$101-200/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

$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.
Visit Cloudways Website
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!
Visit Nexcess Website
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.
Visit Pressable Website
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.
Visit raidboxes Website
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.
Visit SaveinCloud Website
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.
Visit Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo Website
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.
Visit Servebolt Website
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.
Visit Simplenet Website
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.

Recommended Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Want updates sent to your email?

Subscribe to our Newsletter