Case Study
Dedicated Solutions
THE WEB HOSTING DATABASE

CASE STUDY

Background

The Web Hosting Database, WHdb.com, takes a fact-based approach to providing consumers with information on web sites, hosting, and the hosting providers themselves. The site foregoes reviews and marketing pitches in favor of stats, awards, features, and services for each host. WHdb lists over 600 web hosts, large and small, across every state in the US and internationally.

WHdb is using iWF Hosting for a fast, reliable service at an affordable price. As a site dedicated to hosting, there is a strong need for short load times on both desktop and mobile platform with an uptime that cannot be faulted.

Challenge:

The Web Hosting Database must have fast load times and close to no down time to maintain a trustworthy brand with its visitors. After all, how can you build a site about web hosting while using a host plagued with constant outages and poor performance? Experiencing issues attributed to hosting is an embarrassment to WHdb and tarnishes its image with users.

Prior to the iWF Hosting migration, the site experienced severe load times and occasional outages. While we expected a more stable deployment of our site as well as an overall improvement to performance when switching to iWF, we did not expect the responsive and attentive customer service that we received from iWF’s tech support.

Successful Results:

In many cases, WHdb.com saw load times for pages go from well over 30 seconds to 7 or 8 seconds from simply moving to iWF Hosting alone. The dev team at WHdb then worked with iWF to further optimize the site and improve stability and performance. The site migrated seamlessly to the lightning-fast MariaDB, and iWF configured our server to run advanced housekeeping routines and fail-safes. The site no longer experiences any outages that are remotely perceivable, if any, and most pages load in just over a second, greatly improving the user experience on mobile devices as well as PCs.

While WHdb expected fast, stable hosting from iWF, our developers were caught off guard by how fast and helpful iWF tech support was. Responses and actions would occur within 20 to 30 minutes of the inquiry. Not days, not hours, but minutes.