Which of our hosts are setting the gold standard in uptime this week?

Uptime Test – Week 21 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

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  • Location of Test: 10 Locations across North America
  • Frequency of Testing: Every Minute across the Last 7 Days
  • Number of Weekly Tests = 1 x60 x24 x7 x8 = 80,640 (xMinutes xHours xDays xSites)
  • 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

Which WordPress Hosts can ace the uptime test this week?

WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

WordPress Host #1: SiteGround

WordPress Host #2: A2 Hosting

WordPress Host #3: GoDaddy

WordPress Host #4: DreamHost

WordPress Host #5: InMotion Hosting

WordPress Host #6: HostGator

WordPress Host #7: Bluehost

WordPress Host #8: Web Hosting Hub

Uptime Test – Week 21 Summary Table

Our hosts have recorded an average uptime performance this week, with 4 hosts achieving the ultimate goal of 100% Uptime:

  1. DreamHost
  2. HostGator
  3. Bluehost
  4. SiteGround

And our winner this week is DreamHost, recording the fastest time of 133ms! The last time we ran this North American test (in Week 17 with W3 Total Cache), DreamHost’s time was 135ms, so we’re seeing a similar performance with WP Rocket!!

Checking in on the overall performance of W3 Total Cache and WP Rocket, the average response time across our 8 hosts in Week 17 was 158ms, while this week it has increased slightly to 171ms. This is truly a tight battle between 2 very good caching solutions, I’m looking forward to seeing who ultimately comes out on top in a week’s time!!

It was also good to see InMotion’s disastrous performance last week proved to be a one off event, with their response time dropping from 1670ms to 174ms.

Uptime Test Results - Week 21 Summary Table

And the Week 21 Winner is…

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Uptime Rankings

After 21 weeks of testing, let’s summarize all the results to see how our 8 hosts are performing overall. It will also allow us to find out which host is currently leading our uptime challenge.

Who has the Best Uptime after 21 Weeks?