Rocket.net Hosting Review: Cloudflare Enterprise + Redis For Lightning-Fast Performance

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Here’s how I got a <100ms TTFB with Rocket.net and their Cloudflare Enterprise:

  • Benchmark your TTFB in KeyCDN and your LCP in PSI or GTmetrix.
  • Sign up for Rocket.net (it’s $1 your first month so that you can try them).
  • Let them move your site (many agents have 10 years of experience).
  • Upgrade to the latest compatible PHP version, then ask support to install Redis.
  • Remove any image optimization, security, or CDN plugins. You don’t need them anymore.
  • Retest TTFB/LCP (TTFB is 40% of LCP, that’s why people have seen a 452% improvement).
  • Then you add FlyingPress into the mix
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KeyCDN measures TTFB in 10 global locations (unlike GTmetrix/PSI)

Rocket.net Review

You can find more migration results on their TrustPilot profile or read through the feedback they’ve been getting in Facebook groups (along with Ben’s AMA). Ben is a smart dude, and his background is crazy impressive. He was HostGator’s COO, StackPath’s Chief Product Officer, GoDaddy’s Senior Product Manager, and now he’s CEO at Rocket.net. Just watch the interview:

How they can get a <100ms global TTFB comes down to their faster hosting specs and Cloudflare Enterprise. It’s private cloud hosting with NVMe SSDs, Redis, LiteSpeed’s PHP, 32 CPU cores + 128GB RAM. Their Cloudflare Enterprise integration uses APO + Argo Smart Routing with Tiered Cache (unlike Cloudways/FlyingProxy). Argo and Redis are specifically suitable for WooCommerce/dynamic sites. Then, you get Cloudflare Mirage/Polish for image optimization.

Rocket.net’s support/dashboard makes them almost completely hands-off, and their Cloudflare Enterprise works automatically without any setup required. And if you haven’t heard of them, they don’t do aggressive marketing like other hosts. But all I care about are results.

Rocket.net WordPress Hosting Review Specs

Compared to other cloud hosts:

SiteGround Jump StartWP Engine StartUp PlanKinsta Starter PlanCloudways Vultr HF (2GB)Rocket.net Starter Plan
TypeCloudCloudCloudCloudPrivate cloud
ServerApache + NginxApache + NginxApache + NginxApache + NginxApache + Nginx
Cores/RAM4 cores/8GBNot listed12 cores/8GB1 core/2GB32 cores/128GB
Reverse proxyManual config$50/mo
Storage40GB / SATA10GB / SATA10GB / SATA64GB / NVMe10GB / NVMe
Object cacheMemcachedMemcachedRedis ($100/mo)Redis ProRedis
PHP processorFastCGINot listedFastCGIFPMLiteSpeed
PHP workersCPU limits + suspensionsNot listed (but common issue)2No limitNo limit
PHP memory limitAdjustable512MB256MBAdjustable1GB
DatabaseMySQLNot listedMySQLMariaDBMariaDB
CDN$14.99/mo SiteGround CDNCloudflare + PolishCloudflare APO + firewall rules$5/mo Cloudflare EnterpriseFree Cloudflare Enterprise
CDN locations176285285285285
Full page cachingxx
Smart routingAnycastxxArgo/Tiered CacheArgo/Tiered Cache
Optimize imagesLimitedPolish onlyxMirage/PolishMirage/Polish
DNSBlocked by Google for 4 daysInternalRoute 53 (slower than Cloudflare)DNS Made Easy ($5/mo)Cloudflare
Cache pluginSG OptimizerUse FlyingPressUse FlyingPressBreezeUse FlyingPress
Data centers10143544Served from Cloudflare edge
Bandwidth or monthly visits5TB50GB + 25k25k2TB50GB + 250k
Control panelSite ToolsUser PortalMyKinstaComplexEasy to learn
Email hostingxxxx
Malware removalScanner onlyxPledge onlyxImunify360
Major incidentsTTFB, DNS, CPU issues (denies it)2015 breachNoneNoneNone
SupportCCBCA
Migrations$30/sitePaid (quoted)Free (most hosts)1 free + $25/siteUnlimited free
TrustPilot rating4.6/54.5/54.2/54.5/54.9/5
Price$100/mo$20/mo when paying yearly$29/mo when paying yearly$35/mo with CF Enterprise$25/mo when paying yearly

Compared to shared hosts:

SiteGround GrowBigHostinger Business WPWPX Business PlanNameHero Turbo CloudRocket.net Starter Plan
TypeSharedSharedSharedSharedPrivate cloud
ServerApache + NginxLiteSpeedLiteSpeedLiteSpeedApache + Nginx
Cores/RAMNot listed2 cores/1.5GB1 core/1GB3 cores/3GB32 cores/128GB
Storage20GB / SATA200GB / SATA15GB / SATA500k inodes / NVMe10GB / NVMe
Object cacheMemcachedxxRedisRedis / Redis Pro
PHP processorFastCGILiteSpeedLiteSpeedLiteSpeedLiteSpeed
DatabaseMySQLMariaDBMariaDBMariaDBMariaDB
CDN$14.99/mo SiteGround CDN$.02-.08/GB QUIC.cloudXDN$.02-.08/GB QUIC.cloudFree Cloudflare Enterprise
CDN locations1768036285285
Full page cachingx
Smart routingAnycastAnycastxAnycastArgo/Tiered Cache
Optimize imagesLimitedQUICxMirage/PolishMirage/Polish
DNSBlocked by Google for 4 daysInternalInternalInternalCloudflare
Cache pluginSG OptimizerLSCLSC or W3TCLSCUse FlyingPress
Data centers10832Served from Cloudflare edge
Bandwidth or monthly visits100kAt discretion200GB50k50GB + 250k
Control panelSite ToolscPanelEasy to learncPanelEasy to learn
Email hosting1GB storageLow limitsx
Inodes400,000600,000At discretion500,000Unlimited
Major incidentsTTFB/DNS/CPU issues (denies it)Fake reviews, scam reports, 2019 breachGlobal outage blamed on dead CEO2 day outageNone
SupportCFBBA
Migrations$30/siteUnlimited (but screws it up)5-351 freeUnlimited
TrustPilot rating4.6/54.6/5 (fake)4.9/54.6/54.9/5
Intro price$3.99/mo (1 year contract)$3.99/mo (1-4 year contract)$20.83/mo when paying yearly$9.98/mo (3 year contract)$25/mo when paying yearly
Renewal price$24.99/mo $14.99/mo$20.83/mo$19.95/mo$25/mo

You have to dig around to find these, so here are some links:

Cloudflare Enterprise

There are 5 key things to know about Rocket.net’s Cloudflare Enterprise. First, it’s great for routing since you get prioritized routing on all 285 PoPs, Argo Smart Routing + Tiered Cache, and load balancing. Second, it uses APO + Argo Smart Routing (unlike Cloudways and FlyingProxy). Third, Mirage/Polish optimizes images “on the fly” without adding bloat or using server resources (like plugins do) and has more features like mobile resizing. Fourth, it means fewer plugins since you don’t need an image optimization, security, or CDN plugin. Fifth, it’s free with their hosting and setup automatically, so it starts working as soon as you launch your site.

Rocket. Net true cloudflare enterprise

If you’re using APO or Cloudflare Pro, you don’t get access to all PoPs with prioritized routing, Argo, load balancing, and “routing features” that Cloudflare Enterprise comes with. Ben Gabler was also StackPath’s Chief Product Officer, and I trust his CDN experience more than other hosts.

RocketCDNSiteGround CDNFlyingCDN By FlyingPressFlyingProxy Cloudflare EnterpriseCloudways Cloudflare EnterpriseRocket.net Cloudflare Enterprise
CDNStackPathGoogle CloudBunnyCDNCloudflareCloudflareCloudflare
Tbps100Not listed80192192192
Locations73176114285285285
Full page cachexxAPOxAPO
Brotlix
Smart routingxAnycastSmartEdgexArgoArgo
Priority routingxxx
Load balancingx
Image optimizationxVery limitedBunny OptimizerMirage/PolishMirage/PolishMirage/Polish
Compressionx
WebPxx
Mobile resizingxx
Firewallxx
Anti-DDoSxx
BandwidthNot unlimited as advertisedUnmeteredUnlimited100GB100GBDetermined by hosting plan
Price$8.99/mo$14.99/mo$.03/GB$10/mo$5/moFree w/ hosting

Key Features

  • APO – Cloudways and RocketCDN still don’t have APO, which is a plus.
  • Brotli – compresses pages to smaller file sizes compared to GZIP compression.
  • Prioritized routing – your traffic gets prioritized, which avoids traffic congestion.
  • Argo Smart Routing + Tiered Cache – detects traffic congestion and routes traffic through faster network paths. Cloudflare says assets load 30% faster and reduce requests to your origin server. Specifically good for WooCommerce/dynamic sites.
  • Load balancing – re-routes traffic from unhealthy origin servers to healthy origins.
  • WAF – Rocket.net also has built-in WAF rules, Imunify360, and real-time malware scanning. This means your site will be protected at both the server + CDN levels.
  • Mirage/Polish – supports image compression, WebP, resizing images for mobile, and optimizing images based on your viewport and slow connections. Most image optimization plugins/CDN don’t support all these (plugins add bloat/backups too).
  • Smart cachingsmart caching uses fewer resources when purging the cache by identifying what needs purging and when, then only purges necessary assets (i.e. HTML) instead of Cloudflare’s entire cache (fill out the request form to get this).
  • Less plugins – you shouldn’t need image optimization, security, or CDN plugins (or a plugin to resize images for mobile devices, like ShortPixel Adaptive Images).
  • Less challenge pages – one of the big complaints I had with Cloudways was their Cloudflare Enterprise constantly served challenge pages. Rocket.net only serves 1 challenge page to wp-login, and then it’s gone for a year, and there is none for logged-out users.
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Ben explains the difference between Cloudflare Enterprise vs. APO

Be sure to benchmark TTFB, latency, LCP, and other metrics since hosting affects these too.

Rocket.net Hosting Speed Test

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Cloudflare Enterprise + full-page caching

Mirage/Polish Are Faster Than Plugins

Plugins add bloat and use server resources. Cloudflare Enterprise uses Mirage/Polish, which optimizes images “on the fly” without taxing your server. It also includes mobile, network, and viewport-based optimizations like image resizing, which others usually don’t support.

ImagifyShortPixelOptimoleSiteGround CDNBunny OptimizerMirage/Polish
Compression
WebP
Mobile resizingxSP Adaptive Imagesx
AVIF supportxxx
Serve images from CDNxSP Adaptive ImagesCloudfrontGoogle Cloud
No server usexxxx
No bloatxxOffloadingx
PriceFree 20MB/mo then $9.99/moFree 100 credits/mo then $3.99/moFree 5,000 visits/mo then $19.08/mo$14.99/mo$9.5/mo or $.03/GB w/ FlyingCDNFree with Rocket.net

 
Why Aren’t Images Served In WebP?

Cloudflare Polish usually doesn’t always serve images in WebP if the savings aren’t high enough. However, when I manually converted images to WebP using a free online converter, savings were often 50%+, so I manually converted many above-the-fold images to use WebP:

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Look at the “image type” in the Network tab of Chrome Dev Tools

32 Cores + 128GB RAM + NVMe SSDs

This is listed on their blog.

  • 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2667 v2 @ 3.30GHz (32 Cores)
  • 128GB RAM
  • RAIDED NVMe SSDs (they switched in 2022 after the post was written)

Kinsta sites have access to 12 CPUs + 8GB RAM, meaning Rocket.net has 16x more RAM (Kinsta also limits staging sites to 1 CPU core + 8GB RAM, but Rocket.net doesn’t). $26/mo on Cloudways Vultr HF gets you only 1 core + 2GB RAM. SiteGround’s entry-level Cloud plan gets you 4 cores + 8GB RAM for $100/mo, which is a total ripoff and has frequent CPU usage issues.

These tests were done using WP Hosting Benchmarks, which you can try.

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Rocket.net with SSD hard drives
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Rocket.net switches to NVMe

Redis On All Plans

Redis is free on all plans, and Redis Object Cache Pro is offered on the Business plan or higher. They use the Redis Object Cache plugin, and you’ll need to contact support, who will configure it.

Redis is arguably faster than Memcached, especially for WooCommerce sites. However, several hosts either don’t support it (they use Memcached instead) or Kinsta will charge you $100/mo.

<100ms Global TTFB + Faster LCP

A good way to measure TTFB is to run your site 3 times through SpeedVitals, which tests 40 locations. It would help if you did it 3 times since, according to their website, it ensures resources are cached and served from the CDN’s closest data center. You’ll see your average TTFB worldwide:

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Top Performer In Kevin Ohashi’s Benchmarks

Rocket.net was a top performer in Kevin Ohashi’s WP Hosting Benchmarks.

Anyone around the block knows Kevin’s tests are some of the most reliable. Most YouTubers and “fastest WordPress hosting speed tests” are garbage and ranked based on commissions, while Kevin’s methodology and non-affiliated results are more accurate.

These were taken before Rocket.net added NVMe.

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Rocket. Net webpage test results
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Credit: wphostingbenchmarks.com

Low Storage + Bandwidth

This (and no email hosting) are the 2 main cons.

You need to login to your current hosting account to see how much bandwidth/storage you need, then choose a plan based on that. If you go over, they’re not going to take down your site and lock you out like some hosts, but you’ll eventually need to upgrade. Monthly visits usually shouldn’t be a problem, especially considering Rocket.net has 10 times more than Kinsta/WP Engine.

You’re also getting higher quality bandwidth from Cloudflare’s Edge, while Cloudways (with 1TB bandwidth on their lowest plan) only delivers bandwidth from 1 location. It comes down to your budget and how much you care about speed & core web vitals.

Tips:

  • Remove junk from the media library.
  • Try not preloading links in optimization plugins.
  • Reduce file sizes (my homepage is just 219kB compressed)!
  • Scale images and consider manually uploading WebP images.
  • Instead of uploading videos to your site, use YouTube instead.
  • Use lightweight themes/plugins (obviously, but it’s essential).
  • Delete any drafts, spam comments, and inactive themes/plugins.
  • For page builders, enable performance settings and code your header/footer in CSS.

No PHP Worker Limits + 10-25x Monthly Visits

Upgrading gets expensive between SiteGround’s CPU limits and Kinsta’s PHP workers.

Rocket.net doesn’t limit PHP workers (a big reason is Cloudflare Enterprise). Here’s a case study for a site with 1M+ visitors per 60 minutes where the need to scale PHP workers was eliminated.

Rocket. Net analytics

Here is Rocket.net’s chart:

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Compare this to Kinsta’s, which recommends WooCommerce sites start at $115/month because of their brutal limits on PHP workers. Rocket.net also has 10-25x more monthly visits.

Kinsta php workers monthly visits 1

Rocket.net, Kinsta, and WP Engine all count visits more than what Google Analytics tells you since it includes unknown bots and users with ad blockers (around 42.7% of people). The cheapest Rocket.net plan has 250k monthly visits, so you’re unlikely to reach these limits.

Configuring FlyingPress + Perfmatters On Rocket.net

This is the setup I use, and I also confirmed with Gijo to make sure this is correct:

FlyingPress

Configure everything normally. Page caching will remain on, which serves as a fallback cache in case it misses Cloudflare. Do not add Rocket.net’s CDN URL to the FlyingPress CDN settings. I update my FlyingPress tutorial, including the latest version 4, so follow that guide.

Perfmatters

Disable everything except the general settings (mainly used for bloat removal and other features, not in FlyingPress), the script manager, and preloading (only use this to preload resources other than images and fonts, for example, if you want to preload Gutenberg’s CSS or other CSS/JS files). Again, there’s no need to add Rocket.net’s CDN URL to their settings.

Support Is Arguably The Best You’ll Find With Free Migrations

Who picked up the phone the first two times I called? Ben.

It goes against every rule in the book when the CEO answers the phone, yet it shows you he cares. I prepared a list of questions and had my notes ready, and then we were done in 5 minutes.

The next time I called, I finally realized it was Ben, and we talked for a good 45 minutes.

I thought I knew my stuff decently well, but Rocket.net’s support makes me look like an idiot (take it as a compliment to them). If you think Kinsta’s support is good, Rocket.net is like a consultation every time you call.

I used their free migration service, and they did it in about 2 hours with 0 downtime. They also sent me a testing site to make sure everything looked good, which it did. Here’s a trick: go to their TrustPilot profile and search “migrated” (or similar) to see people who’ve already done it.

Ben Gabler

Ben’s credentials are outstanding: COO at HostGator, Chief Product Officer at StackPath, Senior Product Manager at GoDaddy, and now CEO of Rocket.net. I honestly can’t say enough good things about him. He’s a genius in performance and is always looking out for customers to ensure you’re treated right – which also shows in their TrustPilot reviews.

Rocket. Net ben gabler testimonial

Inside The Dashboard

One thing I dread about moving hosts is learning a new dashboard.

This took 10 minutes to get familiar with. Add your website in the “Sites” tab, select your data center, and install WordPress (turn “WP Recommended plugins” off). Everything is listed: automatic daily backups, file manager, visitor analytics, and be sure to use the latest PHP versions.

You can always request a demo if you want to try it.

Rocket. Net hosting go live
Add TXT records or point DNS to Rocket.net (which uses Cloudflare’s DNS)
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Advanced Settings
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Backups

Try Rocket.net For $1 – WP Think Rocket.net Hosting Review Special

Step 1: Create a Rocket.net account, and you’re prompted to add a coupon. Get your first month for $1 (renews at $30/month or $300/year (2 months free) when paying yearly.

Step 2: Request free migration. Mine was done in just a couple of hours with no downtime, and they show you your website to check for errors before it’s launched. It was quick and painless.

Step 3: Upgrade PHP versions (I use PHP 8.1) and ask support to install Redis. These are the only things you should do because Cloudflare Enterprise and backups are automatic.

Step 4: Retest your TTFB and click through your site to see the difference. PageSpeed Insights can take 28 days to update results, so use other tools (SpeedVitals, GTmetrix, or WebPageTest).

Step 5: As a bonus to further improve performance, ask Rocket.net to add HSTS preload support if your site is HTTPS only, then submit your site to Google Chrome’s HSTS Preload list.

Excellent Feedback In Facebook Groups

As of writing this, the Rocket.net hosting review also has all perfect 5/5 reviews on their TrustPilot profile.

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How Does Rocket.net Hosting Compare to the Fastest WordPress Hosting Options? Rocket.net Review

Rocket.net hosting offers impressive performance in the fastest wordpress hosting comparison. With its advanced infrastructure and advanced CDN technology, Rocket.net ensures lightning-fast website loading speeds. This hosting provider surpasses other options in terms of speed, reliability, and security. Choosing Rocket.net guarantees optimal performance and a seamless user experience for your WordPress website.

Rocket.net Hosting Review FAQs

What do I do with Rocket.net’s CDN URL?

Nothing. Ben confirmed this; there’s no need to add it to FlyingPress, Perfmatters, or other optimization plugins.

Will FlyingPress’ cache cause issues with Rocket.net?

No, they’re fully compatible. FlyingPress’ cache will remain on to serve as a fallback cache in case the cache is stale on the edge. Ben (Rocket.net) and Gijo (FlyingPress) confirmed it.

Do I need FlyingCDN (from FlyingPress) on Rocket.net?

No, you do not need FlyingCDN from FlyingPress on Rocket.net. Rocket.net already includes a built-in CDN (Content Delivery Network) that helps improve the performance and speed of your website. Adding CDN like FlyingCDN may not provide significant benefits and could complicate your setup. Utilizing the built-in CDN provided by Rocket.net for optimal performance is recommended.

Johnny Sebastian
Johnny Sebastian

Johnny Sebastian is an experienced advertising and marketing expert with skills in content marketing, online advertising, and software conceptualization. He writes clear and actionable content for WPThink.com to help enhance readers' understanding of the hosting industry. In addition to this, Johnny collaborates with startups and works with One Up Digital's management team to navigate the ever-changing landscape of content marketing, online advertising, and software development.