So after 3 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 10 weeks of testing, a total of 614,880 tests have been performed
Identical Live Sites
Overall Rankings – Jan 2019 to Mar 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.
So as we fast forward to today (19 Mar 2019), I am excited to share our first set of results.
As you can see below, Kinsta has shot out of the blocks and is comfortably leading all hosts. This has been achieved because they are by the far the fastest host across all 5 testing locations. In addition, they have the second best uptime performance and bingo, Kinsta is currently our deserving owner of the title Best WordPress Host of 2019!!
Across the first 10 weeks of testing, our hosts’ servers were located in USA. In contrast, over the upcoming 10 weeks of testing, I will change up our hosts’ server location to Canada. So I am really looking forward to seeing whether Kinsta can continue this dominance in the Great White North?
(Click to enlarge the table)
06 Jan 2019 to 17 Mar 2019
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