With W3 Total Cache now added to MaxCDN & Cloudflare, let’s find out which of our hosts are most reliable this week in North America?

Uptime Test – Week 87 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 North American 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 #4: Lightning Base

WordPress Host #5: InMotion Hosting

WordPress Host #8: Web Hosting Hub

Uptime Test – Week 87 Summary Table

Our hosts have recorded an solid uptime performance this week, with 5 hosts achieving the ultimate goal of 100% Uptime (6 hosts also achieved 100% in Week 86):

  1. Lightning Base
  2. HostGator
  3. Bluehost
  4. GoDaddy
  5. SiteGround

This week’s best performer in North America is Lightning Base, with a perfect uptime and the fastest average response time of 169ms.

The last time we tested from North America with MaxCDN, Cloudflare & WP Super Cache setup (in Week 84), the average response time across our 8 hosts was 1,307ms, while this week with W3 Total Cache replacing WP Super Cache, it is significantly faster at 243ms.

This is the first week of our MaxCDN, Cloudflare & W3 Total Cache Speed Study and the early points clearly go to W3 Total Cache when it comes to our host’s response times.

Next week we will change up our testing location to Europe. I wonder whether W3 Total Cache will continue to dominate, or will WP Super Cache prove to be better in Europe?

Uptime Test Results - Week 87 Summary Table

And this Week’s Winner is…

Uptime Rankings

After 18 months 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.

Which host has the Best Uptime after 18 Months?