After 8 months of live testing in 2019, let’s package up all the SiteGround test results and find out how they’ve performed so far…
SiteGround 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
- Test results below are from 07 Jan 2019 to 18 Aug 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).
- SiteGround’s speed started off very poorly, recording the slowest speed of all our hosts across the first 5 weeks of testing. The good news, however, was they were able to totally turn that around once WP Rocket was installed. They charged to 3rd during this time, outpacing 2 premium hosts in the process. A similar trend occurred across Weeks 11-30, with slow speeds initially then significant improvement with WP Rocket on board.
- SiteGround is currently ranked 6th in our Speed Rankings.
2019 Results – USA Server
2019 Results – Canada Server
2019 Results – UK 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).
- The uptime results for SiteGround have been very impressive across the 1st 30 weeks of testing. Having only recorded 17 minutes of downtime places them above some premium hosts and well above their budget host competitor in Lightning Base.
- SiteGround is currently ranked 3rd in our Uptime Rankings.
SiteGround Review – Overall ranking
The Overall Ranking accumulates the results from the speed & uptime tests to determine the #1 Host.
- SiteGround’s uptime performance has been very impressive, while some improvement is needed to their speed to move up the rankings. They are comfortably ahead of Lightning Base in the preferred budget host category, and not far off the performance of the premium hosts, especially when their speed with WP Rocket results are isolated.
- SiteGround is sitting in 4th in our Overall Rankings.