Testing speed and performance of servers in remote locations introduces some fun and interesting challenges. When I first set out to run these tests, I thought I’d run benchmarks for an hour or two and then be done and would be totally ready to crown the fastest performing WordPress host.
HostGator provides some of the best value for your money. Their affordable plans include all the bells and whistles that you would expect. Such as one-click app installs, 24/7 customer support, and an included website builder.
Three VPS hosting plans are available: VPS-1000HA-S, VPS-2000HA-S and VPS-3000HA-S. The basic plan includes 4GB of RAM, 75GB of storage, a 4TB bandwidth and three IP addresses. All plans allow you to create as many domains, subdomains, email accounts and MySQL databases as you wish with your VPS account. You’re limited only by the disk space and bandwidth of your hosting package, and you can monitor your resource use through the dashboard.
When we used Media Temple, I always thought their customer support was quite good. It was a bit annoying having to remember a PIN to call them, and they didn’t have live chat, but problems were generally solved quite with content management systems (CMSs) are popular with small businesses that value versatility and appreciate simplicity. Examples of these CMS solutions are Ghost, Joomla and Drupal. Another CMS that happens to be one of the simplest and most versatile applications just so happens to be WordPress.
For this initial run, I compared several shared WordPress hosting companies. I plan to continue to add to this list and update it in 2016 as well so that people have a goto resource for choosing the best WordPress hosting company. Here are the hosts I’ve tested in no particular order:
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To accurately measure performance across all WordPress hosting companies, we create a sample WordPress site on each hosting provider and install the default Twenty Seventeen theme. Next, we import dummy content including images and media so our test resembles an average user website.
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This is likely due to the fact that InMotion uses state-of-the-art hardware (such as SSD storage) on all of their plans, giving them a speed advantage over some other web hosting companies that are still using older / slower hardware.
Expert Support – Unlike other web hosts, the staff is highly knowledgeable in WordPress. They advise you against using plugins that impact performance, solve problems faster, and much more. It is like having an army of WordPress experts on your side for assistance.
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How is Pantheon not on this list. Not only is their workflow a lifesaver for development, but the platform itself is lightning fast and their support is good. I can use wp-cli, they include New Relic, and I get a nice report of any errors on the dashboard. Do it.
Out of the web hosts that made our top ten, Bluehost had the most competitive pricing, starting at $2.95/month when you pay for three years up front (total: $106.20). Bluehost lets you upgrade or downgrade your plan with one-click, and allows you to cancel your account and receive a full refund at any time.
SiteGround was one of our top performers, and is especially impressive considering the $3.95 price point for their StartUp hosting tier. It does have a limitation of one website at that price point, but considering the average response time was ~700ms all the way to 50 concurrent users with no real hiccups, SiteGround offers a great value.
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Since our launch in 2003, we’ve had a strong focus on loading your account with the best versions of the most popular development software. Just some of the development software available in your account includes:
If you’re not sure of the type of hosting your business needs, you might want to start small, with shared Web hosting. You can always graduate to a more robust, feature-rich package of, say, VPS hosting or even dedicated hosting in the future. Unfortunately, some hosts don’t offer all hosting types. Consider how much you expect to grow your website, and how soon, before you commit to anything longer than a one-year plan. It’s worth spending the time up front to make sure that the host you select with is able to provide the growth you envision for your site, as switching web hosting providers midstream is not a trivial undertaking.
Unlimited is a popular buzzword that many shared hosting services use to describe their bandwidth and storage limitations; however, there actually are limits. Your bandwidth and storage aren’t constrained unless you exceed what the company deems regular use, as defined in its terms of service. However, these limits are usually more clearly defined for higher-end web hosting services, such as cloud, VPS and dedicated hosting.
While Bluehost is cheap, they do not compromise on the quality of their service. Granted, they’re not the best, but they’re definitely the best web hosting company in the category of budget web hosts.
I think it’s misleading that the date on the article is Nov 21, 2016 as if this was just written yet it is actually over two years old. For IT and hosting that is eons and I think you need to do the analysis and tests at least once a year for this to be accurate.
For this particular test I sent 50 users to a testing site, increasing from one user to 50 concurrent users, over the span of 10 minutes. 50 concurrent users is a nice baseline test for a shared host. Once you hit that benchmark on a fairly consistent basis, it’s probably time to start exploring VPS and Managed WordPress hosting options. Traffic increases steadily throughout the timeframe until 50 users are visiting the site all at the same time.
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