I’ve been messing around some more with QUIC.cloud, as well as Cloudflare’s new APO offering. I’ve concluded that the combination of QUIC.cloud and WordPress with NameHero is one of the best architectures you can have. Here’s why.
LiteSpeed + QUIC.cloud = Bread + Butter
I’ve written about QUIC.cloud before here on the NameHero blog and how you can use it to achieve a 500% TTFB (Time to First Byte) reduction. It’s an amazing service, and one that you can start using for free. You can use it without the LiteSpeed server on your hosting service, and it’ll work fine, no problem. However, the real magic unfolds when your web host is using a LiteSpeed webserver, as NameHero does.
Ultimately, QUIC.cloud aims to make money. They do this, by offering a “free” tier for normal users, and then you purchase credits for subsequent usage. The credits are pretty cost efficient from my point of view. They’re expanding the services quickly. Just since the last time I checked them out, they’ve started offering value-add services like page optimization with critical and unique CSS.
The benefit of the LiteSpeed web server is that the free tier is expanded significantly. For example, the page optimization service only allows 200 requests per month for free, by default. However, with a LiteSpeed web server, that quota expands to 1000 requests.
NameHero on the other hand, takes things one step further. Under the “LiteSpeed Enterprise” plan, the limits are far higher. 2000 page optimization requests per month for free. Here’s a screenshot:
And when the results are served by cache, the operation doesn’t have to be performed each time. So you should be well within your quota for a normal website if you’re hosting with NameHero. If the site is so large that you start to spill outside those limits, then the fee for further requests is pretty affordable.
Works Beautifully with WordPress
But things like page optimizations are just the side dish. The real power of QUIC.cloud shows itself when it serves your pages from its cache located in POP servers throughout the world. This means that your site will load quickly no matter where the visitor is located – and faster than other sites in the same place, thanks to the powerful QUIC.cloud infrastructure.
To achieve this, you need the LiteSpeed WordPress plugin, which is a pretty decent plugin on its own. But combined with an actual LiteSpeed server as installed on NameHero, it becomes a powerhouse. Native LiteSpeed caching is much faster than anything a 3rd party plugin can provide. And the plugin automatically clears the cache for your post and related page when you make an update.
Comparisons to Cloudflare’s APO
Cloudflare’s Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) service isn’t free. It costs you $5/m, and doesn’t provide any of the additional benefits of QUIC.cloud such as page optimization, and image compression. Also, Cloudflare’s solution feels completely half-baked. There’s just one button to switch the APO functionality on and off. No options, no customization…and half the time, it doesn’t even work as expected.
I still think Cloudflare is useful, particularly with plugins that make full-page caching easy. But QUIC.cloud is just getting started. Once you switch your DNS servers to QUIC.cloud, you can avail of all kinds of cool security features as shown in this screenshot:
As time goes on, QUIC.cloud is certainly going to add new features – preferably starting with a good WAF. Once that happens, I’ll seriously consider switching to my existing setup. But for most users who are starting fresh, I suggest you give QUIC.cloud a whirl with WordPress and NameHero.
I’m a NameHero team member, and an expert on WordPress and web hosting. I’ve been in this industry since 2008. I’ve also developed apps on Android and have written extensive tutorials on managing Linux servers. You can contact me on my website WP-Tweaks.com!