Enterprise ($500+/Month) WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2023

Enterprise ($500+/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.

The Enterprise tier of these benchmarks is special in that companies are allowed to change configurations to optimize for performance because at this price tier it’s expected for customers paying a lot of money. All other price tiers test default configurations.

Servebolt submitted two plans, the Scale + ACD plan is utilizing their Scale and Accelerated Domains addon which adds performance, scalability and security enhancements and their Enterprise Plan.

The Companies and Products

CompanyPlan Monthly PricePlan Visitors AllowedPlan MemoryPlan Disk SpacePlan BandwidthPlan Sites Allowed
A2 Hosting $749.99Unlimited128 GB2 TB15 TBUnlimited
Altis Cloud $2000+200M+ per yearN/AUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited sites and domains via Multisite
Blallo 1,000€UnlimitedCustom35 GB+Unmetered1
Performant Websites $595+Unlimited static requests, Starts at 1M dynamic requests.16 GB Starting30 GB Starting1 TB Starting1+
Pressable $5451600000512 MB/PHP process275 GBUnlimited80
Presslabs $1,8906 million page views32 GBUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Rocket.net $649unlimited64 GB800 GB1 TBUnlimited
Seravo 150 EUR +unlimited / based on contract10 GB +60 GB+2 Gbps+1
Servebolt $3000+UnlimitedUnlimitedCustomCustomCustom
Servebolt Scale+ACD $998UnlimitedUnlimited100 GB1 TB CDN Bandwidth 75
Stoute Web Solutions $1,250Unlimited64 GB960 GB (Shared with Server OS)Unlimited1
WordPress VIP $2,000 MinimumUnlimitedOptimized per siteOptimized per siteOptimized per site1 application, but easy to add additional applications
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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 206644733631740.581123254314391254911415
Altis Cloud 230489901893.08124938568532813394
Blallo 2000310291664.25108729519217359208
Performant Websites 17893361291449.17972353174193178203
Pressable 226478401865.5123024818118118188
Presslabs 230534801908125319714714711152
Rocket.net 1860302121524.751010313193160130168
Seravo 47471395770864684.832580715271227218223
Servebolt 225038051906.83122233118129022191
Servebolt Scale+ACD 2248073121880.33122233518330222196
Stoute Web Solutions 1820084511514.598936519721595222
WordPress VIP 183806741503.5899827517718215193


Blallo, Performant Websites, Pressable, Presslabs, Rocket.net, Servebolt (both), Stoute Web Solutions, and WordPress VIP all handled this test without issue.

Altis Cloud had a strange pattern where performance has the initial cold start spike and becomes fast quickly, but then slowed down early in the test, but then improves and stabilizes for the remainder of the test. I've don't recall seeing this pattern before and was told it was caching related. Overall, it the system handled the max load without issue, but saw some strange spikes while scaling up.

Seravo ran into issues handling this test, it was an issue they were actively working on a fix for but it wasn't deployed in time before the testing for these benchmarks finished. It was related to a proxy running into issues when certain conditions were met which caused connections to stay open.

A2Hosting started to slow down around 4250 users.

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 223014022549305.4245113
Altis Cloud 224140804950.834.5246011
Blallo 220368984872.6722234429
Performant Websites 220241251484622241833
Pressable 223987004958.675.2246113
Presslabs 222944804931.3310244727
Rocket.net 220395144869.522242231
Seravo 201617804445.51172213227
Servebolt 2179221194798.1733235643
Servebolt Scale+ACD 21793169480133239243
Stoute Web Solutions 220360824866.8322242229
WordPress VIP 223915504925.55.7245813


Every company handled this test very well. Seravo stood out at the bottom without a CDN, but still had an incredibly fast 117ms average. Excluding Seravo, every company was 33ms average or below and 43ms p95 or below. Compared to last year where the fastest average was 6.4 ms and p95 was 20ms. There are four companies this year below both of those levels. The performance at the Enterprise tier is mind bogglingly fast and getting even faster which is hard to comprehend when last year's 6.4ms was beaten by 4 plans this year.

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 100100
Altis Cloud 100100
Blallo 100100
Performant Websites 98.16999.9995
Pressable 100100
Presslabs 100100
Rocket.net 100100
Seravo 99.99999.9972
Servebolt 99.699.6966
Servebolt Scale+ACD 10099.9972
Stoute Web Solutions 99.90999.9279
WordPress VIP 100100


Every company except Performant Websites and Servebolt had above 99.9% uptime on both monitors. Both of those companies had issues with the uptime monitor being blocked by security measures when the servers weren't actually down. Effectively, none of these companies had any uptime issues.

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 195207853207681207205276425321561210362
Altis Cloud 215206299253240190486234246271247144253
Blallo 2152183562306232321279222226971227267422
Performant Websites 422290388390456504954850375506852959579
Pressable 2682694014543191541453259530331268376456
Presslabs 211222329228232967217199221194220258292
Rocket.net 178234274174177142167187163173167211187
Seravo 28634529860765012691222119891610218001182816
Servebolt 248207497202191174685206164228179244269
Servebolt Scale+ACD 277334441198187187550177780176192224310
Stoute Web Solutions 229248611533550238118817732281004706269631
WordPress VIP 188213295184217861205206205212199232268


Rocket.net had the fastest average at 187ms and was the fastest in 9/12 locations. Rocket Intelligent Edge looks to be paying off on the results here.

Altis picked up the second fastest average at 253ms and was the fastest in California and Dubai.

Servebolt Scale+ACD picked up the final fastest time in Mumbai.

WordPress VIP had the third fastest average.

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 12.5761347.708895
Altis Cloud 11.484230.5741296
Blallo 10.575669.3440428
Performant Websites 10.252651.8904824
Pressable 9.6811692.047377
Presslabs 6.6031388.888889
Rocket.net 6.9422079.002079
Seravo 8.932302.1148036
Servebolt 4.2224444.444444
Servebolt Scale+ACD 4.2154629.62963
Stoute Web Solutions 7.441919.385797
WordPress VIP 10.533703.7297678


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.

It should be noted that at the Enterprise tier especially the architecture can have a huge impact on these scores. WPPerformanceTester is a single threaded test whereas many of these setups are designed to use many servers.

SSL Testing Results

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

Results Table

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
A2 Hosting A+
Altis Cloud A+
Blallo B
Performant Websites A+
Pressable A
Presslabs A+
Rocket.net A
Seravo A+
Servebolt A+
Servebolt Scale+ACD A+
Stoute Web Solutions B
WordPress VIP A+


A2 Hosting, Altis Cloud, Performant Website, Presslabs, Seravo, Servebolt and WordPress VIP all earned A+

Pressable and Rocket.net earned A's.

Blallo and Stoute Web Solutions earned B'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.

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.

Individual Host Analysis

A2 Hosting's first entry into the Enterprise Tier is a nice signal they are going to be competing. The Static test saw A2 Hosting take third place for average response time with 5.4ms and tied for second at 13ms for p95. A2 also had perfect uptime and an A+ SSL test. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test was a bit too much for with the server beginning to slow down around 4250 users. It's great to see A2 Hosting competing in the Enterprise tier and the Static test showed they certainly can compete, but there's a little improvement still left to do before they earn Top Tier status.
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Altis Cloud was a first time participant in the benchmarks. Altis Cloud is the enterprise hosting platform by well known WordPress consulting company HumanMade. Altis Cloud certainly stood out on the Static test in the best kind of way. Altis set a new record for the fastest average response time at 4.5ms and 11ms p95. Altis also had perfect uptime on both monitors. Altis was the second fastest average on WPT and the fastest in California and Dubai. Altis also picked up an A+ SSL test. Unfortunately, the Load Storm test was a little rocky with some odd spikes related to cache expiring issues that couldn't be fixed within the testing window. Despite the cache expiry issue Altis Cloud had the second fastest Asset response time. It was nice to see Altis finally enter the benchmarks this year and earn an Honorable Mention. It looks to be about one caching issue away from Top Tier status.
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Blallo is another new entrant for the benchmarks and Enterprise tier. This GridPane powered hosting company picked up the third fastest Page cumulative average in the Load Storm test. They also had an identical 22ms average in the Static test alongside other GridPane powered hosts Stoute Web Solutions and Performant Websites. Blallo had perfect uptime on both monitors. Blallo's first performance earned it Top Tier recognition, it handled all the tests with ease.
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Performant Websites's sophomore performance did not slump. In fact, Performant Websites had the second fastest wp-login on the Load Storm test. The 22ms and 33ms average and p95 on the Static test were no slouch either. There was a minor issue with an uptime monitor being blocked but the other showed 99.9995% uptime. They also earned an A+ on the SSL test. Performant Websites defended their Top Tier status with a great repeat performance.
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Pressable had the second fastest p95 and third fastest login on the Load Storm test. Pressable also had the second fastest average and p95 on the Static test with 5.2ms and 13ms respectively. Perfect uptime. This is the first time since 2020 that Pressable competed in the Enterprise tier and they didn't lose a step. Congrats Pressable for earning Top Tier status.
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Presslabs had the fastest everything (p95, wp-login, page, asset, login) in the Load Storm test, along with 0 errors. The Static test also went well with 10ms and 27ms average/p95 respectively. Perfect uptime. The highest PHP bench after anyone not named Servebolt. Presslabs earned an A+ on the SSL test for good measure. Presslabs easily earned Top Tier status this year with their blazingly fast and consistent performance.
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Rocket.net's first participation in the Enterprise benchmarks certainly made a splash. Rocket.net had the second fastest Page and Login cumulative average speeds on the Load Storm test. The Static test was a quick 22/31ms average/p95. They also had perfect uptime. Rocket.net stood out on the WPT with the fastest average at 187ms and the fastest score in 9/12 locations. Rocket.net also picked up the third fastest WP Bench after both Servebolt plans. It's nice to see Rocket.net jump into the Enterprise tier and earn itself Top Tier status right away.
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Seravo's return to the Enterprise tier was a little rocky. The Load Storm test ran into a problem with a bug in the proxy that couldn't be fixed before the testing was finished which cause the test to error out. The Static test went smoothly and saw an average response time of 117ms but that was a noticeable step above all the other competitors. Seravo was the only plan without an integrated CDN reducing load speeds globally and it showed in some of the tests. Seravo maintained 99.99%+ uptime on both monitors. Seravo earned an A+ on the SSL test. The proxy bug in the Load Storm test kept Seravo away from earning any rewards, but it's clear there is a solid platform that a fix or two gets it back into the Top Tier, and a CDN wouldn't hurt.
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Servebolt consistently delivers excellent results. Servebolt stood out again on the WPPerformanceTester results where they delivered the highest scores seen on this benchmark. Servebolt handled the Load Storm test without issue. The Static test had a snappy 33ms and 43ms average and p95 response times. The Uptime numbers were off because of a security measure blocking them while the servers remained online (I confirmed they were loading during that window myself). Servebolt had the fourth fastest average on the WPT test. Add in an A+ on the SSL test for good measure and Servebolt earned yet another Top Tier award.
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Servebolt's Scale + ACD plan had near identical results in Load Storm and the Static test where the the p95 differed by 4ms, the wp login by 2ms, the Page by 12ms, login by 5ms and identical Asset and static average+p95. The Scale+ACD plan didn't have the uptime monitoring issue and showed 100% and 99.99%+ uptime. It also picked up the fastest WPT time in Mumbai. The Scale+ACD plan managed the fastest PHP Bench and WP Bench score narrowly edging out the Servebolt Enterprise plan. It would be impossible not to give Servebolt Scale+ACD a Top Tier award again this year after a great performance.
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Stoute Web Solutions was a new entrant to the benchmarks this year. Their first foray was quite a success. The Load Storm test was handled gracefully with no signs of load. The Static test had a 22ms and 29ms average and p95 respectively which is very fast. Uptime remained above 99.9%. Stoute Web Solutions didn't lead any categories or tests in their first run, but they delivered a service worthy of Top Tier recognition. The tests were handled without issue and the service delivered, congratulations.
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WordPress VIP is a familiar face in the Enterprise benchmarks. They've been a model of consistency earning Top Tier recognition every year they've participated. This year was no exception. The Load Storm test saw WPVIP earn the third fastest p95, wp-login, and asset response times. The Static test had a 5.7ms average and 13ms p95 (tied for second fastest). WordPress VIP maintained perfect uptime on both monitors. They also earned third fastest average for WPT. Overall, an unsurprising Top Tier status earned yet again for a stellar performance.
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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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