Which host is winning the uptime battle this week?
Uptime Test – Week 32 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
- Location of Test: 10 Worldwide Locations
- 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?
Identical Live Sites
Uptime Test – Week 32 Summary Table
Our hosts have recorded another poor uptime performance this week, with just 3 hosts achieving the ultimate goal of 100% Uptime (slightly better than just 2 last week):
- A2 Hosting
And our winner this week is A2 Hosting, recording the fastest time of 235ms. The last time we ran this Worldwide test (in Week 28 with CloudFlare and WP Rocket), A2’s time was 260ms, so slightly faster with CloudFlare and W3 Total Cache.
Checking in on the overall performance of changing from WP Rocket to W3 Total Cache, the average response time across our 8 hosts in Week 28 was 290ms, while this week it is way slower at 1,050ms.
This is a huge slowdown and paints a poor picture when it comes to the uptime performance of CloudFlare with W3 Total Cache. Lets see if this trend is confirmed over the next 2 weeks of testing from different locations.
Next week we are off testing from a North America perspective, will the speed and uptime recover?
And the Week 32 Winner is…
After 30 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.