So after 5 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 20 weeks of testing, a total of 1,229,760 tests have been performed
Identical Live Sites
Overall Rankings – Jan 2019 to Jun 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.
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.
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.
Our hosts’ servers have now enjoyed 10 week stints in USA and Canada. For the upcoming 10 weeks of testing, I will change up our hosts’ server location to the UK. So I am really looking forward to seeing whether Kinsta can stabilize their uptime and will Pressidium hold onto their newly acquired #1 ranking?
(Click to enlarge the table)
06 Jan 2019 to 02 Jun 2019
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