2018 - Fastest Wordpress Shared Hosts Compared

Fastest WordPress Shared Hosts Compared 2018

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You know website load speed is important and you’ve heard that you’ll lose customers (and even google rankings) if your website doesn’t load fast enough. Well, it’s true.

But how do you find which hosting is right for your WordPress website?

  • Do you read online reviews which can have a bias or a profit motive?
  • Maybe you could try to compare them against each other by looking at their websites?
  • Or perhaps you ask your neighbor Doug who is oh-so-sure that his hosting company is the best?

I’m a data driven marketer. And instead of relying upon opinions of others, I’ve compared factual performance data of various WordPress hosts to see what’s what.

And if you're in a hurry, head over to the quiz at the bottom, answer a few simple questions and discover the best hosting for your site.

By the end of this post you would have learnt which hosts perform best (and worst):

  • When your sites consistently get lots of traffic
  • When your sites get a big spike in traffic for a limited time
  • Which hosts have the minimum downtime
  • And which hosts have consistently been praised (or hated) by their customers

And of course, it’s not possible to list and compare every single WordPress host so I’ve compared the most popular ones:

Plans Tested

Plan Name

Monthly Pricing

Visitor Limit

Storage

Bandwidth

Sites Allowed

Turbo

$ 9.31

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Blogger

$ 19.99

100 Million

30 GB

N/A

N/A

Plus

$ 24.95

30,000

30 GB

N/A

1

Tiny

$ 15

5,000

5 GB

250 GB

1

Delux

$ 12.99

100,000 (recommended)

15 GB

Unlimited

1

Personal

$ 20

250,000

50 GB

Unlimited

2

GrowBig

$ 19.95

25,000 (recommended)

20 GB

Unlimited

Unlimited

Performance:

Tests were conducted on each host with exactly the same website used each time.

The performance tests were done to determine how each host performs under a significant load. Keep in mind that most websites on shared hosting do not get such high traffic consistently and if you do, you should seriously consider moving to at least a VPS or Dedicated hosting plan.

Of course, the fastest host isn’t always the best. Which is why I have also compared the uptime and customer satisfaction scores of the hosts below.

Sustained Load Test

This test measures the impact of high load on a shared server such as a load when you consistently get a high amount or traffic or your website is going viral.

Test Parameters: 500-2000 Concurrent Users over 30 Minutes, 10 Minutes at Peak performed using Load Storm

Total Requests

Total Errors

Peak
RPS

Avg RPS

Peak Response Time

Average Response Time

Total Data Transfer (GB)

Peak Throughput

Average Throughput

310069

203981

249.08

172.26

15138

549

4.639

8.853

2.577

181995

153234

147.47

101.11

16000

7634

1.066

3.677

0.592

295685

43

224.1

164.27

15063

339

16.06

13.5

8.922

265618

81491

205.22

147.57

15101

1154

11.5

9.361

6.391

311172

1363

238.68

172.87

10100

340

16.07

13.31

8.927

327662

1466

258.45

182.03

10628

381

12.55

10.54

6.972

301722

1

230.45

167.62

9374

447

15.9

13.76

8.833

Let's make this simple: Red = Bad, Green = Good

* Response times measured in milliseconds. Throughput measured in MB/s.

** RPS = Requests Per Second

Sustained Load Test Results:

This is a harsh test of a shared server but still there were hosts which impressed with their performance. These were: DreamHost, GoDaddyMediaTemple and SiteGround

The hosts which were not able to perform well under high load conditions were: A2 Hosting, BlueHost and FlyWheel

Traffic Spike Test

This test measured the performance of the hosts for when a large amount of traffic hits for a relatively short period.

Test Parameters: Test 1-1000 Concurrent Users over 60 seconds performed using Blitz.io

Hits

Errors

Average Response Time

Timeouts

Avg Hits/sec

Average Response Time

Fastest Response

Slowest Response

590

27255

390

10

92

55

167

23340

71

274

389

214

155

604

29337

0

1

489

4

3

7

28530

0

0

476

28

21

146

15222

11093

28

254

196

190

229

15255

11260

5

254

200

188

318

26055

1

21

434

100

72

346

Let's make this simple: Red = Bad, Green = Good

Traffic Spike Test Results:

Again, this test is quite harsh for a shared host such that the average performers should also be expected to perform quite well for day to day hosting tasks. In any case, if you are expecting a high level of traffic to hit your website anytime in the future, it’s always a good idea to contact your hosting company beforehand and work out an arrangement with them to handle the traffic when it hits.

The hosts that did well in this test were clearly using good caching techniques which are working well.

Best performers: DreamHost and SiteGround

DreamHost showed a very strong performance and didn't have any issue handling the traffic spike. SiteGround couldn't match up to DreamHost but they get points for being consistent under pressure.​

Average performers: BlueHost and FlyWheel had small issues during this test. Nonetheless, they should work fine for most websites under normal circumstances.

Worst Performers: GoDaddy and MediaTemple probably kicked in security measures due to the large amount of traffic hitting the server in a short duration. Their results are similar to the results generated when the server starts rejecting traffic which might be a DDoS attack.

A2Hosting couldn’t handle the load and crashed soon after the test started.

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Uptime Test:

A fast responding website is no good if it can’t maintain a decent uptime. This test was conducted to check if the hosts were able to live up to their uptime promises.

Test Parameters: Uptime was measured over a period of two months using StatusCake and UptimeRobot.

StatusCake

UptimeRobot

99.92

99.91

30.22

18.06

99.97

99.97

99.96

99.98

99.96

99.98

99.99

100

99.97

99.98

Uptime Test Results:

All hosts performed well on this test and all had an uptime of more than 99%. BlueHost’s uptime issues were caused when the account was accidentally cancelled. For this reason BlueHost’s uptime data should be ignored.

Customer Feedback Ratings

These ratings are calculated by automagically listening to tweets about each host and determining if the tweet contains a positive or negative comment about each host.

Newer tweets are given weightage over older ones and tweets which can’t be categorized clearly as a positive or negative comment are not used towards this data.

Only tweets by unique users are used for these results so that repeated praises or negative comments from a single Twitter account do not skew the data. Aggressive spam filtering is also applied to keep this data as relevant as possible.

While efforts are constantly made to improve the quality of this data, it’s possible that some errors might still creep in so this data cannot be considered to be 100% accurate and should only be used as a guide, not as a final verdict.

Support

Price

Uptime

Overall

No Data

No Data

No Data

No Data

33%

58%

80%

40%

66%

79%

87%

58%

No Data

No Data

No Data

No Data

49%

52%

94%

44%

64%

62%

92%

56%

81%

76%

95%

72%

Hosting Quiz

Winners

SiteGround’s results in the performance test and uptime were good but where they really take the cake is the customer feedback. It also provides a great service at a reasonable price. For this reason SiteGround is the winner of this test and also where I chose to host this website.

DreamHost came is a close second and there’s not much difference between it and SiteGround’s performance. It came in second only due to better customer feedback for SiteGround. If for some reason you do not want to host your WordPress website on SiteGround, Dreamhost should be a good match for you.

BlueHost, GoDaddy, FlyWheel and MediaTemple were average performers each with their own share of ups and downs during various tests. Performance figures of GoDaddy and MediaTemple were almost identical throughout the tests.

Results were disappointing for A2 Hosting and their claim to be 20 times faster than other hosting companies isn’t supported by the test data.

However, keep in mind that the tests were too harsh for a shared hosting environment and most websites on shared hosts do not get such high levels of traffic. A2 Hosting is still a good web host and it did a good enough job to be able to compete with players much older in the industry.

You should consider hosting your site on A2 Hosting as it's the least pricey option of all. When you're starting out, it's a good idea to save money and when your website grows you'll be able to move to VPS or Dedicated hosting anyways.

So there you have it, the best and the worst of select WordPress hosts of 2018 with performance, uptime and customer feedback data to support the final winners and losers.

I hope you got great value from this article and I hope it will help you make a smarter WordPress hosting choice.

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Pullkit Gera

  • A really useful post. I’m still in the process of determining which host to change to. Currently on a basic wordpress plan.

    • PullkitGera says:

      Aish, these are some of the best WordPress hosts of 2016. For a newer website you can choose any of them and you’ll likely have a good experience. If you are looking to save money, go for A2 Hosting. They have the cheapest price of all hosts mentioned here.

  • heidi says:

    The locked content was interesting. I have only been with Bluehost and have been pretty happy. Thanks for the info

  • Wow, Go Daddy is the only one on there I recognize and I’m amazed at how poorly the outcomes were! Thanks for this, it’s informative.

    • PullkitGera says:

      You’re welcome Shopgirl, and this is exactly why tests like this are needed.
      So that we don’t get swayed by recognizable brand names because of their huge marketing budgets, but make decisions based on real data.

  • Priyankeshu Parihar says:

    hi, thanks for the tests.
    can you tell about which specific plan you took in these?
    especially for a2hosting?

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