Presslabs Review (2018)

Presslabs participated for the fourth time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. Presslabs entered a plan into the Enterprise category, one level up from last year's $201-500 range. Last year Presslabs earned an honorable mention in the $201-500 price tier.

The Product

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Memory/RAM Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
Enterprise $2599 USD + $0.1/1000 page views 0 included, all traffic is charged with $0.1/1000 page views Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
up to 25 (depending on traffic and requirements)

Performance Review

Load Storm

Plan Tier 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)
Enterprise 2,012,822 56 1,576.23 1,118.23 10,099 208 116.54 90.85 64.75

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.

An excellent performance on Load Storm from Presslabs. No signs of load and minimal errors.

Load Impact

Plan Tier Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
Enterprise 1991403 0 104.96 0.184 1980 4580

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.

Zero errors and sub 200ms average response time. Excellent.

Uptime

Plan Tier UptimeRobot StatusCake
Enterprise 100 100

Perfect.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

Plan Tier Enterprise
Dulles 0.378
Denver 1.352
LA 0.85
London 0.49
Frankfurt 0.381
Rose Hill, Mauritius 1.335
Singapore 0.485
Mumbai 0.721
Japan 0.66
Sydney 0.551
Brazil 1.336

Presslabs' WPT results were good.

Plan Tier PHP Bench WP Bench
Enterprise 7.215 823.0452675

The WPPerformanceTester results had the fastest PHP Bench and second fastest WP Bench.

Conclusion

Presslabs stepped up a price tier and improved from honorable mention last year to earning Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance award in 2018 at the Enterprise tier. It's nice to see another worthy competitor in the Enterprise space that can handle large sites.

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