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Performance of the Best WordPress Hosting Companies Compared

When it comes to choosing the best WordPress Hosting, I’m bound and determined to find out which company is providing the most value. There are three major components that make up a great host in my opinion, and those are 1) Performance, 2) Knowledge, Speed, and Reliability of Support, and 3) Pricing and the overall product offering.

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 go-to resource for choosing the best WordPress hosting company. Here are the hosts I’ve tested in no particular order:

Name Account Type Cost Per Month
Siteground SiteGround Startup $3.95
Inmotion Hosting Inmotion Hosting WPS-500S $2.95
A2 Hosting Logo A2 Hosting Lite $3.92
green-geeks-logo GreenGeeks Standard $3.95
Bluehost Bluehost Standard Shared $2.95
Site5 Site5 HostPro $8.95
Media Temple MediaTemple Grid Server $20.00
Dreamhost DreamHost Standard Shared $7.95
Eleven2 Eleven2 S-200 $8.00
Arvixe Hosting Arvixe Hosting Personal Class $4.00
Hostgator HostGator* Hatchling $7.16
GoDaddy GoDaddy Deluxe $8.99

Today I want to take a look at how many of the top WordPress hosting companies measure up from purely a performance standpoint.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that having the fastest servers doesn’t make a host the best WordPress hosting company, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. If you’re looking for the best WordPress host for your website, the data here’s a great place to start your research.

So Who REALLY Has the Best WordPress Hosting?

If you’re just looking for our opinion, the best WordPress hosting companies for shared hosting on the market today are:

  1. SiteGround
  2. InMotion Hosting
  3. A2 Hosting

Most of the hosts we evaluated performed pretty well, but those are the ones we consistently recommend to our customers and friends looking for affordable, fast WordPress hosting. If you’re interested in the data-driven reasoning behind our opinion, keep reading while I’ll break it down and explain how we ran our tests.

The Performance Testing Experiment

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.

That wasn’t the case at all.

Eliminating as many variables as possible from the test ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated, but the end result is some seriously concrete data.

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.

Here are some of the precautions I took to keep the tests as fair as possible, even though each of these sites are spread out all over the United States:

  • Each WordPress site is an identical install of WordPress 3.6 with the TwentyThirteen theme installed and a number of posts and pages (same number of posts and pages on every site).
  • I used the same domain name for every testing site with a different subdomain. I didn’t want the chance of any latency showing up in results because each testing site had a separate domain with a potentially separate registrar.
  • For all hosting accounts located on servers on the West Coast, I used a testing server located in Ashburn, VA. And for all hosting accounts living on servers on the East Coast, I used a testing server located in Portland, Oregon.
  • I did everything possible to make the physical distance traveled the same across all tests.
  • All caching and plugins were disabled on each site
  • Each test was run 5 times with the best result of each posted here.

Overall I ended up with a really nice set of data that gives some very good insight into which hosts make performance a priority, and which hosts have some work to do.

So Which Is the Best WordPress Hosting Company?

Without further ado, here’s what I found from each host. The green line represents the increase in traffic, and the blue line represents the response time of the site as traffic increases.

Inmotion Hosting

Inmotion Hosting’s scores really took me by surprise. With one of the fastest minimum response times, and by far the fastest max response time, InMotion stayed right around 600ms for the entire test, which is really impressive. The graph looks to have more hills and valleys than most, but that’s because it stayed so close to the median response time for the entire test. The variance from highest response time to lowest response time is roughly 388ms, which is the best in the group.

Testing Server Location: Portland, OR
InMotion Hosting Server Location: Washington DC
Max Response Time: 836.78ms
Minimum Response Time: 478.42ms

Inmotion Hosting Performance Chart

Click here to see the full Inmotion Hosting report from Load Impact


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.

Testing Server Location: Dallas, TX
SiteGround Server Location: Chicago, IL
Max Response Time: 1.79 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 669.9 milliseconds

SiteGround Hosting Performance Score

Click here to see the full report from Load Impact

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting makes some pretty bold claims on their website, claiming 300% faster load times with WordPress. So do the results match the claim? A2 did pretty well overall, but definitely not 300% faster than the competition. Many of the hosts listed here which don’t even make claims to be WordPress hosts performed better. Their minimum load time of 455ms is definitely impressive, and it was only slightly higher than that when the test ended. Overall they had a strong showing.

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, VA
A2 Server Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Max Response Time: 1.12 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 455.17ms

A2 Hosting Performance Chart

Click here to see the full A2 Hosting report from Load Impact


Bluehost’s performance was lackluster. As traffic increased so did response time, almost following the same steep climb. Even at lower user counts the response time jumped around quite a bit, ranging anywhere from 1 to 3.5 seconds with only 10 active users. As Bluehost approached the 20 user mark load times skyrocketed to over 10 seconds. They did come back down, but performance was still highly inconsistent with huge variances from one second to the next.

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, VA
Bluehost Server Location: Provo, UT
Max Response Time: 10.64 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 915.53 milliseconds

Bluehost Hosting Performance Score

Click here to see the full Bluehost report from Load Impact


Eleven2 is likely the smallest hosting company that we tested on this list, although I don’t have the date to confirm that. That said, performance-wise they do pretty well as a shared hosting provider. With site load times of just under a second throughout the entire test, Eleven2 isn’t a leader, but they’re definitely no slouch. The $8 per month price is only available when you pre-pay for a year.

Testing Server Location: Dallas, TX
SiteGround Server Location: Wichita, KS
Max Response Time: 2.01 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 898.61 milliseconds

Eleven2 Hosting Performance Report

Click here to see the full report from Load Impact


As noted above, because of a DNS propagation issue we actually made a mistake with one of our tests so we ran Site5 through the gamut again, and again they did very well. While their minimum response time was higher than initially reported, their max response time was lower than we initially reported. Throughout the majority of the ten minute load testing, Site5’s server response time stayed steady at 750ms to 1 second with only a handful of deviations.

Testing Server Location: Portland, OR
Site5 Server Location: Atlanta, GA
Max Response Time: 1.95 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 704.41 milliseconds

Site5 Hosting Performance Score

Click here to see the full Site5 report from Load Impact (Updated)


MediaTemple Grid Server is a bit pricier at $20 per month than the other hosts featured in this post, but technically it’s still considered a shared host which is why we included it. While not boasting the fastest load times, aside from a strange hiccup at the very beginning of the test, MediaTemple was rock solid all the way to scale. Variances were 2-300 milliseconds but load times generally stayed at almost exactly 1 second, regardless of the number of users.

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, VA
Media Temple Server Location: Los Angeles, CA
Max Response Time: 4.54 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 934.07 milliseconds

MediaTemple Hosting Performance Score

Click here to see the full MediaTemple report from Load Impact 


HostGator’s server performance looked a lot like a pattern you’d see from a healthy EKG, until it completely flatlined. The only problem is that for web performance, we don’t want to see a line with a a lot of ups and downs, flat lines are great unless they fall off the grid completely a la GoDaddy. While HostGator returned the fastest response time of any host, it’s a little misleading because the server had essentially quit at that point and then stopped responding completely. Basically it was one last hurrah before it called it a day.

*I was happy to see that my HostGator account was housed outside of the Provo, UT datacenter where Bluehost resides so we could get a more true host to host comparison.

Testing Server Location: Portland, OR
HostGator Server Location: Charlotte, NC
Max Response Time: 10.16 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 258.07 milliseconds

HostGator Performance Score

Click here to see the full HostGator report from Load Impact


Arvixe has been in the hosting business for quite a while servicing other open source communities like Joomla and Drupal, and have just started shifting their efforts to the WordPress space in the last year or so. Their results here are respectable. They aren’t blow your mind fast, but they do seem solid all the way up to the 50 concurrent user mark. They had one small spike, but it recovered very quickly and the server finished the test in heroic fashion.

Testing Server Location: Palo Alto, CA
Arvixe Server Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Max Response Time 2.93 seconds
Minimum Response Time 1.06 seconds


Click here to see the full Arvixe report from Load Impact


While at a first Glance DreamHost’s results may seem inconsistent, you’ll notice that there are more bumps in the road because the extremes are much more controlled. So variances in a handful of milliseconds show up as jumps in the graph. Overall DreamHost was solid from beginning to end. It didn’t report the lowest lows, but it also kept things in check as traffic increased, without having massive jumps in response times. DreamHost had a strong showing.

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, VA
DreamHost Server Location: Los Angeles, CA
Max Response Time: 3.74 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 621.87 milliseconds


Click here to see the full DreamHost report from Load Impact

GreenGeeks Hosting

GreenGeeks didn’t do badly at all in the performance testing. After a big initial spike in response time, the server settled down and returned the sub one second response times that we like to see. There was a bit more variance throughout the test than we normally like to see, but nothing that would indicate any type of major issue. For the most part things were pretty solid.

Testing Sever Location: Chicago, IL
Green Geeks Server Location: Dallas, TX
Max Response Time: 4.7 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 571.33 ms

Green Geeks Hosting Web

Click here to see the full Green Geeks report from Load Impact


GoDaddy surprised me in more ways than one. GoDaddy started at a blazing 483 ms response time, but once traffic hit 25 users, it essentially fell off the face of the earth. The report lists times of above 4 minutes, and that may be true, but it almost looks like the server became completely unresponsive or started rejecting connections. The load test reported a number of failed attempts to connect to the server. While GoDaddy shined at lower traffic levels, it fell apart completely as traffic passed the 25 user mark.

Godaddy reached out and asked that I clarify the results of their test. This is what they had to say:”We use a software security layer called Sentinel. Because of it’s conservative settings, the software detected the load test as a DoS attack since all the LoadImpact traffic was coming from one IP, and banned it for 5 minutes.”I believe they have thresholds set at a painfully low level if they consider 25 users a DDOS attack. That means one small business sharing an article internally could take down a site.

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, VA
GoDaddy Server Location: Phoenix, AZ
Max Response Time: 4.1 minutes
Minimum Response Time: 483.08 milliseconds

GoDaddy Hosting Performance Score

Click here to see the full GoDaddy report from Load Impact

So which shared WordPress hosting company performed the fastest?

Based strictly on the performance data from each webhost, there were three hosts that really stood out in the group. Each of the following hosts had an average page load time of below one second throughout the entire course of the test, all the way to 50 concurrent users. Stay tuned for the next update where we re-evaluate all of these options and add many more.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the data you see here. Anything that stands out to you? Anything that surprised you?

Let’s talk it out 🙂

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  1. Jhendrik


    Thanks for the great article. After reading i noticed that no one has mentioned Cloudways hosting as to Digitalocean. Does anyone have any experiance with these provider/server providers?


  2. Peter

    Disgusted by the crappyness of the MediaTemple support team I am considering a new host. They can be long to answer (not often) but most of time they answer the wrong question (to make it short).
    I was first considering WP Engine but I had the opportunity to chat with 2 dumbs as a first contact.
    And as a general life experience when “things” start in a wrong way they most often get worse, rarely better. And also WP engine is really expensive.
    So what about Dreamhost? Your test is not bad but not enthusiastic at all so I don’t know what to think since speed is important but not the only factor to take in account.
    I am not looking for the cheapest offer since I am not a geek and then I need a reliable support team. It doesn’t mean that I am a helpless person but I need sometimes that a technician who is able to communicate (because technical support covers theses 2 aspects) answers my question and answers clearly.
    Any review about Dreamhost? (it’s about an e-store max.100 orders a day).
    Thank you for the test and any answer(s).

  3. Steven Mark

    Nice article…. Previously I also use Siteground for my blog hosting. Since my boss need to host both and blog site in 1 hosting provider, finally I migrate my site to other vendor. With them, I can host my both and blog site.

  4. Jackie D'Elia

    Hi Ryan,
    My favorite for shared hosting is Siteground. Easy to use and very fast – especially their Geek plan using SSD for the database. I’ve had two clients recently on Godaddy and both were experiencing unusual lags in page loading, especially when first visiting the site. Moved them to Siteground – an immediately those issues went away.

    Thanks for the post.

  5. Jennifer M.

    I understand this article focused on site speed but there is so much more in choosing a WP host. I am a php programmer and have been using GoDaddy for most of my WordPress client sites (migrated them from my own server). I have never been disappointed with their support team. They are available 24/7, they’re domestic (VERY important) and don’t read from scripts (VERY VERY important).

    That being said, I have noticed lag time–especially when I’m coding and testing templates and have to reload often. It gets slower and slower. Reading their statement, I wonder if they see that as a DDOS attack? My clients, on the other hand, have never had technical issues with GD themselves.

    I was asked to be a beta for the Developers’ Program, but that fell flat. But ultimately their goal is to have all of your client accounts accessible from the developers’ login. Should be interesting if/when it works.

    I’d like to see a separate article rating WP hosts on the big 4 factors: speed, support, ease of use (setting up ftp access, wordpress, etc.) and price. THANKS!

    1. Ryan Sullivan

      You’re 100% correct, Jennifer. There’s a lot more to great hosting than just performance. Thanks for the thoughtful comment and for sharing your experience!

    1. Ryan Sullivan

      Hey Tony, we have quite a few clients who use Hostmonster. It’s hosted at the same datacenter as Bluehost and HostGator, so the results should be pretty similar to what you see there. We’ll put HostMonster on our list of hosts to test. Thanks!

  6. Bradley Gallop

    Hi again, I ended up going with InMotion. I checked out 4-5 of the top ones to check their support response and asked all kinds of questions…and felt by far the most comfortable with InMotion. Blue Host sounded good on phone but I was disappointed by their chat support, while InMotion had excellent chat support. I put you down as the referral. Many thanks!

  7. Bradley Gallop

    Hi, this article focuses on one main component: page load speed. This is really important to me. However, after a terrible experience with GoDaddy, I also value customer support (reliable and helpful). As I’m based in Europe starting a website targeting an international audience, I wonder if your choices would apply if you were considering an international market. How much were your tests and choices limited to the US? Given that I’m looking for speed, quality support, and good infrastructure and resources (as mentioned in your other article criticizing Blue Host), which would you recommend?. It’s also important to me to have REAL support 24/7 since I’m working different hours than people might be in the US. Good and quick chat support would also be a plus….too many have chat support but the chat is always busy. Thanks!

  8. Chinmayi

    Want to share my opinion that Siteground limits visits to website to a max of 10k per month for startup plan, that means at the best you can get 333 visits per day. if you have 8 hours of peek time per day for 80%of visitors , it is 33 visitors per hour or average 1 visitor per 2 minutes.

    the gogeek plan @30$ per month will limit 100k visits. if you are looking for a high performance website that loads fast, to serve more customers, then look for different metrics. Sitegrund is good, however check if it will suit your purpose

  9. Amanda

    I wanted to see how up to date this data was. The post itself shows it was updated in 2015, but the bottom line references that it will be updated in early 2014… so I’m curious if this data is still accurate.

    Also, have you run any comparisons of as a hosting service?


    1. Ryan Sullivan

      Hey Amanda, we updated all of the data in January of this year. Looks like we need to get rid of that last line. WP Engine is likely going to be faster than all of these, and it’s going to be more expensive too. These are all shared web hosts so it didn’t make much sense to us to include WPE in this test. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  10. Antonio

    I want to move my website from godaddy because it is very unstable one day opens fast the next does not open which one of these you recomend?

    1. Ryan Sullivan

      I’d take a look at SiteGround or Inmotion as they were the top performers in are tests and both have great support too.

  11. Paul C

    I’m shocked that Media Temple ranked highly. My company has been using them for a few years and I am becoming increasingly frustrated with their service. We have the Premium WP hosting and it is terrible. I have never had so many issues with load times, losing work and general terribleness. I am researching some new hosting providers so will take a look at some of these others. I don’t care what those tests say, stay away from Media Temple.

  12. Will Breitholtz

    I use WP Engine. I pay much more than any of the sites tested but I get so much more than hosting.

  13. Karisa | Petite Modern Life

    Hey Matt! I’m learning so much through your articles and love seeing how many people are being helped with your advice! I was wondering what you would say are the biggest differences between the above “more affordable” hosting services like site ground and services by WP Engine or Synthesis?

    The price is so different, but does that mean they’re THAT much better? Thanks for your input!

  14. Meg

    I just started a WP blog with Bluehost and I am completely frustrated by issues and with the lack of support to resolve them. Forgive this completely basic, novice question, but how do I go about changing hosts and how difficult is it? I just shelled out what amounts to a lot of money for me and I’m afraid it’s been a huge waste.

    Thanks for this resource! I plan to visit often!

    1. Ryan Sullivan

      Hey Meg, changing hosts is actually a pretty seamless process and is usually only $1-200 depending on the complexity of the site. You can also get a pro-rated refund from most hosts (I know that’s the case with Bluehost) if you choose to go with another provider. You aren’t out the money that you gave them. Thanks for stopping by! Please let us know if we can help with anything.

  15. Rupali

    Great work Ryan. I know how difficult would be to collect these data.

    I stopped working with Bluehost because of their poor customer service. I am planning to run two website one of which is eCommerce based (Prestashop) and other is portfolio website. I am thinking to go ahead with inMotion. What will be your recommendation?

    1. Ryan Sullivan

      Hey Rupali. We’ve working with quite a few clients who use Inmotion and they all seem to be happy. The only account we have with them is the test account we used for this, but they scored very well. You should feel good about going with them 🙂

  16. Andy Giesler

    Great analysis. I know how complex and time-consuming it is to set up and evaluate good benchmarks. Thank you for taking the time to approach this question with Science. And thanks for sharing your detailed benchmark results.

  17. Justin Oliver

    I heard from someone at InMotion that Bluehost was recently bought out by Endurance International Group: and that’s why their hosting has gone down the toilet. Thanks for your research which explains what I’ve been experiencing with Bluehost. I’m migrating my site to InMotion in a week or two.

  18. Sickolol

    I’ve got a pretty big WP site with about 6 million hits / month.

    Any recommendation?

    1. WP Site Care

      We’d probably want to know a bit more about your site before we made a recommendation, but you’d probably want to look at high tier plans Pagely or WP Engine. We use Pagely for our sites and they’ve been awesome.

  19. Friknik

    Nice article Ryan! I came from one of your articles (Why Should Write an Honest Bluehost Review). I have a resellers account with Bluehost for 2 years now and I was surprised a while ago that their simple script/WordPress is still having “trouble” since I first had it around 2 months ago! It’s frustrating because I have almost 10 domains with them and hadn’t installed WP with all. After reading your other article, that really got me bad most especially after reading another comment having the same problem as mine. The main reason I got the resellers account is so I can save up whenever I buy a new domain. This article is as fair as it gets unlike the affiliate sites that keep showing on Google. I’m thankful I saw yours. Now, I feel like I need to go to a new provider… which is sad because I’ve been used to with Bluehost and really like their Chat Support people.

  20. Craig

    Hi, a little off topic, but how did you create the table at the start of this post? I use a table plugin but its nowhere near as nice as that, and now i have table envy!

  21. Jerome Stone

    Any updates on this article? It’s now Januray 2015 and I’m needing to get the hell off of Hostmonster. Thanks in advance for any insights.

    1. WP Site Care

      Hey Jerome. We re-test these things every now and again to make sure they’re not wildly inaccurate. Everything is still holding up pretty consistently so the results you see here should be a pretty close reflection of what’s still going on. Let us know if you need any help!

      1. Michael Fritz

        Hi guys! thank you for this information! 🙂

    1. WP Site Care

      Hey Jordan. In short, they’re better 🙂 But they don’t really fit in this category of shared hosting either so we haven’t added them here. We collected tons of data on managed hosts a while back but there are so many variables that it’s tough to compare apples to apples.

  22. PieOnPot

    This article was incredibly helpful. So many providers claim to be the best, but this data sure makes it easier to sift through to actual fact.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put it together!

  23. Antonis

    I am a newbie and I would like to learn an easy way to create or design my personal website. I decided to use WordPress.

    My website should be Mobile Responsive, CMS suitable, includes two different languages (Greek and English) for my personal articles-publications, my biography, etc.

    Also, the design should has a photo gallery section, a video library section (for my speeches, etc.) and a scrolling-news Bar for Hot (headline) News (for new activities, upcoming events, recent/new articles, etc.)

    A good idea is to have some direct weblinks linked with my Facebook profile, my Facebook page, my YouTube page, my Twitter Account, etc. and also a separate section for my Blogger on my website.

    Later on would be good idea to use a newsletter service (ie daily news, weekly news etc.) or/and sms services in order to inform my fans, contacts,etc. for any new activity.

    I should need a provider with a web-based Cpanel based on a Web content management system (CMS)?

    Is it possible to connect my existing blogspot with my website without any additional costs? For example, Auto Sync new posts from my blogspot to my website OR vice versa (new posts from my website to my blogspot)?

    I’ve heard that a provider should have Web hosting plans based on PHP and MySQL? Is it necessary according to my needs?

    I’ve heard also that a provider should offers script and installers (One Click Installs) for WordPress or Joomla or Drupal etc. without any additional costs.

    What is the meaning of script and installers? Is it necessary according to my needs?

    Which is the best provider according to my needs?

    Is there any provider which can provide a newsletter or/and sms services without any additional costs?

    Please advise!


  24. Curious

    Interesting Ryan. Question: It looks like A2 was clearly the fastest. Why are they not in your top three? Their average is around 500 ms according to your graph. No one else hit that, so what happened there?

    1. WP Site Care

      Hey Curious. Inmotion actually tested faster than A2 did if you look at the load times from beginning to end, including the max response times. The tests have been added at various times since this article was first published and I haven’t been good about updating the top 3 at the bottom of the article. I need to get that on my todo list. Really I want to update all of this at some point, but rerunning the tests just takes a lot of time and money and I haven’t had a chance to do it yet. Thanks for chiming in.

  25. The Anxiety Guy

    I’ve been having a dreadful time with Bluehost, and their support speaks too much computer lingo for me to be able to solve any of my servcer dropping problems. Going to gove goDaddy a shot and see how that works, but from this review i’m again… nervous.

  26. d1pointofcoin

    Godaddy likely flagged your test because all the requests were coming from a single IP address, or single IP address RANGE.. You’re not likely to trigger that protection with (25) real world customers, since their IP addresses will be spread across the CIDR.

    1. dragon788

      If you noticed they only mentioned this would likely affect businesses sharing a GoDaddy hosted article internally, since typically businesses large and small use a single external IP or small range for accessing the internet through a content filtered central point. My previously employer would definitely have this issue since they had a single external IP that was used across every US location.

  27. Nick Krouse

    Hey man thanks for the great data! I had a question, i like hostgator because ive used them before and can definitely agree with shated hosting hostgator can get really slow. I wanted to know what you thought about running several wordpress sites on a dedicated hostgator server would make a difference or yeild the same results as i would assume the client to load would be proportional to site vs people accessing the sites. Or should i purchase a dedicated server through one of your recommended hosts?

    1. WP Site Care

      Hey Nick,

      Great question. With a dedicated server you’re not really going to run into these types of issues. The whole infrastructure is different and dedicated servers have a lot more horsepower and are more built with scalability in mind. I’d be pretty surprised if you have any issues with a handful of sites on a dedicated server from any reputable host.

  28. Evelyn jacobs

    Kind of funny how every site that is the fastest comes with an affiliate link from you. Using the redirect is clever, but you obviously are promoting hosts you get a kickback from. It’s obvious, because bluehost is owned by the same company as host gator and is one of the worst hosts for WordPress, yet you rank them #2. Kind of like your site ground affiliate code you can’t hide, afcode=5a156cddb569e3aa92982fd19b2df736 in the URL.

    1. WP Site Care

      Hey Evelyn. Thanks for the comment. Just to clarify a few things, when we ran our benchmarks HostGator actually wasn’t part of EIG. They were still separate. We also didn’t rank Bluehost #2. Hence the disclaimer of “Here are the hosts I’ve tested in no particular order”.

      Lastly, we’re not trying to hide anything. We use affiliate links in this post because we spent thousands of dollars and many sleepless weekends doing the testing. The benchmarks are 100% legitimate and I’d recommend you run similar tests to verify the results. Other commenters have brought this up before and the answer has always been the same.

      Have a great day!

  29. Jeda Pearl

    Really useful to finally find an impartial review! I was considering moving to Bluehost, so I’m glad I found this. Have you ever investigated 1and1? I’ve been with them for years and found them great, but I’ve got a new venture happening next year and I just wanted to make sure I was with the best host. Cheers.

    1. dragon788

      I too would like 1and1 on the list, as I’ve been using them for nearly a decade and haven’t had many issues with them, and they have some similarly inexpensive WordPress plans. Not to mention they have a Safe Mode that automatically updates, or a “Free Mode” which uses Free as in freedom, so you can manage the instance and updates yourself instead of them doing it for you.

  30. Park Research, LLC.

    It appears that A2 Hosting is making the claim based on the SSD hosting. Is your test based on the SSD (more expensive one) or the traditional one (less expensive)?

  31. Jon Heller

    I’m right in the middle of my hosting search, so I’ve been turning to sites like yours for guidance. But I also have been looking at Yelp. Although I’m an active Yelper, it didn’t occur to me to check out hosting, but I’m forever glad I did. Just before I pulled the trigger on a multi-year, multi-domain hosting account with InMotion, I looked them up in Yelp and was shocked at how bad so many of their reviews are. No affiliate or referral links, just legit reviews… and even if you took out 20% of them the average is still god-awful. Whew. Nightmare averted, and my search continues…

  32. Regev Elya

    Why is InMotion ranked #2 if its significantly faster than site ground?

  33. Regev Elya

    Why did you rank Siteground #1 and Inmotion #2 if your tests indicated considerably higher speeds for Inmotion?

  34. Roger

    I was with Godaddy until I had to use there support. I must say they had terrible support and specially the phone support was the most annoying and wasted so much of my time.
    Then Considered WP-Engine but the prices seemed a bit high, so now I am with WPOven and I must say they are a no BS kind of hosting with very fair prices. The support team seems knowledgeable and were able to solve the issues quickly. I think you guys should defiantly check WPOven out.

  35. Dan Marriot

    Hey Ryan

    Sweet article ! Can you please do one for hostings like wp engine, wpoven, flywheel too. I’d really like to see if they backup there big talks 🙂


  36. disqus_WkK86gzsBK

    not suprising the listed #1 site for wordpress they chose siteground because what do you know, they pay the most for the affiliate referral!

    site5 is a great host and i’m not being paid by them to say it. theres some useful info in this article but use your own judgement and don’t make your decision based on the article creator’s biased views.

    1. WP Site Care

      Thanks for the comment anonymous commenter. SiteGround actually doesn’t have the highest affiliate payouts. Look in depth into all of the programs. Also, all of the results are from a third party, not us. Not sure how our own judgments and biases come into play there?

      1. disqus_WkK86gzsBK

        i’m sorry would you like my full name and address, would that make you feel better?

        out of the 3 hosts you recommend yes, they do have the highest payouts. they start at $50 per signup. i’ll give you credit for not deleting my comment, but i’m guessing this one blog post is making you so much money you just don’t care.

      2. Ron Marshall

        I’ve read through all these comments, finding them insightful and thought provoking, but this is, by far, the best of the lot! I now LOVE WP Site Care. 🙂

    2. Todd H

      I’m with Ron. This site is great (I’m switching top inMotion from GoDaddy) and this comment is the best!

  37. Shelby DeNike

    The post title is a little misleading. When I came across this I was expecting to see an in depth performance review of dedicated WordPress hosts (eg Pagely, WPEngine, etc). The list seems to really consist of performance reviews of a bunch of shared hosts that happen to host WordPress, likely not on a specially configured setup like the managed WordPress hosts out there. All that aside keep up the good work on reviewing the hosts as it is nice to see their speeds.

    1. WP Site Care

      Hey Shelby, totally understood. Definitely wasn’t the intent to be misleading but I 100% see where you’re coming from. We’ve been working on the managed post for a LONG time now, but eliminating variables is taking way longer than we’d like 🙂

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