With our host servers setup in Australia, which host is up and about this week when we test from North America?

Uptime Test – Week 184 Method

  • Compare 6 WordPress Hosts
  • Use 6 Live Sites, each with a Different Host but with Identical Content (you can check them out here)
  • Use Pingdom Uptime Test

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  • Location of Host Server: Australia
  • Location of Test: 10 North America Locations
  • Caching Plugins Installed: None
  • Frequency of Testing: Every Minute across the Last 7 Days
  • Number of Weekly Tests = 1 x60 x24 x7 x6 = 60,480 (xMinutes xHours xDays xSites)
  • Uptime testing is confirming that the website is actually accessible to visitors
  • An example of why downtime might occur is scheduled maintenance of the server the website is hosted on

Which WordPress Hosts can ace the uptime test this week? 


WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

SiteGround Weekly Uptime Results

SiteGround Uptime Dashboard & Response Time Chart

LIGHTNING BASE Weekly Uptime Results

Lightning Base Uptime Dashboard & Response Time Chart

flywheel Weekly Uptime Results

Flywheel Uptime Dashboard & Response Time Chart

kinsta Weekly Uptime Results

Kinsta Uptime Dashboard & Response Time Chart

Pressidium Weekly Uptime Results

Pressidium Uptime Dashboard & Response Time Chart

WP ENGINE Weekly Uptime Results

WP Engine Uptime Dashboard & Response Time Chart

Uptime Test – Week 184 Summary Table

Our hosts have recorded a solid performance this week, with 4 hosts achieving the ultimate goal of 100% Uptime (all 6 hosts achieved 100% in Week 183): 

  1. Lightning Base
  2. Kinsta
  3. WP Engine
  4. Pressidium

This week’s best performer in North America is Lightning Base, combining a perfect uptime with the second fastest average response time of 835ms.

We have now completed 44 weeks of testing with our 4 new premium hosts. This marks the 4th week that we’ve tested from Australian based host servers, with plugin caching support turned off.

After Flywheel dominated the last 2 weeks, Lightning Base has been the star performer the last 2 weeks. This is doubly impressive as they are outperforming all premium hosts even though Lightning Base are a budget host. 

At the other end of the spectrum, SiteGround was well off the pace, with a response time significantly slower than all other hosts. Over the course of the year, it is becoming increasingly obvious that WP Rocket is a massive help to SiteGround, and with the caching support turned off for the first 5 weeks of Australian server testing, their results have suffered as a result. 

For next week’s test, I will change up the test location from North America to Asia Pacific. Will Lightning Base be able to keep outperforming our premium hosts?

Uptime Test Results - Week 184 Summary Table

And this Week’s Winner is…

Uptime Rankings

With 40 weeks of testing on USA, UK, Canadian & Indian servers now complete, click below to find out which host proved to be most reliable so far in 2019.

Which host is most reliable in 2019?