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 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)
|Incendia Web Works||525,677||0||426.30||292.04||7,314||564||32.18||27||18|
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|
|Incendia Web Works||595361||0||32.97||685||573||1230|
IWW, Kinsta, LightningBase, Pressable, Servebolt, and WPX Hosting all handled the Load Impact test without issue.
A2 Hosting, Cloudways, DreamHost and LiquidWeb all had increased response times during the Load Impact test.
Uptime Monitoring Results
|Company Name||UptimeRobot||StatusCake||StatusCake Avg Response Time|
|Incendia Web Works||98.487||100%||0.444s|
A2 Hosting and DreamHost's uptime fell below 99.9%.
Incendia Web Works downtime was because of a bad SSL certificate renewal bug in their system. Two of three servers got the updated certificate after 3 month renewal of Lets Encrypt and one didn't sync causing the uptime monitor to report downtime if it got the bad certificate. It's been fixed, but it wasn't early enough for the downtime to show up as below the 99.9% threshold expected. Because of the way each of the monitoring systems work, it seems StatusCake was more forgiving about SSL certs showing 100% uptime. The website never actually went offline, but users might have gotten an SSL warning.
Everyone else was above the 99.9% threshold.
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|
|Incendia Web Works||0.393||0.794||0.807||0.717||0.938||2.469|
|Company Name||WPT Singapore||WPT Mumbai||WPT Japan||WPT Sydney||WPT Brazil|
|Incendia Web Works||1.856||1.963||1.273||1.869||1.1|
There was no clear fastest as it was very tightly clustered in most locales.
Pressable was the slowest in 6/11 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 Name||PHP Bench||WP Bench|
|Incendia Web Works||6.647||1706.484642|
Servebolt.com had an incredibly fast PHP Bench and IWW had an incredibly fast WP Bench.
Qualsys SSL Report Grade
The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
|Company Name||Qualys SSL Report|
|Incendia Web Works||A+|
Everyone gets an A. IWW and Servebolt get A+.
No companies earned honorable mention status.
Individual Host Analysis
A2 Hosting didn't crash on either load test which was nice. Unfortunately, the load did slow the server down and caused high average response times as the tests progressed. The uptime also was below 99.9%. A2 Hosting has had better performances in the past, there's definitely still room for improvement.
Cloudways perfect on the uptime monitors with a double 100%. The load tests showed signs of load as both tests progressed, the server never failed, but response times increased substantially. It was a good performance but just out of honorable mention territory.
DreamHost handled both load tests without failing but the results became spikey and showed increased response times towards the end of each. The big problem was the uptime fell below 99.9%.
An SSL bug caused some downtime which put them below the threshold for earning recognition unfortunately this year. Otherwise, their load testing results were flawless with zero errors. IWW for the past three years has had excellent speed, I'm sad to see them disqualified from earning any recognition.
Perfect 100% uptime on both monitors, and excellent load testing results put Kinsta in the Top Tier yet again. Just a model of consistent high performance.
LightningBase had excellent load testing results, again. They also had perfect uptime on both monitors. Top Tier status earned for sure.
One error total from both load tests. 99.99% uptime. There is a lot to like, but Liquid Web's servers couldn't quite keep up the fast response times expected during the load tests. They never failed, but they did start to slow down and that kept them from earning any recognition.
Pressable put on an excellent showing with 100% and 99.96% uptime. The load tests had a total of 32 errors combined. Pressable easily earned itself a Top Tier award this year.
New entrant Servebolt.com stormed into the tests this year and earned itself a Top Tier award. They had perfect 100% uptime on both monitors. They also had the fastest Load Storm results of any company in this price tier. It was an excellent performance from a new entrant.
WPX Hosting's most expensive plan entered this year also earned them a hat trick. Three for three on earning Top Tier recognition. Perfect uptime. The fastest Load Impact response times and second fastest Load Storm response times. Overall, an fantastic job from WPX Hosting.