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 Enterprise ($500/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)
Flywheel [Reviews], Kinsta, Pantheon [Reviews], Pressable, Presslabs, Servebolt, SiteGround [Reviews], and WordPress.com VIP all handled this test without issue. The fastest average response time was a miniscule 97ms from SiteGround with WordPress.com VIP right behind it at 100ms.
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|
Flywheel, Kinsta, Pantheon, Pressable, Presslabs, Servebolt, SiteGround, and WordPress.com VIP all handled this test without issue. Pantheon led the pack with a 65ms average response time with WordPress.com VIP right behind them at 67ms.
LiquidWeb struggled with this test and had substantially increased response times.
Uptime Monitoring Results
|Company Name||UptimeRobot||StatusCake||StatusCake Avg Response Time|
Near perfect with everyone above 99.9%. Only Flywheel and Pressable dipped below 99.99% on individual monitors with the majority having 100% uptime overall.
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|
|Company Name||WPT Singapore||WPT Mumbai||WPT Japan||WPT Sydney||WPT Brazil|
The results of the WPT are a non impacting and it's nice to see that with almost every provider, nearly everywhere around the world the page would load under two seconds. Dulles continues to be the fastest for everyone, with the slowest load at snappy 0.589 seconds. Rose Hill also was ~300ms faster than the slowest and fastest measurements last year. WPT continues to show companies are delivering content faster around the globe to users.
Servebolt was the fastest in 9/11 locales.
Presslabs was first in 2/11 locales and second in 5/11 locales.
Pressable was the slowest in 11/11 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|
Servebolt stands out as the fastest PHP and WP Bench.
Qualsys SSL Report Grade
The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
|Company Name||Qualys SSL Report|
Everyone earned an A. Presslabs and Servebolt earned A+.
Individual Host Analysis
Zero errors on both load tests and a 99.979% and 100% uptime. Flywheel's first entry into the enterprise space looks strong and earned itself Top Tier status.
Flawless load tests and perfect uptime. Another Top Tier award.
LiquidWeb had 99.99% and 100% uptime which is a great start. The problem was the Load Storm test slowed down during the test considerably as did the Load Impact test.
Pantheon had perfect uptime and Load Impact went though fine, Load Storm had a few errors but nothing significant. Top Tier performance indeed.
99.96% and 100% uptime. Excellent load test results. Top Tier performance from Pressable.
Perfect uptime. Near perfect load tests. The fastest in 2/11 locales in WPT, and second fastest in 5/11. Awesome performance from Presslabs earning them Top Tier status.
Perfect uptime. Nearly perfect load tests. Third fastest average response times in both load tests too. Fastest WPT test results in 9/11 locales and second fastest once. Servebolt also had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores. Easily a Top Tier performance from Servebolt.
Near perfect uptime with 99.995% and 100%. 24 cumulative errors. The fastest average response time for the Load Storm test. SiteGround earned itself Top Tier status.
Perfect uptime. The second fastest response times in both load tests. WordPress.com VIP earns itself another Top Tier award.