$25-50/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2022

$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

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $50Unlimited4 GB80 GB4 TBUnlimited
GreenGeeks $25.95Unlimited3 GBUnlimitedUnmetered Unlimited
Krystal Hosting £34.9950,000N/A10 GBUnlimited1
MDDHosting $29.99Unlimited4 GB50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Pressable $2530,000512 MB / Process20 GBUnlimited1
Presslabs $4950,000 page viewsDinamically allocated, up to 2GB2.5 GBUnmetered1 site
raidboxes 30€Unlimited2 GB5 GB1Gbit1
SiteGround $39.99No hard limit. Recommended ~400,000N/A40 GBUnlimitedNo limit
WordPress.com $25UnlimitedN/A200 GBUnlimited1
WPX $49.99Unlimited256 MB per PHP process, 3 PHP processes per website20 GB200 GB15

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 3428383293.75186691311244320183
GreenGeeks 3294350286.75179695382289290150
Krystal Hosting 3374482291.251831011507325435279
MDDHosting 37303533320.83203655351245378161
Pressable 4252170357.0823131719673236217
Presslabs 4403120387.2523926717936185161
raidboxes 28632537728297.17156115113084341331630750
SiteGround 3517191300.081911256926573645
WordPress.com 151714001339.67825367254124351254
WPX 35153412314.67191119161517741510

Discussion

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.

Results Table

CompanyRequestsErrorsPeak RpsAverage Response TimeAverage RpsP95
Cloudways 3685560810.17222405465
GreenGeeks 3354730740.33343368663
Krystal Hosting 3484180769.67293383671
MDDHosting 3614340797.67246397483
Pressable 4476720983.676.149119
Presslabs 4328320954.540476187
raidboxes 3587310793.83255394571
SiteGround 4424670979.831848665
WordPress.com 4477450987.83649018
WPX 4437961979.671548889

Discussion

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.

Results Table

CompanyUptime RobotHetrix
Cloudways 10099.8438
GreenGeeks 99.99999.9988
Krystal Hosting 99.99299.9897
MDDHosting 10099.9949
Pressable 99.996100
Presslabs 10099.9987
raidboxes 10099.9996
SiteGround 99.98699.9995
WordPress.com 100100
WPX 99.989100

Discussion

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.

Results Table

CompanyVirginiaCaliforniaSalt Lake CityLondonFrankfurtCape TownSingaporeMumbaiTokyoSydneyBrazilDubaiAverage
Cloudways 0.2150.4290.3580.440.5141.1741.1971.0870.8721.1170.6531.0420.7581666667
GreenGeeks 0.2660.250.2610.3540.4130.8190.6960.7210.5570.6290.4780.6950.5115833333
Krystal Hosting 0.5930.8330.760.2290.2580.8241.8641.6931.932.0641.1140.7061.072333333
MDDHosting 0.3680.2440.3260.6440.7681.3471.141.3890.7330.9520.8971.2660.8395
Pressable 0.3070.210.3530.2350.2430.2690.2550.1820.320.20.2630.4030.27
Presslabs 0.160.1580.2640.1490.1840.2450.160.4030.2880.6210.1790.5820.28275
raidboxes 0.5660.9020.8350.2350.190.8820.8670.7471.2531.5141.120.6770.8156666667
SiteGround 0.490.6420.5170.910.951.7381.6011.7641.2991.5721.2291.6271.194916667
WordPress.com 0.290.3410.5090.3130.2810.3160.2850.2370.4030.2650.2940.3770.3259166667
WPX 0.2060.1380.1930.1550.1310.840.1280.1240.1310.1390.1370.2640.2155

Discussion

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.

Results Table

CompanyPHP BenchWP Bench
Cloudways 7.474977.5171065
GreenGeeks 12.0161351.351351
Krystal Hosting 10.118446.6279589
MDDHosting 8.331248.439451
Pressable 10.0391351.351351
Presslabs 11.378560.8524958
raidboxes 11.841667.5567423
SiteGround 9.3971477.104874
WordPress.com 9.6562392.344498
WPX 6.9832583.979328

Discussion

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/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
GreenGeeks A+
Krystal Hosting A
MDDHosting A
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
raidboxes A+
SiteGround A
WordPress.com A+
WPX A

Discussion

GreenGeeks, Presslabs, Raidboxes and WordPress.com all earned A+.

Everyone else earned an A.

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.

No company achieved this status.


Individual Host Analysis

Cloudways had perfect uptime on one monitor while Hetrix Tools showed a much lower number across every plan for some reason. Cloudways had the second fastest PHP Bench. Cloudways also handled the Load Storm and Static tests without issue. Given the overall good performance, the only possible detraction is the uptime monitors which showed very different numbers, my third monitoring system broke so I don't have a tie breaker, I will err on the side of good faith. Cloudways put together a Top Tier performance that handled all the tests well.
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GreenGeeks had the fastest wp-login speed on the Load Storm test. GreenGeeks had excellent uptime. They also handled the Static test without issue. It's nice to see GreenGeeks earn itself another Top Tier performance.
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Krystal had excellent uptime. Krystal also handled the Static test very well. The Load Storm test also went smoothly and despite a p95 above 1000ms, it earned Top Tier status because of the geographic bias towards US based servers. Congrats to Krystal.
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MDDHosting tied for second fastest wp-login on the Load Storm test. MDDHosting had perfect and near perfect uptime. MDD did very well on the Static test. MDD also picked up the third fastest PHP Bench score. It is nice to see a company come back with improved services and excel in these tests. Congrats to MDDHosting for earning their first Top Tier award.
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Pressable had the second fastest login cumulative average and third fastest P95 on the Load Storm test. Pressable had the second fastest average (6.1ms) and p95 (19ms) in the Static test only .1 and 1 ms behind its sister company. Pressable had perfect and near perfect uptime. Pressable had the second fastest WPT response time average. Pressable has been consistently excellent earning themselves another Top Tier performance.
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Presslabs had the fastest login cumulative average, as well as the second fastest P95, Page and wp-login on the Load Storm test. Presslabs had perfect and near perfect uptime. Presslabs had the third fastest WPT average response time. Throw in an excellent Static test and there's very little left to desire from their performance. A well deserved and earned Top Tier performance for Presslabs.
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Raidboxes had perfect and near perfect uptime. Raidboxes handled the Static test without issue. Unfortunately the Load Storm test proved to be too much for the server.
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SiteGround had the fastest P95 and Page, along with second fastest asset load speeds on the Load Storm test. SiteGround had the third fastest p95 and fourth fastest average response time in the Static test. SiteGround had excellent uptime on both monitors. A great showing from SiteGround earned them another Top Tier award.
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WordPress.com had the fastest average and p95 in the Static test with 6ms and 18ms respectively. WordPress.com handled the Load Storm test easily. WordPress.com had perfect uptime on both monitors. WordPress.com also had the second fastest WP Bench. Unquestionably a Top Tier performance from WordPress.com.
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WPX had the fastest asset response times on the Load Storm test. WPX had the third fastest average response time and fourth fastest p95 in the Static test. WPX had perfect and near perfect uptimes. WPX had the fastest global response times on WPT. WPX had the fastest PHP and WP Bench scores. WPX overall did an amazing job, and the adjustment for accepting P95 scores slightly above 1000ms was added this year was precisely to recognize companies like WPX. A well deserved Top Tier status.
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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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