$201-500/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2021

$201-500/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.

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

Cloudways competed with a GCP CO 2XL.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic $348Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)Based on usage. Up to 30.5 GiBBased on usage. Up to 180 GB UnlimitedUnlimited
Cloudways $397.72Unlimited32GB20GB - variable50GB - variableUnlimited
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic CHF 325Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)Based on usage. Up to 30.5 GiBBased on usage. Up to 180 GB UnlimitedUnlimited
Presslabs $299500,000; These are the included pageviews in the plan, the extra pageviews are charged with $0.20 for every 1,000 additional pageviews.Unmetered15GBUnlimited 1
RAIDBOXES 300€Unlimited3240GB SSDUnlimited1
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 499Unlimited33.7 GiB200 GiBUnlimitedUnlimited
Servebolt $348.001 000 000 Dynamic RequestsUnmetered4 GB (+flex)Unmetered3 (+ unlimited dev environments)
Servebolt Accelerated $398.001 000 000 Dynamic RequestsUnmetered4 GB (+flex)metered3 (+ unlimited dev environments)
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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
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic 13285616861051.27738.091535610460.144833499
Cloudways 11335740897.87629.76384735652.154129680
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic 13245286451071.48735.85151019759.794933484
Presslabs 145786201158.20809.92313319256.714531.51383
RAIDBOXES 64076633505.25355.981509859532.322617.961012
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 12574321941020.52698.57157137758.4647.8532.48292
Servebolt 1570397431255.57872.44151925751.844228.8192
Servebolt Accelerated 1548422491200.72860.23150716251.564028.65217

Discussion

CloudJiffy, Cloudways, Infomaniak, Presslabs, Scaleforce, Servebolt and Servebolt Accelerated all handled this test without issue.

RAIDBOXES was a little bit slower than the competition and had wp-login response time just over 1000ms.

K6 Testing Results

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

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95P99
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic 177884632939421319536061
Cloudways 1486375032872121628423425
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic 177669653439281519486568
Presslabs 167779703708741834245245
RAIDBOXES 1576769034851431727299299
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 1782739139471119534242
Servebolt 17600682389424193434112
Servebolt Accelerated 1762783138862219373483

Discussion

Every company handled the K6 without 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
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic 85.077100100
Cloudways 100100
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic 85.077100100
Presslabs 97.821100100
RAIDBOXES 99.99299.9927
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 100100
Servebolt 100100
Servebolt Accelerated 99.96199.9765

Discussion

Cloudways, RAIDBOXES, Scaleforce, Servebolt and Servebolt Accelerated all had above 99.9% uptime.

CloudJiffy, Infomaniak and Presslabs all had SSL certificate renewal problems which caused downtime to drop below 99.9%.

WebPageTest Testing Results

WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic 0.81.2691.4580.7080.6410.9731.2391.4261.670.9470.7651.6531.129083333
Cloudways 0.8410.8380.8430.7910.8491.4461.351.2761.0661.3030.8961.2651.063666667
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic 0.8250.7911.5840.6820.7161.1411.230.7591.5881.8181.2663.3521.312666667
Presslabs 0.6820.6410.8630.6740.6232.0210.6651.0290.8790.9961.2720.8480.93275
RAIDBOXES 1.0651.1131.150.5850.6171.3051.0490.9331.4151.8431.3350.7891.099916667
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 1.0391.031.1110.5860.671.0511.1531.051.2491.4081.1911.0961.052833333
Servebolt 0.6690.6910.8250.6580.5650.670.6440.7760.6330.6040.6860.7210.6785
Servebolt Accelerated 0.6740.6790.9060.610.630.5530.6160.6670.6670.7650.640.7080.67625

Discussion

Servebolt/Servebolt Accelerated stand out here with the Accelerated plan edging the regular one out by a mere 3 milliseconds average with the combination picking up 9/12 fastest results and 9/12 second fastest results.

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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic 9.407571.4285714
Cloudways 6.24592.7682276
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic 8.6311069.518717
Presslabs 4.8821190.47619
RAIDBOXES 4.116819.6721311
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 7.9251358.695652
Servebolt 3.2461824.817518
Servebolt Accelerated 3.2451904.761905

Discussion

Servebolt had the fastest scores on PHP and WP Bench with both plans being 1/2 with Accelerated taking the #1 spot in both tests. RAIDBOXES and Presslabs had PHP bench scores in the 4 second range which is fast.

SSL Testing Results

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

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic A+
Cloudways B
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic A+
Presslabs A
RAIDBOXES A+
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic A+
Servebolt A+
Servebolt Accelerated A+

Discussion

In all previous tiers there was barely any A+ marks, however, at this tier everyone got them except Cloudways (B - supported older TLS) and Presslabs (A).

Internet.nl Testing Results

The tool is available at https://internet.nl/test-site/.

Results Table

CompanyInternet.nl
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic 30
Cloudways 43
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic 30
Presslabs 47
RAIDBOXES 52
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic 47
Servebolt 66
Servebolt Accelerated 95

Discussion

Servebolt Accelerated received the highest score at 95 which is the highest score of any plan in any tier (tied with Enterprise tier Servebolt Accelerated plan). The lowest score was 30 was a tie between CloudJiffy and Infomaniak.

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/.

Results Table

CompanyMozilla Observatory
CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic F
Cloudways F
Infomaniak powered by Jelastic F
Presslabs F
RAIDBOXES C
Scaleforce powered by Jelastic F
Servebolt D-
Servebolt Accelerated C-

Discussion

RAIDBOXES had the highest score at a C. Servebolt Accelerated had C-. Servebolt had a D-. Everyone else got an F.

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.

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

CloudJiffy had the second fastest average response time in K6 and the second fastest P99 response time. It handled Load Storm well. The only problem was certificate renewal again for SSL which caused it to drop below the 99.9% level required to earn Top Tier status. An overall excellent performance marred by a single bug.
Cloudways earned itself Top Tier recognition. Perfect uptime. Error free load testing on both Load Storm and K6 which had response times so flat you would want to ride on a boat on it. It wasn't the fastest product, but it handled these tests without blinking and error. A Top Tier performance for sure.
Infomaniak had the third fastest average response time on the K6 with 15ms. It handled the Load Storm test without issue. The only problem was an SSL renewal problem which caused uptime to drop below the 99.9% level. A solid product with one bug that kept it from earning Top Tier status.
Presslabs has historically done very well in these tests. Presslabs put up excellent Load Test results in both Load Storm and K6. They were error free and excellent. The only thing that held this otherwise Top Tier performance back was an SSL certificate renewal issue which caused uptime to drop below the 99.9% level required to earn Top Tier status.
RAIDBOXES earned an Honorable Mention. The uptime was above 99.99%. They had an excellent K6 result. The only thing which held them back this year was the Load Storm wp-login response time on average being over 1000ms by 12ms. This was probably the closest performance between Top Tier and Honorable Mention status of any this year.
Scaleforce was a force to be reckoned with and earned Top Tier marks. Perfect uptime. The fastest K6 average response time and P99 response time. The third fastest Load Storm average response time and wp-login response time. An overall excellent performance.
Servebolt earned Top Tier marks again. This plan had the fastest Load Storm average response times and wp-login response times. Throw in perfect uptime and the second fastest WPT, PHP and WP bench scores (only slightly edged by the Accelerated product), it was easily a Top Tier performance.
Servebolt Accelerated easily earned Top Tier status this year. It had the second fastest Load Storm average response time and wp-login response time. It handled the K6 test with ease. It maintained uptime above 99.9%. The only issue that caused any downtime was a DNS entry mistake since it was using a subdomain on the primary domain. It also had the fastest WPT average response globally and the fastest WP and PHP bench scores.

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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