$201-500/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2019)

The full company list, product list, methodology, and notes can be found here.

This post focuses only on the results of the testing in the $201-500/month price bracket for WordPress Hosting.

Hosting Plan Details

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Load Storm Testing Results

Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

Results Table

Company Name Total Requests Total Errors Peak RPS Average RPS Peak Response Time(ms) Average Response Time (ms) Total Data Transferred (GB) Peak Throughput (MB/s)
Average Throughput (MB/s)
Cloudways 878,558 19 680.58 488.09 15,093 418 52.82 42 29
Kinsta 892,859 5 686.63 496.03 13,320 448 54.78 42 30
Liquid Web 600,743 2 425.03 333.75 15,072 1,750 34.39 23 19
Pantheon 984,943 4,047 770.43 547.19 10,039 320 56 44 31
Pressable 1,007,886 92 774.00 559.94 5,482 412 55.52 43 31
Servebolt.com 1,374,106 160 1,082.55 763.39 15,084 131 51.84 41 29

Discussion

Cloudways [Reviews], Kinsta, Pressable, and Servebolt all handled this test without issue.

LiquidWeb [Reviews] showed a significant increase in response time.

Pantheon [Reviews] had 0.41% error rate and showed a small increase in response time.

Load Impact Testing Results

Load Impact is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

Company Name Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (ms) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps) Peak Average Requests/Sec
Cloudways 1203250 0 67.53 722 1120 2430
Kinsta 1181701 0 65.69 635 1080 2370
Liquid Web 324931 3 18.3 9270 180 390
Pantheon 1757119 2 101.65 49 1480 3130
Pressable 1095126 1 62.3 961 978 2050
Servebolt.com 1576499 16 87.32 148 1350 2980

Discussion

Cloudways, Kinsta, Pantheon, and Servebolt.com all handled the Load Impact test without issue.

LiquidWeb showed significantly increased response times as the test progressed.

Pressable showed a small increase response times as the test progressed.

Uptime Monitoring Results

Results Table

Company Name UptimeRobot StatusCake StatusCake Avg Response Time
Cloudways 100 100% 0.376s
Kinsta 100 100% 0.426s
Liquid Web 100 100% 0.644s
Pantheon 100 100% 0.078s
Pressable 100 99.95% 0.801s
Servebolt.com 100 100% 0.080s

Discussion

Perfect for every company on every monitor except one showing 99.95%.

WebPageTest.org Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 11 different locations around the world.

Results Table

Company Name WPT Dulles WPT Denver WPT LA WPT London WPT Frankfurt WPT Rose Hill, Mauritius
Cloudways 0.543 1.07 0.696 0.829 0.938 1.977
Kinsta 0.592 0.725 0.789 0.998 1.092 2.3
Liquid Web 0.523 0.851 0.901 0.885 1.119 2.299
Pantheon 0.4 0.724 0.57 0.407 0.691 1.654
Pressable 0.571 2.297 1.717 1.217 1.463 3.721
Servebolt.com 0.438 1.135 1.124 0.443 0.487 0.962

 

Company Name WPT Singapore WPT Mumbai WPT Japan WPT Sydney WPT Brazil
Cloudways 1.437 1.749 1.233 1.321 1.149
Kinsta 1.708 2.03 1.237 1.542 1.386
Liquid Web 1.844 1.826 1.426 1.8 1.158
Pantheon 0.995 0.94 0.769 0.955 0.766
Pressable 3.232 2.686 2.311 2.679 2.192
Servebolt.com 0.478 0.734 0.453 0.513 0.493

Discussion

Servebolt.com was the fastest in 7/11 locales and the second fastest in 2/11 locales.

Pantheon was the fastest in 4/11, and second fastest in 7/11 locales.

Pressable was the slowest in 10/11 locales.

WPPerformanceTester Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other a PHP benchmark. WP Bench measures how many WP queries per second and higher tends to be better (varies considerably by architecture). PHP Bench performs a lot of computational and some database operations which are measured in seconds to complete. Lower PHP Bench is better. WP Bench is blue in the chart, PHP Bench is red.

Results Table

Company PHP Bench (Seconds) WP Bench (Queries/Second)
Cloudways 9.388 427.3504274
Kinsta 10.602 1069.518717
Liquid Web 10.856 626.1740764
Pantheon 10.541 271.5177844
Pressable 10.654 468.3840749
Servebolt.com 3.814 1533.742331

Discussion

Servebolt was the fastest in both benchmarks.

Qualsys SSL Report Grade

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

Company Name Qualys SSL Report
Cloudways A
Kinsta A
Liquid Web A
Pantheon A+
Pressable A
Servebolt.com A+

Discussion

A's for everyone. Pantheon and Servebolt earned A+.

Conclusion

Top Tier

Cloudways [Reviews], Kinsta and Servebolt.com all handled the tests without issue.

Honorable Mention

Pressable and Pantheon [Reviews] both earned honorable mention status. Pressable started to show minor signs of load during the Load Impact test. Pantheon started to show signs of load during the Load Storm test.

Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways [Reviews]

Perfect uptime and 19 cumulative load testing errors. A great showing from Cloudways' Google cloud offering which earned Top Tier status.

Kinsta

Five errors, total. Perfect uptime. It's almost boring giving Kinsta another Top Tier award.

LiquidWeb [Reviews]

Perfect uptime and five cumulative errors. Again, the problem was response times started to soar as the load tests went on. While Liquid Web handled every request, it got very slow during the load tests.

Pantheon [Reviews]

Pantheon had perfect uptime and the fastest average response time for the Load Impact test. Pantheon had a 0.41% error rate during the Load Storm test and the average response times were low but had a noticeable increase towards the end which kept them from earning Top Tier status, but did earn them an Honorable Mention.

Pressable

Pressable did very well with 100 and 99.95% uptime. The only knock was their Load Impact test started to show signs of load with increased response times. Pressable deserves a very Honorable Mention.

Servebolt.com

Servebolt had the fastest Load Storm response times along with perfect uptime. They also were the fastest in 7/11 locations on the WebPageTest. Easily earned itself Top Tier status.

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Kevin Ohashi is the geek-in-charge at Review Signal. He is passionate about making data meaningful for consumers. Kevin is based in Washington, DC.

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