In the world of web hosting, it’s often difficult to find trustworthy, independent reviews of hosting companies. The hosting industry changes too quickly for the major review sites to be very useful, and many reviews that claim to be independent are actually in the business of promoting the service that gives them the biggest kickback.
Which is why we’re particularly excited to come out on top of a recent independent review of WordPress hosting companies. WP Site Care, a company that provides support services for WordPress sites.
WP Site Care doesn’t provide hosting, but they want to ensure that their customers have the best hosting experience possible. Which is why they conducted a quick experiment in early August to learn to which hosting companies have the best performance. Here’s Ryan Sullivan’s description of the test they ran using services from seven hosting companies:
To run the tests I used a load testing service called Load Impact. Load Impact fires up an Amazon server that you choose, and begins to send traffic to the site, increasing slowly over a certain amount of time.
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.
In order to ensure that the tests were accurate, WP Site Care installed the same version of WordPress with each hosting plans, used the same domain name and registrar, and the testing was accomplished using the same server. Running this test using our services, he found the following:
A Small Orange did extremely well in testing with an average response time of just over 600 ms (milliseconds) that continued even at full load. It had a few very short-lived lulls in response time that spiked as high as 3 seconds, but always recovered extremely quickly. As traffic approached the max number of users the response time remained snappy and consistent with very little jumping around.
Although WP Site Care didn’t rank the hosting companies, ASO’s performance was superb, one of the best measured. As Sullivan observed at the end of his post, his study “paints a pretty clear picture of who has invested in performance and who hasn’t made it a priority at all.” We’re pleased our investments in making our hosting services great are paying off for our customers.
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