Lightning Base Review 2019

After 3 months of live testing in 2019, let’s package up all the Lightning Base test results and find out how they’ve performed so far…

lIGHTNING Base Review – Testing Method

  • Prior to testing, I have setup identical content on all 6 Live Test Sites
  • Each week over 60,000 speed & uptime tests are run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom

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  • Test results below are from 07 Jan 2019 to 17 Mar 2019

Test #1: Speed

The GTmetrix Speed Test checks how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser. This test is then repeated every hour throughout the week (1,080 times).

  • Lightning Base’s average speed was a little off the pace compared to our other hosts, especially in Weeks 1 to 5. In a promising sign, there was improvement in Weeks 6 to 10 with the addition of WP Rocket. When you take into account that Lightning Base is a budget host, the performance is reasonable.
  • Lightning Base is currently ranked in 5th place in our Speed Rankings.
2019 Lightning Base Speed Table - Overall

2019 Results – USA Server

2019 Lightning Base Speed Chart - USA Server
2019 Lightning Base Speed Table - USA Server

Test #2: Uptime

The Pingdom Uptime Test confirms that the website is actually accessible to visitors. This test is then repeated every minute throughout the week (60,480 times).

  • Lightning Base has performed extremely poorly when it comes to Uptime so far in 2019. In Week 143 of testing, 119 minutes of downtime was experienced by Lightning Base, which is very uncharacteristic. Over the last 2 years of testing I have conducted here, Lighting Base only had 65 minutes of downtime. Fingers crossed this is the last time we see results like this.
  • Lightning Base is currently ranked 6th in our Uptime Rankings.
Lightning Base 2019 Uptime Test Results

lightning base Review – Overall ranking

The Overall Ranking accumulates the results from the speed & uptime tests to determine the #1 Host.

  • Lightning Base has been let down by their extremely disappointing downtime of 119 minutes in Week 143. Unfortunately it will take a lot of very impressive results to turn things around. Hopefully we start seeing signs of improved over the coming 10 weeks of testing.
  • Lightning Base is now 6th in our Overall Rankings.
2019 Lightning Base Overall Rank

How does Lightning Base compare to our 5 other Hosts?