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 $51-100/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 Conclusion
Other Price Tier Results
Hosting Plan Details
Click the table below to see the full product specifications sheet.
Load Storm Testing Results
This test scaled from 500 to 3000 users over 30 minutes with 10 minutes at the peak.
|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)|
Nestify experienced increased response times and errors.
Load Impact Testing Results
This test scaled from 1 to 2000 users over 15 minutes. Error count capped at 5,000.
|Requests||Errors||Data Transferred (GB)||Peak Average Load Time (Seconds)||Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)||Peak Average Requests/Sec|
Nestify had a 100 Mbps network limit that was hit and caused increased response times and errors.
Uptime Monitoring Results
All companies kept great uptime (>=99.9%).
|WPT Dulles||WPT Denver||WPT LA||WPT London||WPT Frankfurt||WPT Rose Hill, Mauritius|
|WPT Singapore||WPT Mumbai||WPT Japan||WPT Sydney||WPT Brazil|
There isn't a whole lot to say since this is a non-impacting metric in terms of the results. Nobody had huge issues.
I looked at the aggregate change again for the locations which were similar. There were 12 companies last year in this price bracket and only six this year. Across the nine same locations used, there was a cumulative decrease in response time of 3.14 seconds. For instance, Dulles dropped from 0.80 to 0.38 seconds on average.
|PHP Bench||WP Bench|
Kinsta had the fastest PHP bench and WP bench.
The average PHP bench went from 11.00 to 10.64 from the 2016 benchmarks in this price tier. The average WP bench went from 505 to 414. We saw the PHP bench improve slightly but the WP bench decrease a lot.
One thing to note is that WP bench scores can vary tremendously based on the database architecture. You'll often see faster scores on architectures running the database locally compared to ones that run separately or have redundancy built in.
Individual Host Analysis
CloudWays Digital Ocean
CloudWays [Reviews] DO had perfect uptime at 100%. But both load tests started to show signs of load with increased response times going into the multiple second range with a classic increased response time as load increases. I should also note this plan cost $70 when the testing occurred but Digital Ocean has reduced their pricing and this plan now costs $42.
Kinsta had 1 error between both load tests and 100% uptime. Nearly made that perfect score. Another Top Tier performance.
Nestify had good uptime. But the load tests weren't kind. LoadImpact hit the same 100 Mbps limit as it did at other price tier. Load Storm seemed to cause a little too much load for the server to handle as well.
Pressable continued to have the weird Tokyo datacenter quirk for Load Storm. But beyond that the performance was near perfect. Another Top Tier performance.
Another repeat Top Tier performance from WPOven. Nobody seems to be paying attention to these guys, not sure why. Good uptime, 1 cumulative error on the load tests. Great job.