$101-200/Month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2023

$101-200/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 16GB Premium Droplet.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
A2 Hosting $189.99Unlimited16 GB250 GB3 TBUnlimited
Cloudways $160Unlimited16 GB RAM, 8vCPU320 GB NVMe6 TBUnlimited
Leverage WP $197Unlimited16 GB160 GB20 TBUnlimited
Pressable $155400000512 MB/PHP process80 GBUnlimited20
Presslabs $150210,000 page views2.5 GB90 GBUnmetered1
Seravo 110 EUR3,000,000 HTTP req (soft limit)10 GB+60 GB2 Gbps+1
Servebolt $182UnlimitedUnlimited16 GBUnmetered server bandwidth. 100 GB CDN bandwidth.5
SiteGround $200.00no limit12 GB RAM / 8 CPU Cores80 GB SSD5 TBno limit
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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
A2 Hosting 7487371089771.334073503293923651751655
Cloudways 6779430658.4236823518741223349821
Leverage WP 74765077638.7540630918219656180
Pressable 9075600765.4249324917917918187
Presslabs 9222260776.4250119114514211147
Seravo 7565290635.33411563152154206152
Servebolt 10070881856.7554726718524820273
SiteGround 6201420526.5833732920612561205


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

Leverage WP had a slightly bumpy start but handled the test without issue with the p95 starting under 1000ms and dropping down to around 300ms as the test went on.

A2Hosting started to slow down around 1400 users.

Cloudways started to slow down and show signs of load around 1200 VUsers, but didn't ever show a single error.

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
A2 Hosting 134404602960.335.3147512
Cloudways 120365802641.831221321230
Leverage WP 117421512584.831511290317
Pressable 134370902959.335.5147713
Presslabs 1338863029549.1147027
Seravo 1209808026701171328227
Servebolt 132439122932.520145428
SiteGround 13223240290622145275


Every company handled this test without issue. Incredibly the median average response time would be 20-22ms.

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
A2 Hosting 99.998100
Cloudways 100100
Leverage WP 10099.9995
Pressable 100100
Presslabs 100100
Seravo 99.9899.9927
Servebolt 10099.995
SiteGround 99.93399.9389


All the companies maintained 99.9% uptime or higher.

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
A2 Hosting 196210390199921201217327199358698127337
Cloudways 20449039653253812391445122190911447011016820
Leverage WP 247663725763618976193918207359185811257937
Pressable 2842923912903261657948739532267295333530
Presslabs 209229331229241950206209211222218312297
Seravo 26741431253962712561213118490710287891151807
Servebolt 227216426226295207799234231323344273317
SiteGround 37823630322374611401962520640180202727624


Presslabs had the fastest average speed in the WPT test and 2/12 fastest single location results.

Servebolt had the second fastest average but wasn't the fastest in any single location

A2 Hosting was the third fastest average and 6/12 of fastest single location speeds.

SiteGround had 4/12 of the fastest single location speeds.

Despite A2 Hosting and SiteGround picking up the majority of the fastest single location speeds, a couple slow results in other locations pulled down their averages.

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
A2 Hosting 9.6541305.483029
Cloudways 9.169492.3682915
Leverage WP 8.439964.3201543
Pressable 9.6731694.915254
Presslabs 6.9711385.041551
Seravo 8.433353.8570418
Servebolt 4.2274830.917874
SiteGround 9.0251375.515818


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
A2 Hosting A+
Cloudways A
Leverage WP B
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
Seravo A+
Servebolt A+
SiteGround A


A2 Hosting, Presslabs, Seravo, and Servebolt all earned A+'s. Everyone else earned an A, except Leverage WP which earned a B.


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

A2 Hosting had some extreme highs with it being the fastest Static test with an incredible 5.3ms average and 12ms p95. A2 Hosting also managed 99.998% and 100% uptime on each monitor. A2 Hosting was the third fastest average speed on WPT and the fastest in 6/12 locations. Toss in an A+ SSL grade for good measure. There were so many impressive results. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test proved a bit too much which saw a slow down around 1400 users and a number of errors later. You can tell it has a lot of things going for it - leading the pack in speed in multiple metrics. I can't wait to see it get fully put together and earning Top Tier status in the coming years.
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Cloudways had a flat Static test which is exactly what you want. Cloudways also managed perfect uptime. It was middle of the pack in the other tests. But the problem was the Load Storm test. Cloudways slowed down and became very spiky around 1200 users. It never errored but the p95 was 2351ms which indicates how much the service slowed down. The performance seems to have gone down a little compared to last year which used a similarly sized Vultr HF server. Cloudways showed last year they were capable of coming close to earning Top Tier status, I'd like to see them return.
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Leverage WP was a new comer to the benchmarks this year and another GridPane powered provider. The Load Storm test took a few minutes to really get going with a little shakiness at the start. But the p95 was below 1000ms and came down relatively quickly as the test scaled up. It even managed the third fastest login speed. The Static test shows Leverage WP as the slowest, but even the slowest average handled the test well and was a meager 151ms. The Uptime monitors showed 100% and 99.9995% uptime which is excellent. It's a non impacting metric, but the SSL grade for Leverage WP was a B which I would like to see match everyone else with at least an A next year. Leverage WP may not have been the flashiest or fastest host in this cohort, but handled the tests well without ever slowing down or breaking. Leverage WP's first participation could only be considered a success and deserving of a Top Tier award.
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Pressable aced the Load Storm test with no errors and the second fastest p95 and Asset load speeds. It also had the third fastest wp-login. The Static test was showing off with an insanely fast 5.5ms average response time and a p95 of 13ms. Pressable managed perfect uptime on both monitors. Another benchmark, another Top Tier award for Pressable.
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Presslabs was impressive in the Load Storm test capturing the fastest speeds in every metric except Page load speed, where it was second. It also boasted a sub 10ms average response time on the Static test. Throw in perfect uptime on both monitors and the fastest average speed on WPT and you've easily earned another Top Tier award. Well done.
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Seravo did excellent on the Load Storm test. It had the second fastest wp-login and Login average. Seravo also had the third fastest Page loading speed. The Static test went equally as well with Seravo having no errors and a 117ms average response time. Their Uptime was 99.98%+ and 99.99%+ which is very good. It was definitely a Top Tier performance for Seravo this year.
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Servebolt handled the Load Storm test with ease. It had the third fastest p95 and Asset load speed. The Static test had a very fast 20ms average and 28ms p95 response times. Servebolt's uptime was 100 and 99.995%. They also had the second fastest WPT average speed. Servebolt had the fastest PHP/WP Bench scores by a wide margin. The streak continues, Servebolt's performance was Top Tier.
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SiteGround had a very good Load Storm test with no errors and the fastest Page loading time. The Static test went effortlessly as well with no errors and a 22ms average response time. SiteGround maintained 99.9%+ uptime. SiteGround also managed 4/12 of the fastest single location WPT speeds. SiteGround earned a Top Tier award this year not struggling at all with any of the tests.
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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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