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.
- 1 Other Price Tier Results
- 2 Hosting Plan Details
- 3 Load Storm Testing Results
- 4 Load Impact Testing Results
- 5 Uptime Monitoring Results
- 6 WebPageTest.org Results
- 7 WPPerformanceTester Results
- 8 Qualsys SSL Report Grade
- 9 Conclusion
Other Price Tier Results
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.
|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)
Load Impact Testing Results
Load Impact is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.
|Company Name||Requests||Errors||Data Transferred (GB)||Peak Average Load Time (ms)||Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)||Peak Average Requests/Sec|
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
|Company Name||UptimeRobot||StatusCake||StatusCake Avg Response Time|
Perfect for every company on every monitor except one showing 99.95%.
WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 11 different locations around the world.
|Company Name||WPT Dulles||WPT Denver||WPT LA||WPT London||WPT Frankfurt||WPT Rose Hill, Mauritius|
|Company Name||WPT Singapore||WPT Mumbai||WPT Japan||WPT Sydney||WPT Brazil|
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 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.
|Company||PHP Bench (Seconds)||WP Bench (Queries/Second)|
Servebolt was the fastest in both benchmarks.
Qualsys SSL Report Grade
The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
|Company Name||Qualys SSL Report|
A's for everyone. Pantheon and Servebolt earned A+.
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
Perfect uptime and 19 cumulative load testing errors. A great showing from Cloudways' Google cloud offering which earned Top Tier status.
Five errors, total. Perfect uptime. It's almost boring giving Kinsta another Top Tier award.
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 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 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 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.