CloudWays participated for the fourth time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. This year CloudWays participated in the 25-50, 51-100 and 201-500 price tiers.
In years past it's been interesting to see CloudWays compete with the same stack on different platforms. This year is the furthest departure from that we've seen so far. It's also the first time CloudWays has earned Top Tier status for two out of three plans that competed this year. It's also important to note, the Digital Ocean plan was originally $70 when testing started but Digital Ocean reduced their pricing causing the cost of the plan to drop dramatically to $42 hence the competing in a different tier above (51-100).
|Plan Monthly Price||Plan Visitors Allowed||Plan Memory/RAM||Plan Disk Space||Plan Bandwidth||
Plan Sites Allowed
|Vultr 4GB New York||$44||Unlimited||4GB||60GB SSD||3 TB||Unlimited|
|AWS EC2 - 2XL - USA N.Virginia||$495.50||Unlimited||32GB||Starts from 4GB (variable)||2GB||Unlimited|
|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)|
The Load Storm test is designed to simulate real users coming to the site, logging in and browsing the site bursting some of the caching mechanisms typically found on managed WordPress hosts.
The Vultr plan had no issue, the AWS and DO had a few errors but around 0.1% which is negligible. The big issue was Digital Ocean's response time started to increase as the load increased which knocked it out of earning Top Tier status. AWS and Vultr did great overall. With the price change, I wonder if the smaller test would have been handled better though.
|Requests||Errors||Data Transferred (GB)||Peak Average Load Time (Seconds)||Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)||
Peak Average Requests/Sec
The Load Impact test makes sure static caching is effective so that if a page gets a lot of traffic the site will keep responding without issue.
AWS and Vultr handled it perfectly with zero errors. Digital Ocean had a miniscule 30 errors but an increased response time as the test went on. Great showing overall on the Load Impact test for AWS and Vultr.
Perfect. Across the board, perfect uptime.
WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester
|PHP Bench||WP Bench|
The WPPerformanceTester results are normal.
|CloudWays AWS||CloudWays Vultr||CloudWays DO|
|Rose Hill, Mauritius||1.867||2.497||1.86|
The WPT tests look good. The Dulles test scores were some of the fastest, especially the CloudWays AWS server which was located in the same testing data center.
Hard work does pay off. CloudWays has been participating for years and continually has been improving. Two Top Tier awards for AWS and Vultr plans. The Digital Ocean plan unfortunately didn't share the same honor but it seems it was competing above its weight with a price drop that would have put it one cost tier below now.