Managed Koken is here, and I have tested it

First of all, what is Managed Koken?

In short it's a hosting solution that is optimized for running Koken!
This means that you're not sharing your resources with a bunch of other hosting customers.
And since a well visited Koken site with a lot of videos and images can easily be a major undertaking for any shared hosting environment: and ending up showing your visitor that dreaded API error message from time to time!
So with this you are taking every step to avoid such things in the future, plus making your site always snappy and responsive!

Managed Koken is a subscription service that we set up, monitor and maintain to ensure the server environment is optimized for running Koken. We make sure your Koken installation is always up to date in an environment tuned specifically for the high demands of image and video processing. We provision and host all the necessary server requirements, while providing premium level support. As a month-to-month subscription with no long-term obligation, Managed Koken the fastest, easiest way to get started with Koken.

On a shared server, you rely on the performance of the platform provided which often provides outdated and insecure versions of PHP and MySQL or are missing a Koken server requirement.
Unlike Shared Hosting, where all accounts share the same available resources with all the other accounts on the server, Managed Koken gives you your own dedicated CPU, memory and disk space. The performance of the Koken console or your website will not be affected by other users on the same server.

What do you get for your money?

Unlike most hosting providers, Managed Koken provides reserved resources so your site is always fast and responsive. As a Managed Koken member, you'll also have access to members' only discounts and priority support from the Koken team.

Hosted Koken in numbers

  • 512MB mem
  • 20GB SSD storage
  • PHP: PHP 7.1
  • MySQL: MySQL 5.7
  • Image processing: GraphicsMagick 1.3.23
  • FFmpeg: Installed (Version 2.8.11)

What about the support and my existing site?

As a Managed Koken subscriber you'll receive priority support directly from the Koken team.

During the special preview offer Koken will provide complimentary migration support to assist with importing an existing Koken installation.

Coupled with the above, you'll also receive instructions on how to connect your domain to Koken. These steps cover adding an A-record at your domain's DNS provider.

My personal reflections after testing

During my initial testing of this new managed Koken solution I have to say it feels pretty well balanced and powerful.

You can really tell that this is a hosting solution that is tailored to run Koken as fast and reliable as possible, no matter if you serve videos and/or photos they are delivered to the browser very fast!

Same has to be said about uploading, everything just works and no hiccups or long waiting times.

But there has to be some drawbacks!

No third party plugins & themes
And yes there are some drawbacks to this solution, you don't have access to the server via FTP, so this rules out any third party plugins and themes!

But that is the only real draw back that I have been able to find!

And just as you know, I'm already working on making the Koken Community Support plugins ready to be distributed via the store to!

If you have any thought and/or questions, head over to the forum thread about this.

So what do this mean in $'s?

It's a monthly subscription service, with no strings attached
And you will be billed $10/month!

And I have to say, $10, that is a real steal for what you get, a pretty normal shared hosting solution will range between $5-$10 a month.
And knowing that you with this is sharing every resource with a couple of hundreds or even thousands of other sites, you know that there will be times when your site will start complaining :/

If you instead goes for a VPS (next step up from shared hosting) they usually starts somewhere around $15-$20 a month, and you will be responsible for setting everything up your self: including security.
And while we are at it; a managed WordPress hosting will cost you about $17 - $25 a month.

Managed Koken is

Is Managed Koken Worth It?

Is there really that big of a difference in the quality of your site? There’s no cut and dry answer. For most it depends on the size of your website, your overall tech skills, and how much traffic you’re getting.

Below I'm exploring a few reasons you might need to upgrade to Managed Koken hosting and highlight a few benefits you’ll be able to realize for your site.

1. Your Site is Slow
Today’s website users demand that your site loads fast. Attention spans are decreasing and people simply won’t stick around and wait for your site to load. If it takes more than a few seconds for your site to load, and you’ve been able to diagnose that the issue isn’t related to your actual site, then it could be your hosting server.

2. You’re Not a “Tech” Person
When tech issues arise, are you able to handle them all on your own?

If you’re a tech person and love the challenge of maintaining your own server, then the Managed Koken service might not be right for you. But, if the thought of the command line, or any technical errors overwhelms you, then a Managed Koken might be exactly what you need.

Benefits of the Managed Koken Hosting

If your site’s been experiencing any of the issues above, then maybe it’s time for you to consider upgrading to the Managed Koken service. Below I dive into a few of the most common benefits you’ll start to see.

1. Speed
It’s easy for Koken sites to become bloated and slow. The Managed Koken service is designed in order to support Koken and ensure it's as fast as possible. Plus, it's continuously optimized, so you don’t have to worry about any slow downs, even as your site grows.

2. Security
It’s unfortunate, but sites do get hacked on occasion. Usually, Koken sites are hacked through the backend, or through using faulty plugins or themes.

Shared hosts can potentially be more vulnerable than the Managed Koken service. The Managed Koken hosting solution will also look at every aspect of your site to ensure that your site is always protected against the latest threats.

3. Bundled with Let's Encrypt SSL
Every installation comes bundled with a optional free SSL certificate via Let's Encrypt, and if you feel you need a even more solid security you can opt in for a traditional paid SSL certificate.

Let's Encrypt is a new Certificate Authority (CA) that offers FREE secure certificates that are just as secure as current paid certificates, and provide the same HTTPS protection to your website. The project was pioneered to make encrypted connections the default standard throughout the internet. This is a large step forward for security and privacy.

4. Growth
Most shared hosting plans aren’t equipped to handle very large amounts of traffic. You’d hate to have your site crash once you start to receive large numbers of traffic.

The Managed Koken service is equipped to grow with you, so your site will be ready to handle all of the traffic you send at it.

5. Support
Do you consider yourself a technical person? If the answer is no, then you might want to consider the Managed Koken service. When you have a shared host any issues that arise fall back on you.

With the Managed Koken service you’ll have the entire Koken team behind you that’ll help you to troubleshoot any problems that might arise.

How do I sign up?

As of writing, this is a invite only; but it's open for anyone.

So if your interested head over to the Koken store and register for an exclusive invite: https://store.koken.me/#home_managed.

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