After 2+ Years of testing, let’s find out which hosts are proving to be the most reliable in the Uptime Rankings.
Weekly Uptime Testing Method
- Compare 8 WordPress Hosts
- Use 8 Live Sites, each with a Different Host but with Identical Content (you can check them out here)
- Use Pingdom Uptime Test
- Testing Locations: North America, Europe & Asia Pacific
- Frequency of Weekly Testing: Every Minute across the Last 7 Days
- Total Number of Tests = 1 x60 x24 x7 x8 x116 = 9,354,240 (xMinutes xHours xDays xSites xWeeks)
- Uptime testing is confirming that the website is actually accessible to visitors
- An example of why an outage (or downtime) can occur is scheduled maintenance of the server the website is hosted on
Identical Live Sites
Uptime Rankings – Apr 2016 to Jul 2018
Congratulations to Lightning Base for being the most reliable host!! In the 15 months since Lightning Base was added, they have recorded only 38 minutes of downtime, which is very impressive indeed. To make sure all hosts are treated equally (regardless of how long they have been included in our tests), an annualized downtime is used. And using this measure, Lightning Base has managed to comfortably overtake our previous leaders in SiteGround & GoDaddy.
At the other end of the scale is A2 Hosting, as they experienced a disastrous Q4 2016 performance. Things did not improve in early 2017, and as a result, they were replaced by Namecheap on 28th Jan 2017.
The big turnaround story of 2018 so far is Bluehost. Across 2016 & 2017, they were one of our worst hosts when it came to uptime, but this year they are the best, with just 6 minutes of downtime in the first half of 2018. This has rocketed Bluehost from 7th to 4th in our uptime rankings.
Going forward, I am keen to see whether Lightning Base can maintain such impressive uptime results. Both SiteGround & GoDaddy aren’t too far behind, and as evidenced by the turnaround with Bluehost, these rankings can change quickly. Bring on the second half of 2018!!
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07 Apr 2016 to 07 Jul 2018
And the Most Reliable Host is…
To crown an overall champion, we have combined our weekly Speed & Uptime tests together.