Laylita.com

Laylita.com is a popular 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.

Sites run on AMIMOTO Managed Hosting.

http://laylita.com/ – main site
https://firstpractica.com/ – tech blog

Background

Why did you choose the AMIMOTO AMI managed-hosting plan?

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.

How / Where did you know about the managed-hosting plan?

The AWS Marketplace was our initial point of entry, with self hosting images. We tried multiple stacks and looked at commercial support. We migrated small sites first and built trust in the AMIMOTO platform, then moved the larger site.

Why did you decide to use the managed-hosting plan?

AMIMOTO managed hosting for WordPress delivers performance, reliability and a team of experts who keep the server infrastructure secure, up-to-date and fast. 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.

Process

Before getting started with AMIMOTO managed-hosting, where there

anything you got worried about?

Moving hosting platforms when a site is at scale is a serious project that requires planning. We stayed with our previous host for 10 years as the site grew and eventually hit maximum performance limitations.However it was very reliable, so before getting started with AMIMOTO we wanted to make sure that nothing would break: server configurations, DNS settings, database migrations, going from Apache to Nginx, email systems, etc.

How is the AMIMOTO AMI support?

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.

Please tell us about the performance of AMIMOTO AMI.

Performance was one key factor in moving to AMIMOTO AMI. We measured various instances performance on the major clouds, running WordPress images. AMIMOTO AMI delivered the fastest stack on self-hosting tests. Server response is 3 times faster since moving to AMIMOTO. 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.

How do you use managed-hosting in your projects / what kind of sites do you have that are powered by AMIMOTO AMI?

We run content websites like laylita.com and newer sites like a tech blog, https://firstpractica.com/ which we also use for testing and experimentation of new setups.

Benefits and Future / Impact of AMIMOTO

What’s good about AMIMOTO managed-hosting?

It combines the power of AWS with a tuned WordPress stack that, unlike a VPS, is fully managed by the AMIMOTO team. Another benefit is the fact that AMIMOTO AMI’s 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.

Do you have any advice to those who will use AMIMOTO self / managed hosting?

Start with self-hosting plans, they are easy to experiment with. Run some small sites first to get familiar and measure performance and stability are what you expect. Discuss with the AMIMOTO team about your concerns for production grade websites. Then, decide if you would like to manage the server yourself or would rather have the AMIMOTO team do this for you.