Company Profile & Results

Bluehost offers a guided experience to start building a stunning and effective website. By leveraging the power of WordPress, Bluehost provides a variety of website creation methods including a drag-and-drop WordPress Website Builder that is coupled with intuitive management tools designed to deliver successful results. From secure automated WordPress installations, to advanced marketing and performance tools, Bluehost has a solution for any type of WordPress website all while providing 24/7 expert support.
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Historical Performance Summary

Year<$25$25-50$51-100$101-200$201-500Enterprise ($500+)Woo Commerce
- Top Tier - Honorable Mention - No award

2021 WordPress Results

$25-50/Month Summary

BlueHost has been a regular participant in these benchmarks for many years. This year they showed flashes of brilliance: the K6 test had BlueHost tied for fastest average response time and the fastest P95 and P99 by a decent margin. Unfortunately the Load Storm test slowed down substantially and had wp-login response time over 1700ms. The uptime results were also well below the 99.9% level required to earn any awards. There was an issue with the test account being accidentally deleted, but also some outages that brought it down. It looks like there is potentially a solid product there but it didn't live up to its potential in this years benchmark.


Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.


K6 is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.


WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world.


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.


WPPerformanceTester performs two benchmarks. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other a PHP benchmark. 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. WP Bench is red in the chart, PHP Bench is blue.


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Bluehost 2021 50A

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Mozilla Observatory

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CompanyMozilla Observatory
Bluehost 2021 50F

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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