$101-200/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2021
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
|Company||Plan Monthly Price||Plan Visitors Allowed||Plan Memory||Plan Disk Space||Plan Bandwidth||Plan Sites Allowed|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||$159||Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)||Based on usage. Up to 16 GiB||Based on usage. Up to 40 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||CHF 133||Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)||Based on usage. Up to 16 GiB||Based on usage. Up to 40 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||BRL 960||Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)||Based on usage. Up to 16 GiB||Based on usage. Up to 40 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||$199||Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)||16 GiB||30 GiB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Servebolt||$128.00||1 000 000 Dynamic Requests||Unmetered||4 GB (+flex)||Unmetered||3 (+ unlimited dev environments)|
|SiteGround||$190||No hard limit. Unlimited||12GB RAM||80GB Space||Unlimited||Unlimited|
LoadStorm Testing Results
Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.
|Company||Total Requests||Total Errors||Peak Rps||Average Rps||Peak Response Time||Average Response Time||Total Data Transferred||Peak Throughput||Average Throughput||Wp-login Average Response Time|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||1013917||722||789.72||563.29||15480||102||47.23||37||26||458|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||1089893||669||875.58||605.50||15088||102||47.05||39||26||477|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||1026390||954||810.95||570.22||15048||118||46.23||37||26||656|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||1020001||278||794.43||566.67||15116||76||47.29||37.19||26.27||258|
CloudJiffy, Infomaniak, Pressable, SaveInCloud, Scaleforce, Servebolt, and SiteGround all handled this test without issue.
Cloudways slowed down substantially during the test. A2 Hosting had wp-login security issues which couldn't be worked around causing errors.
K6 Testing Results
K6 is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.
|Company||Requests||Errors||Peak Rps||Average Response Time||Average Rps||P95||P99|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||1331605||190||2933||15||1465||66||73|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||1334359||200||2956||13||1466||65||68|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||1333782||290||2936||14||1464||64||64|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||1336707||0||2958||11||1469||42||42|
A2Hosting, CloudJiffy, Cloudways, Infomaniak, Pressable, SaveInCloud, Scaleforce and Servebolt had no issues with this test.
SiteGround slowed down substantially as the test went on.
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.
|Company||Uptime Robot||Hetrix||Alt Uptime Monitor|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||85.06||100||100|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||85.058||100||100|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||85.043||99.9908||99.854|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||100||100|
A2Hosting, Cloudways, Pressable, Scaleforce, Servebolt and SiteGround all had 99.9% uptime or higher.
CloudJiffy, Infomaniak and SaveInCloud all suffered the same SSL renewal error which caused downtime.
WebPageTest Testing Results
WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world.
|Company||Virginia||California||Salt Lake City||London||Frankfurt||Cape Town||Singapore||Mumbai||Tokyo||Sydney||Brazil||Dubai||Average|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||1.23||1.202||1.43||0.718||0.573||0.937||1.226||1.444||1.654||1.784||1.456||1.721||1.28125|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||0.857||0.844||1.57||0.666||0.649||1.062||1.267||1.219||1.625||1.852||1.527||1.715||1.23775|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||0.842||1.349||0.931||0.79||0.994||1.766||1.945||3.337||1.795||0.974||0.672||2.414||1.484083333|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||1.063||0.977||1.322||0.646||0.627||1.039||1.087||0.93||1.372||1.396||1.216||1.085||1.063333333|
It's rare I say there was an obvious winner because I'm not sure it's happened before. Servebolt was the fastest in every single location tested.
This price tier's WPT result is perhaps the least chaotic I've seen to date with companies generally staying relative to one another in so many locations.
WPPerformanceTester Testing Results
WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other a PHP benchmark. WP Bench measures how many WP queries per second and higher tends to be better (varies considerably by architecture). PHP Bench performs a lot of computational and some database operations which are measured in seconds to complete. Lower PHP Bench is better. WP Bench is red in the chart, PHP Bench is blue.
|Company||PHP Bench||WP Bench|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||9.523||914.9130833|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||8.316||1666.666667|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||10.283||630.1197227|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||8.026||1062.699256|
Servebolt is the only company who has broken sub 4 seconds on PHP Bench. A2 and Pressable are close behind on the PHP Bench. Servebolt just slightly edged out A2 Hosting by 7 queries per second on having the fastest WP Bench in this price tier.
SSL Testing Results
The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
|Company||Qualsys SSL Grade|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||A|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||A|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||A|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||A|
A's for almost everyone. A+ for Servebolt. Cloudways earned a B for supporting older TLS versions.
Internet.nl Testing Results
The tool is available at https://internet.nl/test-site/.
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||28|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||28|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||6|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||45|
Servebolt had the highest score at 68. SaveInCloud scored 6.
I'm not sure how much value there is in this metric, but the results are here for people to look at and evaluate for themselves.
Mozilla Observatory Testing Results
The tool is available at https://observatory.mozilla.org/.
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||F|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||F|
|SaveInCloud powered by Jelastic||F|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||F|
And the winner is... Servebolt with a D+ edging out every other company with F's.
I really don't know what to make of these results, when most companies are failing, I have to consider whether the test is useful, or are many companies not doing a good job securing the servers or are these measuring things which are beyond the hosting provider's scope and more on the user? Or is it something else? I don't have an answer, but I am publishing the results to add another data point to the discussion.
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.
This year's Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.
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.