Fastest WordPress Shared Hosts Compared 2017

If you are looking for the fastest shared WordPress hosting in 2017, you’ve come to the right place.

I have compiled large amounts of test information into this informative guide for you to help you select the best shared host for your WordPress website.

We’ll look at performance stats in detail, compare uptimes, customer satisfaction scores and pricing for each.

All the hosts below offer great WordPress hosting for under $25/month. It’s not possible to list every single WordPress host out there, so I have selected some of the most well known names in shared WordPress hosting.

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

A2 Hosting

310069

203981

249.08

172.26

15138

549

4.639

8.853

2.577

BlueHost

181995

153234

147.47

101.11

16000

7634

1.066

3.677

0.592

DreamHost

295685

43

224.1

164.27

15063

339

16.06

13.5

8.922

FlyWheel

265618

81491

205.22

147.57

15101

1154

11.5

9.361

6.391

GoDaddy

311172

1363

238.68

172.87

10100

340

16.07

13.31

8.927

MediaTemple

327662

1466

258.45

182.03

10628

381

12.55

10.54

6.972

SiteGround

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

A2 Hosting

590

27255

390

10

92

55

167

BlueHost

23340

71

274

389

214

155

604

DreamHost

29337

0

1

489

4

3

7

FlyWheel

28530

0

0

476

28

21

146

GoDaddy

15222

11093

28

254

196

190

229

MediaTemple

15255

11260

5

254

200

188

318

SiteGround

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

A2 Hosting

99.92

99.91

BlueHost

30.22

18.06

DreamHost

99.97

99.97

FlyWheel

99.96

99.98

GoDaddy

99.96

99.98

MediaTemple

99.99

100

SiteGround

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

A2 Hosting

No Data

No Data

No Data

No Data

BlueHost

33%

58%

80%

40%

DreamHost

66%

79%

87%

58%

FlyWheel

No Data

No Data

No Data

No Data

GoDaddy

49%

52%

94%

44%

MediaTemple

64%

62%

92%

56%

SiteGround

81%

76%

95%

72%

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 2017 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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