Lightning Base

Lightning Base

Company Profile & Results

Lightning Base was founded in 2011 to provide great managed WordPress hosting at a great price. 10 years later, we host thousands of sites, benefit from continued optimizations to our platform, have locations in the US, Europe, Australia, and Singapore, and provide 24/7 support. Yet contact us, and there is a good chance you'll hear back from the founder/president, as we are large enough to have scale yet small enough to provide personalized service. Sites on our system are fast, reliable, and secure, and we offer easy scaling from a brand new website to complex installs delivering millions of pageviews. Lightning Base is also happy to partner with developers and agencies, offering flexible options for hosting anything from a few WordPress instances to hundreds of client sites.
Disclaimer: Descriptions are provided by the company.

Historical Performance Summary

Year<$25$25-50$51-100$101-200$201-500Enterprise ($500+)Woo Commerce
2021
2020
- Top Tier - Honorable Mention - No award

2021 WordPress Results

$51-100/Month Summary

LightningBase earns yet another Top Tier award. The consistent good performance is impressive and they continue their streak as the longest consecutive Top Tier earning company in these benchmarks. Uptime was above 99.99%. The load tests both were smooth.

<$25/Month Summary

LightningBase has been a model of consistency, earning Top Tier every year and our longest continuous participant. This year has been no exception. 99.99% uptime, both load tests were smooth. Another year, another Top Tier performance.

LoadStorm

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

K6

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

WebPageTest

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

Uptime

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

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.

SSL

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

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Lightning Base 2021 100A
Lightning Base 2021 25A

Internet.nl

The tool is available at https://internet.nl/test-site/.

Mozilla Observatory

The tool is available at https://observatory.mozilla.org/.

CompanyMozilla Observatory
Lightning Base 2021 100F
Lightning Base 2021 25F

2021 WooCommerce Results

WooCommerce Summary

Lightning Base earned Top Tier status. A solid 99.99% uptime rating. Very good and flat Load Storm and K6 results. It didn't stand out in any tests but handled everything very well and without any issues. A solid Top Tier performance.

LoadStorm

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

Load Storm Average Response Time by Profile

This takes deeper look at the results and analyzes the performance of loading HTML mime types, to ignore a lot of static assets which are cached and bring down average response times. This tests how fast the initial pages are delivered, which is what a user would experience before loading all the other assets like css, javascript and images.

K6

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

WebPageTest

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

Uptime

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

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.

SSL

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

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Lightning Base 2021 WooCommerceA

Internet.nl

The tool is available at https://internet.nl/test-site/.

Mozilla Observatory

The tool is available at https://observatory.mozilla.org/.

CompanyMozilla Observatory
Lightning Base 2021 WooCommerceF

2020 WordPress Results

$51-100/Month Summary

Consistency seems to define Lightning Base. Perfect uptime. Only 7 errors total on load testing. For the sixth year in a row across every tier they've participated in, Lightning Base has earned Top Tier status. This year is no exception, consistently excellent performance that doesn't get enough recognition.

<$25/Month Summary

Another year, another Top Tier honor for LightningBase. Perfect uptime. Only 15 errors total on Load Storm and perfect on Load Impact. LightningBase continue to be a model of consistent top tier performance. Congratulations for the longest streak of Top Tier honors of any company that has participated in these tests.

LoadStorm

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

K6

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

WebPageTest

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

Uptime

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

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.

SSL

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

CompanyQualsys SSL Grade
Lightning Base 2020 100A
Lightning Base 2020 25A

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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