With our host servers based in Australia and with WP Rocket along for the ride, which host is up and about this week when we test from North America?

Uptime Test – Week 189 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 American Locations
  • Caching Plugins Installed: WP Rocket
  • 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 189 Summary Table

Our hosts have recorded an impressive performance this week, with 5 hosts achieving the ultimate goal of 100% Uptime (4 hosts achieved 100% in Week 188): 

  1. Flywheel
  2. Lightning Base
  3. Kinsta
  4. Pressidium
  5. SiteGround

This week’s best performer in North America is Flywheel, combining a perfect uptime with the fastest average response time of 644ms.

We have now completed 49 weeks of testing with our 4 new premium hosts. This marks the 9th week that we’ve tested from Australian based host servers, and the 4th with plugin caching support turned on.

Flywheel has been the best performed so far from Australian servers, taking the honors 4 weeks out of 9. 

At the other end of the spectrum is WP Engine, who have once again experienced outages, this week with 4 minutes. This continues a worrying recent trend for WP Engine, who have now racked up 111 minutes of outages in the last 5 weeks. Compared to just 13 minutes of downtime in the first 40 weeks, this is a drastic dropoff. 

For next week’s test, I will change up the test location from North America to Asia Pacific. I am most interested to find out whether WP Engine is able to stop incurring downtimes?

Uptime Test Results - Week 189 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?