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If you’re looking to launch a WordPress site on DigitalOcean, all within the comfort of your Terminal, you will love Sail CLI. In just a few seconds, you can provision a production-ready WordPress server, manage domains and SSL certificates, create and restore backups, deploy and roll back application code changes and more. Sail also ships with some advanced features for WordPress developers, such as a built-in profiler, to quickly analyze your application performance and fix potential bottlenecks. A blueprints system, allowing to define your desired setup using simple YAML, and much more. For more complex workflows, Sail integrates really well with GitHub Actions, CircleCI and other CI/CD tools and services. Sail CLI is free and open source under the GPL. It’s available for Linux, MacOS and Windows.
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Historical Performance Summary

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- Top Tier - Honorable Mention - No award

2022 WordPress Results

<$25/Month Summary is a first time participant and a bit different from the competition. offers a free and open source platform/tool for you to use to deploy your WordPress sites onto Digital Ocean. They have a premium option with paid support as well, but you're responsible to deploy Sailed onto your own droplets. asked to participate in the benchmarks to show their performance and after some discussion, I accepted and I'm happy to have them. But I also want to make sure readers are aware that Sailed isn't like a traditional WordPress host.

Sailed had perfect uptime. It also handled the Static test without blinking. The Load Storm test did overwhelm the server starting at 900 VUsers where it slowed down a bit. Overall, it was a pretty good first run. For a tool that's available for free to deploy on your own Digital Ocean machines, it certainly puts pressure on the competition.


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.


The tool is available at

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