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About Kevin Ohashi

Kevin Ohashi is the geek-in-charge at Review Signal. He is passionate about making data meaningful for consumers. Kevin is based in Washington, DC.

WordPress.com VIP Review (2018)

WordPress.com VIP participated for the second time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. This year WordPress.com VIP entered in the same Enterprise price tier again.

In the previous test, WP.com VIP aced the Enterprise test and earned the Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance award from Review Signal. Considering who is behind it, the expectations behind WP.com VIP are enormous.

The Product

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Memory/RAM Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
WordPress.com VIP $5,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 5

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 1,749,966 3 1,400.53 972.2 7,484 108 147.94 118.68 82.19

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.

Three errors out of 1.75 million requests. VIP also had the fastest average response time at 108ms. Simply astonishing.

Load Impact

Plan Tier Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
Enterprise 2085775 6 119.88 0.102 1860 3960

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.

Six errors in over 2 million requests is another top notch performance. VIP also had the lowest average response time of any company.

Uptime

Plan Tier UptimeRobot StatusCake
Enterprise 99.95 100

The uptime results were great. 100 and 99.95% is very respectable.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

Plan Tier Enterprise
Dulles 0.334
Denver 1.112
LA 0.649
London 0.444
Frankfurt 0.353
Rose Hill, Mauritius 0.874
Singapore 0.395
Mumbai 0.544
Japan 0.358
Sydney 0.506
Brazil 0.363

I rarely comment about WebPageTest results but WordPress.com VIP deserves a special mention here. There were 11 test locations and VIP was the fastest in 9/11 and was 22 ms and 9 ms behind the fastest in the other two test locations. I've never seen any company be so dominant across the globe in terms of performance.

Plan Tier PHP Bench WP Bench
Enterprise 9.18 798.084597

The WPPerformanceTester results were normal.

Conclusion

WordPress.com VIP's sophomore performance didn't experience a slump. In fact, they seemed to have stepped up their game. Not only did they put on a better Load Storm performance, their response times across the globe were fantastic. WordPress.com VIP earned themselves a second Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance award this year and was quite a stand out in many regards in a very crowded and well performing field.

WP Engine Review (2018)

WPEngine [Reviews] participated for the fifth time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. This year WPEngine entered in the Enterprise tier again. In the previous test, WPEngine struggled with the load tests. They returned this year and entered with the most expensive offering in the Enterprise tier and earned themselves a Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance award.

The Product

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Memory/RAM Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
Premium Dedicated $5,400 Capable of 10M+ (no hard limit, depends on site) N/A 1TB Unlimited 150

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 1,914,457 786 1,564.62 1,063.59 11,541 509 115.54 95.23 64.19

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.

WPEngine's Load Storm test was good. Minimal errors and stable response time.

Load Impact

Plan Tier Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
Enterprise 1461819 0 78 0.665 1210 2780

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, that's the magic number we love to see. WP Engine aced the Load Impact test.

Uptime

Plan Tier UptimeRobot StatusCake
Enterprise 99.95 99.96

WPEngine [Reviews]  maintained above 99.9% uptime on both monitors.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

Plan Tier Enterprise
Dulles 0.436
Denver 1.155
LA 0.948
London 1.155
Frankfurt 1
Rose Hill, Mauritius 2.109
Singapore 1.536
Mumbai 1.891
Japan 1.062
Sydney 1.428
Brazil 1.238

The response times on WPT were normal.

Plan Tier PHP Bench WP Bench
Enterprise 10.766 418.4100418

The WPPerformanceTester results normal.

Conclusion

After a disappointing 2016 showing, WPEngine [Reviews]  stepped up their game and earned a Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance award from Review Signal. It's always good to see companies working to improve their service offering. WPEngine is one of the oldest companies in the WordPress hosting space and they are showing they can support even the largest clients as many new competitors spring up. Great performance from WP Engine.

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.

WP Oven Review (2018)

WP Oven participated for the third time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. This year WP Oven moved up a tier to the $51-100 price tier.

In the previous test, WP oven achieved perfection and earned themselves Top Tier status from Review Signal. They had zero errors on every test and perfect uptime.

The Product

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Memory/RAM Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
Professional $79.95 Unlimited 8GB 80GB 8 TB Unlimited Sites

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)
$51-100 438,758 1 342.95 243.75 10,051 370 30.96 25.71 17.2

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.

WP Oven had a whopping single error on Load Storm and kept a sub 400ms response time. This was the fewest of any company in the price tier. An excellent showing.

Load Impact

Plan Tier Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
$51-100 675881 0 36.07 0.398 619 1380

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.

WP Oven had zero errors and kept a sub 400ms response time. Perfect.

Uptime

Plan Tier UptimeRobot StatusCake
$51-100 99.98 99.97

Both monitors were above 99.9%, which is good.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

Plan Tier $51-100
Dulles 0.406
Denver 1.118
LA 0.739
London 1.124
Frankfurt 1.206
Rose Hill, Mauritius 2.04
Singapore 2.103
Mumbai 2.221
Japan 1.421
Sydney 2.099
Brazil 1.316

The WPT results look normal.

Plan Tier PHP Bench WP Bench
$51-100 9.634 211.1040743

The WPPerformanceTester results are normal.

Conclusion

WP Oven proved they could step up a price tier in 2018 and still earn itself Review Signal's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance award. It's nice to see a relatively unknown company do consistently well in our benchmarks. Another year, another great performance, keep up the great work WP Oven!

Kinsta Review (2018)

Kinsta participated for the fourth time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. This year Kinsta participated in the 25-50, 51-100, 101-200, 201-500, and Enterprise price tiers.

In the previous test, Kinsta earned Top Tier status in all four price brackets it entered.  In 2018, Kinsta started offering cheaper plans and has competed in an additional, lower price tier.

The Products

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Memory/RAM Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
Starter $30 20000 - 5GB Unlimited 1
Pro $60 40,000 - 5GB Unlimited 2
Business 1 $100 100,000 - 10GB Unlimited 3
Business 2 $200 250000 - 20GB SSD Unlimited 10
Enterprise 1 $600 1 Million - 80GB SSD Unlimited 60

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)
$25-50 294,176 3 225.5 163.43 10,036 355 21.38 17.58 11.88
$51-100 425,597 1 332.65 236.44 10,017 377 30.98 25.62 17.21
$101-200 556,007 48 436.15 308.89 10,101 375 40.45 32.44 22.47
$200-500 688,856 0 543.12 382.7 4,407 358 50.08 40.47 27.82
Enterprise 1,720,465 0 1,391.42 955.81 3,906 417 112.7 91.9 62.61

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.

Kinsta aced the Load Storm tests across every tier. Zero errors in multiple price tiers and minimal errors in the others. The response times were kept fast and stable. It scaled up from the smallest test to Enterprise test without issue.

Load Impact

Plan Tier Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
$25-50 337031 0 18.05 0.41 304 694
$51-100 672240 0 36 0.416 583 1300
$101-200 1016163 0 54.42 0.395 863 1920
$200-500 1014718 0 54.34 0.411 866 1930
Enterprise 1367747 0 73.4 0.802 1120 2540

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.

Perfection. Zero errors across 5 separate tests.

Uptime

Plan Tier UptimeRobot StatusCake
$25-50 100 100
$51-100 100 100
$101-200 100 100
$200-500 100 100
Enterprise 100 100

Perfect. 100% across 5 plans and two separate monitors.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

Plan Tier $25-50 $51-100 $101-200 $200-500 Enterprise
Dulles 0.387 0.373 0.377 0.396 0.382
Denver 1.287 1.163 1.411 1.134 1.245
LA 0.833 0.79 0.81 0.832 1.154
London 1.076 1.104 1.073 1.177 1.331
Frankfurt 1.014 1.009 1.01 1.031 1.103
Rose Hill, Mauritius 2.436 2.446 2.433 2.439 2.444
Singapore 1.902 1.729 1.728 1.712 1.774
Mumbai 2.114 2.279 2.221 2.119 2.108
Japan 1.186 1.183 1.234 1.268 1.281
Sydney 1.609 1.766 1.763 1.772 1.611
Brazil 1.513 1.364 1.384 1.508 1.404

WPT test results looked normal.

Plan Tier PHP Bench WP Bench
$25-50 8.853 1036.26943
$51-100 8.783 1173.70892
$101-200 8.974 1100.110011
$200-500 9.048 1047.120419
Enterprise 8.787 1207.729469

The WPPerformanceTester results looked normal. The WP Bench results stood out though. The database connections are consistently very fast compared to their competitors at higher price tiers when plans tend to run separate and/or multiple database servers.

Conclusion

Kinsta earned itself five Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Awards in 2018. It had perfect uptime across every plan. It had zero errors on Load Impact. It had 2/5 Load Storm tests without any errors and only 52 errors total from 3.685 million requests. No signs of stress showed on any test. Kinsta has consistently brought their A game to WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks, this year was no exception. It's nice to see them offering newer, cheaper plans that allow people on smaller budgets access their offerings. A huge congratulations to them for earning the most Top Tier Hosting Performance awards of any company in 2018.

Pantheon Review (2018)

Pantheon participated for the fourth time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). Last year Pantheon earned two Top Tier awards. This review is based off the results of this years test.

Pantheon stepped up their game this year and earned three Top Tier awards and one honorable mention. Pantheon also has the honor of being the highest rated company on Review Signal for reviews based on customer opinions (84%).

The Products

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Memory/RAM Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
Personal Plan $25 10,000 (with no overage charges) 1024MB 5GB Unlimited 1
Professional $100 100,000 2048 20GB Unlimited 1
Business $400 500,000 8192 30GB Unlimited 1
Elite $1,667 Unlimited Unlimited 100GB+ Unlimited 1

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)
$25-50 292,393 5 220.72 162.44 4,287 162 22.79 17.5 12.66
$51-100 445,581 37 336.4 247.54 15,086 172 33.78 26.65 18.77
$200-$500 702,823 7,065 544.27 390.46 11,462 455 52.65 43.64 29.25
Enterprise 1,370,325 88 1,088.48 761.29 7,147 154 106.71 85.72 59.28

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.

Pantheon overall did very well. The only issue was in the $200-500 price range it started to show signs of load. It wasn't a huge issue and the plan still earned an honorable mention in the price tier.

Load Impact

Plan Tier Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
$25-50 426896 0 23.73 0.159 401 880
$51-100 847397 0 47.26 0.196 773 1650
$200-$500 1257940 0 69.92 0.173 1020 2240
Enterprise 2046874 0 113.47 0.181 1660 3650

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.

Pantheon aced the LoadImpact tests across every price tier. Zero errors on all four tests and maintained a sub 200 millisecond response time average. Couldn't ask for a better performance.

Uptime

Plan Tier UptimeRobot StatusCake
$25-50 100 100
$51-100 100 100
$200-$500 99.97 100
Enterprise 100 100

Not a whole lot to say here other than excellent. 100% uptime across the board except one monitor out of two showing 99.97%.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

Plan Tier $25-50 $51-100 $200-$500 Enterprise
Dulles 0.355 0.354 0.353 0.374
Denver 1.57 1.493 1.236 1.322
LA 0.797 0.804 0.804 0.712
London 0.448 0.446 0.45 0.474
Frankfurt 0.369 0.356 0.375 0.428
Rose Hill, Mauritius 1.093 1.074 1.088 0.912
Singapore 0.433 0.449 0.045 0.426
Mumbai 0.692 0.64 0.662 0.522
Japan 0.419 0.39 0.393 0.366
Sydney 0.528 0.503 0.516 0.497
Brazil 0.405 0.408 0.4 0.384

The WPT tests were pretty phenomenal, I rarely comment on these because it's rare a company stands out so much. Once you left the US, Pantheon was often the fastest amongst their peers. Their global coverage appears to be top notch out of the box.

Plan Tier PHP Bench WP Bench
$25-50 9.914 163.2120124
$51-100 9.229 276.2430939
$200-$500 8.723 294.55081
Enterprise 8.708 235.9046945

The WPPerformanceTester results were pretty consistent. Since it's supposed to be the same platform that scales up, the results looking similar seems to make sense. The slight improvement in PHP bench scores as you scale is nice, but without a lot of repeated testing, unclear if that's by design or just a happy coincidence.

Conclusion

Another year, another fabulous performance from Pantheon. Not only are they the highest rated company on Review Signal's reviews - they consistently earn top tier performance awards in our testing. They stepped up their game from last year and earned an extra Top Tier performance award and an honorable mention. Their global response times were maybe the most impressive feature. They earned fastest average response time in 3/4 tiers on Load Impact and 2/4 on Load Storm, along with often having the fastest response time in their price tiers on WebPageTest. Overall, it was a pretty impressive performance from Pantheon this year.

SiteGround Review (2018)

SiteGround participated for the fifth time in our WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2018). This review is based off the results of that test. Last year SiteGround competed in four price tiers and earned 3 Top Tier awards.  This year SiteGround competed in the <$25, $25-50, and Enterprise tier.

SiteGround is one of the oldest competitors in our benchmarks and have for years now topped our reviews based on what people say on social media leading the shared category by a whopping 13% over the next highest competitor at the time of writing (Sep 2018).

The Products

Plan Name Plan Monthly Price Plan Visitors Allowed Plan Disk Space Plan Bandwidth
Plan Sites Allowed
GrowBig $14.95 Suitable for ~ 25,000 Visits Monthly 20GB Unmetered Unlimited
GoGeek $29.95 Suitable for ~ 100,000 Visits Monthly 30GB Unmetered Unlimited
Enterprise $4,800 Unlimited $1 per 1GB for distrbuted storage + shared file system 10TB Custom

Enterprise was a custom setup: 8 servers - 2 load balancers, 4 application nodes (PHP workers) and two MySQL database servers. Every server had 16GB of RAM. The total RAM for the whole solution was 128GB RAM.

Performance Review

Load Storm

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)
<25 316,826 14 242.02 176.01 5,361 445 21.18 16.98 11.76
25-50 317,462 16 245.1 176.37 4,569 404 21.23 17.25 11.79
Enterprise 1,443,091 15 1,151.40 801.72 15,086 209 105.15 84.68 58.42

Sources: <25, 25-50, Enterprise

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.

SiteGround aced the LoadStorm tests having minimal errors across every price tier. The enterprise configuration really shined here and makes it clear the value of all the redundancy and scalabliity where it had half the average response time and handled 1.43 million requests without issue.

Load Impact

Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
<25 318163 4 16.97 0.556 264 605
25-50 316927 0 16.89 0.531 280 642
Enterprise 1627518 7 87.96 0.618 1370 3100

Sources: <2525-50, Enterprise

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.

SiteGround again aced the Load Impact tests. Nearly no errors on <25 and Enterprise and zero on the 25-50 test.

Uptime

UptimeRobot StatusCake
<25 99.99 99.99
25-50 99 98.94
Enterprise 99.96 100

The <25 and Enterprise didn't have any uptime issues. Unfortunately the 25-50 plan ran into some issues. SiteGround issued a statement about the issue:

"The recorded downtime for the SiteGround GoGeek hosting plan during the test was not a result of actual server availability issues. The uptime is below 99.9% because during performance testing an automatic limitation system temporarily kicked in, in a way that prevented the uptime test to be properly executed. SiteGround confirmed that this particular limitation system should not have been active on the tested accounts and is currently not active on any of their production servers."

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

PHP Bench WP Bench
<25 10.49 1157.407407
25-50 10.44 890.4719501
Enterprise 10.457 196.6181675

The WPPerformanceTester results were average. The distributed nature of the Enterprise shows quite clearly how having redundant and scalable systems can reduce thoroughput on the WP Bench (MySQL) when you run multiple and separate database servers.

<25 25-50 Enterprise
Dulles 0.432 0.508 0.812
Denver 1.489 1.358 1.342
LA 0.909 0.894 1.06
London 0.937 1.082 0.998
Frankfurt 1.087 1.235 0.999
Rose Hill, Mauritius 1.945 2.108 2.636
Singapore 2.088 2.564 1.908
Mumbai 1.957 2.329 2.109
Japan 1.617 1.769 1.394
Sydney 1.781 2.126 1.588
Brazil 1.392 1.565 1.187

Nothing special to say here, it performed as expected.

Conclusion

SiteGround had excellent load testing performances. Load Storm and Load Impact results were great across the board. The <25 plan also had the second fewest errors cumulatively in its price tier. The 25-50 plan looked solid except there was an uptime issue which disqualified it from earning top tier status. SiteGround's Enterprise offering was a new entry in the tier. They made quite a splash with an 8 server configuration which handled our heaviest load tests without batting an eye. It's nice to see SiteGround offering great performance at an entry level price point and being able to scale that performance up to an Enterprise grade solution.

Web Hosting

CloudWays Review (2018)

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).

The Products

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
DigitalOcean 4GB $42 Unlimited 4GB 80gb 4TB unlimited
AWS EC2 - 2XL - USA N.Virginia $495.50 Unlimited 32GB Starts from 4GB (variable) 2GB Unlimited

Performance Review

Load Storm

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)
CloudWays AWS 770,304 822 607.12 427.95 15,083 324 52.27 42.27 29.04
CloudWays Vultr 328,015 0 249.5 182.23 7,372 360 22.27 18.55 12.37
CloudWays DO 442,424 243 331.95 245.79 15,097 1,131 30.11 21.79 16.73

Sources: AWS, Vultr, DO

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.

Load Impact

Requests Errors Data Transferred (GB) Peak Average Load Time (Seconds) Peak Average Bandwidth (Mbps)
Peak Average Requests/Sec
CloudWays AWS 1049669 0 57 0.36 908 1990
CloudWays Vultr 335275 0 18.21 0.544 278 624
CloudWays DO 457906 30 24.89 1.92 312 702

Sources: AWS, Vultr, DO.

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.

Uptime

UptimeRobot StatusCake
CloudWays AWS 100 100
CloudWays Vultr 100 100
CloudWays DO 100 100

Perfect. Across the board, perfect uptime.

WebPageTest / WPPerformanceTester

PHP Bench WP Bench
CloudWays AWS 8.831 266.5955745
CloudWays Vultr 9.616 346.1405331
CloudWays DO 13.421 135.7036233

The WPPerformanceTester results are normal.

CloudWays AWS CloudWays Vultr CloudWays DO
Dulles 0.312 0.33 0.328
Denver 1.137 1.305 1.101
LA 0.924 1.014 1.069
London 0.763 0.725 0.718
Frankfurt 0.816 0.785 0.819
Rose Hill, Mauritius 1.867 2.497 1.86
Singapore 2.281 2.163 2.25
Mumbai 1.65 2.287 1.646
Japan 1.578 1.613 1.573
Sydney 1.837 1.978 2.068
Brazil 1.1 1.195 1.172

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.

Conclusion

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.

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