So after 12 months of live testing, let’s combine the results from our speed and uptime tests to see who is the proud owner of our Best WordPress Host 2019?
Weekly Testing Method
- Compare 6 WordPress Hosts
- Use 6 Live Sites, each with a Different Host but with Identical Content (you can check them out here)
- Each week speed & uptime tests are continuously run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom
- After 50 weeks of testing, a total of 3,074,400 tests have been performed
Identical Live Sites
Overall Rankings – Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
At the end of 2018, I took some time to reflect on the performances of the 10 budget hosts I had been testing across the last 3 years. As a result, it was abundantly clear that SiteGround & Lightning Base had split away from the pack and were consistently dominating all our other budget hosts.
As we entered into 2019, I decided that a big shakeup was required. So this led me to remove the bottom 6 hosts and replace them with 4 new premium hosts for 2019:
- WP Engine
I really felt this was a natural progression after years of testing budget hosts. On top of that, I’m super keen to see how our best 2 performed budget hosts will actually fare against what I consider to be the best premium WordPress hosts.
Jan – Mar 2019
Following the 1st 10 weeks of testing, Kinsta shot out of the blocks to comfortably lead all hosts. This was off the back of being by the far the fastest host across all 5 testing locations, plus the second best uptime performance.
Mar – Jun 2019
That has all dramatically changed when we add into the picture the 2nd 10 weeks of testing. Kinsta experienced a horrendous downtime in Week 152 of 3 hours and 43 minutes. Even though their speed continues to be fastest by a fair margin, this extremely poor outage has dropped Kinsta from first to last on our overall rankings.
So with Kinsta toppling down the board, the host that has shot to be our #1 host is Pressidium. This is a result of having the best uptime performance (amazingly only 2 minutes of downtime in 5 months of testing) and the 3rd fastest host. The contest is definitely tight, with Flywheel & WP Engine sitting just below Pressidium.
And when it comes to the premium vs budget host challenge, SiteGround is clearly the best budget host.
Jun – Aug 2019
The 3rd batch of 10 weeks tests from UK servers has been a lot less dramatic the previous 10 weeks. Pressidium continues to hold onto the #1 ranking, with Flywheel edging closer in 2nd and WP Engine falling back a bit in 3rd.
SiteGround continues to be the go to budget host.
Aug – Oct 2019
A change at the top of our rankings has occurred following the 4th batch of 10 weeks tests from Indian servers. Flywheel has overtaken Pressidium to be the proud owners of the #1 ranking.
Meanwhile, WP Engine continues to fall further behind in 3rd, and SiteGround maintains a strong hold on the best budget host honor.
Oct – Dec 2019
To finish off 2019, the final 10 weeks of testing took place from Australian servers. Flywheel and Pressidium continued to battle it out, with Flywheel just coming out in front to earn the title of #1 host for 2019!!
Going in the opposite direction, and quickly, were WP Engine, who fell from 3rd to 5th. Meanwhile SiteGround won the duel with Lightning Base to hold the honors of #1 budget host for 2019!!
(Click to enlarge the table)
06 Jan 2019 to 04 Jan 2020
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