$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
|Company||Plan Monthly Price||Plan Visitors Allowed||Plan Memory||Plan Disk Space||Plan Bandwidth||Plan Sites Allowed|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||$348||Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)||Based on usage. Up to 30.5 GiB||Based on usage. Up to 180 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Cloudways||$397.72||Unlimited||32GB||20GB - variable||50GB - variable||Unlimited|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||CHF 325||Unlimited (absolute maximum depends on available plan resources and code of the hosted websites)||Based on usage. Up to 30.5 GiB||Based on usage. Up to 180 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Presslabs||$299||500,000; These are the included pageviews in the plan, the extra pageviews are charged with $0.20 for every 1,000 additional pageviews.||Unmetered||15GB||Unlimited||1|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||499||Unlimited||33.7 GiB||200 GiB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Servebolt||$348.00||1 000 000 Dynamic Requests||Unmetered||4 GB (+flex)||Unmetered||3 (+ unlimited dev environments)|
|Servebolt Accelerated||$398.00||1 000 000 Dynamic Requests||Unmetered||4 GB (+flex)||metered||3 (+ unlimited dev environments)|
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||1328561||686||1051.27||738.09||15356||104||60.14||48||33||499|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||1324528||645||1071.48||735.85||15101||97||59.79||49||33||484|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||1257432||194||1020.52||698.57||15713||77||58.46||47.85||32.48||292|
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 Static Testing Results
K6 Static test 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||1778846||329||3942||13||1953||60||61|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||1776696||534||3928||15||1948||65||68|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||1782739||1||3947||11||1953||42||42|
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.
|Company||Uptime Robot||Hetrix||Alt Uptime Monitor|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||85.077||100||100|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||85.077||100||100|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||100||100|
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. Result are measured in seconds.
|Company||Virginia||California||Salt Lake City||London||Frankfurt||Cape Town||Singapore||Mumbai||Tokyo||Sydney||Brazil||Dubai||Average|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||0.8||1.269||1.458||0.708||0.641||0.973||1.239||1.426||1.67||0.947||0.765||1.653||1.129083333|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||0.825||0.791||1.584||0.682||0.716||1.141||1.23||0.759||1.588||1.818||1.266||3.352||1.312666667|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||1.039||1.03||1.111||0.586||0.67||1.051||1.153||1.05||1.249||1.408||1.191||1.096||1.052833333|
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 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.
|Company||PHP Bench||WP Bench|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||9.407||571.4285714|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||8.631||1069.518717|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||7.925||1358.695652|
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/
|Company||Qualsys SSL Grade|
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||A+|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||A+|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||A+|
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/.
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||30|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||30|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||47|
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/.
|CloudJiffy powered by Jelastic||F|
|Infomaniak powered by Jelastic||F|
|Scaleforce powered by Jelastic||F|
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.
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.