on migrations from other cloud hosts.

While they have less bandwidth, there’s no stingy limits on CPU cores/RAM, staging resources, monthly visits, PHP workers, or PHP memory limit. This is why “resource limits” are a common complaint in many cloud host’s 1-2 star TrustPilot reviews. There are 0 add-ons since your CDN/software are included on all plans (with the exception of free Object Cache Pro on the Business plan and up). There’s no need to pay $100/mo Redis (Kinsta), $14.99/mo for an inferior CDN (SiteGround), or upgrade from CPU usage (Cloudways). Support is also night & day.

They’re popular in several Facebook groups with posts like a 500% faster TTFB and 200% – 450% faster LCP. Even for WooCommerce/Elementor. You can also test my TTFB in SpeedVitals.

Ben Gabler (CEO) is one of the smartest guys in the industry and you’ll find 2 video interviews below. They do unlimited free migrations, $1 the 1st month, and I’ve been with them for 2 years.

 

1. Rocket.net’s Specs Are Faster

I made several notes in the sheet, but they disappear when it’s made public. Here are a few important ones:

  • Rocket.net recommends using a plugin for image optimization (I like Optimole).
  • Object Cache Pro’s Relay is great for speeding up WooCommerce/dynamic sites.
  • Cloudflare’s DNS is fast and free (see dnsperf.com). You don’t need a premium DNS.
  • When TTFB is 100ms worldwide, physical location of your server is negligible to TTFB.
  • Kinsta started migrating from Google Cloud C2 to C3D in 12/23 and calls them “boosted regions.” C3D uses AMD EPYC 9004 processors with 3.7 GHz boost clock speeds. C2 uses 2nd Generation Intel Scalable Processors (Cascade Lake) with 3.8 GHz boost clock speeds.
  • SiteGround Optimizer and Cloudways Breeze plugins don’t do a great job optimizing core web vitals… this is why many customers also have to configure FlyingPress or WP Rocket.
  • In the TrustPilot section, certain keywords were searched in 1-2 star reviews which tells us “common complaints” about each host. These were averaged among 27 different hosts to determine if the number of complaints are high (red) or low (green). Since it’s well-known positive reviews are solicited, 3-5 reviews were not analyzed… but feel free to read them.

 

2. 100ms Global TTFB → Better Core Web Vitals

Rocket.net averages a <100ms global TTFB:

Rocket. Net 100ms global ttfb

KeyCDN measures TTFB in 10 locations (unlike most speed tools). You’ll want to test the site 3 times to make sure your resources are cached and served from your CDN’s closest data center.

Keycdn global ttfb

SpeedVitals measures TTFB in 40 global locations. Again, test your site 3 times.

Average ttfb speedvitals

Google says TTFB is 40% of LCP and impacts FCP + other metrics.

Importance of ttfb

Time to first byte lcp

Hosting/CDN are the 2 main ways to optimize TTFB.

Ways to optimize ttfb

So when you upgrade to both a faster host/CDN, it can improve all these:

Omm pagespeed insights

Omm gtmetrix 2023

Here’s a WooCommerce + Elementor site:

Rocket. Net woocommerce elementor

Ben Gabler’s post shows WooCommerce checkout speeds:

 

3. Why WooCommerce/Dynamic Sites Need Cloudflare Enterprise

Dynamic requests are routed faster thanks to premium/Enterprise features like Argo Smart Routing + Tiered Cache, prioritized routing, and full page caching. Cloudflare’s network is also one of the largest/fastest with 310 PoPs and transfer speeds of 248 terabytes per second (Tbps).

Rocket.net released their Cloudflare Enterprise long before Cloudways (who originally didn’t use full page caching and had annoying challenge pages). I also trust Ben Gabler’s experience with CDNs more since he was StackPath’s Chief Product Officer. It’s been called the closest thing to “true Enterprise” for a reason. Plus, it’s free with their hosting and works 100% automatically.

Like most SiteGround products, they replaced something good (free Cloudflare with full page caching) with their “own” inferior CDN from Google Cloud for $14.99/mo. Kinsta + WP Engine only have a few Enterprise features – that’s why they won’t advertise it as Cloudflare Enterprise.

I don’t believe CDN trackers (cdnperf.com and SpeedVitas) take into which Cloudflare plan is used. If everyone used CF Enterprise, I’m sure “Cloudflare” would be ranked 1st most months.

Key Features

  • APO – caches HTML and one of the best ways to improve TTFB.
  • Prioritized routing – traffic gets prioritized to avoid congestion.
  • Argo Smart Routing + Tiered Cache – detects traffic congestion and routes traffic through faster network paths. Cloudflare says assets load 30% faster and reduces requests to your origin server. Specifically good for WooCommerce/dynamic sites.
  • Load balancing – re-routes traffic from unhealthy origin servers to healthy origins.
  • Enterprise WAF – scans every request before it hits your server. The Enterprise WAF has a more advanced firewall, bot protection, and custom rule set (OWASP). Cloudways also uses their Enterprise WAF, but Kinsta doesn’t. Besides blocking attacks, Rocket.net also says there’s a 90%+ reduction in comment spam. I can vouch for this and noticed my spam comments went way down after migrating.
  • Early Hints – sends early preload & preconnect hints to reduce server wait time.
  • Brotli – compresses pages to smaller file sizes compared to GZIP compression.
  • Smart caching – only purges HTML when certain changes are made, which uses less server resources while also keeping your cache warm for CSS, JS, and images.

Full page caching is even faster when you’re using Cloudflare’s large network of 310+ PoPs. If you look at their post launch report, you’ll notice APO improves “phone” more than “desktop.”

Apo impact on ttfb

Apo impact on lcp

Apo impact on fcp

Argo further reduces latency for dynamic requests and Rocket.net also includes Argo’s Tiered Cache. Cloudflare says “enabling Argo Smart Routing shaves an average of 33% off HTTP TTFB.”

Argo latency reduction

Rocket. Net cloudflare enterprise vs apo
Ben explains a few key differences between APO vs. their Cloudflare Enterprise
Keycdn performance test cloudflare 1
Cloudflare free (no full page caching)
Rocket. Net keycdn performance test 1
Cloudflare Enterprise + full page caching
Rocket. Net analytics
Cloudflare analytics from Rocket.net’s dashboard (about 90% of bandwidth is served from Cloudflare)

 

4. More Resources, Less Limits

They list most of these here and here.

  • 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2667 v2 @ 3.30GHz (32 Cores)
  • 128GB RAM
  • RAIDED NVMe SSDs (they switched in 2022 after the post was written)

  • 32 CPU cores + 128GB RAM: Kinsta/SiteGround Cloud have 16x less RAM (8 GB) and Cloudways has even less. They also have significantly less cores which is why “CPU limits” are specifically common on SiteGround (4 CPU cores) and Cloudways. I had to go from SiteGround’s GoGeek plan to $180/mo cloud hosting because of it.
  • No staging limits: Kinsta limits staging sites to 1 CPU core and Rapyd.cloud limits them to 2 GB RAM. Rocket.net doesn’t, meaning you’ll still have access to 32 cores.
  • No PHP worker limit: Rocket.net doesn’t limit PHP workers like Kinsta/WPE/WPX. Read this case study for a site with 1M+ visitors per 60 minutes where the need to scale PHP workers was eliminated. Kinsta only has 2 PHP workers on their lowest plan and recommends WooCommerce sites start at $115/mo due to workers/visits.
  • 250,000 monthly visits: this is 10-25x more than Kinsta/WP Engine, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to upgrade from this. Rocket, Kinsta, and WP Engine all count visits which include unknown bots and users with ad blockers (about 32.8% of people). Rocket.net’s starter plan has 250k/mo which means it’s about 168,000 visitors/mo.
  • 1 GB memory limit: it’s 256MB on Kinsta and Servebolt, and 512MB on WP Engine.

 

5. 4 Ghz Turbo Frequency CPU Processor

Rocket.net’s processors (Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2) have higher base/turbo frequencies than DigitalOcean Premium and Vultr High Frequency at Cloudways. SiteGround uses the Google Cloud N2 machine family which has a choice of 2 processors. While I wasn’t able to get their processor model, neither have higher clock speeds than E5 v2. Kinsta’s processors don’t either.

Intel(r) xeon(r) cpu e5 2667 v2 processor
Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2 specs

NVMe SSDs have about 6x faster read-write speeds than SATA SSDs which are used on most shared/cloud hosts. If you’re paying $100/mo and not using NVMe storage, what are ya doin’?

These tests were done by Rocket.net using WP Hosting Benchmark. The plugin runs tests on CPU/memory, filesystem, database, object cache, and network tests (try it out)!

Rocket. Net ssds
Rocket.net with SSD hard drives
Rocket. Net nvme
Rocket.net switches to NVMe

 

6. LiteSpeed’s PHP Outperforms FastCGI/FPM

Rocket.net uses LiteSpeed’s PHP which outperforms FastCGI (used on SiteGround/Kinsta) and FPM on Cloudways. Even PHP.net says “LSAPI is similar to FCGI, but is more efficient” and that it’s a “highly optimized API.” WordPress is built on PHP, so it’s a big performance win for Rocket.

Php hello world benchmark screen shot2. Png

 

7. Redis (Object Cache Pro On Business Plan And Up)

Redis is more powerful than Memcached, especially when using Redis Pro’s Relay integration. It’s good for speed, admin speed, and resource usage on WooCommerce/dynamic sites. Most hosts don’t support object cache, use Memcached instead, and Kinsta charges $100/month for it. Rocket.net uses the Redis Object Cache plugin (you’ll need to ask support to install it for you).

This table is found on objectcache.pro.

W3 Total Cache LiteSpeed Cache WP Redis Redis Object Cache Object Cache Pro
Performance
Batch Prefetching x x x x
Data compression x x x x
Cache priming x x x x
Asynchronous flushing x x x
Features
Cache Analytics x x x
Secure connections x x x
Highly customizable x x x x
Logging support x x x x
Cluster support x x x
Replication support x x x
Reliability
Mitigates race conditions x x x x
Extensively unit tested x x x x
Integrations
WooCommerce optimized x x x x
Query Monitor integration x x x Basic Advanced
WP CLI integration Basic x Basic Basic Advanced
Site Health checks x x x x
Batcache compatible x x x
Relay integration x x x x

 

 

8. Top Performer In Kevin Ohashi’s WP Hosting Benchmarks

Rocket.net was a top performer in Kevin Ohashi’s WP Hosting Benchmarks.

Anyone who’s been around the block knows Kevin’s tests are some of the most reliable out there. Most YouTubers and “fastest WordPress hosting speed tests” are garbage and ranked based on commissions, while Kevin’s methodology and non-affiliated results are more accurate.

Rocket. Net 2023 wordpress hosting benchmarks
Credit: wphostingbenchmarks.com

 

9. What Support Should Be On “Managed” Hosting

Definitely one of the biggest complaints of “managed” hosting:

  • Cloudways charges $100/mo for “advanced” support.
  • Rapyd.cloud also charges $100/mo (except on Performance plans).
  • SiteGround’s scope of support doesn’t get better on their cloud hosting.
  • Like Cloudways/SiteGround, Kinsta/WP Engine also have lots of complaints.
  • Migrations aren’t always free or reliable, and support doesn’t help with web vitals.

First off, the amount I need on Rocket.net’s support is little because everything just works. I don’t need to bug them about server crashes, downtime, plugin compatibility, CDN issues, control panel bugs, and they don’t constantly change things up by releasing buggy products prematurely. Many of these hosts can’t even “manage” to keep their own infrastructure stable.

Ben, Chad, and their team run a lot more complex sites than mine, so migrating my site was a breeze. After requesting a free migration, the only thing I did initially was upgrade PHP versions + ask support to install Redis. Besides asking about specs, I probably use support 3 times a year.

While I didn’t need help optimizing core web vitals, they will help you with it. Many of their agents have 20+ years experience. They’re obviously picky who they hire and I appreciate that.

Go read complaints in other host’s 1-2 star reviews, then start a live chat with Rocket. You’ll see.

 

10. Better Security On Both The Server/CDN Level

On the server level, you get Imunify360’s firewall and real-time malware scanning. Hosts like SiteGround/Cloudways use their own “custom” security instead of an established security suite. Hence, why they have security complaints in TrustPilot reviews. As soon as your site is moved to Rocket.net’s platform, it’s automatically scanned/patched for malware. No need to deal with SiteGround’s $2.99/mo Site Scanner, WAF plugin on Kinsta, or bots/security risks on Cloudways.

On the CDN level, you can monitor Cloudflare Enterprise’s WAF in Rocket.net’s dashboard which scans every request before it hits the server. You get features like DDoS mitigation, bot management, and Page Shield. They’re also one of the only cloud hosts that is PCI compliant.

 

11. 7 Server Locations

Rocket.net has locations in the following regions:

  • US (Ashburn, Phoenix, Dallas)
  • UK (London)
  • DE (Frankfurt)
  • NL (Amsterdam)
  • SG (Singapore)
  • AU (Sydney, Brisbane)

They don’t own these data centers, instead, they own their own cloud. Server location hardly matters when TTFB is ~100ms globally. The main exception is if you need a location for GDPR.

 

12. Price Is By Bandwidth (No Paid Add-Ons)

Rocket.net’s pricing is essentially by bandwidth usage.

Once you learn how much bandwidth you need, choose a plan. Then subtract the costs of add-ons, CDNs, unexpected upgrades, time dealing with bad support, and lower conversions from a slower site. I’m not here to sell you on paying more for hosting, but it’s definitely worth it for me.

Rocket.net uses soft limits, meaning they’re not going to shut down your site and lock you out of wp-admin like some hosts do, but you will eventually need to upgrade or reduce bandwidth usage. Monthly visits usually aren’t a problem considering you get 10x more than Kinsta + WPE.

Quality, performance, price… pick 2.

Rocket. Net pricing

 

13. Ben Gabler Background/Interviews

Ben’s background is one of the main reasons I tried Rocket.net in the first place. Previously COO at HostGator, Chief Product Officer at StackPath, Senior Product Manager at GoDaddy, and now CEO of Rocket.net. Ben and Patrick Gallagher (from GridPane) did an interview together at Admin Bar which is completely non-promotional and 100% informative. Totally worth watching.

Rocket. Net ben gabler testimonial

Rocket. Net is amazing

 

14. Continuing To Blow Up In Facebook Groups

As of writing this, Rocket.net has all perfect 5/5 reviews on their TrustPilot profile. You can search keywords like “TTFB” or “Cloudways” to see specific reviews. If you do this, you’ll see several people are moving away from other hosts to Rocket.net, but not the other way around. Even if you search SiteGround’s 16,000 TrustPilot reviews, not 1 person came from Rocket.net.

Rocket. Net trustpilot

Ben also did an AMA in a Facebook group, or here’s more feedback.

Move to rocket. Net from sitegroundKinsta to rocket. Net resultsRocket. Net vs cloudways cpu usageRocket. Net no competitionRocket. Net trustpilot review
Siteground to cloudways to rocket. Net 2Rocket. Net vs siteground commentMoved to rocket. Net vs sitegroundKinsta to rocket. Net ttfb redisRocket. Net vs kinstaRocket. Net vs kinsta priceRocket. Net faster than cloudwaysRocket. Net vs. Cloudways comparisonBluehost to cloudways to rocket. NetSiteground to rocket. Net post 2Rocket. Net vs cloudways vultr hf trustpilot review

 

 

15. $1 Your 1st Month + Unlimited Free Migrations

Getting started:

  • Sign up for $1 your 1st month.
  • Talk to Ben or request a Zoom demo if you need an intro.
  • Benchmark your TTFB in SpeedVitals and your LCP/FCP in PSI.
  • Update DNS or TXT records, or request a free migration from their team.
  • Upgrade to the latest compatible PHP version, then ask support to install Redis.
  • Remove any security or CDN plugins (Cloudflare Enterprise already handles this).
  • Configure FlyingPress, then retest your core web vitals (specifically TTFB, LCP, FCP).
Rocket. Net hosting go live
Add your site and update TXT records, or point your DNS to Rocket.net (they use Cloudflare’s DNS)
Rocket. Net dashboard 2
Update PHP version and configure advanced settings

Submit your site to Chrome’s HSTS Preload list. Use that site to see if yours supports it and if not, try this plugin. Rocket.net’s support will probably do it for you, but try to do it yourself first.

Hsts preload

 

16. Configure FlyingPress On Rocket.net (My Setup)

This is the same setup I use and I’ve confirmed several settings with Ben/Gijo.

FlyingPress

If you’re not using FlyingPress yet, it does a better job with core web vitals and real world browsing compared to WP Rocket and other optimization plugins with new features added regularly. Configure everything normally. Page caching will remain on to serve as a fallback cache in case it misses Cloudflare. Do not add Rocket.net’s CDN URL to the FlyingPress CDN settings, and there’s no need to use FlyingCDN with Cloudflare Enterprise. You can read my FlyingPress tutorial or click the thumbnails to view screenshots of settings, but you should read the tutorial since lazy render, delay JS, and preloading fonts require manual configuration.

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

Perfmatters

The only feature you’ll need is the script manager to disable plugins where they’re not being used (which helps remove unused CSS/JS) and possibly preloading Gutenberg’s CSS or other CSS/JS files. You could also use a free plugin like Asset CleanUp, but Perfmatters’ interface is cleaner. You’ll enable test mode to prevent the script manager from breaking your site by only showing changes to logged in admins. Then, start disabling plugins where they don’t need to load. Disable test mode when you’re done. Leave all other settings off (including CDN settings).

Disable social sharing plugins perfmatters

Conclusion

I don’t write glowing reviews for everyone (just read some of my other hosting reviews). But Rocket.net has been a game changer and I’ve been steering people to them since I switched.

Rocket. Net hosting poll short

Cheers to a faster TTFB/LCP/FCP.
Tom

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131 Comments...

  1. Hey Tom,

    I’ve just set up a Rocket.net server for one of my clients, thanks to your recommendation. I was under the impression that they have automatic image optimisation, but apparently that’s still under development for over 2 years now. Cloudflare Polish does optimize the images somewhat, but not to the point that I can just let it be. I uploaded a massive 4MB 4xxx by 3xxx file to test it out and it compressed it down to 2560×1440 and 900kB, so wouldn’t call that groundbreaking.

    Could you recommend a free option for all kinds of optimisation for Rocket.net? I’ve always used Litespeed Cache on my Litespeed servers for both caching and image optimisation. Can I use it on Rocket.net just for the Image Optimisation part since that works very well in my experience? Or is some sort of caching still recommended even though the server is supposed to be very fast? I can buy Flyingpress if it’s required.

    And lastly, are the staging ones slower? I’m getting pretty bad Pagespeed scores on a staging site that barely has anything on it.

    Thanks for the answer

    Reply
    • Hey Krzysztof,

      I would think you can still use it since I don’t see any image optimizations under “LiteSpeed Exclusive Features” on the LSC plugin page. I like FlyingPress but I know some people have trouble with the preloading causing high bandwidth.

      Rocket doesn’t limit cores/RAM on staging sites, so the only thing I can think of is that Cloudflare Enterprise isn’t active on staging sites.

      Also, very sorry about not responding to your other comments.

      Reply
  2. Hi Tom,

    Thank you so much for this. I have a client website that is running terribly. I am hosting it on SiteGround and using the SiteGround Optimizer plugin along with ShortPixel Adaptive Images. I have tried numerous caching and image optimisation plugins but had no joy. So, based on this and a few of your other posts and reviews I signed up to Rocket.net, purchased FlyingPress, installed the free version of Asset CleanUp and tested the same website on a temporary domain. The website is running fantastic!

    The domain is on Ionis and I’m hoping it still runs as well when I point the A records to Rocket.net. I’m wondering if I still need an image compression plugin to optimise and serve up images in WebP format? And if it is worth purchasing the Pro version of Asset CleanUp to disable plugins on specific pages or maybe Perfmatters instead? Also, do you think I need additional security if hosting on Rocket.net? I’m looking at Solid Security (formerly iThemes).

    Many thanks again, it has been a massive weight off to get my clients website running well. I’ve have been extremely stressed out about this website for months as it was running really slow.

    Reply
    • Hey Mairtin,

      That’s awesome news! Yes, you’ll probably still need a plugin to convert images to WebP (maybe ShortPixel) and something to disable plugins on page/posts. I like Perfmatters mainly because the interface is cleaner and their team constantly updates the plugin, but either Perfmatters or Asset CleanUp Pro are good options.

      Nope, you shouldn’t need an “all in one” security plugin with Rocket.net. I usually tell people to go through this security checklist. Rocket.net already helps limit login attempts, FlyingPress can disable XML-RPC, etc. I think the only plugin you would consider is to move the wp-login page.

      Reply
      • Hey Tom,

        Just an update…

        My website is running really fast, much faster than SiteGround so I thought things were going well. However, there is a problem. I was logged in while viewing my website and everything looked good. Turns out it wasn’t displaying at all when logged out (blank page) which is why I think I was getting great scores on PageSpeed Insights.

        In FlyingPress I’ve had to turn off a few things , the ‘Remove unused CSS’ and ‘Delay JavaScript’. This however makes my site scores on PageSpeed Insights drop from 90 to 15. I’m not sure where to be looking to find the problem.

        I still need to optimise images but going by what I am seeing on the website, the main problem is the CSS and JavaScript.

        Currently I’m using Asset Cleanup Lite along with FlyingPress but I find Asset Cleanup confusing and it doesn’t seem to be doing anything for me. I might buy Perfmatters instead but I’m wondering if it will help improve page speed by blocking parts of the CSS and delaying specific JavaScript code without breaking the site.

        I’m assuming it is the cached pages I am viewing which is why my website is running really fast for me but not on PageSpeed Insights?

        Also, when testing the caching, I’m getting x-flying-press-cache: MISS. Not sure if this is affecting page speed as well?

        Hopefully I can find a solution to my problems but my site is running a hell of a lot faster on Rocket.net than it ever was on SiteGround!

        Thanks,
        Mairtin

        Reply
        • Hey Mairtin,

          Have you checked the Perfmatters documentation, specifically their list of unused CSS exclusions and same for delayed scripts? May be worth going through those and testing them in FlyingPress first. But yeah, I still like Perfmatters because the UI is easier than Asset CleanUp and they also have quick exclusions to make it even easier.

          Just be aware that FlyingPress released a recent update where several Perfmatters settings will be automatically disabled when using FlyingPress (I believe almost all General settings). You can still use the script manager and other settings, but some may not work. There was a FB post about it.

          Yes… getting remove unused CSS, delay JS, and the script manager to work properly should definitely improve PSI scores. These are all some of the best ways to reduce CSS/JS.

          For x-flying-press-cache: MISS, you want a HIT. Can’t tell you off the top of my head why it’s a miss… may want to reach out to FlyingPress’ support for that one.

          Hope you get it all figured out and follow up if you need any clarification. Glad to hear it’s faster!

          Reply
  3. Your blog is awesome!

    I haven’t used Litespeed before and I’m new to Wordpress hosting, but I saw on your other articles you mention that Litespeed cache is the way to go if you are using a Litespeed host. If Rocket.net uses Litespeed, what makes you use FlyingPress there instead of the Litespeed cache?

    Reply
    • Hey Glenn,

      Rocket.net uses Apache + Nginx, but uses LiteSpeed for PHP processing. Since the servers aren’t LiteSpeed, that’s why I use FlyingPress.

      If you need something more powerful than shared but still want LiteSpeed, some options are RunCloud, ServerAvatar, Scala, and ChemiCloud’s VPS. Although, I haven’t compared them side by side yet. But for smaller sites, shared should be fine.

      Reply
  4. Hey Tom,
    I have a large Woocommerce site that would be costly on Rocket. For my budget, I get Cloudways Vultr HF 4GB, Cloudways Cloudflare Enterprise, and Nitropack OR I could move to just Rocket’s Business plan. Worth the switch (even if I had to drop Nitropack)?

    Reply
    • Hey Connor,

      I’d say it’s definitely worth testing. A lot of my readers moved from Cloudways Vultr HF to Rocket.net and reported better performance, myself included (and it sounds even more so for WooCommerce). Also sounds like you’re close to hitting $100/mo between all those.

      I’m not a fan of Nitropack since it reportedly cheats scores (you can Google articles on this) and from what I’ve seen, it doesn’t make the site load as fast as other cache plugins. So yeah, I would do the $1/mo trial on Rocket and go from there. I’d be surprised if you moved back to Cloudways.

      Reply
  5. Due to your glowing review of rocket.net I signed up and migrated my site from Hostinger to Rocket.net I’m blown away. Every test I throw at it, is better than I could have dreamed of.

    They ARE expensive, but after having my site on their server, I already have decided that it is worth every penny. I also tested ChemiCloud, but they don’t come near rocket.

    I will stay with rocket. I m right only have to install an extra cache system because there are a lot of (dynamic content) misses on Cloudflare DNS

    Reply
    • That’s awesome Dirk, glad I could help and that you’re off Hostinger. You’re also supporting a much more ethical business.

      Reply
  6. You’re a bloody legend. I took your advice and left the hell that was siteground hosting, and moved on to cloudways. They were good but costly and every little extra was another pricetag. So today moved to Rocket.net. What a difference! My site is literally a different beast. Hugely fast, TTFB is under 100ms, issues with LCP …gone. It should be law to listen to your advise and just do it! Seriously thank you!

    Reply
  7. Hello Tom,

    Will use your link. What do you use to handle email things since rocket.net do not? (like for example this comment section probably sends you notifications?)

    Reply
    • Appreciate that John, thanks! I use Google Workspace which is what quite a few other people/brands recommend too. I don’t have notifications for comments since I usually check them daily.

      Reply
  8. Tom,

    Been really happy with Rocket.net and using it together with Flyingpress.

    One thing I’m noticing for a site with 75k visitors a month, is that the bandwidth usage is enormous. 5k each day, with 3 sites that makes it that I use more than the 100GB bandwidth limit of rocket.net’s pro plan.

    I’ve turned off the ‘preload links’ option in flyingpress, and put schedule ‘preload’ to never.

    Is this something you’ve experienced? And maybe have some pointers on how you solved it?

    Reply
  9. Hello Tom,

    Great review on Rocket.net!

    I’m helping a Psychologist with her website, currently on SquareSpace. We’re thinking of moving to a different host for better speed, especially with more clients visiting her site. Your review made us consider Rocket.net due to the quick load time and good support.

    We also liked the features for WooCommerce since we plan to add an online booking system.

    We’re in Australia, so a nearby server would have been nice, but the fast global load time helps.

    I’m looking for suggestions on this move. The $1 first month trial at Rocket.net seems like a low-risk way to test it out. The positive feedback from WooCommerce users and Cloudflare Enterprise inclusion are also attractive.

    Would love to hear your thoughts or any other recommendations.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hey Andre,

      While my site isn’t dynamic/WooCommerce, TTFB is still around 100ms even when tested from Australia using SpeedVitals’ TTFB test. I asked Ben in the YouTube interview if server location matters when using Cloudflare Enterprise and he essentially said as far as speed goes, it’s negligible. Although it varies more for dynamic sites.

      If they’re in your client’s budget (check bandwidth usage), I can’t think of a better host for WooCommerce in their price range. Most have downfalls somewhere whether it’s a slower CDN, less resources, support, etc.

      One question though… are the high majority of visitors in Australia or does your client have international visitors where they would really benefit from Cloudflare Enterprise? If it’s international, yes… Rocket.net. If it’s only in Australia, they may be able to just get a VPS in Australia.

      Really comes down to where the audience is, as well as which plan they would use… since Redis Object Cache Pro is used on their Business plan and up.

      Hope that helps but lmk!

      Reply
  10. Too bad they don’t have a server in France, otherwise I would have chosen Rocket.net. I’m staying with Coudways because Vultr has a server in France + Cloudflare APO.

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    • With a 100ms average global TTFB, it usually doesn’t matter where the server is. For example, if you check my site in SpeedVitals, my TTFB is under 100ms in Paris. That’s the beauty of Cloudflare Enterprise.

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