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The advantages of choosing Lenny over hosting providers

Do you need web hosting but don’t know which solution to choose? Maybe you are already interested in one of my solutions but want to compare those of the competitors? Let’s find out what more I have to offer you.

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Introduction

Web hosting platforms offer a variety of solutions: Shared, Dedicated, Virtual Private Server (VPS), and Cloud hosting. Most people start with a shared environment which allows them to save on rental costs, it is common to seek to achieve as little expense as possible especially when you do not understand the issues of the web. As your site grows, shared solutions could limit your site’s performance, compatibility with certain features but also compromise the security of your data and that of your visitors/customers.

Shared

Dedicated

VPS

Cloud

With them, you have a solution that you have to manage yourself which seems beneficial to you given the lower costs; Unfortunately, many underestimate the financial investment, the time but also the effort involved in managing their server. This decision is not always profitable for the company.

Lenny, on the other hand, offers rental services for its development services, which include managing a server that meets your needs and continually adapts to them. Our customers don’t have to worry about technical setup, maintenance tasks such as updating their system, optimizing performance, tightening security, and more… That makes Lenny the good choice if you only want to focus on your website content rather than everything that revolves around it.

On this page, we’ll show you the key differences between Lenny and web hosts like OVHCloud and Kinsta (the leaders in their fields), and explore the benefits of having Lenny as an agency by their side.

Good to go

If you need a server with a dedicated developer.

Bad to go

If you just need a web hosting platform with full control.

Lenny vs Regular Hosting Providers

Standard hosts offer you different hosting models where Lenny focuses on cloud solutions from Google Cloud Platform that adapt to your needs. However, whether you choose shared, dedicated, VPS, or Cloud hosting, you will need to manage your server and create your site yourself. By taking the management of it, we will save you time and hassle of configuration.

Premium Tier

Classic Tier

Your developer

Although traditional web hosts are less expensive, you will need to determine if the price difference is worth all the maintenance tasks you will need to perform regularly. In addition, Lenny offers a level of performance, security, support, and adaption that is not available elsewhere.

Let’s look at the differences between the Classic Tier and Premium Tier:

Performance & Scalability

All sites hosted by Lenny are performance-oriented, virtual machines can grow and shrink as needed. The best part is that it does not lead to downtime!

Lenny uses compute-optimized C2 VMs (GCP's fastest servers) for all plans. These Virtual Machines are up to 200% more efficient than those of traditional hosts.

Lenny lets you choose from 13 data centers across Google's global network. While OVHCloud and Hostinger offer 16 and 5 data centers respectively.

The data centers are located there:

St. Ghislain, Belgium

London, England

Frankfurt, Germany

Eemshaven, The Netherlands

Zurich, Switzerland

Additional data centers may be available (out of a total of 59) for a monthly fee of approximately 25 EUR.

Lenny is directly connected to the source of every package that a server needs to run (depending on the operating system): Apache, NginX, PHP, and MariaDB are constantly up to date. It takes months for managed servers of other hosting companies to offer the new major versions.

Lenny plans weekly database optimization for all of your sites. This service is not offered by traditional hosts.

Lenny has a specific caching system that hides your pages at the server-level saving you from having to download extensions which can cause compatibility issues. Traditional hosts will offer you free or paid extensions to install on your website to be able to take advantage of a less efficient software-level cache system. Lenny's system includes:

Bytecode

Query cache

Page cache

CDN cache

Object cache

HTTP/3 ready.

Safe & Secure

The security of your data is the most important thing, active and passive measures serve to keep it safe from harm:

SSL certificate provided by default, forced HTTPS redirection. Traditional hosts allow you to generate a free SSL certificate but work poorly with email addresses.

Lenny offers six types of backups: automated daily (14-day data retention), optional hourly (24-hour retention) generated on the system, downloadable or transferable to your Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage space. Traditional hosts only offer daily automatic backups and other formulas via a paid extension.

Lenny checks all sites 288 times a day, we are notified in the event of an outage and a self-healing feature automatically restarts the impacted component. Traditional hosts only check the activity status of their virtual machines, in the event of a problem with a component, only the return of a customer by ticket can indicate the presence of the problem.

Support for two-factor authentication (2FA) and automatic banning of IP addresses that do not pass the challenge.

Disinfection of compromised files if your site is infected while hosted on Lenny. Traditional hosts would delete your files.

Expert support

Solving your questions and problems is our mission, each of our clients: individuals, self-employed, or businesses can contact us 24/7.

Lenny offers tier-free support, which means you won't waste your time waiting for your request to be transferred to a higher level if it is outside the area of expertise or responsibility of your contact.

Lenny offers free support in inbound migration with Pro plan and higher (>= 24.99 EUR./mo). Traditional hosts offer tools that allow your content to transition, but this must be done by you or your developer.

Lenny vs Optimized Hosting Providers

Optimized hosts are based on global hosts such as Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and others … which require to go through specialized partners. These solutions require a higher level of technical expertise and dedication in server management than on traditional hosting, which is not within the reach of everyone. For managers who just want to configure their server once to let it run indefinitely afterward, Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure are not the solution to their problem which is why the partners are there.

So-called specialized hosts like Kinsta, WP Engine, and Lenny only rent servers that are even more efficient in every way compared to traditional hosts but less accessible too.

Premium Tier

Your developer

If you choose one of these partners, you will always need a person dedicated to the management, which adds an additional intermediary compared to my solution.

Feature comparison overview

Main differences

Pricing

Plans start at €12.49/mo¹

Plans start at €30/mo

Plan tiers

4 (not including custom)

5

10 (not including custom)

Core infrastructure

Same across all plans (GCP)

Varies by plan

Sames across all plan (GCP)

Container technology

100% resource isolation on all plans

Varies by plan

100% resource isolation on all plans

Resource limits

No limit (within ToS)

Varies by plan

Only limited by PHP workers

Uptime monitoring
Guaranteed SLA

99.95%

99.95%

99.90%

Reverse proxy support
PHP versions

PHP 7.3, 7.4 & 8.0

PHP 7.2, 7.3 & 7.4

PHP 7.3, 7.4 & 8.0

Free Premium migrations

Pro plans and higher

(€24.99/mo)

Free SSL certificates

Yes, but wildcard domains not supported

Multisite support

Pro plans and higher

(€24.99/mo)

Growth plan and higher

($115/mo)

Pro plans and higher

($60/mo)

Free Cloudflare Integration (with Firewall and DDoS Protection)
Performance Analytics

Pro plans and higher

(€24.99/mo)

Varies by plan

Global data centers

13 locations

15 locations

28 locations

IP geolocation

$40/mo add-on

Redis Object Cache

$100/mo add-on

Switch or cancel anytime

Pay for what you use

The advertised prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT).
The final price will be displayed on the checkout page before the payment is completed.

¹According to this page, the prices compared are for web hosting. They come from development offers and therefore include setup costs.

Switch to Lenny

At Lenny, we offer products tailored to your digital needs under which the latest technologies will propel you ahead of your competitors.

We are confident in our solutions and want you to be 100% satisfied, that’s why the inbound migration from our PRO plan by our Expert will cost you nothing.

We are just waiting for your green light to start our collaboration!

Lenny cares about the customer experience, if there is a way to improve it, let us know!

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