Enterprise ($500+/Month) WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Enterprise ($500+/Month) WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

The Enterprise tier of these benchmarks is special in that companies are allowed to change configurations to optimize for performance because at this price tier it’s expected for customers paying a lot of money. All other price tiers test default configurations.

Servebolt submitted two plans, the Scale + ACD plan is utilizing their Scale and Accelerated Domains addon which adds performance, scalability and security enhancements.

Cloudways competed with a 4XL plan from Google Cloud.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $722Unlimited60 GB20 GB2 GBUnlimited
Performant Websites $1250unlimited32 GB30 GB10 TB1
Presslabs $599+UnlimitedCustom, depending on site needs100 GB+UnmeteredCustom
raidboxes 950€Unlimited64 GB40 GBUp to 10Gbit1
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo $1,279Unmetered96+ GBCustomUnmeteredBased on system resources
Servebolt $528Dynamic Requests are set per planUnmetered25Unlimited30
Servebolt Accelerated $2490Dynamic Requests are set per planUmeteredCustom > 200 GBUnlimited60
WordPress VIP Starts at $2000/moStarting price allows for 2M http requests per month. Can grow from there at additional costs up to unlimited.UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedStarts at 1 application, which can be a multisite with no limits. Additional applications available for extra cost with no limit on how many we can support.

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 26034383598392221.081423723235337227159
Performant Websites 1692580161393.75920287216159221182
Presslabs 220495701822.67119821015613163152
raidboxes 245903469378268913363231177131926822547
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 18787074691656.83102126917519211178
Servebolt (Scale + ACD) 2425293541991.67131824620426196193
Servebolt 242095591961.25131125020926201196
WordPress VIP 170374211435.9292530121114184226

Discussion

Performant Websites, Presslabs, Scaleforce, Servebolt (both) and WordPress VIP all handled this test without issue.

Cloudways ran into issues around 1500 VUsers where login stopped responding and caused errors. The numbers appear artificially low because of this.

Raidboxes started slowing down around 3700 VUsers with errors kicking in around 4600 VUsers.

Overall, it's impressive how fast most of these companies are. With the exception of Raidboxes (and Cloudways gets an asterisk), every host is loading pages under 300ms. More than half the companies are loading assets sub 30ms. At the high end, you really have a lot of high performing globally available options.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 183313504030.172292012473
Performant Websites 2161496104758.8342234954
Presslabs 22215600492314243653
raidboxes 178941603931.332591964575
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 22310521404926.839.5245228
Servebolt (Scale + ACD) 218341524814.6731239448
Servebolt 217594664782.3335234048
WordPress VIP 223741604924.676.4245620

Discussion

Every company handled this test very well. It is very clear which companies have CDNs setup though based on the average response times. The P95 of all but two companies being under 60ms is just impressive.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 99.99699.8335
Performant Websites 100100
Presslabs 10099.9951
raidboxes 10099.9996
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 100100
Servebolt (Scale + ACD) 100100
Servebolt 100100
WordPress VIP 100100

Discussion

Every company with the exception of Cloudways had 100% on at least one monitor. Cloudways had very different uptimes as measured by the two providers (happened across multiple plans tested). But the higher of the two uptime monitors showed 99.99%+ which seems to indicate the server was responsive.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.260.3160.2790.5560.6131.3281.0471.3110.7420.9920.8431.330.8014166667
Performant Websites 0.4040.1590.2690.3170.3880.1510.1850.3180.3690.2510.6540.2430.309
Presslabs 0.1550.1430.260.1410.1730.2220.1540.1690.2130.1550.160.1370.1735
raidboxes 0.6040.9080.8640.3310.1690.8850.8840.7711.3271.531.1560.6930.8435
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 0.2820.2460.2920.220.2410.2740.3870.2220.3290.1560.2461.0510.3288333333
Servebolt (Scale + ACD) 0.2670.3170.3790.2020.3190.1610.7670.3030.2430.310.4450.2670.3316666667
Servebolt 0.3470.1970.3420.3930.4260.1750.6540.220.2570.3970.3370.2620.3339166667
WordPress VIP 0.2150.1680.2430.220.2540.2630.2260.2090.2430.2360.2370.3010.2345833333

Discussion

Presslabs is the obvious standout here with 10/12 of the fastest response times alongside the fastest average response time at a snappy 0.1735s.

WPVIP and Performant Websites managed to grab the other two fastest response times. They also managed the second and third fastest averages respectively.

Raidboxes and Cloudways stood out on the slower end because of the lack of CDN setup in this configuration.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 9.968624.2197253
Performant Websites 9.7731094.091904
Presslabs 6.9981865.671642
raidboxes 8.1851402.524544
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 9.705400
Servebolt (Scale + ACD) 5.8392132.196162
Servebolt 5.8452227.171492
WordPress VIP 8.4081280.409731

Discussion

Servebolt led the way here. They took the top two spots in both tests. Presslabs was third in both tests.

Scaleforce shows us that raw single threaded speed doesn't make or break an enterprise configuration. Despite having the slowest WP Bench and one of the slowest PHP Bench scores, a clustered configuration can handle massive scale and perform well in real world delivery.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
Performant Websites A+
Presslabs A+
raidboxes A+
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo A+
Servebolt (Scale + ACD) A+
Servebolt A+
WordPress VIP A+

Discussion

Everyone got an A+ except Cloudways which earned an A.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

The one thing Cloudways did well this year was the static test. It handled it without issue. We could add in uptime if we assume it was a glitch on the monitoring end which affected all Cloudways servers being monitored by Hetrix Tools. But Cloudways struggled with the Load Storm test with the login erroring completely. There is some definite room for improvement.
Visit Cloudways Website
New entrant Performant Websites stepped into the biggest ring and showed they belong. Perfect uptime. The third fastest WPT average including being the fastest in Cape Town. They handled all the tests without any issues, well done and welcome to the Top Tier.
Visit Performant Websites Website
Presslabs absolutely crushed the Load Storm test. They had the fastest P95, Page, Asset, and login times. Presslabs also had the third fastest average response time for the static test at 14ms. Throw in a tour de force of the WebPageTest benchmark where they were the fastest in 10/12 locations and had the fastest average response time. Sprinkle in perfect or near perfect uptime on both monitors and you've got yourself an excellent Top Tier worthy performance.
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The bright spots for Raidboxes were it handled the static test effortlessly and the uptime was near perfect at 100% and 99.9996%. The less bright spots were that Raidboxes struggled with the Load Storm test which seems to have overwhelmed the system. Raidboxes also didn't have any sort of CDN integrated which slowed down global response times and averages on many of the tests. I hope with the recent acquisition we see some improvements that brings them back to to Top Tier status.
Visit raidboxes Website
Scaleforce had the second fastest wp-login, and page speed, along with third fastest asset speeds on the Load Storm test. Scaleforce also had the second fastest average response time and p95 response time in the static test. Throw in perfect uptime for good measure and you've got another well earned Top Tier award.
Visit Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo Website
Servebolt had the second fastest P95 alongside third fastest page, asset speeds and login cum avg. Perfect uptime. It seems to have eked out a slight edge over its sister product in a few tests beating getting slightly fastest response times on an already Top Tier product. Well done.
Visit Servebolt (Scale + ACD) Website
Perfect uptime. Fastest WP/PHP Bench scores alongside it's sister product. Third fastest p95 in both Load Storm and Static tests. Servebolt Enterprise delivers another Top Tier performance.
Visit Servebolt Website
WPVIP had the second fastest asset and login cum avg scores on the Load Storm test. WPVIP had the fastest average and p95 response times on the Static test. WPVIP also had perfect uptime on both monitors. WPVIP also picked up the second fastest average response time average on the WPT. WPVIP continues to prove itself year after year as a Top Tier product. Congratulations.
Visit WordPress VIP Website

About the Author

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.

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$201-500/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Servebolt submitted two plans, the ACD plan is utilizing their Accelerated Domains addon, which adds performance, scalability and security enhancements.

Cloudways competed with an XL AWS instance.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $275Unlimited16 GB20 GB2 GBUnlimited
Nexcess $299unmetered20 GB RAM base with burst300 GB5 TB50
Pressable $3501,000,000512 MB / Process200 GBUnlimited50
Presslabs $299500,000 page viewsDinamically allocated up to 10G15 GBUnmetered1 site
raidboxes 300€Unlimited32 GB40 GBUp to 10Gbit1
Servebolt $492Dynamic Requests are set per planUmetered34 GBUnlimited30
Servebolt Accelerated $248Dynamic Requests are set per planUnmetered6 GB (+flex)Unlimited5

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 13015631766591128.75711671227293276157
Nexcess 94817330796.25515509300149291267
Pressable 10630600870.8357830919570230205
Presslabs 11032270909.0860121915813166151
raidboxes 7712530627.174182831158032616471465
Servebolt 121249901062.1765925621319217199
Servebolt ACD 120957331069.565727122925229221

Discussion

Nexcess, Pressable, Presslabs, and both Servebolt plans handled this test without any issues.

Cloudways started erroring around 900 VUsers.

Raidboxes started to show signs of load around 1900 VUsers and had increasing response times.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 148644303280.332121630489
Nexcess 144270303181.672481580473
Pressable 179095303939.55.9196619
Presslabs 177700603908.6714194653
raidboxes 143166403158.172581572583
Servebolt 153157293368.671761629283
Servebolt ACD 173792903849.3337190850

Discussion

Every company handled the static test near flawlessly. Zero total errors for all companies. The average and P95 response times show which companies have CDNs (or more relevant CDN locations for our test). The difference between Servebolt and Servebolt with Accelerated Domains is pretty clear here, ACD is adding a lot of speed.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 99.99699.8954
Nexcess 99.99699.9926
Pressable 99.994100
Presslabs 10099.9955
raidboxes 99.99199.99
Servebolt 100100
Servebolt ACD 10099.9888

Discussion

Everyone except Cloudways had near perfect uptime. Cloudways had an issue across multiple tests where one monitor struggled for a short window but the other was reporting it fine.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.1790.3890.3620.470.521.2051.1361.1190.8251.0640.6581.0110.7448333333
Nexcess 0.3340.5250.4690.5861.0561.7011.341.4320.9031.5961.1621.8211.077083333
Pressable 0.2150.3350.3150.2310.1870.2540.2440.6610.2450.1740.3160.4670.3036666667
Presslabs 0.1730.140.2620.1520.1840.210.1480.1670.170.150.1610.140.1714166667
raidboxes 0.6870.930.8750.2220.2260.8950.910.8011.2671.571.1550.7030.8534166667
Servebolt 0.3560.2970.4330.5770.6780.9881.0170.9720.7740.8420.6770.9610.7143333333
Servebolt ACD 0.4140.4520.490.2970.30.2770.4680.4770.4980.2620.5280.2790.3951666667

Discussion

Presslabs went a perfect 12/12 as the fastest in every region. Pressable was the second fastest with Servebolt + ACD not far behind.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 8.993478.6979416
Nexcess 7.7281044.932079
Pressable 10.0131347.708895
Presslabs 6.891538.461538
raidboxes 7.9711466.27566
Servebolt 5.862222.222222
Servebolt ACD 5.8652207.505519

Discussion

Both Servebolt plans stood out as having the fastest scores in both tests which were near identical to one another.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
Nexcess A
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
raidboxes A+
Servebolt A
Servebolt ACD A+

Discussion

Everyone got an A with Presslabs, Raidboxes and Servebolt+ACD Earning A+.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways handled the static test without issue. Cloudways had great uptime on one monitor and lower than expected on the other. This seemed like it maybe was a bug and showed on every Cloudways monitor on the Hetrix Tools platform. Unfortunately, the Load Storm caused the server to error out and fail the test. I'm not sure what happened but I hope they figure it out and we see a comeback next year.
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Nexcess had stellar uptime with both showing above 99.99%. Nexcess also handled the static and Load Storm tests without issue. While it didn't particularly stand out compared to some of it's peers, it delivered flawless results on everything we threw at it. Top Tier.
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Pressable had the fastest average and p95 load times on the static test. Pressable also picked up the 2nd fastest page response time in the Load Storm test. Pressable had perfect or near perfect uptime. Unsurprisingly, yet another Top Tier performance for Pressable - Well done.
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Presslabs had the fastest P95, Page, Asset and login response times on the Load Storm test. Presslabs had the second fastest average response time and third fastest p95 on the static test. Throw in perfect or near perfect uptime. Presslabs also went 12/12 as the fastest location for every test on WebPageTest. Overall, a very impressive performance put on Presslabs which saw them at the top or near the top of every test. Top Tier.
Visit Presslabs Website
Raidboxes had an excellent 99.99%+ on both uptime monitors. The Static test was handled without issue. Unfortunately the Load Storm test was a bit too much and slowed the server down below the acceptable threshold of 1000ms to earn any recognition this year.
Visit raidboxes Website
Servebolt picked up 2nd fastest P95, asset and login response times in the Load Storm test. Servebolt had perfect uptime. Servebolt stood out as the fastest on the PHP and WP Benchmarks in a virtual tie with its other offering. Servebolt earned yet another Top Tier honor.
Visit Servebolt Website
Servebolt + ACD really shined over its sister product in the static load test and earned itself the 2nd fastest p95 load time. Servebolt + ACD picked up 3rd fastest P95, asset and login response times in the Load Storm test. Servebolt had perfect and near perfect uptime on the monitors. Servebolt stood out as the fastest on the PHP and WP Benchmarks in a virtual tie with its other offering. The ACD addition didn't slow Servebolt down, it doubled down on a second Top Tier award.
Visit Servebolt ACD Website

About the Author

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.

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$101-200/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Cloudways competed with a VULTR HF 16GB.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $160Unlimited16 GB384 GB5 TBUnlimited
MechanicWeb $149Unlimited16 GB300 GB6 TBUnlimited
Nexcess $149Unmeteredcloud - variable bursts100 GB5 TB25
Pressable $155400,000512 MB / Process80 GBUnlimited20
raidboxes 150€Unlimited12 GB30 GBUp to 10Gbit1
SaveinCloud BRL 960UnlimitedUp to 32 GiB Based on usage.Up to 40 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo $199Unmetered16 GB30 GBUnmeteredBased on cluster resources
Servebolt $180Dynamic Requests are set per planUnlimited12 GB (+flex)Unlimited5
Simplenet $99 + VATno fixed limit2 vCPU / 4 GB RAM60 GB3 TB1
SiteGround $200No limit12 GB80 GBUnlimitedNo limit

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 670247161571.17364735398251410279
MechanicWeb 6959880580.92378643262258269141
Nexcess 760687269664.83413499284143282259
Pressable 8509740708.8346230919471226211
raidboxes 1016051384161119.585525791301141348954915
SaveinCloud 722687109610.3339265139562378400
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 76176984653.541327318420288174
Servebolt 9694122846.2552726121919222203
Simplenet 1099535421651214.175974607243328338884023
SiteGround 7076720618.753851307027581647

Discussion

MechanicWeb, Pressable, Scaleforce, Servebolt and SiteGround all handled this test without issue.

Cloudways started to slow down and show signs of load around 1800 VUsers but handled it relatively ok.

Nexcess had one network spike that had a few errors and increased response times but did quite well overall.

Raidboxes started to show signs of load around 1100 VUsers and started erroring around 1700 VUsers.

Simplenet started showing signs of load around 1100 VUsers and erroring at around 1600 VUsers.

SaveInCloud had somewhat spikey average response times throughout the test, it handled it well for the most part though.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 117268202597.671521287295
MechanicWeb 108654602403.832411193447
Nexcess 107889002374.672521183477
Pressable 134340502966.55.8147518
raidboxes 107251902364.172601176575
SaveinCloud 9302252520544521017859
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 1338634929479.3147328
Servebolt 115488162558.51701269287
Simplenet 114521802530.171791257411
SiteGround 13266850292018145864

Discussion

Every company handled this test without issue.

Pressable, Scaleforce and SiteGround stood out with sub 20ms averages and clearly have CDN setup helping them excel in this test.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 99.98599.8886
MechanicWeb 99.96999.9603
Nexcess 99.99799.9932
Pressable 99.998100
raidboxes 99.99199.9887
SaveinCloud 10099.9927
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 100100
Servebolt 99.97699.9884
Simplenet 10099.9913
SiteGround 99.96999.944

Discussion

All the companies kept above 99.9% uptime with the exception of Cloudways on the Hetrix Tools monitor. This issue happened on every Cloudways server this year where one monitor showed near perfect and the other had a window of downtime.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.1640.3360.3240.4940.541.1771.1151.0820.8441.010.6681.0730.7355833333
MechanicWeb 0.3130.2920.3320.6150.8761.3561.1641.3020.90.9390.8511.2130.8460833333
Nexcess 0.3310.5290.4260.5330.6081.6681.3331.420.981.5911.1841.8091.034333333
Pressable 0.3120.1590.3590.290.2360.2480.2410.4570.3560.1970.3971.0330.3570833333
raidboxes 0.60.9290.8680.2650.2190.9010.9520.7851.3041.5291.1740.6990.8520833333
SaveinCloud 0.8910.6760.7090.7591.5051.2081.241.4311.1251.2980.3771.541.06325
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 0.3090.1910.6930.2210.1860.2480.3960.2050.2870.2020.2221.0450.3504166667
Servebolt 0.3430.3320.3680.5750.6350.9691.1020.9550.8130.9150.8320.9690.734
Simplenet 0.2720.5760.4150.5610.5941.4371.4741.6491.0311.7160.8411.2060.981
SiteGround 0.4840.6290.420.8410.9321.7751.5471.7551.31.5451.2041.6231.17125

Discussion

Scaleforce just barely edged Pressable by a miniscule 7ms for the fastest average LCP speed. They were neck and neck and showing off their global load speeds. Scaleforce took 5/12 fastest with 1 tie with Pressable. Pressable picked up 3 fastest plus the aforementioned tie. Cloudways picked up two of the fastest speeds in Virginia and Salt Lake City. SaveInCloud picked up fastest speed in their native Brazil. Raidboxes got the fastest speed in Dubai.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 5.7961597.444089
MechanicWeb 4.6443663.003663
Nexcess 8.547441.1116012
Pressable 10.0051324.503311
raidboxes 8.038919.9632015
SaveinCloud 10.031699.790063
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 10.4741117.318436
Servebolt 5.92217.2949
Simplenet 8.4981644.736842
SiteGround 9.8461538.461538

Discussion

MechanicWeb was certainly a stand out getting the fastest score in both PHP and WP Bench.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
MechanicWeb A
Nexcess A
Pressable A
raidboxes A+
SaveinCloud A+
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo A
Servebolt A
Simplenet A+
SiteGround A

Discussion

Raidboxes, SaveInCloud and Simplenet earned A+ while everyone else earned A's.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.


Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways had the 4th fastest average response time on the static test. Cloudways had the fastest WPT test in two locations and were a mere 2ms behind 3rd place for fastest average. Cloudways also had the second fastest PHP bench. The uptime issue where Hetrix Tools couldn't connect to any Cloudways servers persisted across every plan while the Uptime Robot monitor showed them all online. Cloudways earned itself an Honorable Mention because the Load Storm test was extremely borderline. It showed some load spikes and they were averaging over 1000ms, but this was incredibly close. Overall, a great job, one of the closest to Top Tier performances I've had to evaluate.
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New entrant MechanicWeb came in with servers blazing. MechanicWeb had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores by a good margin. They were the fastest and second fastest scores across all price tiers respectively. MechanicWeb also had the fastest wp-login response time on the Load Storm test. It handled the static test with ease. It's nice to see a new entrant earn itself Top Tier status and push some of the fastest scores we've ever seen.
Visit MechanicWeb Website
Nexcess handled the Load Storm test without much issue, there was one spike but the average response time stayed below 1000ms. The static test was handled without any problem. Nexcess had excellent uptime. While their numbers didn't lead the pack, they quietly had a solid performance earning Top Tier status. Congrats!
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Pressable had the fastest average and p95 response times in the static test at a lightning fast 5.8ms and 18ms respectively. Pressable had the second fastest login cumulative average. Pressable had the second fastest WPT test average and was a mere 7ms behind first. Throw in perfect and near perfect uptime monitors and you've got yourself a Top Tier award. Well done.
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Raidboxes had excellent uptime. Raidboxes handled the static load test without issue. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test proved to overwhelm the server and caused it to slow down and eventually error out.
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SaveinCloud had the fastest WPT score in their native Brazil. They had perfect and near perfect uptime on both monitors. It handled the static test without issue. SaveinCloud's Load Storm test was pretty good but there were a lot of spikes which went over 1000ms which is why it earned an Honorable Mention this year. They are on the cusp of earning Top Tier status.
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Scaleforce had the second fastest average (9.3ms) and p95 (28ms) score on the static test. Scaleforce had the 2nd fastest page, asset and wplogin speeds on the Load Storm test. Scaleforce had perfect uptime on both monitors. Scaleforce had the fastest average on WPT including being the fastest or tied for fastest in 6/12 locations. Yet another well earned Top Tier performance for Scaleforce.
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Servebolt had the second fastest P95 in the Load Storm Test. It handled the static test easily. It had the third fastest average on the WPT. Great uptime and the second fastest WP bench score easily put them in the Top Tier again. Well done.
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Simplenet had the third fastest WP Bench. Simplenet also had perfect and near perfect uptime metrics. It handled the static test without issue. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test proved too much for the plan and it ultimately ended up erroring with increased response times. For a new entrant they did quite well, hopefully they come back next year and earn some recognition.
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SiteGround had the fastest P95 and page load speeds on the Load Storm test. SiteGround had the third fastest average and p95 response times in the static test. Overall an excellent performance from SiteGround has put them back in the Top Tier.
Visit SiteGround Website

About the Author

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.

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$51-100/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Cloudways competed with a VULTR HF 8GB.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $100Unlimited8 GB256 GB4 TBUnlimited
DreamHost $79.951 million+ (Recommended) but not enforced4 GB120 GBUnlimited 1
MechanicWeb $79.25Unlimited12 GB200 GB NVMe2,000 GBUnlimited
Pressable $90150,000512 MB / Process50 GBUnlimited10
Presslabs $99150,000 page viewsDinamically allocated, up to 4G5 GBUnmetered1 site
raidboxes 50€Unlimited4 GB20 GBUp to 10Gbit1
SaveinCloud BRL 510UnlimitedUp to 8 GiB Based on usage.Up to 20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo $99Unmetered8 GiB15 GiBUnmeteredBased on cluster resources
Servebolt $99Dynamic Requests are set per planUmetered6 GBUnlimited5
WPX $99.00Unlimited256 MB per PHP process, 3 PHP processes per website40 GBUnlimited (reasonable use)35

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 5008282440.082721103638304620492
DreamHost 61797021318653.83336100472573151637683522
MechanicWeb 5321150448.17289759272274281145
Pressable 6374600536.3334631719672230219
Presslabs 6589790567.8335826717736184158
raidboxes 72291838696743.423931273557974421135111810
SaveinCloud 4889736418.75266254314136215111544
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 5644787475.7530627117420254173
Servebolt 7268741629.6739526322619229209
WPX 5360913445.75291103166116740500

Discussion

MechanicWeb, Pressable, Presslabs, Scaleforce and Servebolt all handled this test without issue.

WPX handled this test without issue and despite P95 being above 1000ms, was still in Top Tier status because of the geographic bias towards US servers for this metric.

Cloudways started to show signs of load around 1300 VUsers and response times started to spike.

DreamHost started showing signs of load around 800 VUsers and eventually erroring as well.

Raidboxes started slowing down around 500 VUsers and eventually errored as well.

SaveinCloud started showing signs of load around 1200 VUsers.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 77939801710.83156856301
DreamHost 71401301423.5262784523
MechanicWeb 72061401589250788555
Pressable 89554201971.675.998219
Presslabs 8658480190740953187
raidboxes 71597301576.17258786575
SaveinCloud 732805301615.17230806431
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 89232261962.339.597828
Servebolt 76930531696.17171818289
WPX 887518301955.671597387

Discussion

Cloudways, MechanicWeb, Pressable, Presslabs, Raidboxes, SaveinCloud, Scaleforce, Servebolt and WPX all handled this test without issue.

DreamHost handled this test pretty well but start to show signs of slowing down a little bit towards the end of the test around 1600 VUsers.

It's really impressive to see four companies have average response times sub 50ms.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 99.99899.8701
DreamHost 10099.9995
MechanicWeb 99.99899.9977
Pressable 99.998100
Presslabs 10099.9996
raidboxes 10099.9991
SaveinCloud 99.85199.8521
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 100100
Servebolt 10099.9644
WPX 99.906100

Discussion

Cloudways had the same error across every tier where one monitor showed a down window while the other still had it resolving.

SaveinCloud fell below the 99.9% uptime threshold.

Everyone else remained above 99.9%.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.1810.3190.3560.4890.5381.1891.1031.0520.811.0050.6921.0430.7314166667
DreamHost 0.2030.4210.4070.5180.7691.2151.371.0980.9361.1190.6911.0520.8165833333
MechanicWeb 0.6260.820.8620.1610.1930.8341.4190.7361.361.4821.0540.6670.8511666667
Pressable 0.3030.2360.280.4850.2230.2330.2540.2640.3110.2250.3470.4340.2995833333
Presslabs 0.1630.1370.2610.1630.1810.240.1570.4450.2160.620.1470.5350.2720833333
raidboxes 0.6170.920.8650.260.2240.8840.9050.8021.281.571.190.7030.8516666667
SaveinCloud 1.1221.0490.9751.0811.5781.8222.0212.2541.8442.0570.281.8751.4965
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 0.3010.1970.2790.2360.2360.2810.220.220.3080.150.2480.9530.3024166667
Servebolt 0.3770.3270.4280.6160.6030.9690.910.9210.8351.0010.7260.9870.725
WPX 0.1860.190.2020.1240.130.8420.1430.150.1260.1620.1280.2370.2183333333

Discussion

WPX had the fastest average and picked up 8/12 fastest response times in different locations.

Presslabs picked up 2 of the fastest response times with the second fastest average response time.

Pressable and Scaleforce picked up the other two fastest response times and were third and fourth average respectively.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 6.3521445.086705
DreamHost 10.199928.5051068
MechanicWeb 4.9522958.579882
Pressable 9.9361355.01355
Presslabs 6.9421180.637544
raidboxes 10.954952.3809524
SaveinCloud 10.613711.7437722
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo 10.4591144.16476
Servebolt 5.8482197.802198
WPX 7.0942597.402597

Discussion

MechanicWeb picked up the fastest scores in both PHP and WP Bench. Servebolt picked up the second fastest PHP Bench and WPX picked up the second fastest WP Bench.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
DreamHost A+
MechanicWeb A
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
raidboxes A+
SaveinCloud A
Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo A
Servebolt A
WPX A

Discussion

DreamHost, Presslabs and Raidboxes picked up A+'s while everyone else earned A's.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways handled the Static test with ease. Cloudways ran into the same issue across every server this year where Hetrix Tools showed a short downtime but Uptime Robot did not. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test proved too much for the server.
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DreamHost had perfect and near perfect uptime. Unfortunately, both load tests caused some issues. The Static test went mostly ok but did show signs of slowing down a little towards the end. The Load Storm test did overwhelm the server though.
Visit DreamHost Website
MechanicWeb had the fastest wp-login speed on the Load Storm test. MechanicWeb had excellent uptime with both above 99.99%. MechanicWeb also stood out on the PHP and WP Bench scores where it had the fastest scores. While MechanicWeb may not have the global CDN reach as some of their competitors, it's shown it has some seriously fast infrastructure powering their servers which earned this new comer a Top Tier award.
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Pressable had the fastest average (5.9ms) and p95 (19ms) in the Static test. Pressable had the third fastest login and page cumulative averages on Load Storm. Pressable had perfect and near perfect uptime. A consistently fastest performance earns Pressable another Top Tier award.
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Presslabs had the fastest login cumulative average and second fastest wp-login, p95, page response times on the Load Storm test. Presslabs had perfect and near perfect uptime. Presslabs had the second fastest WPT average response times. It's always a good sign when you're using the word fastest a lot when analyzing these results - A Top Tier performance from Presslabs.
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Raidboxes had perfect and near perfect uptime. Raidboxes also handled the static test without issue. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test overwhelmed the server.
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SaveinCloud handled the Static test without issue. Unfortunately SaveinCloud fell below the 99.9% uptime threshold and the Load Storm test slowed the server down quite a bit.
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Scaleforce had the fastest page load speed on the Load Storm test. Scaleforce had the second fastest average (9.5ms) and p95 (28ms) in the Static test. Perfect uptime was nice to see. Undoubtedly a Top Tier performance for Scaleforce.
Visit Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo Website
Servebolt had the fastest P95 and second fastest asset and login cumulative average on Load Storm. Servebolt had the second fastest PHP Bench. It also handled the Static test with ease and had perfect uptime on one monitor. Overall, another Top Tier showing from Servebolt.
Visit Servebolt Website
WPX had the fastest asset load times on the Load Storm test. WPX had the third fastest average and p95 in the Static test. WPX Had the fastest WPT average and location scores in 8/12 locales. Overall, WPX had an excellent performance, and the adjustment for accepting P95 scores slightly above 1000ms was added this year was precisely to recognize companies like WPX. Congrats on another Top Tier award.
Visit WPX Website

About the Author

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.

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$25-50/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Cloudways competed with a Digital Ocean Premium 4GB droplet.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $50Unlimited4 GB80 GB4 TBUnlimited
GreenGeeks $25.95Unlimited3 GBUnlimitedUnmetered Unlimited
Krystal Hosting £34.9950,000N/A10 GBUnlimited1
MDDHosting $29.99Unlimited4 GB50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Pressable $2530,000512 MB / Process20 GBUnlimited1
Presslabs $4950,000 page viewsDinamically allocated, up to 2GB2.5 GBUnmetered1 site
raidboxes 30€Unlimited2 GB5 GB1Gbit1
SiteGround $39.99No hard limit. Recommended ~400,000N/A40 GBUnlimitedNo limit
WordPress.com $25UnlimitedN/A200 GBUnlimited1
WPX $49.99Unlimited256 MB per PHP process, 3 PHP processes per website20 GB200 GB15

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 3428383293.75186691311244320183
GreenGeeks 3294350286.75179695382289290150
Krystal Hosting 3374482291.251831011507325435279
MDDHosting 37303533320.83203655351245378161
Pressable 4252170357.0823131719673236217
Presslabs 4403120387.2523926717936185161
raidboxes 28632537728297.17156115113084341331630750
SiteGround 3517191300.081911256926573645
WordPress.com 151714001339.67825367254124351254
WPX 35153412314.67191119161517741510

Discussion

Cloudways, GreenGeeks, MDDHosting, Pressable, Presslabs, SiteGround, and WordPress.com didn't have any issues with the Load Storm test.

Krystal Hosting and WPX handled this test without issue and despite P95 being above 1000ms, their results were still in Top Tier status because of the geographic bias towards US servers for this metric.

Raidboxes unfortunately slowed down and errored out on this test.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 3685560810.17222405465
GreenGeeks 3354730740.33343368663
Krystal Hosting 3484180769.67293383671
MDDHosting 3614340797.67246397483
Pressable 4476720983.676.149119
Presslabs 4328320954.540476187
raidboxes 3587310793.83255394571
SiteGround 4424670979.831848665
WordPress.com 4477450987.83649018
WPX 4437961979.671548889

Discussion

Every company handled the Static test with ease.

WordPress.com edged sister company Pressable out by .1 ms on average and 1ms on the p95 to have the fastest speeds.

WPX, SiteGround and Presslabs were all under 50ms average as well.

There is an impressive amount of performance in this group.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 10099.8438
GreenGeeks 99.99999.9988
Krystal Hosting 99.99299.9897
MDDHosting 10099.9949
Pressable 99.996100
Presslabs 10099.9987
raidboxes 10099.9996
SiteGround 99.98699.9995
WordPress.com 100100
WPX 99.989100

Discussion

Cloudways ran into the same issue across every server this year where Hetrix Tools showed a short downtime window while Uptime Robot had them online.

Everyone else did excellent or perfect in the uptime department.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.2150.4290.3580.440.5141.1741.1971.0870.8721.1170.6531.0420.7581666667
GreenGeeks 0.2660.250.2610.3540.4130.8190.6960.7210.5570.6290.4780.6950.5115833333
Krystal Hosting 0.5930.8330.760.2290.2580.8241.8641.6931.932.0641.1140.7061.072333333
MDDHosting 0.3680.2440.3260.6440.7681.3471.141.3890.7330.9520.8971.2660.8395
Pressable 0.3070.210.3530.2350.2430.2690.2550.1820.320.20.2630.4030.27
Presslabs 0.160.1580.2640.1490.1840.2450.160.4030.2880.6210.1790.5820.28275
raidboxes 0.5660.9020.8350.2350.190.8820.8670.7471.2531.5141.120.6770.8156666667
SiteGround 0.490.6420.5170.910.951.7381.6011.7641.2991.5721.2291.6271.194916667
WordPress.com 0.290.3410.5090.3130.2810.3160.2850.2370.4030.2650.2940.3770.3259166667
WPX 0.2060.1380.1930.1550.1310.840.1280.1240.1310.1390.1370.2640.2155

Discussion

WPX was the fastest average and fastest in 9/12 locations.

Presslabs picked up the other 3 fastest speeds and managed third fastest average. Pressable snuck into second fastest average between those two.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 7.474977.5171065
GreenGeeks 12.0161351.351351
Krystal Hosting 10.118446.6279589
MDDHosting 8.331248.439451
Pressable 10.0391351.351351
Presslabs 11.378560.8524958
raidboxes 11.841667.5567423
SiteGround 9.3971477.104874
WordPress.com 9.6562392.344498
WPX 6.9832583.979328

Discussion

WPX had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores.

Cloudways had the second fastest PHP Bench.

WordPress.com had the second fastest WP Bench.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
GreenGeeks A+
Krystal Hosting A
MDDHosting A
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
raidboxes A+
SiteGround A
WordPress.com A+
WPX A

Discussion

GreenGeeks, Presslabs, Raidboxes and WordPress.com all earned A+.

Everyone else earned an A.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways had perfect uptime on one monitor while Hetrix Tools showed a much lower number across every plan for some reason. Cloudways had the second fastest PHP Bench. Cloudways also handled the Load Storm and Static tests without issue. Given the overall good performance, the only possible detraction is the uptime monitors which showed very different numbers, my third monitoring system broke so I don't have a tie breaker, I will err on the side of good faith. Cloudways put together a Top Tier performance that handled all the tests well.
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GreenGeeks had the fastest wp-login speed on the Load Storm test. GreenGeeks had excellent uptime. They also handled the Static test without issue. It's nice to see GreenGeeks earn itself another Top Tier performance.
Visit GreenGeeks Website
Krystal had excellent uptime. Krystal also handled the Static test very well. The Load Storm test also went smoothly and despite a p95 above 1000ms, it earned Top Tier status because of the geographic bias towards US based servers. Congrats to Krystal.
Visit Krystal Hosting Website
MDDHosting tied for second fastest wp-login on the Load Storm test. MDDHosting had perfect and near perfect uptime. MDD did very well on the Static test. MDD also picked up the third fastest PHP Bench score. It is nice to see a company come back with improved services and excel in these tests. Congrats to MDDHosting for earning their first Top Tier award.
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Pressable had the second fastest login cumulative average and third fastest P95 on the Load Storm test. Pressable had the second fastest average (6.1ms) and p95 (19ms) in the Static test only .1 and 1 ms behind its sister company. Pressable had perfect and near perfect uptime. Pressable had the second fastest WPT response time average. Pressable has been consistently excellent earning themselves another Top Tier performance.
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Presslabs had the fastest login cumulative average, as well as the second fastest P95, Page and wp-login on the Load Storm test. Presslabs had perfect and near perfect uptime. Presslabs had the third fastest WPT average response time. Throw in an excellent Static test and there's very little left to desire from their performance. A well deserved and earned Top Tier performance for Presslabs.
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Raidboxes had perfect and near perfect uptime. Raidboxes handled the Static test without issue. Unfortunately the Load Storm test proved to be too much for the server.
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SiteGround had the fastest P95 and Page, along with second fastest asset load speeds on the Load Storm test. SiteGround had the third fastest p95 and fourth fastest average response time in the Static test. SiteGround had excellent uptime on both monitors. A great showing from SiteGround earned them another Top Tier award.
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WordPress.com had the fastest average and p95 in the Static test with 6ms and 18ms respectively. WordPress.com handled the Load Storm test easily. WordPress.com had perfect uptime on both monitors. WordPress.com also had the second fastest WP Bench. Unquestionably a Top Tier performance from WordPress.com.
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WPX had the fastest asset response times on the Load Storm test. WPX had the third fastest average response time and fourth fastest p95 in the Static test. WPX had perfect and near perfect uptimes. WPX had the fastest global response times on WPT. WPX had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores. WPX overall did an amazing job, and the adjustment for accepting P95 scores slightly above 1000ms was added this year was precisely to recognize companies like WPX. A well deserved Top Tier status.
Visit WPX Website

About the Author

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.

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<$25/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Cloudways competed with a Digital Ocean Premium 1GB droplet.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
20i 5.99 GBPUnlimitedUnlimited10501
34SP.com 9.95 GBPUnlimited1.25GB20 GBUnlimited1
Cloudways 10Unlimited1 GB25 GB1 TBUnlimited
DreamHost $19.95Unlimited (recommended limits but not enforced)1.5 GB30 GBUnlimited1
EasyWP by Namecheap $13.88500,0001152 MB100 GBUnlimited1
Eco Web Hosting £5.99UnlimitedAutoscaling with no hard limit25 GBUnlimited1
GoDaddy $24.99Unlimited-UnlimitedUnlimited1
GreenGeeks $15.95Unlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnmeteredUnlimited
HostXNow £14Unlimited450 GB NVMe SSDUnlimited Unlimited
ICDSoft $10Unlimited2 GB Per process memory limit100 GB5 TB1
InMotion Hosting 23.99No set limit, suitable for 125,000No set limit.No set limit.UnlimitedUnlimited
Krystal Hosting £9.99Unlimited2 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Lightning Base 9.9510,000, but this is not monitored/limited.3 GB1 GB40 GB1
ManagedWPHosting 11Unlimitedaccount has at least 256MB PHP RAM, server has 12 GB at least5 GB50 GB1
MechanicWeb $19.25Unlimited3 GB30 GB300 GBUnlimited
Nexcess 19unmeteredcloud - variable bursts15 GB2 TB1
Pressable $195,000512 MB / Process10 GBUnlimited1
raidboxes 15€Unlimited2 GB5 GB1Gbit1
RSHosting.com $2025,0002 GBUnlimitedUnlimited5
Sailed.io $24Unlimited4 GB80 GB NVMe SSD4TBUnlimited
SiteGround $24.99No hard limit. Recommend ~100,000N/A20 GBUnlimitedNo limit
VapourHost 8.99 USDNot limited2.5 GB35 GB1500 GBUnlimited
WPCycle 19.95100,000 unique visits per month2 GB10 GBUnlimited2
WPX $24.99Unlimited256 MB per PHP process, 3 PHP processes per website10 GB100 GB5

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response Time
20i 32692850308.171771095635275506345
34SP.com 3336630285.58181803354301358218
Cloudways 160790229137.758721119101545415976110920
DreamHost 2245310166.9212218559105898981102010747
EasyWP by Namecheap 3388554296.83184361195168190180
Eco Web Hosting 3264441282.831771087620278507349
GoDaddy 446867202496.332427514301844041937
GreenGeeks 33071827301.08180711372270294154
HostXNow 3521946307.92192823408270398265
ICDSoft 34115930303.5185341153156148144
InMotion Hosting 54885866121482.42298779253310336262
Krystal Hosting 2533140197.2513710495516562456965512
Lightning Base 3498190299.17190583274237360187
ManagedWPHosting 343458205336.831861823123732413331323
MechanicWeb 3543240302.17193759272274281144
Nexcess 37649410338.25205493279140277257
Pressable 4253980359.9223132120273239217
raidboxes 26787234779268.42146123114944411314830068
RSHosting.com 2425810184.1713212991663777776487255
Sailed.io 3209750285.751741591998270821699
SiteGround 3512760303.751911267127576647
VapourHost 30668163293.51673855209542525442248
WPCycle 3362950294183695256289300168
WPX 3510950292.42191107161115741500

Discussion

20i, 34SP.com, EasyWP by NameCheap, Eco Web Hosting, GreenGeeks, HostXNow, ICDSoft, Lightning Base, MechanicWeb, Nexcess, Pressable, SiteGround, WPCycle and WPX all didn't have issues with the Load Storm test.

Cloudways started to slow down around 300 VUsers.

DreamHost started to slow down around 450 VUsers but never had an error.

GoDaddy handled the test quite well but the wp-login response times were a bit high.

InMotion Hosting appeared to hit a rate limit that couldn't be bypassed, so while the response times look good, there were quite a few 429 errors.

Krystal Hosting started to slow down around 600 VUsers.

ManagedWPHosting had some spikes which brought the response times up.

Raidboxes struggled with the test with increasing load times into errors.

RSHosting.com began to slow down around 550 VUsers.

Sailed.io started to slow down around 900 VUsers.

VapourHost started to show signs of load around 1000 VUsers.

SiteGround picked up the fastest P95 and page load times.

ICDSoft picked up the fastest login cumavg and tied for fastest wp-login with MechanicWeb.

WPX picked up the fastest asset average.

20i, Eco Web Hosting and WPX all had P95 response times over 1000ms but showed no signs of load increasing and were awarded Top Tier status because their server locations potentially favored US locations over other locations for the P95 metric.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
20i 4269130945.3355469170
34SP.com 3599150795.67251396531
Cloudways 3688730818.17221404467
DreamHost 3675200814.5225403475
EasyWP by Namecheap 3949340869140434251
Eco Web Hosting 4270210947.3355469167
GoDaddy 36403816808.67234400519
GreenGeeks 3646380801.83235400439
HostXNow 3606260796.83249395555
ICDSoft 3848120850.33169421345
InMotion Hosting 3677520808.33224402527
Krystal Hosting 3661060810.17230402547
Lightning Base 3645650799.17235400495
ManagedWPHosting 35163040800.17264385567
MechanicWeb 3604550792.33250396551
Nexcess 3585580792255394481
Pressable 4477400986.675.948918
raidboxes 3584180794.17257394575
RSHosting.com 3554090779.83267391503
Sailed.io 3692600816.83220406469
SiteGround 4420440981.171948567
VapourHost 3582660790.17257392575
WPCycle 3615820795.67246396457
WPX 4437180976.831548689

Discussion

ManagedWPHosting had a few minor spikes where load time went up.

Everyone else handled the Static test without issue.

It's truly impressive to see how much performance has come along even from the year before where multiple companies seriously struggled with this test.

Pressable had some very fast average and p95 response times at 5.9ms and 18ms respectively.

WPX and SiteGround were not far behind at 15ms and 19ms average response times. 20i and EcoWebHosting were tied at 55ms average response times.

It's almost unbelievable the slowest average response time was a mere 267ms and p95 was 575ms. That means for <$25, you could pick any of the 25 companies tested and your website would be delivering static homepages within a quarter of a second on average globally or in about half a second for the 95th percentile of users. Incredible.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
20i 99.999100
34SP.com 99.99999.9943
Cloudways 10099.8342
DreamHost 99.99799.9991
EasyWP by Namecheap 99.96199.9414
Eco Web Hosting 100100
GoDaddy 99.98599.9973
GreenGeeks 99.99999.994
HostXNow 99.9999.9406
ICDSoft 99.95999.948
InMotion Hosting 99.98899.9707
Krystal Hosting 100100
Lightning Base 99.99899.9982
ManagedWPHosting 99.99999.9969
MechanicWeb 99.99899.9971
Nexcess 99.87599.8823
Pressable 99.997100
raidboxes 99.99999.9981
RSHosting.com 99.96999.9651
Sailed.io 100100
SiteGround 99.9999.9959
VapourHost 99.80699.8007
WPCycle 99.68899.6575
WPX 100100

Discussion

Cloudways had an issue with Hetrix Tools on every plan tested this year which showed very different result because of downtime which Hetrix Tools reported but UptimeRobot had no issues during the window.

Nexcess, VapourHost and WPCycle fell below the 99.9% uptime threshold.

Every other company was above the 99.9% threshold.

20i, EcoWebHosting, Krystal, Pressable, Sailed.io and WPX all reported perfect uptime on at least one monitor.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
20i 0.3730.2160.8050.1440.2220.2440.3250.7180.3020.840.6870.6920.464
34SP.com 0.6250.8540.8380.2230.2220.8660.930.7631.4571.4371.0390.7380.8326666667
Cloudways 0.1770.4220.3440.4310.5151.231.1911.0850.8951.1070.671.0170.757
DreamHost 0.220.4190.4160.5210.7991.2131.2951.080.9881.1240.7181.0920.82375
EasyWP by Namecheap 0.4790.2360.3560.8570.8771.5821.0371.3680.8111.181.0071.390.9316666667
Eco Web Hosting 0.3290.2070.5220.1650.1960.2130.3220.7170.2110.8320.710.7080.4276666667
GoDaddy 0.3030.4710.4710.4590.471.5361.1241.3960.8151.2421.0311.2590.8814166667
GreenGeeks 0.2580.2460.2610.3190.4950.8130.6990.7210.5880.6410.4820.6950.5181666667
HostXNow 0.530.8560.8770.2020.3660.8651.50.8191.3661.5041.0650.6880.8865
ICDSoft 0.2730.4790.470.5920.641.2311.4251.1171.021.2040.831.0880.8640833333
InMotion Hosting 0.2030.520.3990.5480.8181.4251.4721.2621.2051.6480.8491.2520.96675
Krystal Hosting 0.220.5110.4850.490.5461.3481.3181.2141.211.4160.7361.2410.8945833333
Lightning Base 0.3170.3420.3350.6010.7911.3831.0351.3270.7991.0350.8481.3450.8465
ManagedWPHosting 0.6411.0090.9350.2250.1591.0261.3550.8671.6051.7481.2750.8170.9718333333
MechanicWeb 0.6050.8210.8480.1220.1890.8451.5010.7681.4031.4671.1050.6810.8629166667
Nexcess 0.330.4860.4540.551.1921.6691.341.4541.0091.6181.1541.8451.09175
Pressable 0.2790.3360.3180.2260.2050.2860.2720.4490.3090.2530.2480.4820.30525
raidboxes 0.6030.9150.8240.1830.1760.8780.9240.7121.2851.5391.1340.6730.8205
RSHosting.com 0.6470.2650.2380.8480.9011.4991.0811.3720.7880.9571.0691.4270.9243333333
Sailed.io 0.2270.450.3750.4720.5291.221.2141.0490.8221.1230.691.0030.7645
SiteGround 0.5640.6370.5180.8860.9721.7471.6211.771.3531.5171.2031.6081.199666667
VapourHost 0.7180.9250.8740.270.2090.8890.8890.7271.2431.561.2140.6960.8511666667
WPCycle 0.3330.4590.4120.6260.8451.3441.281.2210.9111.1650.8351.1310.8801666667
WPX 0.170.1650.1920.1260.1380.8510.1290.1470.1330.170.1280.2360.2154166667

Discussion

WPX had the fastest average response times and was the fastest in 10/12 locations.

MechanicWeb and EcoWebHosting picked up the other two fastest single location scores.

Pressable had the second fastest average and EcoWebHosting the third fastest average.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
20i 9.289489.7159647
34SP.com 12.977474.3833017
Cloudways 7.5231007.049345
DreamHost 10.188773.3952049
EasyWP by Namecheap 9.465848.1764207
Eco Web Hosting 11.879369.139904
GoDaddy 12.715534.1880342
GreenGeeks 14.1191392.75766
HostXNow 5.0774032.258065
ICDSoft 10.1061221.001221
InMotion Hosting 10.6981461.988304
Krystal Hosting 8.7681769.911504
Lightning Base 7.975749.6251874
ManagedWPHosting 13.23139.0240512
MechanicWeb 5.082777.777778
Nexcess 7.734985.2216749
Pressable 10.0061349.527665
raidboxes 11.122435.5400697
RSHosting.com 8.974309.5975232
Sailed.io 10.341635.3240152
SiteGround 9.7571295.336788
VapourHost 6.0812398.081535
WPCycle 15.634698.8120196
WPX 6.8932347.41784

Discussion

HostXNow had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores which was the fastest WP Bench of any plan this year.

MechanicWeb was neck and neck with HostXNow on the PHP Bench and a clear second place on the WP Bench.

VapourHost had the third fastest PHP and WP Bench scores.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
20i A
34SP.com A
Cloudways A
DreamHost A+
EasyWP by Namecheap A+
Eco Web Hosting A
GoDaddy A
GreenGeeks A+
HostXNow A
ICDSoft A
InMotion Hosting B
Krystal Hosting A
Lightning Base A
ManagedWPHosting A+
MechanicWeb A
Nexcess A
Pressable A
raidboxes A+
RSHosting.com A
Sailed.io A
SiteGround A
VapourHost A
WPCycle A+
WPX A

Discussion

DreamHost, EasyWP (NameCheap), GreenGeeks, ManagedWPHosting, Raidboxes, and WPCycle all scored an A+.

Everyone else scored an A with the exception of InMotionHosting which scored a B.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

20i was tied for 4th fastest average response time and 5th fastest p95 on the Static test. 20i handled the Load Storm test with ease and fell under the new evaluation criteria about P95 scores barely above 1000ms but with stable results. 20i also had perfect and 99.999% uptime. A Top Tier performance for the second year in a row.
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34SP handled both the Load Storm and Static test without issue. It had near perfect uptime with both monitors showing in excess of 99.99%. In a crowded field it's hard to stand out, but 34SP put up a Top Tier performance without a single error this year. Well done, after two Honorable Mentions in a row, 34SP finally moved up showing that hard work does pay off.
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Cloudways handled the Static test with ease. Cloudways had the same uptime monitoring issue with Hetrix Tools on every plan this year but Uptime Robot showed a perfect uptime. Unfortunately, Cloudways struggled with the Load Storm test which caused the server response times to go very high.
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DreamHost handled the static test without issue. DreamHost also had excellent uptime with both monitors above 99.99%. Unfortunately, DreamHost had trouble with the Load Storm test which never errored but did slow down beginning around 450 VUsers.
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NameCheap has had a difficult year with much of their staff being based in Ukraine and almost didn't complete the tests this year. They reported that they have been under multiple DDoS attacks and it took an incredible effort to find the resources to participate in the benchmarks. Despite all the adversity, EasyWP had the second fastest login average, third fastest page and fourth fastest P95 on the Load Storm test. EasyWP also handled the Static test without any issues. EasyWP stayed above the 99.9% threshold despite the DDoS attacks. These benchmarks have a no withdrawal policy once the benchmarking is done and NameCheap's situation tested the limit of the policy, but instead of a withdrawal, it is with great pride I can give EasyWP by Namecheap a Top Tier award.
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Eco Web Hosting was tied for fourth fastest average response time and had fourth fastest p95 on the Static test. Eco Web Hosting picked up the fastest speed in Cape Town on the WPT benchmark and third fastest average. Eco Web Hosting also handled the Load Storm test without issue. Throw in some perfect uptime on both monitors and you've earned a Top Tier award. Congrats.
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GoDaddy handled the Static test without issue. GoDaddy also had excellent uptime. GoDaddy mostly handled the Load Storm test well, the only downside was that the wp-login response times were almost 2000ms which kept it out of award contention.
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GreenGeeks had the third fastest wp-login on the Load Storm test. GreenGeeks handled the Static test effortlessly. Both uptime monitors showed over 99.99% uptime. Overall, it was a Top Tier performance from Green Geeks.
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First time participant HostXNow had the fastest PHP and WP Bench (the fastest of any plan at any price tier). HostXNow also handled the Load Storm and Static test without issue. The blazing fast PHP and WP Bench scores definitely helped this new comer stand out and earn a Top Tier award on their first attempt. Congratulations!
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ICDSoft had the fastest login average and tied for fastest wp-login speed, it also had the second fastest page and third fastest p95 on the Load Storm test. ICDSoft was on the faster end of the spectrum on the Static test as well. They kept their uptime above 99.9%. ICDSoft definitely upped their game from last year where they earned an Honorable Mention; this year ICDSoft deserves the Top Tier recognition for their performance. Well done.
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InMotion Hosting handled the Static test well. InMotion Hosting also had solid uptime. Unfortunately, there appeared to be some rate limiting blocks on the Load Storm test which caused 429 errors and kept them from earning any recognition this year.
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Krystal had perfect uptime. Krystal also handled the Static test easily. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test caused a little stress on the server and slowed down below award recognition levels.
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LightningBase handled the Load Storm and Static test without issue. LightningBase had near perfect uptime with both monitors showing above 99.998%. LightningBase is the longest continuous participating company in these benchmarks and it's nice to see them continually do well. They don't always stand out in having the absolute fastest scores or a brand that everyone talks about, but LightningBase has been a model of quiet excellence. LightningBase has earned Top Tier marks from 2014 onwards and this year is no exception. Congrats again on extending the Top Tier streak.
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ManagedWPHosting had excellent uptime with both monitors above 99.99%. Unfortunately, the Load Storm and Static test both stressed the server a bit and caused increase response times which keeps them out of award contention.
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MechanicWeb tied for the fastest wp-login speed on the Load Storm test. MechanicWeb had the second fastest PHP and WP bench scores. MechanicWeb also had the fastest WPT score in London. MechanicWeb also had excellent uptime with both monitors showing above 99.99%. MechanicWeb also handled the Static test without issue. This first time participant definitely stepped into the ring prepared and put on a good show, congrats on earning Top Tier status MechanicWeb.
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Nexcess had the fourth fastest asset and login average speeds on the Load Storm test. Nexcess handled the Static test without any problems. Unfortunately, the uptime fell just below the 99.9% threshold required to earn recognition.

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Pressable had the second fastest p95, third fastest asset and login average and fourth fastest page load speed on the Load Storm test. Pressable had the fastest average and p95 on the Static test at a blazing fast 5.9ms and 18ms respectively. Pressable also had perfect and near perfect uptime. Pressable had the second fastest WPT average response time. Pressable put on quite a show of consistently being one of the fastest, well done, Top Tier.
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Raidboxes handled the Static test effortlessly. Raidboxes also had near perfect uptime with both monitors showing 99.99%+. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test overwhelmed the server causing slower response times and errors. I hope to see a bounce back next year from Raidboxes.
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RSHosting did well on the Static test. RSHosting also kept above the 99.9% uptime threshold. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test started to slow down around 550 VUsers, I hope next year proves the old adage 'Third Time is a Charm' true for RSHosting.
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Sailed.io is a first time participant and a bit different from the competition. Sailed.io offers a free and open source platform/tool for you to use to deploy your WordPress sites onto Digital Ocean. They have a premium option with paid support as well, but you're responsible to deploy Sailed onto your own droplets. Sailed.io asked to participate in the benchmarks to show their performance and after some discussion, I accepted and I'm happy to have them. But I also want to make sure readers are aware that Sailed isn't like a traditional WordPress host.

Sailed had perfect uptime. It also handled the Static test without blinking. The Load Storm test did overwhelm the server starting at 900 VUsers where it slowed down a bit. Overall, it was a pretty good first run. For a tool that's available for free to deploy on your own Digital Ocean machines, it certainly puts pressure on the competition.
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SiteGround had the fastest P95 and page load speeds along with the second fastest asset response times on the Load Storm test. SiteGround had the second fastest p95 and third fastest average response time on the Static test. Both uptime monitors showed 99.99%+ which is excellent. A definite Top Tier performance from SiteGround.
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VapourHost had the third fastest PHP and WP Bench scores. VapourHost handled the Static test without issue. Unfortunately, VapourHost had some issues with uptime and it fell below 99.9%. It also struggled with the Load Storm test around 1000 VUsers. VapourHost showed some promise with some fast PHP/WP Bench scores, hopefully this new comer earns some awards next year.
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WPCycle had the fourth fastest wp-login speed on the Load Storm test. WPCycle also handled the Static test without issue. Unfortunately the uptime fell below the 99.9% threshold and kept WPCycle out of award contention. Definitely looks promising performance wise, just needs to make sure it is stable to get an award next year.
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WPX had the fastest asset load times on the Load Storm test. WPX had the second fastest average response time and third fastest p95 on the Static test. WPX had the fastest average response time in WPT and had fastest single location score in 10/12 locales. WPX did very well and earned itself Top Tier status again.
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About the Author

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.

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WooCommerce Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

WooCommerce Hosting Performance Benchmarks is spawned off WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks and is designed to create a consistent set of benchmarks showing how WooCommerce specialized web hosting companies perform. The focus of these tests is performancenot support, not features, not any other dimension. These benchmarks should be looked at in combination with other sources of information when making any hosting decision. Review Signal’s web hosting reviews has insights for some of the companies with regards to aspects beyond performance. That said, for the performance conscious, these benchmarks should be a good guide.

The major differences from the WordPress methodology are the following:

Setup

All tests were performed on an identical WooCommerce dummy website with the same plugins except in cases where hosts added extra plugins or code. The Storefront theme was used with the following sample products. The following Plugins were installed: WooCommerce,  and WP Performance Tester.

k6 Load Storm

The process for LoadStorm was the unique WooCommerce specific test emulated from last year into k6. There were four different profiles created and given their own user distributions (in % after profile), all with 5-10 second page think time. The test scaled from 4 to 1000 concurrent users over 40 minutes and stayed at 1,000 concurrent users for 20 minutes (60 minute test, 20 minute peak).

Profile 1 (20%): Buyer – Homepage, add item to cart, go to cart, checkout (doesn’t submit order)

Profile 2 (10%): Customer (existing) – Homepage, login, view orders, view account details

Profile 3 (20%): Browser – Homepage, visit 5 random product pages

Profile 4 (50%): Home – Homepage only

Source files available here: https://github.com/ReviewSignal/k6-WordPress-benchmarks

k6 Static

Followed the $51-100/Month Price Tier with load going from 1-2000 users over 15 minutes.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $50Unlimited4 GB80 GB4 TBUnlimited
GreenGeeks $25.95Unlimited3 GBUnlimitedUnmeteredUnlimited
ICDSoft $10Unlimited2 GB Per process memory limit100 GB5 TB1 site.
Nexcess 19Unmeteredcloud - variable bursts30 GB3 TB1
Pressable $4550,000512 MB / Process30 GBUnlimited3
raidboxes 50€Unlimited4 GB20 GBUp to 10Gbit1
SaveinCloud BRL 510UnlimitedUp to 8 GiB Based on usage.Up to 20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Servebolt $99Dynamic Requests are set per planUmetered6 GBUnlimited5
SiteGround $39.99No hard limit. Recommended ~400,000N/A40 GBUnlimitedNo limit
WordPress.com $45UnlimitedN/A200 GBUnlimited1

LoadStorm Testing Results

The Load Storm test (in k6) is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

The key metrics are:

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsP95Page Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum AvgWp-login Average Response TimeWoo Buyer ProfileWoo Customer ProfileWoo Browser ProfileWoo Home ProfileWoo Cart Response Cumavg
Cloudways 24167081976576.3867509436411214316402755519675094349663514557416
GreenGeeks 5124220214.67142635356150201150727643623607155
ICDSoft 5451900226.33151441168242194163423411419453164
Nexcess 416711582198.81115697574220582416226374237231396269112586
Pressable 5589100234.4815531316770249200563401250299204
raidboxes 3938120289.051096623109329513875359571676911617565273852
SaveinCloud 591120577271019.81164675310319382359911639607555377
Servebolt 5446374228.24151411212177240210495429403369216
SiteGround 5039872212.761401071200650753716127910558551031805
WordPress.com 5166160214.29143519115323421329987651373431344

Discussion

GreenGeeks, ICDSoft, Pressable, Servebolt, and WordPress.com didn't have any issues.

SiteGround had good looking tests, just the response time was a little on the slower side with p95 of 1071 and 3/4 profiles loading over 1000ms on average.

Cloudways started slowing down around 200 VUsers with errors kicking in around 450 which is when login stopped functioning.

Nexcess and Raidboxes both started slowing down around 600 VUsers.

SaveinCloud actually had a great run if you removed a 3 minute window where auto scaling started kicking in. The auto scaling caused some errors/load time increases while getting started, but once it was running the performance was solid and completely recovered.

Load Storm Average Response Time by Profile

This takes deeper look at the results and analyzes the performance of loading HTML mime types, to ignore a lot of static assets which are cached and bring down average response times. This tests how fast the initial pages are delivered, which is what a user would experience before loading all the other assets like css, javascript and images.

Results Table

CompanyBuyer ProfileCustomer ProfileBrowser ProfileHome ProfileCart Response Cumavg
Cloudways 519675094349663514557416
GreenGeeks 727643623607155
ICDSoft 423411419453164
Nexcess 74237231396269112586
Pressable 563401250299204
raidboxes 71676911617565273852
SaveinCloud 911639607555377
Servebolt 495429403369216
SiteGround 127910558551031805
WordPress.com 987651373431344

Cloudways is the unfortunate standpoint with their response times nearly maxing out.

Nexcess and Raidboxes also slowed down a significant amount on every profile.

Pressable had 3/4 fastest profiles.

Servebolt was consistent top 3 in every profile.

ICDSoft was the fastest in one profile and top 3 in another.

WordPress.com was in the top 3 twice.

GreenGeeks had the fastest cart response time.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 66489301433356730723
GreenGeeks 67539101493.83334741663
ICDSoft 68704501437.83312755723
Nexcess 693987671467.83297758487
Pressable 87976801961.3324966140
raidboxes 65463601436.33377719871
SaveinCloud 732280171614.33230805425
Servebolt 76455161687.83178812301
SiteGround 86438801895.3342950149
WordPress.com 89430101973.837.298221

Discussion

GreenGeeks, Pressable, Raidboxes, SaveInCloud, Servebolt, SiteGround, and WordPress.com all handled this test without issue.

Cloudways and ICDSoft started getting a few minor spikes towards the end of the test, but nothing major.

Nexcess struggled towards the end of the test with response times exceeding 2000ms.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 99.98599.8499
GreenGeeks 99.99299.9895
ICDSoft 99.95799.9476
Nexcess 99.8999.8951
Pressable 99.997100
raidboxes 99.9999.9882
SaveinCloud 99.8599.8476
Servebolt 99.99899.9657
SiteGround 10099.9942
WordPress.com 100100

Discussion

GreenGeeks, ICDSoft, Pressable, Raidboxes, Servebolt, SiteGround, and WordPress.com all had good uptime.

Nexcess and SaveInCloud fell just below the 99.9% threshold expected.

Cloudways showed good uptime on one monitor while the second showed good uptime. The issue seemed to be resolving the hostname from HetrixTools. Unfortunately, I don't a third monitor to tie break in this instance.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.5740.9120.9941.0191.0812.252.2392.0531.5912.0531.2492.51.542916667
GreenGeeks 0.3660.3930.4250.4920.5861.0611.0011.030.8850.8560.6931.0650.73775
ICDSoft 0.6980.9011.0370.9541.1522.0712.4351.9011.6221.9961.2742.2571.524833333
Nexcess 0.7610.871.0421.0021.5422.1541.7371.8171.392.0021.5372.4621.526333333
Pressable 0.7410.6670.9330.9060.6220.910.7541.1180.8860.6640.7261.4030.8608333333
raidboxes 1.1951.5521.3890.6970.571.6331.651.252.3232.8072.1172.1121.607916667
SaveinCloud 1.6041.8391.6761.9562.2213.0383.4523.793.0873.5190.7222.9772.490083333
Servebolt 0.8060.6450.9461.0280.9851.541.3611.3941.1251.3891.2562.4481.243583333
SiteGround 1.1530.9231.2181.1241.2042.2741.4411.8231.3831.4851.8852.9351.570666667
WordPress.com 0.6120.5510.8730.5880.6080.9150.6440.6020.9990.6170.6381.7360.7819166667

Discussion

GreekGeeks is the surprising standout this year with the fastest average response time globally and notching itself 6/12 fastest response times.

WordPress.com was fastest in 4/12 locations with sister company Pressable just edging it out by 5ms in Cape Town. German company Raidboxes picked up the final fastest location out of their home country with the fastest speed in Frankfurt.

What is impressive is the fastest average time last year was 1.15, this year it was .73 (GreenGeeks) with two more companies - Pressable/WordPress.com - coming in faster than fastest average last year. The second slowest average (1.6) would be the third fastest speed the previous year.

Everyone, especially consumers, looks like a winner given the historical context.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 7.568963.3911368
GreenGeeks 14.881148.105626
ICDSoft 10.1521426.533524
Nexcess 7.732966.1835749
Pressable 10.131356.852103
raidboxes 7.964737.4631268
SaveinCloud 10.914560.2240896
Servebolt 5.8392178.649237
SiteGround 9.4061468.428781
WordPress.com 9.6472463.054187

Discussion

Version 2 of the plugin was used, so we cannot compare against previous years.

Servebolt was the fastest by a decent margin on the PHP Bench.

GreenGeeks was the slowest with a score almost 3 times as high as Servebolt. It does show us that raw CPU doesn't necessarily translate to the best performance though.

WordPress.com had the fastest WP Bench with Servebolt not too far behind.

Cloudways, Nexcess, Raidboxes and SaveInCloud had the slowest WP Bench scores, which interesting correlated with who struggled on the Load Storm test (although SaveInCloud's autoscaling handled it). A database heavy system like WooCommerce might have more correlation with WP Bench scores in terms of performance.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
GreenGeeks A+
ICDSoft A
Nexcess A
Pressable A
raidboxes A+
SaveinCloud A
Servebolt A
SiteGround A
WordPress.com A+

Discussion

In the words of Oprah, you get an A, you get an A, you get an A.

Everyone gets an A.

GreenGeeks, Raidboxes and WordPress.com all got A+.

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.


Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways had a pretty good static test, a few bumps but nothing much to complain about there. Cloudways unfortunately struggled tremendously on the WooCommerce (Load Storm) test. I can't help but wonder if the low WP Bench score correlates with difficulty on the WooCommerce test. Would a faster CPU/DB help?
Visit Cloudways Website
A huge congratulations to GreenGeeks who elevated from Honorable Mention to Top Tier status this year. After being on the edge previously, they continued to improve. GreenGeeks had the second fastest Asset/Login CumAvg and the fastest wp login. However, the biggest surprise was GreenGeeks had the fastest WPT test average and was the fastest in half the testing locations. Well done.
Visit GreenGeeks Website
First time participant ICDSoft made quite a splash this year. The WooCommerce test had ICDSoft with fastest Login CumAvg and buyer profile. It was also pretty consistently in the top 4 on most of the other metrics on that test. It did respectably in all the other tests. The only minor issue was the static test, the average response time started go over 1000ms towards the very end of the test. ICDSoft earned itself a very honorable mention.
Visit ICDSoft Website
Nexcess had the third fastest PHP bench score. Overall, nexcess had another difficult year on these bechmarks Both load tests caused some struggles and the uptime fell just below the 99.9% threshold. I hope to see some big improvements next year.
Visit Nexcess Website
Pressable's third Top Tier performance in a row. Consistent excellence. The fastest p95 and the fastest in 3/4 WooCommerce profiles. The second fastest Static load speeds. 100% and 99.99+% on uptime monitors. They had third fastest WPT average. Undoubtedly Top Tier.
Visit Pressable Website
The bright spots for Raidboxes were they were the fastest response time in Frankfurt, Germany. They also had excellent uptime and an A+ rating on their SSL certificate. The static load test was also very good, it was perfectly flat showing zero signs of stress. The less fortunate side was it struggled tremendously with the WooCommerce (Load Storm) load test quite a lot.
Visit raidboxes Website
SaveInCloud's first foray into the WooCommerce benchmark was a mixed experience. The WooCommerce (LoadStorm) test showed so much promise, if we simply removed a 3 minute window of auto scaling it would have been excellent. But the auto scaling did cause errors and load time increases. There looks to be a lot of potential in SaveInCloud's product, hopefully next year it will come back and earn Top Tier honors.
Visit SaveinCloud Website
Servebolt earning Top Tier status shouldn't come as any surprise. They've been one of the most consistent Top Tier performers in these benchmarks. Servebolt had the fastest PHP Bench, the second fastest WP Bench. Their load tests had the strange pattern of actually getting faster as the test sent more users. They were in the top 3 for every different customer profile and had the second fastest p95 in the Woo specific load test. Easily a Top Tier performance.
Visit Servebolt Website
Overall a great performance from SiteGround this year. It had the third fastest static load speeds. It had 100% and 99.99+% uptime. It had the third fastest WP Bench. The only knock on SiteGround was the p95 and some of the profiles in the WooCommerce test just went over 1000ms. SiteGround has earned itself a very Honorable Mention this year.
Visit SiteGround Website
The fastest p95 on the static test at 21ms shows WordPress.com's global caching is excellent. WordPress.com also had the fastest Page load speeds (PageCumAvg). The only company with perfect uptime on both monitor. The fastest WP Bench. The second fastest WPT average and fastest in 33% of locations. Another well deserved Top Tier award for WordPress.com.
Visit WordPress.com Website

About the Author

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.

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Enterprise ($500+/Month) WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2020

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Originally posted here.

LoadStorm Testing Results

Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsPeak Response TimeAverage Response TimeTotal Data TransferredPeak ThroughputAverage ThroughputWp-login Average Response Time
Flywheel 20430292181644.771135.022239101112.4290.4462.46797
GridPane.com 20711823165211511506985.00112.279062825
Pantheon 19344432521548107527699105.00120.8697671002
Pressable 233901651887129915099114.00120.5397671005
Presslabs 23130060186712855763.00198.0011291621310
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 22316884951782124015103111.00117.8294651428
Seravo 201702661647.151120.5713379106105.2186.1758.45804
Servebolt 2707825250218015041528964.00101.028056881
WordPress VIP 196872631581.051093.743821109165.96133.4192.2804

Discussion

Flywheel, GridPane, Jelastic, Pantheon, Pressable, Presslabs, Seravo, Servebolt and WPVIP all handled this test without issue. It's impressive how the average response time for every company was below 200ms.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95P99
Flywheel 20559933
GridPane.com 16928530
Pantheon 20333133
Pressable 21930450
Presslabs 19093941
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 20036059
Seravo 20223250
Servebolt 17031870
WordPress VIP 21469540

Discussion

No company struggled with the Load Impact test. Jelastic had a very strange looking graph with response times bouncing up and down, possibly an auto scaling issue? GridPane's graph looked like there was an increasing in load but the peak was under 300ms, it really isn't an issue.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrixAlt Uptime Monitor
Flywheel 100100
GridPane.com 100100
Pantheon 100100
Pressable 100100
Presslabs 100100
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 99.97999.99
Seravo 99.984100
Servebolt 99.58110099.99
WordPress VIP 100100

Discussion

No companies had any uptime issues.

Servebolt also had a discrepancy between UptimeRobot and StatusCake uptime. One showed a very low 99.581 and the other 100. The third monitor I setup showed 99.99%, so I went with the StatusCake number.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaLondonFrankfurtSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilAverageRose Hill MauritiusIsrael
Flywheel 0.3510.4330.3520.3530.3710.4170.410.4390.3810.49958333331.0580.91
GridPane.com 0.450.7831.0541.0322.0912.4431.5812.1611.1791.4519166672.3211.547
Pantheon 0.4720.5690.610.6320.8850.9881.0060.9540.6880.98716666673.261.13
Pressable 0.4730.9571.2381.1722.3092.0391.852.3351.3221.6546666673.2172.027
Presslabs 0.660.8540.3690.3890.3670.5650.6040.4681.5560.70216666671.1020.881
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 0.6340.920.3250.4191.3160.8471.6321.5061.1311.1141666672.5221.048
Seravo 0.3420.4010.460.3450.5270.570.3680.4380.350.53108333331.020.973
Servebolt 0.4260.6450.6390.6711.0530.990.8471.0650.7840.89941666671.7691.213
WordPress VIP 0.4210.5310.7040.7221.6181.4511.0371.2710.6980.9891.5931.16

Discussion

Flywheel and Seravo were neck and neck with Flywheel edging out Seravo by 31ms for fastest average load time. Pressable was the slowest in 7/12 locations.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Flywheel 8.852357.1428571
GridPane.com 6.093923
Pantheon 11.098226.3980077
Pressable 6.2841344.086022
Presslabs 6.7121242.236025
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 7.524314.861461
Seravo 6.12820.3445447
Servebolt 3.2922037
WordPress VIP 9.875854.7008547

Discussion

Servebolt stood out being the fastest PHP Bench and WP Bench. GridPane, Pressable, Presslabs and Seravo all had faster PHP bench scores than the second fastest company last year (Presslabs); so it's nice to see the whole field getting faster.

*GridPane.com couldn't run the WPPerformanceTester plugin because of the database layer they run wasn't compatible (LudicrousDB). The same commands were executed manually that the WPPerformanceTester does against the system to replicate the numbers.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Flywheel A
GridPane.com A+
Pantheon A+
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic A
Seravo A+
Servebolt B
WordPress VIP A

Discussion

GridPane, Pantheon, Presslabs and Seravo all earned A+ ratings. Every single B grade was for the following reason according to Qualsys: "This server supports TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. Grade capped to B."

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

Perfect uptime. The fastest WebPageTest average response time. Second and third fastest Load Impact and Load Storm average response speed respectively. A well deserved Top Tier performance.
Visit Flywheel Website
One of the new entrants in this years test, GridPane only competed at the Enterprise tier to likely send a message that says we're here and we're serious. Well the results say, welcome to the club. Perfect uptime and the second fastest Load Storm average response time combined with a miniscule 3 total errors on both load tests say GridPane is here to perform. The only improvement I would like to see is better scores on WebPageTest where outside of US/Europe it wasn't as fast as some of the competition. Overall, happy to see GridPane show us that another Top Tier Enterprise performer is here.
Visit GridPane.com Website
Pantheon had perfect uptime and the third fastest Load Impact peak average response time. There isn't much to say other than they earned a Top Tier performance and had a nice improvement in the Load Storm test compared to last year with fewer errors and half the average response time.
Visit Pantheon Website
Pressable had perfect uptime and only 5 total errors on both load tests. I'd like to see faster response times globally but it was a Top Tier performance for sure.
Visit Pressable Website
This small company has participated many years and continues to impress with yet another Top Tier performance. Perfect uptime. 1 error total on the load tests was the lowest total of any company. The third fastest average response time on WebPageTest. Well done Presslabs.
Visit Presslabs Website
Jelastic competed in many tiers and I was excited to see them figure out a way to balance their slightly different billing scheme to fit into these tests. Their platform scaled all the way up to the Enterprise tier, showing that it can handle tremendous loads without struggling. It earned Top Tier recognition in yet another tier, well done.
Visit Scaleforce powered by Jelastic Website
The third new Enterprise Tier entrant didn't disappoint. Seravo was neck and neck with Flywheel for the fastest average response time globally on WebPageTest. They had a total of 6 errors on excellent load tests. Welcome to the Top Tier Seravo.
Visit Seravo Website
Servebolt continued it's dominance in the WPPerformanceTester results into the Enterprise Tier being the fastest by a solid margin again on both PHP and WP Bench. They also managed the fastest average response time on Load Storm and kept a global average response time under 1000ms on WebPageTest which put them in 4th place. Another Top Tier performance by Servebolt.
Visit Servebolt Website
Perfect uptime. 3 total errors across both load tests. The fastest peak average response time on Load Impact. WordPress VIP continues to deliver Top Tier performances.
Visit WordPress VIP Website

About the Author

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.

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$201-500/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2020

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Originally posted here.

LoadStorm Testing Results

Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsPeak Response TimeAverage Response TimeTotal Data TransferredPeak ThroughputAverage ThroughputWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 6064810521336.933760.00340.00353019
Nestify 8480460668.7471.144214.0046952.1441.4829
Pressable 97223222708540124051086.0049.913728
RAIDBOXES 10034510773.97557.471072850553.0541.1129.47
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 115309092890064115315124.0061.274834
Servebolt 13811294210907671509947.0050.954028

Discussion

Cloudways, Jelastic, Nestify, Raidboxes and Servebolt all handled this test without issue.

Pressable saw a slight increase in response times from 500 to 1200ms.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95P99
Cloudways 116206815
Nestify 10035820
Pressable 17689260
RAIDBOXES 11422400
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 16968197
Servebolt 14207600

Discussion

Jelastic, Pressable, Raidboxes and Servebolt all handled the Load Impact test without issue.

Cloudways started to slow down around 3250 users and peak average response time increased to 1100.

Nestify started to slow down around 2500 users and peak average response time went to almost 1500ms.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrixAlt Uptime Monitor
Cloudways 100100
Nestify 100100
Pressable 100100
RAIDBOXES 99.999100
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 98.58799.9998.56
Servebolt 99.58399.9999.98

Discussion

Cloudways, Nestify, Pressable, and Raidboxes had perfect or 99.999% uptime.

Jelastic had very different uptimes based on the monitors with UptimeRobot showing 98.587% and StatusCake showing 99.99%. The third monitor showed 98.56% which was inline with UptimeRobot, so I went with that being correct.

Servebolt also had a discrepancy between UptimeRobot and StatusCake uptime. One showed a very low 99.583 and the other 99.99. The third monitor I setup showed 99.98%, so I went with the StatusCake number.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaLondonFrankfurtSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilAverageRose Hill MauritiusIsrael
Cloudways 0.3370.6390.6580.7321.7221.551.2731.5251.0191.110252.021.187
Nestify 0.4861.131.6971.6233.2463.5382.3572.9031.8152.1740833334.262.077
Pressable 0.5211.011.3111.2592.2431.9711.7572.1911.5131.66853.311.92
RAIDBOXES 0.8751.4560.4280.3691.3731.0692.3872.4081.7751.3503333331.9840.893
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 1.1222.1820.3040.4173.6161.7913.394.1213.0082.1620833333.1061.019
Servebolt 0.4750.6170.5820.7131.0520.9870.8811.0870.7950.89816666671.681.218

Discussion

Servebolt was the fastest in 7/12 locations and had the fastest average response time. Jelastic was the slowest in 7/12 and fastest in 1. Nestify was the slowest in 5/12.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 7.538689.1798759
Nestify 7.486742.9420505
Pressable 6.2151367.989056
RAIDBOXES 5.644938.0863039
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 7.6491213.592233
Servebolt 3.2811992.031873

Discussion

The speed on this test was impressive. Servebolt was clearly the fastest on both tests but the numbers were an astonishing improvement over last year. The second fastest score last year on PHP Bench was 9.388 and the slowest this year was 7.649, nearly a two second improvement. Some of this could be because there are a different mix of companies but three of them are the same. Servebolt got faster by ~500ms and ~500 queries per second. Pressable improved by 4000ms and 900 queries per second. Cloudways improved by 1900ms and 260 queries per second. It's nice to see continuous improvements being made across the board.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways B
Nestify B
Pressable A
RAIDBOXES A+
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic A
Servebolt B

Discussion

Raidboxes was the only company to achieve an A+ rating. Every single B grade was for the following reason according to Qualsys: "This server supports TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. Grade capped to B."

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.


Individual Host Analysis

Overall a very good performance from Cloudways. Perfect uptime. Improved speeds from last years WPPerformanceTester results. Just a minor slow down during Load Impact kept them from earning Top Tier honors.
Visit Cloudways Website
Nestify had perfect uptime. A perfect looking Load Storm test with zero errors and flat response times. The only issue was Load Impact slowed down starting around 2300 users and kept climbing upwards to around 1.5s average response time. Very borderline on earning an Honorable Mention, just a bit better next year will earn some them recognition.
Visit Nestify Website
Pressable had perfect uptime and Load Impact test. In fact, they had the fastest peak average response time of any company in this price tier. The only issue was Load Storm caused some increased response times with it slowly climbing to over 1300ms at points. It was borderline on the honorable mention, but the response times went a bit too high. A little better and Pressable would be earning honors at this tier.
Visit Pressable Website
One of the standout new entrants this year earned Top Tier status right off the bat. 99.999% uptime and up. Zero errors on both load tests. Hard to ask for a better performance, but they also had the fastest PHP bench score of a company not named Servebolt across any price tier. Well done Raidboxes and congrats on the Top Tier marks.
Visit RAIDBOXES Website
Excellent performance from this new comer except for the uptime issue. They didn't have this issue in other tiers, so I am optimistic next year they will earn Top Tier status.
Visit Scaleforce powered by Jelastic Website
Speed, speed, speed. Servebolt had the fastest response times on Load Storm and WebPageTest. They also were in a class of their own on WPPerformanceTester. The Top Tier status was well deserved for Servebolt.
Visit Servebolt Website

About the Author

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.

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$101-200/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2020

Please read the Methodology to fully understand the scope of these tests.

Note: Please check company profiles for summary of performances across multiple tiers. Some companies also offer promotions or coupon codes for a discount as well.

Originally posted here.

LoadStorm Testing Results

Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.

Results Table

CompanyTotal RequestsTotal ErrorsPeak RpsAverage RpsPeak Response TimeAverage Response TimeTotal Data TransferredPeak ThroughputAverage ThroughputWp-login Average Response Time
Cloudways 4056550282225.3613206.002012.00211412
IONOS 5247574165538029215593505.0023.531713
Nestify 692645154038515054523.0042.653424
Pantheon 79497613262144215102.00116.00453625
Pressable 809307058745012354970.0041.583023
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 900234103069350014609219.0048.213727
Seravo 7650431215725314255029641.0034.332319
Servebolt 926739103887951515100108.0033.933319
WPOven 7283699457740515100.00424.00423424

Discussion

Jelastic, Nestify, Pantheon, Servebolt and WPOven all handled the Load Storm test without issue.

1&1 IONOS may have run into some security issues which couldn't be turned off with a stable response time but high error rate.

Cloudways slowed down substantially with average response time going over 2000ms.

Pressable started to slow down with average response times rising from 500ms to 1100ms.

Seravo ran into an issue with docker proxy that couldn't be resolved which caused a high error rate.

K6 Static Testing Results

K6 Static test is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95P99
Cloudways 5786170
IONOS 7964145000
Nestify 8510450
Pantheon 12896531
Pressable 13370470
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 12932909
Seravo 881714148
Servebolt 11040705
WPOven 8952330

Discussion

Jelastic, Pantheon, Pressable, Seravo, Servebolt and WPOven didn't experience any issues with the Load Impact test.

1&1 IONOS ran into security measures again and experienced a lot of errors.

Cloudways experienced some stress and response times increased substantially starting around 1200 users.

Nestify started experiencing load around 2500 and increased slightly to 1s average response time.

Uptime Testing Results

Uptime is monitored by two companies: HetrixTools and Uptime Robot. A self hosted monitor was also run in case there was a major discrepancy between the two third party monitors.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrixAlt Uptime Monitor
Cloudways 100100
IONOS 99.98699.99
Nestify 100100
Pantheon 100100
Pressable 100100
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 99.9999.99
Seravo 100100
Servebolt 99.58299.9999.99
WPOven 100100

Discussion

Every company did well maintaining above 99.98% uptime. The only issue was a strange discrepancy between UptimeRobot and StatusCake on Servebolt's uptime. One showed a very low 99.582 and the other 99.99. The third monitor I setup showed 99.99%, so the issue appears to be with Uptime Robot.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world. Result are measured in seconds.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaLondonFrankfurtSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilAverageRose Hill MauritiusIsrael
Cloudways 10.6230.6980.7431.6381.5381.1391.5770.9921.14652.0291.197
IONOS 0.6750.6971.0061.1411.8342.0471.2391.8821.4541.422752.9391.57
Nestify 0.4751.1481.4321.5183.2293.5332.5982.921.8232.1181666673.7752.047
Pantheon 0.4360.5880.5340.590.8750.8741.0920.8960.6730.98091666673.2651.145
Pressable 0.3911.0081.2241.1882.3222.2261.782.2451.3241.6461666673.3671.868
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 0.8221.5630.3840.3612.8151.5182.762.9652.3171.6589166672.120.976
Seravo 0.4280.6560.8221.042.2131.9621.4652.0731.351.370252.4741.379
Servebolt 0.4540.590.5610.6521.0471.1821.0451.0920.7490.91508333331.7971.173
WPOven 0.430.760.9030.9071.7961.6711.4591.6591.021.229752.2751.205

Discussion

Pantheon picked up the fastest response times in 5/12 locations. Servebolt ended up being the fastest in only two locations but had the fastest average overall being near the fastest in most locaations. Nestify didn't stand out well here being slowest in 6/12 locales and second slowest in 5/12. Jelastic was the slowest in 5 locations, second slowest in 2 locations and the fastest in 3 locations.

WPPerformanceTester Testing Results

WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other is a PHP Bench. 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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 7.605628.1407035
IONOS 10.029370.5075954
Nestify 7.487753.0120482
Pantheon 8.996309.8853424
Pressable 6.2131297.016861
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 7.8881314.060447
Seravo 8.029463.6068614
Servebolt 3.2752049.180328
WPOven 11.831497.2650423

Discussion

Servebolt blew away the competition on this test recording near 50% faster scores on both PHP bench and WP bench than the next fastest competitors. The competition wasn't slow either, Pressable's PHP bench was a near 50% improvement over their own score last year too.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways B
IONOS B
Nestify B
Pantheon A
Pressable A
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic A
Seravo B
Servebolt B
WPOven B

Discussion

No company achieved an A+ rating. Every single B grade was for the following reason according to Qualsys: "This server supports TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. Grade capped to B."

Conclusion

There are two levels of recognition awarded to companies that participate in the tests. There is no ‘best’ declared, it’s simply tiered, it’s hard to come up with an objective ranking system because of the complex nature of hosting. These tests also don’t take into account outside factors such as reviews, support, and features. It is simply testing performance as described in the methodology.

Top Tier

This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.


Honorable Mention

The following companies earned Honorable Mention status because they did very well and had a minor issue or two holding them back from earning Top Tier status.


Individual Host Analysis

Perfect uptime. Zero errors on load tests was nice. But the response times just increased too much to win any recognition.
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1&1 IONOS was marred by security measures that couldn't be worked around. Their uptime was solid, but the load tests just had too many errors which seemed like were triggered by security features because response times were remaining flat.
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Nestify's perfect uptime was a great start. 1 error total between both load tests. The only issue was the response times increased around 2500 users on Load Impact to over 1000ms which meant Nestify earned Honorable Mention status.
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100% uptime. Effortless load test results including the fastest Load Impact average response time. Often the fastest response times on WebPageTest with the second fastest average load time overall. A solid showing earned Pantheon Top Tier status.
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Perfect uptime. Incredibly fast Load Impact results with zero errors and second fastest peak average load time. The only thing that kept Pressable from earning Top Tier status was Load Storm slowing down responses from 500ms to 1100ms during the test. Honorable Mention well earned.
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99.99% uptime on both monitors. Minimal errors on the load tests. Jelastic earned a top tier performance.
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Perfect uptime. Solid Load Impact result. The downfall was a docker proxy bug which kept popping up and causing a lot of errors on Load Storm.
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Servebolt prides themselves on speed. They were blazingly fast on WPPerformanceTester. They had the fastest average response time on WebPageTest. They had the fastest Load Storm average response time. Top Tier honors were easily awarded to Servebolt.
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A relatively unknown provider which intermittently participates in these benchmarks. Each time they seem to do quite well earning Top Tier honors for the third time in a row this year. Perfect uptime and excellent load tests will do that. Well done and welcome back WPOven.
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About the Author

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.

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