$51-100/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2023

$51-100/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2023

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 DigitalOcean 8GB Premium Droplet.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
Cloudways $96Unlimited8 GB RAM, 4vCPU160 GB NVMe5 TBUnlimited
Pressable $90150000512 MB/PHP process50 GBUnlimited10
Presslabs $8499,000 page views1 GB60 GBUnmetered1
Servebolt $99UnlimitedUnlimited10 GBUnmetered server bandwidth. 100 GB CDN bandwidth.5
WPX $99Unlimited384 MB/PHP process, 3 processes/site60 GBUnlimited*35
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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 RpsP95Wp-login Average Response TimePage Cum AvgAsset Cum AvgLogin Cum Avg
Cloudways 48308460406.252633583149120504051318
Pressable 6790780592.2536925018017919188
Presslabs 6914860586.2537619714814711151
Servebolt 7577301656.6741226516519519212
WPX 58280914506.6731726519217013182


Pressable, Presslabs, Servebolt, and WPX all handled this test without issue.

Cloudways started to show signs of load around 1300 VUsers and response times started to slowly increase with a large spike towards the end.

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 80391301765120883230
Pressable 896014019775.398513
Presslabs 89264901967.339.198127
Servebolt 88338601950.332097027
WPX 89073501973.671197856


Everyone handled the static test well. There was literally not an error between all the companies combined. Last year I was impressed to see 4 companies below 50ms, now it's 4 companies below 20ms. The field continues to improve each and every year which is fantastic for everyone.

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 10099.9944
Pressable 100100
Presslabs 100100
Servebolt 10099.995
WPX 100100


Uptime Robot showed every company at perfect 100% uptime. Hetrix Tools had everyone above 99.99%. Basically perfect across the board.

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 22550840151852912231210121591811476981012800
Pressable 2803554104195321538664277401294410321492
Presslabs 187214343238245945214215215187206273290
Servebolt 204456411324391225864235218422326390372
WPX 21423327721121723810612075022341223140396


Presslabs had the fastest average at 290ms and 6/12 fastest single location speeds.

Servebolt was the second fastest at 372ms and picked up 1/12 fastest single location speeds.

WPX was the third fastest at 396ms and picked up 5/12 fastest single location speeds.

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 9.364285.5511136
Pressable 9.6921692.047377
Presslabs 6.8211383.125864
Servebolt 4.2264830.917874
WPX 7.7462164.502165


Servebolt had the fastest PHP bench and WP Bench scores by a significant margin. Servebolt run a patched version of MariaDB whereas the default version performs AES_ENCRYPT() function slower. I debated changing the plugin before I was aware it was patchable, but considering it is something fixable, I opted not to change it this year.

SSL Testing Results

The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Cloudways A
Pressable A
Presslabs A
Servebolt A+


A's for everyone except Servebolt, who received 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.

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 handled the Static test without issue. It even was about 25% faster compared to last year which is nice to see. Cloudways' Uptime was 100% and 99.9944% which is excellent. The other test results didn't stand out, and they are maybe hindered a bit by not having a CDN by default like the competition at this price. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test was its Achilles heel again this year with a slow down starting around 1300 VUsers again. The server couldn't keep up with the requests and response times climbed to a point outside of recognition range again.
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Pressable had an excellent Load Storm test with the second fastest p95 and third fastest on all the metrics. Pressable took it to near light speed with 5.3ms average response time on the Static test. Pressable had perfect uptime on both monitors. Pressable has been one of the more consistent Top Tier performers year after year, and this year is no exception - congrats on another Top Tier performance.
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Presslabs swept the Load Storm metrics with the fastest p95, wp-login, page, asset and login speeds. It had the second fastest Static test in both average and p95 response time. Perfect uptime on both monitors. The fastest WPT average and fastest in 6/12 locations individually. It would be impossible to give Presslabs anything but Top Tier status for their results this year.
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Servebolt flew through the Load Storm test again with the second fastest wp-login and third fastest p95. A measly 20ms average response time on the Static test was nothing to scoff at as well. Uptime was perfect and 99.995%. Servebolt also managed the second fastest average on the WPT. It also continued it's benchmark leading results on PHP/WP Bench. It's one of the least shocking statements to say Servebolt earned Top Tier status again this year.
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WPX had another good year. The Load Storm test saw it clock in the second fastest Page, Asset and Login speed. The Static test had an blazingly fast 11ms average response time. Perfect uptime on both monitors is always nice to see as well. WPX's home built CDN showed off in the WPT results where they picked up 5/12 fastest speeds in individual locations. Overall, it was another great performance from WPX which earned them 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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