If you wanted to find out on your own where specific web hosting companies come in the race, you would have to do two things:
- Ask the actual users of some popular hosting platforms what their experiences are.
- Do some testing yourself on multiple hosts and measure the performance you’re getting.
We did both:
a) We found out what real users think of best WordPress hosting 🤓😵😃
In our point of view, you can’t really name some company the best WordPress hosting around until you’ve seen that company rated highly by real users (and a lot of them) – people who have tested the company themselves and have gotten top results out of it.
So to find out who actually comes on top according to the users, we’ve conducted the biggest WordPress hosting survey to date. That survey has taught us a lot about the nature of WordPress hosting, what people’s expectations are and who’s best at meeting them.
(If you’re interested to see the whole thing take place, click here.)
So that’s the first element in our puzzle to discover the best WordPress hosting in the market. The other element: performance tests.
b) We did performance tests ourselves 📈📊📉
For each hosting firm, we’ve signed up for their most popular or entry-level WordPress hosting plan and launched a basic WordPress website on it.
We decided to go for a really stripped-down WordPress install to make comparisons as fair as possible.
Each install used WordPress with the default theme, a pack of sample data, plus a couple of popular WordPress plugins (Contact Form 7, Wordfence, Yoast SEO) enabled.
For the purposes of testing customer support, we installed each site on a temporary URL with the WordPress hosting provider, and reached out to them for assistance with how to set that up.
In terms of performance, each WordPress install was tested in the following two ways:
- Pageload tests with Pingdom: The homepage is loaded from three separate locations and the results tabulated.
- Basic load testing with LoadImpact: We used LoadImpact to simulate up to 40 concurrent users hitting the homepage over a five minute period. The figures you see here are based on test runs with servers geographically close to the WordPress installations themselves. We also sense-checked these results with limited tests on more geographically dispersed servers.
Disclaimer. Due to the nature of WordPress hosting, there is no magic single definitive test that will hold true under all circumstances. What we were looking for here were illustrative page load times and reasonable overall performance indicators at low usage levels. Remember that your mileage may, and probably will, vary.