$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
|Company||Plan Monthly Price||Plan Visitors Allowed||Plan Memory||Plan Disk Space||Plan Bandwidth||Plan Sites Allowed|
|Cloudways||$160||Unlimited||16 GB||384 GB||5 TB||Unlimited|
|MechanicWeb||$149||Unlimited||16 GB||300 GB||6 TB||Unlimited|
|Nexcess||$149||Unmetered||cloud - variable bursts||100 GB||5 TB||25|
|Pressable||$155||400,000||512 MB / Process||80 GB||Unlimited||20|
|raidboxes||150€||Unlimited||12 GB||30 GB||Up to 10Gbit||1|
|SaveinCloud||BRL 960||Unlimited||Up to 32 GiB Based on usage.||Up to 40 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||$199||Unmetered||16 GB||30 GB||Unmetered||Based on cluster resources|
|Servebolt||$180||Dynamic Requests are set per plan||Unlimited||12 GB (+flex)||Unlimited||5|
|Simplenet||$99 + VAT||no fixed limit||2 vCPU / 4 GB RAM||60 GB||3 TB||1|
|SiteGround||$200||No limit||12 GB||80 GB||Unlimited||No 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:
- Total Requests - Number of requests k6 made
- Total Errors - Number of error requests
- p95 - The 95th percentile response time
- Page Cum Avg - Cumulative average response time for Pages (html)
- Asset Cum Avg - Cumulative average response time for Assets (css, js, images)
- Login Cum Avg - Cumulative average response time for Login (wp-profile.php)
- WP-Login Avg Response Time - Average response time for login (301 redirect which validates credentials)
|Company||Total Requests||Total Errors||Peak Rps||Average Rps||P95||Page Cum Avg||Asset Cum Avg||Login Cum Avg||Wp-login Average Response Time|
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||761769||84||653.5||413||273||184||20||288||174|
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.
|Company||Requests||Errors||Peak Rps||Average Response Time||Average Rps||P95|
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||1338634||9||2947||9.3||1473||28|
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.
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||100||100|
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.
|Company||Virginia||California||Salt Lake City||London||Frankfurt||Cape Town||Singapore||Mumbai||Tokyo||Sydney||Brazil||Dubai||Average|
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||0.309||0.191||0.693||0.221||0.186||0.248||0.396||0.205||0.287||0.202||0.222||1.045||0.3504166667|
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.
|Company||PHP Bench||WP Bench|
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||10.474||1117.318436|
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/
|Company||Qualsys SSL Grade|
|Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo||A|
Raidboxes, SaveInCloud and Simplenet earned A+ while everyone else earned A's.
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.