The Companies and Products
|Company||Plan Monthly Price||Plan Visitors Allowed||Plan Memory||Plan Disk Space||Plan Bandwidth||Plan Sites Allowed|
|AleForge||$15.96||Unlimited||2 GB||Unlimited. 20 GB threshold then increased upon request..||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|ChemiCloud||$21.90||There is no hard limit set in place for this.||3GB||30GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|CynderHost||$18.99||Unlimited||No hard limit||20 GB||50 GB||1|
|EasyWP by Namecheap||$11.88||No limit but suggested for up to 500k||1.5GB, Burstable||100GB||Unmetered||1|
|Eco Web Hosting||£5.99||Unlimited||Not measured||25 GB||Unlimited||1|
|ICDSoft||$10||Unlimited||2 GB per process, up to 50 processes.||100 GB||5000 GB / mo||1|
|InMotion Hosting||$17.99||125,000 is the suitable number but no set hardware limit||4GB Virtual/2GB Physical||150GB||Unlimited||3|
|IONOS||$8||Unlimited||768 MB||100 GB SSD||Unlimited||1 managed site|
|Lightning Base||$9.95||10,000 Guideline||3 GB||1 GB||40 GB cap||1|
|ManagedWPHosting||€11.00||not limited by vistor amount, it is limited by disk and traffic||account has at least 92MB PHP RAM, server has 12 GB||5GB||50GB a month||1|
|Nexcess||$19||unmetered||cloud – variable bursts||15GB||2TB||1|
|SiteGround||$24.99||No hard limit but advertised as suitable for ~ 25,000 Visits Monthly||No hard limit – https://www.siteground.com/shared-hosting-features.htm||20 GB Web Space||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|WPX||$24.99||n/a||128 Mb per PHP process, 3 PHP processes per website||10 Gb||100 Gb||5|
LoadStorm Testing Results
Load Storm is designed to simulate real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance.
|Company||Total Requests||Total Errors||Peak Rps||Average Rps||Peak Response Time||Average Response Time||Total Data Transferred||Peak Throughput||Average Throughput||Wp-login Average Response Time|
|EasyWP by Namecheap||271054||62||210.72||150.59||4169||379||13.96||11||7.753||732|
|Eco Web Hosting||426263||403||314.97||236.81||15109||653||21.09||16||12||878|
20i, CynderHost, EasyWP by Namecheap, Eco Web Hosting, GreenGeeks, ICDSoft, LightningBase, Nexcess, RAIDBOXES, SiteGround, TVC.net, and WPX all handled this test without issue.
34SP slowed down a little bit and had a few errors. InMotionHosting had some 508 loop detected errors .
AleForge hit security measures nearly right away and blocked the load test. Unfortunately we couldn’t get a clean test so it’s impossible to evaluate how the server would respond to this type of load under real world circumstances. ChemiCloud hit CPU/Memory limits from the appearances of the test and slowed down and had a few errors. GoDaddy had a consistent error rate through the whole test. IONOS hit some wp-login security problems causing errors. Krystal slowed down as the test went on. ManagedWPHosting slowed down and had some errors. MDDHosting slowed down and had errors. RSHosting slowed down.
K6 Testing Results
K6 is designed to test cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage.
20i, 34SP, AleForge, ChemiCloud, CynderHost, EasyWP by Namecheap, Eco Web Hosting, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks, ICDSoft, InMotionHosting, LightningBase, ManagedWPHosting, MDDHosting, RAIDBOXES, RSHosting.com, and WPX all handled K6 test without issue.
Krystal had a bunch of spikes which caused a little slowness. Nexcess had a few errors and spikes. SiteGround took a little bit to warm up but ultimately handled the test well.
IONOS and TVC.net slowed down during the test.
Uptime Testing Results
|Company||Uptime Robot||Hetrix||Alt Uptime Monitor|
|EasyWP by Namecheap||99.9||99.9189||99.93|
|Eco Web Hosting||99.996||99.9967|
20i, 34SP, AleForge, ChemiCloud, CynderHost, EasyWP by Namecheap, Eco Web Hosting, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks, ICDSoft, InMotion Hosting, IONOS, Krystal Hosting, LightningBase, MDDHosting, RAIDBOXES, RSHosting.com, SiteGround, TVC.net, and WPX all stayed online more than 99.9% of the time.
ManagedWPHosting had longer than expected maintenance which caused uptime to drop below 99.9%. Nexcess had a caching problem which caused the site to stop displaying which caused downtime.
WebPageTest Testing Results
WebPageTest fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from 12 different locations around the world.
|Company||Virginia||California||Salt Lake City||London||Frankfurt||Cape Town||Singapore||Mumbai||Tokyo||Sydney||Brazil||Dubai||Average|
|EasyWP by Namecheap||0.78||0.769||1.025||1.12||1.117||2.071||1.297||1.571||1.03||1.498||1.234||2.163||1.30625|
|Eco Web Hosting||1.786||1.816||1.683||0.959||0.881||1.916||2.6||3.558||2.608||3.357||2.845||1.533||2.1285|
WPX and CynderHost stand out on this test serving pages the fastest globally (0.717 and 0.726 respectively, a miniscule 9ms difference between the two). The third fastest average was AleForge with 1.052 which is ~330ms slower than first and second place.
GoDaddy was a stand out, not in a good way, here being slowest in 7/12 locations. 20i, who are a UK focused company, also stand out especially because of their Sydney result (click on a company to hide their results and adjust the graph) being very slow.
WPPerformanceTester Testing Results
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.
|Company||PHP Bench||WP Bench|
|EasyWP by Namecheap||6.402||907.4410163|
|Eco Web Hosting||10.468||435.9197908|
Nexcess stands out on the PHP bench being the fastest by a whopping 1.5 seconds.
InMotionHosting had the highest WP bench at very quick 1869 queries per second with Nexcess, WPX and CynderHost all above 1500 QPS behind them.
SSL Testing Results
The tool is available at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
|Company||Qualsys SSL Grade|
|EasyWP by Namecheap||A+|
|Eco Web Hosting||A|
A+’s for EasyWP by NameCheap, GreenGeeks, ManagedWPHosting, and RAIDBOXES.
Everyone else got an A.
Except InMotion Hosting which received a B for supporting old TLS versions.
Internet.nl Testing Results
The tool is available at https://internet.nl/test-site/.
|EasyWP by Namecheap||52|
|Eco Web Hosting||50|
This is a new and non-impacting benchmark ostensibly tests server security. IONOS stood out at 70 with EasyWP by Namecheap and RAIDBOXES following at 52. SiteGround had the lowest score at 30.
I’m not sure how much value there is in this metric, but the results are here for people to look at and evaluate for themselves.
Mozilla Observatory Testing Results
The tool is available at https://observatory.mozilla.org/.
|EasyWP by Namecheap||B|
|Eco Web Hosting||F|
The highest grade was a B from EasyWP by Namecheap and ManagedWPHosting. RAIDBOXES got a C. GreenGeeks earned a C-.
Everyone else failed. Including IONOS which had the highest score on the Internet.nl test.
I really don’t know what to make of these results, when most companies are failing, I have to consider whether the test is useful, or are many companies not doing a good job securing the servers or are these measuring things which are beyond the hosting provider’s scope and more on the user? Or is it something else? I don’t have an answer, but I am publishing the results to add another data point to the discussion.
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.
This year’s Top Tier WordPress Hosting Performance Award goes to the following companies who showed virtually no signs of struggle during the testing.
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
20i is a brand new entrant and showed off a solid product earning Top Tier status this year. 99.999% uptime. An excellent K6 test with no signs of load and no errors. A solid Load Storm test is nice debut. Congratulations and welcome to the benchmarks.
34SP earned another Honorable Mention this year. Perfect uptime. A flat errorless K6 performance. Load Storm unfortunately showed a little sign of load with average response times climbing during the tests. 34SP is on the cusp of being a Top Tier performer and continue to improve.
AleForge is another newcomer to the benchmarks. They handled the K6 test well. Their uptime stayed above 99.9%. The problem was the Load Storm test was interfered with by security measures and they were not comfortable bypassing them for the purposes of the benchmarks. AleForge certainly has the potential to be a top performer but without running a clear test it’s impossible to say.
ChemiCloud had perfect uptime. The K6 test was excellent with flat response times. The problem was Load Storm maxed out the CPU/Memory limits and caused response times to increase as requests backed up. It’s nice to see that it didn’t really fail at all under the stress though, just slowed down.
CynderHost is a new comer who really stood out and earned Top Tier status this year. Perfect uptime is always a great start. Their K6 average response time was 14ms, beating the next fastest competitor by 27ms, and their P99 was 63ms beating the next fastest by 73ms. They had the fastest Load Storm average response time at 97ms and fastest wp-login time too. Throw in the second fastest WPT average response time and it was a clear Top Tier showing for CynderHost.
EasyWP by Namecheap earned itself a Top Tier award in it’s second year participating. It’s nice to see they went back and improved and it paid off. They had 99.9% uptime, their load tests were handled without issue. They didn’t stand out in any particular test but did everything well.
Eco Web Hosting was a first time participant who showed up and did a great job and earned themselves Top Tier recognition. They maintained 99.99% uptime. Their K6 results were third fastest in terms of response time. Their Load Storm test went smooth. Welcome to the Top Tier club.
GoDaddy has a special place in these tests being an original member and the reason they were even started. This year GoDaddy had 99.99% uptime. A mere single error on the K6 test. Unfortunately, Load Storm had a small but consistent error rate that couldn’t be resolved which kept it out of earning an award this year.
GreenGeeks has been a regular participant in these tests and has generally done quite well. They’ve earned another Top Tier award this year for a solid showing of 99.99% uptime and a whopping zero errors between both load tests combined.
ICDSoft is a first time participant who earned an Honorable Mention this year. Their Load Storm test went smooth with no errors. Their uptime was 99.99%. Their K6 test had some spikes and errors and was very borderline. It didn’t stand out, but overall a solid showing for a first timer earned them an Honorable Mention.
InMotion Hosting earned itself an Honorable Mention this year. It had the fastest WP bench score. It had over 99.9% uptime. It handled the K6 test well. The only thing that made it fall slightly short is the errors on Load Storm. A pretty good showing but a little room for improvement.
IONOS didn’t do so well at this price tier. The good was 99.9%+ uptime. The K6 test didn’t fail but slowed down a lot. The Load Storm test had wp-login security that we couldn’t bypass and gave a high error rate.
Krystal is back for it’s second time. The positive was maintaining 99.9%+ uptime. The Load Tests both seemed to slow it down at this price tier though. There’s definitely room for improvement and they’ve shown they can deliver it before.
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.
ManagedWPHosting was a new entrant this year. The highlight was the K6 test going through flawlessly. However, there were some uptime issues because of maintenance primarily. There was also the Load Storm test which overwhelmed the server a bit caused slowdowns and errors. There’s definitely room for improvement and I hope to see them come back and show it.
MDDHosting is a first timer to these tests. Their uptime was above 99.9%. Their K6 test was great having no errors. What held them back this year was the Load Storm test overwhelming the server. It’s definitely the most difficult test and it proved a bit much this year. I know they are already working on some improvements and hope to see them earn some recognition next year.
Nexcess is LiquidWeb’s newly acquired brand which has competed in the past. This year Nexcess’s highlight was having the fastest PHP Bench by 1.5 seconds over the next fastest competitor. Their Load Storm test was good as well. Their K6 test had a few errors and slowed down a bit. But ultimately their downfall was uptime. A caching bug caused the site to drop below the 99.9% threshold.
Raidboxes is a second time participant and earned Top Tier marks this year. Their uptime was above 99.99%. Their Load Tests both had nearly no errors and went very smoothly. It wasn’t the flashiest with 4th fastest WPT average response time being it’s best result, but it did very well in all the tests. A solid Top Tier performance.
RSHosting.com is a first time participant. Their K6 test was great with no errors. Their uptime was above 99.9%. Unfortunately the Load Storm test slowed down the server a bit too much to earn any recognition this year. I hope to see them come back and do better next year though.
SiteGround earned Honorable Mention status this year. The Load Storm test was great and had the second lowest wp-login response time. Uptime was above 99.99%. The only slight weakness was shown on the K6 test where it took a little while before the caches seemed to fully warm up and respond quickly.
TVC.Net is back again and had 99.9%+ uptime. They also had a great Load Storm test without a single error. Unfortunately the K6 test slowed down quite a bit and knocked it out of the running for earning any award. The product feels close, just a little bit better static caching and it will be a Top Tier performer.
WPX is back again with another Top Tier performance. 99.99% uptime. Error free load tests. The fastest average response time and third fastest wp-login response time on Load Storm. Also the fastest WPT average response time. WPX easily earned Top Tier status again this year.