$25-50/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 Digital Ocean Premium 4GB droplet.
The Companies and Products
|Company||Plan Monthly Price||Plan Visitors Allowed||Plan Memory||Plan Disk Space||Plan Bandwidth||Plan Sites Allowed|
|Cloudways||$50||Unlimited||4 GB||80 GB||4 TB||Unlimited|
|Krystal Hosting||£34.99||50,000||N/A||10 GB||Unlimited||1|
|MDDHosting||$29.99||Unlimited||4 GB||50 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Pressable||$25||30,000||512 MB / Process||20 GB||Unlimited||1|
|Presslabs||$49||50,000 page views||Dinamically allocated, up to 2GB||2.5 GB||Unmetered||1 site|
|raidboxes||30€||Unlimited||2 GB||5 GB||1Gbit||1|
|SiteGround||$39.99||No hard limit. Recommended ~400,000||N/A||40 GB||Unlimited||No limit|
|WPX||$49.99||Unlimited||256 MB per PHP process, 3 PHP processes per website||20 GB||200 GB||15|
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|
Cloudways, GreenGeeks, MDDHosting, Pressable, Presslabs, SiteGround, and WordPress.com didn't have any issues with the Load Storm test.
Krystal Hosting and WPX handled this test without issue and despite P95 being above 1000ms, their results were still in Top Tier status because of the geographic bias towards US servers for this metric.
Raidboxes unfortunately slowed down and errored out on this test.
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|
Every company handled the Static test with ease.
WordPress.com edged sister company Pressable out by .1 ms on average and 1ms on the p95 to have the fastest speeds.
WPX, SiteGround and Presslabs were all under 50ms average as well.
There is an impressive amount of performance in this group.
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.
Cloudways ran into the same issue across every server this year where Hetrix Tools showed a short downtime window while Uptime Robot had them online.
Everyone else did excellent or perfect in the uptime department.
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|
WPX was the fastest average and fastest in 9/12 locations.
Presslabs picked up the other 3 fastest speeds and managed third fastest average. Pressable snuck into second fastest average between those two.
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|
WPX had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores.
Cloudways had the second fastest PHP Bench.
WordPress.com had the second fastest WP Bench.
SSL Testing Results
The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
|Company||Qualsys SSL Grade|
GreenGeeks, Presslabs, Raidboxes and WordPress.com all earned A+.
Everyone else earned an A.
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.
No company achieved this status.