Reliable hosting for BuddyPress installations?
I have been a DreamHost customer for years, and generally a happy one. Back in April I upgraded to their DreamPress service, paying significantly more money each month in order to properly manage my self-hosted WordPress/BuddyPress web site. (I am always running with the most up-to-date version of both WordPress and BuddyPress/Commons-in-a-Box).
This has been completely in vain, as DreamPress gets it’s speed from Varnish, a front end cache that sits between your server and your visitors, and like pretty much every cache tool in the universe, if you’re a logged in user, you don’t get a cached page. Since forums and membership driven sites pretty much live by having users be logged in, you’re never going to get the same level of speed as other sites will on DreamPress.
This is actually a gross understatement. From the moment I did testing with only 1 member, it’s been abysmal. The response time on ANY page/link can range from 10-20 seconds, even with virtually all of the plug-ins disabled.
I’ve asked at DreamHost’s own support forums if there is ANY service they offer on which a BuddyPress installation of WordPress works (do I need to look at VPS? a dedicated server? someone other than DreamHost?) but to no avail. I have never received a reply on this, so it appears to be time to spend my money elsewhere.
There seem to be a lot of people that DO make BuddyPress work, and scalable. For those of you who are doing this successfully, where are you hosting your installation?
I would be very grateful for any advice folks might be able to offer so I can determine next steps.
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