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Cornershop Creative Moves 110 Sites to Kinsta and Handles 1.2 Million Site Visits Per Month Effectively

Cornershop Creative

Snapshot

Founded in 2012, Cornershop Creative is an award-winning online services company committed to listening carefully to our nonprofit organizations and small business clients. They focus on helping organizations make the most of the web. Whether your goals are in website design, fundraising, advocacy, sales, or engagement, their team has the technical experience to make it happen!

Based in the U.S. but operated as a fully-distributed team from the outset, they’ve been focusing on WordPress for years, with much of our work for the nonprofit sector focused on integrating the WordPress sites they build with a variety of nonprofit-focused CRM platforms. Cornershop started as a team of three and now has approximately 30 team members, including designers, developers, project managers, and content and SEO experts.

Read our interview below with Ben Byrne, Co-Founder at Cornershop Creative.

The Problem

In our early days, we tried to “meet clients where they were” in terms of hosting, letting them call the shots on where their sites were hosted, since we didn’t want to get into a situation where our clients expected us to be available 24/7 for any hosting issues.

“Over time, though, we found that we were spending too much time learning the idiosyncrasies of too many hosts, so we decided to recommend three different host options depending on the client’s needs. However, even with those “preferred hosts”, we kept running into issues — lots of issues!

Sometimes, we ran into problems with how our slightly-customized base WordPress worked with the host’s infrastructure, for example. Even though these customizations weren’t complicated, they seemed to wreak havoc with some hosts (especially DreamPress).

我们还遇到了主机不允许我们设置代理帐户(每个站点都绑定到不同的帐户)、停机时间、破坏性更新、提供无用答案或将任何问题归咎于我们的糟糕支持、性能价格等问题。基本上,如果主机出现问题,我们已经经历过了!

最终,我们清楚地认识到,我们需要一个单一的主机,它可以看到我们客户群的全部范围,并以我们的非营利客户(包括非常小、非常注重预算的客户)能够负担的价格提供性能托管和巨大支持,同时也能够 处理每月访问量超过100000次的网站。

解决方案

我们根据过去的经验以及网上发表的评论和研究,编制了一长串潜在的主持人名单,开始寻找新的主持人。但这是一个挑战,因为我们有很多需求和偏好。

“我们研究了以下所有方面:

  • 主持人是否披露技术信息,如 CPU内核或PHP工作者?
  • 主机是否 是否支持git、ssh和wp cli? (这是不可协商的,因为我们使用这些工具来管理部署和更新)
  • 东道国是否支持机构式账户?
  • 主机是否支持多站点?(这并不重要,但需要考虑)
  • 主人提供什么 临时环境?
  • 主持人是否提供 CDN和其他缓存?
  • 主人提供什么 大量的磁盘空间?

很明显,金斯塔是众多“入围者”中的一员,在许多主持人缺席的情况下,他会勾选所有这些框。一旦我们有了七个左右的最终入围者,我们就花了一些时间在每台主机上建立站点,并运行我们自己的基于jMeter的负载测试,以了解主机如何经受住流量过大的考验,从而绕过了廉价主机所依赖的那种缓存来提供良好的性能。

Kinsta fared very well in our performance tests, particularly given the price point. From there, it was a matter of working with a sales representative to get our additional questions answered. We eventually narrowed our selections down to Kinsta and Flywheel, and Kinsta’s ability to provide us with full SSH+git access put them over the top.”

The Result

We have been extremely happy with our decision to work with Kinsta, and we currently host over 110 sites on Kinsta, collectively handling over 1.2 million visits per month. In fact I was just Slacking my co-founder the other day: “We’ve made a lot of good decisions over the years here and I feel like Kinsta was one of the better ones.

“Our support team now deals with radically fewer downtime-related issues than with our previous ‘preferred’ hosts.

Kinsta’s chat support is convenient and easy to access, and the support representatives are knowledgeable and helpful. We also found the migration team to be excellent at both communications and with the technical ins-and-outs of migrating more than 60 sites from a variety of hosts (and DNS-management situations) onto Kinsta.

What we couldn’t have anticipated when we first started working with Kinsta around the beginning of 2021 was the changes that Kinsta would be rolling out that continually reinforce what a good decision we made.

Kinsta’s transition to Cloudflare — which was our preferred performance/security proxy before we started working with Kinsta — has been cumbersome at times, but is absolutely the right decision for us and our clients. The 对暂存的改进喜欢 选择性推送,非常好。我们发现销售团队很容易合作,因为我们一直在增加我们的计划能够容纳的站点数量。

我们从Enterprise 1计划开始,现在正在制定一个支持多达150个站点的定制代理计划!我认为,如果没有金斯塔,我们将无法像过去一年那样增长。”

资源和文档与众不同

我认为切换到Kinsta的一个有趣的惊喜是,我们的团队(尤其是我们的开发人员)在尝试识别插件、解决技术问题或确定最佳实践时,不断看到Kinsta的博客帖子出现在我们的谷歌搜索结果中。

这个 Kinsta博客 是非常有用的资源 不仅仅针对Kinsta平台上的技术文档,还针对WordPress开发。

 

切换到Kinsta是近10年前创建Cornershop Creative以来,我们做出的最佳决策之一——没有他们,我们的发展速度无法达到现在的水平。
Katie Keith
本·伯恩联合创始人
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