Which host will finish 2016 on a high?

Uptime Test – Week 38 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 European 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?

WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

WordPress Host #1: SiteGround

WordPress Host #2: A2 Hosting



A sample of the Uptime Status (Over 5 pages in total):

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 38 Summary Table

Our hosts have recorded an average uptime performance this week, with 3 hosts achieving the ultimate goal of 100% Uptime (the same 3 hosts also achieved 100% last week):

  1. GoDaddy
  2. DreamHost
  3. Bluehost

Unfortunately, A2 Hosting’s extremely poor uptime results have continued. After having over 3 hours of downtime 3 weeks ago, they have yet again had around 2 hours of downtime this week from 68 separate outages. This continued poor performance is very concerning, hopefully whatever is causing this will be rectified shortly.

And our winner this week is GoDaddy, recording the fastest time of 539ms. The last time we ran this Europe test (in Week 34 with CloudFlare and W3 Total Cache), GoDaddy’s time was slighly quicker at 523ms.

Checking in on the overall performance of changing from W3 Total Cache to WP Super Cache, the average response time across our 8 hosts in Week 34 was 1,316ms, while this week it has slowed even further to 1,436ms.

That completes 4 weeks of testing of our Speed Study on CloudFlare & WP Super Cache. I will summarize these results to find out how WP Super Cache has performed compared to W3 Total Cache?

To kickoff 2017, I will run a new “No Optimization” Speed Study to set a new baseline. The first Uptime Test will be run from Asia Pacific, I wonder how the 2017 baseline will compare to 2016?

Uptime Test Results - Week 38 Summary Table

For the 4th Week in a Row,
the Winner is…

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Uptime Rankings

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.

Who has the Best Uptime after 30 Weeks?