Laylita.com

Speed and support are a winning combination for a popular food blog.

Laylita.com is a food and lifestyle blog created by Layla Pujol. It features recipes, travel stories, and wine reviews from Latin America and around the world, and is available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Layla wanted the fastest, most reliable, and easiest-to-use WordPress hosting platform for her site—and that’s why she chose AMIMOTO AMI.

The Challenge

Layla Pujol and her husband, Nicolas, are busy parents who run two content websites, Laylita, a food and lifestyle blog, and First Practica, a tech blog. As Layla’s site grew in popularity and size, she found that it hit maximum performance limitations. She knew it was time to move hosting platforms, but she worried about finding a host that would be as reliable as her first—not to mention concerns about server configurations, DNS settings, database migrations, going from Apache to Nginx, email systems, and more.

The Solution

Layla discovered the AMIMOTO platform through the AWS Marketplace. She tried multiple stacks and looked at commercial support, migrating small sites first and building trust in the AMIMOTO platform.

As Layla says, “We measured many WordPress platforms on speed, reliability, and usability. AMIMOTO AMI delivered on all metrics through self-hosted tests we conducted. When launching into production, we found value in the expertise and service from the AMIMOTO team, and upgraded to a managed hosting plan.”

Layla found that AMIMOTO AMI delivers performance, reliability, and a team of experts who keep the server infrastructure secure, up-to-date, and lightning fast. She says, “The AMIMOTO expertise and service in tuning WordPress infrastructure make it incomparable to a VPS offering. As a publisher, we need to focus time and resources on creating content. It takes deep knowledge and commitment to do DevOps right when a site runs at scale. We are glad to leave this part to the AMIMOTO team as part of managed hosting.”

The Results

AMIMOTO managed hosting combines the power of AWS with a tuned WordPress stack that, unlike a VPS, is fully managed by the AMIMOTO team. Layla reports that she measured various performance instances on the major clouds, running WordPress images. AMIMOTO AMI delivered the fastest stack on self-hosting tests and the server response is 3x faster since moving to AMIMOTO. As she tells us, “We also monitor DOM loading times and total load times and these have either improved or stayed on par, given total load times are mostly determined by ads on the site, and these ads run on third party servers. For further speed and security, we run a CDN and Web Application Firewall.”

Another benefit is the fact that AMIMOTO AMI runs on many websites and customers. “This means that the infrastructure configurations are tested and somewhat standardized across many customers, which makes the stacks more robust than doing our own custom/unique stack on AWS,” Layla reports.

All of this is backed by the unparalleled support of the AMIMOTO AMI team. As Layla says, “AMIMOTO AMI support is fantastic in terms of expertise in WordPress. It’s in large part why we chose AMIMOTO, having a support team who provide DevOps expertise and make the necessary changes to the server when needed. We do not just receive a URL to a technical article on how to do it ourselves. AMIMOTO Support manages the stack, i.e. does the maintenance and updates to the server for customers. This adds a lot of value.”

By moving to AMIMOTO AMI, Layla has the support of a world-class team at her fingertips and a site that is fast, reliable, secure, and scalable.