Testing The 12 Fastest WordPress Hosting Providers

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I took the 12 fastest WordPress hosting providers on the planet and put them through 5 vigorous tests to see who really is the fastest.

Pay attention:

Because the results of what I’m about to share…

 Could save you thousands of dollars in wasted WordPress hosting cost’s this year.

Choosing fast hosting solution is absolutely critical to the success of your business site, because if your WordPress website loads slowly you will suffer from-

  • Lower search engine rankings
  • Higher bounce rates
  • Lower page view numbers
  • Lower conversion rates
  • Lower profits

Not only is site speed a critical factor for your visitors, but it’s also a confirmed Google ranking factor and it’s not often Google confirms an SEO rankings factors definitively.

But what does all of that mean in the real world?

Well you can use this calculator from Google to find out. For me, it meant that I would increase my bottom line by $28,464 if I increased website speed by 1 second-

estimated revenue loss

So you need to make sure you are actually choosing the fastest WordPress hosting provider which is absolutely critical because if you get it wrong, the consequences for your WordPress site could be far-reaching.

We’ve also seen some pretty bold claims from WP Engine recently stating their new Google C2 Infrastructure is “40 percent faster than anyone else in WordPress”

WP Engine claiming they offer the fastest wordpress hosting by 40%

As you can imagine…

That led to some pretty heavy backlash which was doubled down by the founder blocking a number of industry leaders that asked them to provide data to back up their claim.

wp engine social backlack

On top of that:

WP Engine’s article also says…

wp engine c2 plan rollout

But that is also very misleading!

Because they don’t consider the $290 per month Scale plan hosting package a “premium” plan and they are VERY shy about sharing pricing for their “40% faster than everyone else” C2 setup-

wpengine c2 pricing

But, I’ve got some great news for you.

After jumping through many many many hoops, I was able to get a site set up on the new WPEngine C2 platform for $600 per month-

wpengine google c2 pricing

So I am very much looking forward to putting the “40% faster than every WordPress host” claim to the test because they are 1,100% more expensive than the next cheapest web host in this test.

This is also likely to be the only independent testing you’ll see of WPEngine’s new C2 hosting service because of the high pricing and the many barriers they have in place to get setup.

And just to add to the controversy:

Kinsta recently migrated all their customers to the same C2 Google Cloud Platform that WP Engine are claiming victory over-

kinsta wordpress hosting performance boosts

But the key difference between the web hosting companies Kinsta & WP Engine…

Is that with Kinsta, the new C2 platform is default on all of their web hosting account plans which start from $30 per month versus the $600 per month cost and special setup requirements of WPEngine.

Kinsta c2 pricing

So with all this controversy over who actually are the fastest WordPress hosts…

…I decided to put 12 fast WordPress hosting providers to the test.

Fastest WordPress Hosting Compared

I decided to test the 12 fastest WordPress hosting providers by comparing how they performed in terms of load speed, support and price.

  1. A2Hosting
  2. BlueHost
  3. Cloudways
  4. Dreamways
  5. GoDaddy
  6. GreenGeeks
  7. Kinsta
  8. LiquidWeb
  9. Pantheon
  10. SiteGround
  11. WP Engine
  12. WP Engine C2
  13. WPX Hosting

This included sites hosted on WP Engines and Kinsta new C2 Google Cloud Platform.

The last time I tried to find the best managed WordPress host, I only compared 7 hosts.

So this time I have increased this to 12 of the fastest WP host to find great hosting solutions.

Best WordPress Hosting Logos

Each WP host was tested “out of the box” with the recommended setup to recreate the customer hosting experience and hosting needs as closely as possible.

A2 Hostinghere1-Site Turbo$32.591No
BluehosthereWP Pro Build$27.95Unlimited***No
Cloudways***hereDigital Ocean$22Unlimited***No
DreamhosthereDreamPress Plus$29.951No
GoDaddyhereManaged WordPress Basic$14.991Sucuri
GreenGeekshereEcosite Premium$24.95Unlimited***No
KinstahereStarter (C2)$301KeyCDN
Liquid WebherePersonal$291No
SiteGround**hereStartUp$11.951Cloudflare Free
WP Engine*hereStartup$351Stackpath
WP Engine C2*hereNew C2 Platform$6001Stackpath
WPX HostinghereBusiness$24.995WPX Cloud

A few things you should know before we get started:

*The WP Engine benchmarks were first taken on their startup hosting plans. Then we upgraded the hosting packages and they migrated the domain to the new C2 architecture (with a different IP) where we took a second set of benchmarks.

** SiteGround is only being tested here with the recommended free Cloudflare CDN (content delivery network) enabled.

*** Cloudways is more self-managed with System Admin Panel knowledge required.

**** Unlimited managed WordPress hosting is rarely unlimited and managed WordPress hosting companies TOS make sure it very clear that any account exceeding normal usage will be billed, restricted or disabled.

How The WordPress Hosts Were Tested

I built a test blog to the following specifications-

  • 11 high resolution photos
  • 1,000 words of dummy content
  • Astra theme
  • Elementor plugin

And then cloned that across each of the 12 WordPress hosts so that every web host had an identical install of WordPress.

Then I ran 5 distinct tests across these sites-

  • Test #1 – GTMetrix website speed (from 7 global server locations)
  • Test #2 – Pingdom Tools website speed (from 7 global server locations)
  • Test #3 – Load Impact stress test (500 simultaneous visitors)
  • Test #4 – WP Performance Tester (a plugin that tests raw server management configuration performance)
  • Test #5 – Support quality (I installed a false flag virus on each site)

So without further ado…

 Let’s find out who offers the fastest WordPress hosting solutions once and for all.

Test 1 – GTMetrix Loading Speed

I ran each of the test blogs through GTMetrix from each of the 7 global locations.

To make sure all caches were primed, I ran 3 passes of GTMetrix for each test site, for each server location (there’s data center locations for all your target audience) and averaged out the results-

wordpress hosting speed test gtmetrix

Test #1 Conclusion

Unlike last year, the results of this were incredibly close this time around.

Both WPX Hosting (0.8 seconds) and Pantheon (0.81 seconds) are literally neck and neck in 1st and 2nd place.

Interestingly Kinsta in 3rd place need double the time (1.60 seconds) than 1st and 2nd place did to load the site.

But shockingly the new WP Engine C2 environment delivered similar results to the basic hosting plan despite costing hundreds of dollars more per month.

The GTMetrix Test Winner:

It’s hard to declare either WordPress hosting company a winner here but I think WPX Hosting wins purely because they cost $24.99 per month whereas Pantheon costs $50 per month.

Test 2 – Pingdom Loading Speed

Next, I wanted to run a similar site speed experment but this time using Pingdom tools.

I followed the same order process by running 3 passes for each test site, for each server location (there’s a ton of data centers) and then took an average of the results that look like this-

Best WordPress Hosting Pingdom

Test #2 Conclusion

Interestingly the top 4 hosts are unchanged in this test and came out in exactly the same order as test #1 above.

Both WPXHosting (357ms) and Pantheon (359ms) were neck and neck yet again with 3rd place Kinsta (835ms) trailing behind.

The Pingdom Test Winner:

So just like in test #1 we can easily declare that both WPX Hosting and Pantheon are more than twice as fast as the rest of the managed WordPress hosting providers.

Test 3 – Load Impact

Isolated site speed testing is one thing, but it doesn’t tell you how hosts perform under stress.

So I wanted to know how each web host would handle 500 simultaneous visitors using Load Impact.

The problem with this test is WordPress web hosting providers often block it because they think it’s a DDOS attack and because all of my testing was done anonymously across each hosting account, I didn’t want to submit a live chat support ticket to the system administrator and disable the protection.

So I created a new page on each of the sites with 1,000 words per piece-

Then I setup Load Impact to test each page with 500 simultaneous visitors.

These are the results for those hosts that didn’t automatically block the test-

Best WordPress Hosting Load Impact

Test #3 Conclusion

Pantheon (4ms), WP Engine (17ms), WP Engine C2 (23ms), Kinsta (24ms) and WPX hosting (26ms) were the managed hosting providers that performed exceptionally well.

With that said, each of the hosts performed well under load and each of them demonstrated that they can comfortably handle larger simultaneous high traffic sites.

But Pantheon really stole the show here!

And while I would have loved to be able to get the data on the hosts where the tests failed, I couldn’t have done that without tipping off the support team members that they were being tested.

The Load Impact Test Winner:

Hats off to the Pantheon team for achieving the kind of stability under load, that is a serious achievement. However WP Engine, Kinsta and WPX Hosting all held their own.

Test 4 – WordPress Performance Tester

All of the tests so far have been served up from cached results but this test is designed to test the website performance of the actual server itself for each WordPress site.

To do that I am going to use the WordPress Performance Tester plugin from Kevin Ohashi who invites WordPress hosting companies to pay to take part in his annual testing.

This stress tests server resources by doing a number of things-

  • Math – 100,000 math function tests
  • String Manipulation – 100,000 string manipulation tests
  • Loops – 1,000,000 loop iterations
  • Conditionals – 1,000,000 conditional logic checks
  • MySql – basic mysql functions and 1,000,000 ENCODE() iterations
  • $wpdb – 250 insert, select, software updates and delete operations

Once it has finished crunching all of the data, it outputs 2 distinct metrics to measure performance-

  • Execution Time – how long it took to do all of those tests (lower is better)
  • Queries Per Second – how many queries per second processed (higher is better)

I let the server monitoring plugin loose on each of the test blogs, this is how it went down-

Best WordPress Hosting Performance Tester

Test #4 Conclusion

What I love about this test is that a lot of hosts hide behind heavy web design caching because there’s a big difference between a server rendering a cached page and actually having to think about things.

As you can see Pantheon (3.82 seconds) really fell behind the pack here despite being top competitors in all of the previous tests.

And for the first time, we can see a clear difference in performance between WP Engines offerings with the new C2 platform showing a significant increase in performance.

WPX Hosting (0.696 seconds), Green Geeks (0.81 seconds) and Siteground (0.965) all put in sub 1-second high performance respectfully.

The WordPress Performance Tester Winner:

It looks like Kinsta (0.538 seconds) have made significant improvements this year with their new C2 platform offering a high performance of 23% faster execution time and a 31% more queries per second over last years testing.

Test 5 – Support Quality

Finding the fast WordPress hosting provider is one thing, but unless that is backed by an incredible customer support team you’re going to face problems.

Each of the tested hosts are managed WordPress hosts and self-proclaimed WordPress site experts (except CloudWays & Pantheon).

So I wanted to put the speed and quality of support of each WP hosting account to the test by asking them to solve 3 common problems that most people have faced-

  • Problem #1 – Would they take care of website transfers?
  • Problem #2 – Would they remove malware on my test site? (I infected each site with a false flag triggering virus)
  • Problem #3 – Would they stop other sites hotlinking my images?

I sent the same questions on a support ticket to the customer support of each host to see how they would react and this is what happened-

Best WordPress Hosting Support Comparison

Test #5 Conclusion

Although WP Engine wouldn’t offer free site migration, they do offer a free plugin that should help with the process.

But in general, as you can see from the results, the quality of live chat customer service that each managed hosting provider offers really separates the cream from the crop.

The Support Team Winner:

The only host that offer free migrations, free malware cleanup AND took control of the hotlinking problems was WPX Hosting. However they don’t offer phone support and everything is done via 24 7 live chat email & email accounts.

WordPress Hosting Key Features Compared

So after the 5 tests, I can compare the most important features you should be looking for when choosing a WordPress host.

We’ll take a look at these key features:

  • Price per month
  • Sites allowed
  • Speed
  • Customer support
  • Migrations

  • Daily backups
  • SSL certificates
  • Staging Environment
  • Email hosting
  • Trust Pilot rating

Take a look at this comparison table and scroll across to see all the hosts.

WP Engine / C2WPX HostingKinstaA2 HostingDreamhostCloudwaysSitegroundPantheonBluehostGo DaddyLiquid WebGreen Geeks
Monthly Price$35 / $600$24.99$30$32.59$29.95$22$11.95$50$27.95$14.99$29$24.95
Sites Allowed1 / 15111unlimited15unlimited11unlimited
BackupsFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree DailyFree Daily
SSL CertificateFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLFree SSLYesFree SSLYes
Staging AreaYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNo
Email HostingNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoPaidNoYes
Trust Pilot Rating3 Stars5 Stars5 Stars4 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars5 StarsNo reviews1.5 Stars4.5 Stars4 Stars4.5 Stars


**Migrations: Free/Paid = First site free and any after paid.

The Worst Things About Each Host

Despite the results of the managed WordPress hosting tests, no host is perfect and each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages.

And what is the right choice of web hosting services for me, might not be the right choice of WordPress hosting services for you.

So here is what I don’t like about each of the featured WordPress hosting providers-



  • No phone support
  • No VPS hosting options
  • No Git support
  • Back end control panel could be easier to use


  • Expensive per site with this hosting plan
  • Unimpressive speed
  • $25 per site migrated if not coming from cpanel
  • Malware removal $125 per site cleanup
  • Free CDN not included


  • Among slowest hosts in this test
  • CDN not included
  • Migrations will cost $99 per each site
  • Malware removal $199 per site cleanup


  • No email support
  • Control panel not user friendly
  • No free malware removal
  • Site migrations $25 per site after 1st free transfer
  • Limited support performance in above tests
  • CDN not included


  • Unimpressive speed in these tests
  • No free malware removal
  • $30 per site migration
  • Pricing virtually triples in year 2
  • No staging hosting environment on base plan
  • After first month, no monthly payment option
  • No real CDN on base plan (free Cloudflare doesn’t count)


  • Expensive per site
  • No phone support
  • No email accounts – additional costs with Google Apps or your chosen provider
  • List of banned plugins
  • Expensive for multiple sites
  • No live chat for pre-sales questions


  • Expensive per site
  • No free site migrations offered
  • No free malware removal
  • Limited support help in above tests


  • To migrate a site $149.99 for up to 5 sites
  • Slow speed in this comparison
  • CDN not included
  • Malware removal for $500+ per year
  • Poor customer ratings


  • Migrations $99.99 per site
  • Malware removal $359.99 per year
  • Poor customer ratings
  • Limited support performance in above tests


  • Expensive per site
  • Average speed in this comparison
  • No free malware removal
  • CDN not included
  • Limited support performance in above tests
  • No email accounts – additional costs with another provider etc


  • Slow speed in this comparison
  • Site migrations $15 per site after 1st free transfer
  • CDN not included

There is no such thing as perfect right?

The Fastest WordPress Hosting Is…

WPX Hosting (Cost: $24.99 per month) offers the fastest WordPress hosting based on my testing. They came out on top with a high performance for both of my loading speed tests as well as a solid performance in the WordPress performance benchmarker testing. Read my full WPX Hosting review to learn more about them.

Pantheon (Cost: $50 per month) was hot on their heels during both of the WordPress speed tests, dominated the load impact testing but seriously fell short in the WordPress site performance benchmark and support tests.

Kinsta (Cost: $30 per month) also put in a solid performance top to bottom including speed, performance, load and customer support. Take a look at my detailed Kinsta review to learn about my favourite feature.

So if I had to rank them-

  1. WPX Hosting
  2. Kinsta
  3. Pantheon


Because despite Pantheon delivering lighting fast load times, they really fell short in the support area and that is really what separates the cream from the crop and their hosting plans price per month is one of the highest.

Both WPX Hosting and Kinsta over-deliver in this area and have a great reputation for taking control of problems (whilst maintaining a 99.9% uptime guarantee) and solving them…

…while both being best value with lots of disk space and nearly 50% cheaper in price than Pantheon with a 30 day money back guarantee.

Best WordPress Hosting

And as for WP Engine’s claim that they are 40% faster than everyone else in WordPress, well they are barely 20% faster than themselves and both their $30 monthly hosting plan and new C2 $600 monthly hosting plan failed to perform against cheaper hosts.

 So there you have it, if you want to choose the best WordPress hosting… the winner is WPX Hosting.

And don’t forget, a faster WordPress website will result in-

  • Happier visitors
  • Lower bounce rates
  • Higher page view numbers
  • Higher search engine rankings
  • High traffic sites conversion rate

And last, but most importantly-

 Higher profits.

Which leads me to an important question…

…have you had any good or bad experiences with any of the featured hosts?

Answers in the comments please along with your name and email address! In the meantime, take a look at the website hosting resource site FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best WordPress hosting?

I run tests across a range of the fastest WordPress hosts every year. In my latest round of testing I declared WPX Hosting as the best host, followed by Kinsta in second (who host this blog) and Pantheon in third.

Which is the fastest web hosting provider?

The fastest WordPress hosting service for a WordPress site is WPX Hosting (at the moment). I ran speed tests across 12 different hosts and WPX Hosting came out on top with both Kinsta and Pantheon closely behind them. Read the full post for the full case study results.

How much does it cost to host a WordPress website for a year?

If you want to host your site with a premium provider that is fast, includes an excellent set of features and truly expert support – you can expect to pay $249 a year with WPX Hosting and $300 a year with Kinsta.

What are the most important web hosts features?

The most important features to look for are daily backups, on demand data backups, a free CDN & free SSL certificate, email hosting, free malware scanning, free malware clean ups and excellent support.

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133 Responses

  1. Nevilson

    You have seriously worked a lot to gather this information, I really love it….Thanks sharing this piece of information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 27th, 2020 at 11:34 pm

      It was no mean feat!

  2. Himani Singh

    Indeed an amazing post. Keep up the good work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 22nd, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Himani – I certainly will!

  3. Shelley Stevens

    I was hoping to see Chemicloud on your list! That’s my current host and I’m struggling to figure out if they are fast enough. This analysis is interesting and provides some great options to consider if I decide to switch. Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 15th, 2020 at 6:58 am

      Thanks Shelley, I’ll consider them for the next round of testing.

  4. Scott

    Good review. Thank you. It would be super beneficial to list which of these hosts offer caching and other options that greatly speed up WordPress. Such as: NGINX, LITESPEED, HTTP/2 and a lot of hosts offer their own form of server side caching as well.

    Thanks again!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 7th, 2020 at 5:40 am

      Thanks Scott! Will see about adding more detail in the next round of testing.

  5. Trabzon asansörlü evden eve nakliyat

    Thank you, valuable information

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 5th, 2020 at 4:54 am

      No problem!

  6. Salvador

    Hi. Thank you very much for your article. In my country (Mexico) there is no serious option to choose from. I am just a “newby” and after strugglin several years with a scrap like Host Gator, I do not understand how I could live with that provider. Very slow server, when I create a very simple marketing campaign from Facebook it just goes down… technical support is ok for very simple things but whenever you try to get more help (like for example a continuous fall in the server) they just do not know what to do and they just blame your applications… etc. It was just a nightmare. I am changing right now to WPX Hosting.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 9th, 2020 at 1:33 am

      Glad to hear you are switching to WPX Hosting – they will take care of you!

  7. Jacob Jack

    Great Blog!

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 4th, 2020 at 3:39 am

      Cheers Jacob

  8. Naveen Rana

    That’s some serious article to look for. I am on WPX so it my day.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 19th, 2020 at 6:07 am

      Haha brilliant – you made the right choice!

  9. Bright Bridge

    Good post I hope to see more!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 19th, 2020 at 6:15 am

      There’s plenty more where this came from.

  10. GopalaKrishnan

    I would like to see your update for milesweb.in. Milesweb hosting service provider.

    Can you please rate the hosting provider as a request?

    Thanks in advance

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2020 at 8:48 am

      I will consider them for my next round of testing. Thanks

  11. Matheus Guimarães

    I would like to see a review of the Rock Stage. They say that performance is the best on the market!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 12th, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thanks for the recommendation

  12. LGibson

    Would be interesting to see if any of these hosts perform differently between plans, the site ground plans specifically state that higher plans offer more resources and speed, so would be interesting to test of that’s true.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 6th, 2020 at 11:42 pm

      Let me know your findings!

  13. ritzgupta

    This is really a great article and a great read for me. It’s my first visit to your blog and I have found it so useful and informative specially this article. Thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 29th, 2020 at 11:17 am

      There’s plenty more for you to read through – welcome!

  14. Henry Roberts

    Wow thanks for doing such a thorough job, this was really well put together and informative.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 29th, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Henry! It is certainly thorough!

  15. Anushka Sarma

    Required fasting hosting for WordPress website. when your web hosting will be fast then your website traffic will grow and improve…

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 17th, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      It certainly does help Anushka

  16. alok kumar

    thought WPX Hosting might need to change their home page (which they mention your test results), I’m happy they do not need :)

    Excellent review, when someone like you does these all tests and suggest the best hosting, it helps a lot for others like me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 16th, 2020 at 8:39 am

      Glad to hear it :)

  17. Rey

    Very interesting to see these findings. I have been using siteground and it has been great.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 16th, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Glad to hear it Rey

  18. Dan

    informative article, helped me alot.
    plz make another article on float hosting..
    thank you for sharing…

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 8th, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Thanks for the suggestion Dan

  19. Access Technologies

    Thanks for sharing such good information with us. I hope you will share more information about wordpress hosting. Please keep sharing!

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 4th, 2020 at 5:20 am

      Keep an eye out for the next round of testing.

  20. Muhammad Waqar

    Great content as usual!

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 4th, 2020 at 6:09 am

      Cheers Muhammad!

  21. Cadet Academy

    Great information thank you for share…

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 30th, 2020 at 3:36 am

      No worries :)

  22. Jon

    I am currently a Siteground user.

    I did notice that the GoGeek plan claims to use faster servers, and the price on that plan is more comparable to WPX Hosting.

    I would have been very interested to see that version of Siteground compared.

    Still would be. :-)

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 16th, 2020 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks Jon – I’m keeping a note of suggestions to consider for my next round of testing :)

      • Vincent Tobiaz
        January 30th, 2020 at 8:37 pm

        I also agree with this 100%, big difference and have big sites on that plan and my VPS.

        Also, you must not only set up Cloudflare in SiteGround cPanel and Cloudflare account settings, but also install the WordPress plugin and apply the optimizations from it.

        • Matthew Woodward
          February 1st, 2020 at 2:49 am

          Thanks for the tip Vincent!

  23. Charles Anderson

    You have done a fantastic job. You gave us lots of information, along with examples that are very helpful for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 12:03 am

      No problem Charles – hope you can use this testing to choose the best hosting for your site.

  24. Joseph D

    I’d like FloatHosting included in your next test. Thanks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 12:02 am

      Will take it into consideration, thanks Joseph.

  25. danutz

    Hi Matthew next time try to include this two: namehero (great support) and hostek (fastest servers in my opininion i terms of first byte – also great support).

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 12:11 am

      Thanks for the suggestions – I will add them to the list of hosts to consider in the next round of testing.

  26. digital Hardik mangroliya

    wow sir this is amazing for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 12:09 am

      Great news :)

  27. Amit Kumar

    Very nice information. WPX Hosting seems to be good and reliable also. It is also worth to take control of the problems associated.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 1:18 am

      Their support team are fantastic at dealing with all kinds of issues which is invaluable and surprisingly harder to find than you think.

  28. John

    Awesome blog. It’s very helpful blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a wonderful day.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      Glad I could help, thanks John.

  29. gono1deals

    Great blog.Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 11:19 pm

      Hope it helped you decide on which WordPress host is right for you :)

  30. Shekhar

    Thanks… Finally my doubt cleared…

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      Great news – glad I could help Shekhar

  31. vijayan

    nice posting

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 24th, 2019 at 3:29 am

      Thanks very much :)

  32. Franziska

    Im on easyname and Im not sure if it is fast enough.
    My powder brows blog is loading very slow sometimes.
    you think its a good idea to change?


  33. Royal Institute

    I got to know lot about WP. Thank you for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 16th, 2019 at 2:36 am

      Glad I could help :)

  34. Stuart Macfarlane

    Please try closte.com also.
    I’d be curious to see your results as they are the provider I use!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2019 at 12:16 am

      Thanks Stuart, maybe in the next round of testing.

  35. akash

    Nice Information

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2019 at 2:41 am

      Thanks for the support Akash

  36. shishu kumar

    Thanku share This Post

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2019 at 2:45 am

      No worries :)

  37. Lawrence

    I’d love to see how Convesio compares to them

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2019 at 2:49 am

      Maybe in the next round of tests :)

  38. Varun Sharma

    WPX is one of the best fastest wordpress hosting.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2019 at 5:21 am

      True that

  39. Sidd

    Great review, thanks, Matthew!
    We have moved from hosting sites on managed VPS running (LiteSpeed) to Kinsta.

    Kinsta support and performance blew are mind. We are not trying to move all of our clients to Kinsta!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2019 at 1:09 am

      Yes I have a bunch of sites on Kinsta, including this one! Awesome support!

  40. Adil Balti

    GoDaddy on number 4th? I heard and read a lot that GoDayy hosting is worse .

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2019 at 1:12 am

      I guess they’ve been making some improvements

  41. Babs

    I’ve been with one hosting company (Interserver) VOLUNTARILY for years.

    The past few days have been a sign that its time to move on and this test is a superb eye-opener. I’ve been going back and forth with the live-chat attendant at WPXhosting voicing my concerns as I really really hope nothing goes wrong with the migration.

    I just wanted to leave this comment before finally paying for a plan.

    This must’ve taken a lot of time and resources on your end, thanks for going through all the troubles.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2019 at 5:49 am

      Hey Babs, well I think you are making the right choice with WPX hosting as your hosting company. As you can see from my fast WordPress hosting tests, they come highly recommended.

  42. Alexa

    Hi There, I am curious why you did not test HostGator?

  43. Hameed

    I am using Cloudways but I am not using the Digital Ocean but rather Google Cloud.
    Even though this plan is more eexpensive I assume it would make a huge difference.
    Can you add the Google (and maybe the Amazon) servers to the test as well?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Yes I’ll consider those options for next year but I suspect you are making a good choice!

    • Terry Kyle
      November 27th, 2019 at 6:37 am

      Hi Hameed,

      In this test, WPEngine and Kinsta were both running on the Google Cloud (new C2) and Matt included Amazon in last year’s test.

      Terry Kyle
      CEO, WPX Hosting

  44. Jamshid Nalakath

    After reading your previous reviews, I decided to go with WPX. I have 25 + sites on Flywheel. They are really good but somewhat expensive. So gave WPX a go. The problems I had was firstly with the UI. It is so gen 1 compared to Flywheel. Maybe it is because I am used to a better UI. The more important issue was that WPX dis not have a temporary site url. This was a big deal for me as there were few sites which is still in dev mode. If I wanted to host it with WPX, I had to either point the domain to the server or do some complex host configuration on my laptop, which didn’t make sense, especially when Flywheel had it so easy. So I bought a package and then had to ask for a refund. I would definitely give it another try once they sort out this issue.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Yes the UI could do with the help of a designer that is for sure! WPX do have a staging area now which I agree should be one of the key features for any WordPress hosting providers.

  45. Travis


    The quality of the content you continue to pump out amazes me. This was a very timely topic for me because while I’ve been with SiteGround for the past year, I haven’t been impressed. Your test results confirm what my gut was telling me – that SiteGround isn’t that great. I haven’t even heard of WPX Hosting so I’ll definitely check it out. One thing that would be nice to add to your report is the background of each company – i.e. how big are they, where are there servers located, and are they independent or are they part of some conglomerate that owns numerous hosting companies. It seems all these hosting companies are great at one point and then they grow so big so fast they start to suck or they get gobbled up by a bigger company and then they suck.


    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Travis!

      SiteGround are actually a really good budget performer but it seems like you’ve outgrown them and the problems with them really come in at the increased renewal price at which point there are better options for the money.

      You are right about the performance of hosts changing which is why this fast WordPress hosting is an annual test :)

    • Terry Kyle
      November 27th, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Hi Travis,

      WPX is privately owned by myself and 1 partner, completely bootstrapped 6 years ago and not part of any conglomerate.

      Server location (apart from our own 25-location custom CDN, free to all WPX users) are Chicago, London and Sydney and we will probably add India, South Africa and Argentina in 2020, though that is still to be confirmed.

      Let me know if you have additional questions.

      Terry Kyle
      CEO, WPX Hosting

      • Martín
        November 29th, 2019 at 8:02 pm

        Wow! I’m from south America ( Uruguay), and I’m very satisfied of your service. And although the server is a bit far from my location, the performance it’s pretty good.

        But if you open a data center in the region you will definitely rocks here. And I will be the number 1 evangelizer of your service.

      • Giovanni Pysson
        December 28th, 2019 at 1:12 pm

        Hi Terry,

        As an EU citizen I would really love to see a real EU-location. With the BRexit UK will not be an option anymore for me. I’ve contacted support but they stated the same that their are no plans to add an EU-server.

        Personally I think you will need to keep the EU market.

  46. jeff

    Would love to see if there’s any real benefit to using “wordpress” hosting vs regular hosting and a comparison of those providers.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I suspect the main difference we would see is in the service and experience the support team provide and you would hope the server is specifically optimised to run the WP application.

  47. Andrew killen

    Good stuff again. Would like to see servebolt and gridpane in your tests as hosting, and cache busting urls for load time tests.

  48. Odhran B McCracken

    Great write up. I use Cloudways and I think, after read this, I’ll move my sites to WPX and give them a whirl. 1 think you missed though, Cloudways don’t have free (offsite) daily backups, they charge $0.033 per GB.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:50 am

      I suggest you take some measurements, move one site, take some more measurements and then decide if you are going to migrate everything.

  49. Kao

    You should add Lightning Base to this. They’re excellent. I use them and WPX hosting for all of my personal projects, and recommend them to my clients.

  50. Richard

    Excellent article, as always. Thanks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:50 am

      No problem Richard! Hope you got an insight into the top fast WordPress hosting providers and see who really offers fast hosting and value for money.

  51. Peter Nyiri

    Excellent article! I was wondering if you could also write one explaining the difference between the speed test tools. Pingdom, GTMetrix and Lightspeed all give different ratings and this is really confusing. Also what about mobile performance? I recently realized mobile loading is a lot slower than desktop. Is it worth using an AMP plugin? Thanks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:52 am

      You should learn about mobile first indexing, basically the performance of your desktop site in Google’s search results is directly influenced by it’s mobile performance.

      So if it sucks on mobile, you are paying the price with your desktop rankings.

      AMP takes away a lot of functionality, instead take a look at https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/seo/on-page/increase-website-speed/

  52. Cloudways

    I would like to see the same test and benchmark with mid-range packages and configurations.

    Such as Cloudways on AWS.
    Was Redis setup on all platforms who provide it without extra cost? Such as Cloudways?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Yes we can add some of those into next years fast hosting play!

    • Terry Kyle
      November 27th, 2019 at 6:25 am

      Cloudways was tested by Matt here using Digital Ocean.

      In last year’s test, Matt included AWS.

      Terry Kyle
      CEO, WPX Hosting

  53. Jared

    While I know its impossible to include all hosting companies, I would have loved to see Flywheel in this test. If you have had any experience with them, I would appreciate your feedback.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:52 am

      I have no personal experience with them but would love to include them!

    • Terry Kyle
      November 27th, 2019 at 6:23 am

      Hi Jared,

      If it helps, I ran my own Divi comparison earlier in 2019 and Flywheel were included in that: https://blog.wpxhosting.com/fastest-divi-hosting/

      Terry Kyle
      CEO, WPX Hosting

  54. Constance

    I’m with a2hosting still happy with them so far, their support is Excellence but then again my site is still small and there’s not much to complain about so far. I used to host with WP ENGINE years back when they started (with my other site) and thought they had too many restrictions, it actually felt like I was using WordPress.com version. Most bloggers swear by Siteground and Bluehost but they are not my favorite, I tried CLOUDWAYS at the beginning of the year using their trial for less than a month simply because their interface is not user-friendly.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:54 am

      If your URL is the one you left in the comment, you haven’t done any speed testing for a long time.

  55. Robert

    This test was so good that I had to sign up using your aff link. The timing was also perfect. Next time please add more premium hosts to the comparison like: digitalocean and eukhost.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Robert will do!

  56. SEO-Noob

    Hi Matthew,
    Thank you for your research!
    When you will update your research next time, could you please add more metrics, like:
    – PHP version (5, 7)
    – Server (Nginx, Apache, Litespeed)
    – HTTP protocol version (HTTP 1.1/2) (https://www.wpserver03.xyz/ – HTTP/2; http://wpserver12.xyz/ HTTP 1.1 + HTTP 2)
    – Caching plugins (now https://wpserver05.xyz/ using W3 Total Cache)

    I think this will be handy.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:55 am

      So you would like me to delve into the more technical specs of each host? I chose not to get too technical because most people don’t care as long as it’s the fastest.

    • Terry Kyle
      November 27th, 2019 at 6:20 am

      Hi SEONoob,

      To clarify, these are WPX tech specs requested above:

      PHP 7.3 is the current highest available version but 7.4 is about to hit and as soon as it is proven stable, it will be rolled out to all servers. Usually it’s very quick from new release to implementation at WPX.

      We are currently using Apache but have been testing Litespeed as an alternative for some time and are likely to switch to that in 2020.

      We do use http2

      We recommend W3 Total cache as that one is best suited to our platform.

      Let me know if you have additional questions.

      Terry Kyle
      CEO, WPX Hosting

  57. Reginald

    Interesting to see this review. I’m a Kinsta user and I do have better experience there compared to WPX Hosting. WPX is good and the email hosted is a bonus. But, it may not be for everyone. Example, my site is messed up (structurely) and it’s just too much work to fix it. Maybe in the future.

    But when this happens, you may not be able to use the full services offered by WPX. But, it is still a good web hosting company.

    Other than that, Kinsta is top notch but can be pricey when you have over 150k visitors per month.


    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:56 am

      I am not sure what problem you have that doesn’t let you use the full services by WPX?

      (I have my sites split between Kinsta and WPX)

  58. Dave Sweney

    Excellent review and I agree with your conclusion. I have been using a combination of hosting services, but knowing that I can get free migration to WPX hosting plus free malware protection/removal is the kicker for me.

    Will WPX migrate all 5 sites you can host with them for free? When I migrate to SiteGround a couple of years ago, they would only move one site. I paid someone to do the rest…

    Another issue is the SSL certificate …Is it available for free with all these host providers? I know that SiteGround has a free version and a more secure version of SSL certificate that costs anywhere from $99 a year (with a wildcard so you can have it installed on all your sites) or more…

    My last question is how much storage do you get and bandwidth for each of the services? In my case, the sites I will move are bulky and require a lot of bandwidth as they are e-commerce stores…

    Thanks for the work putting this together (and the investment of the $600 for the WP Engine C2 hosting test!)…

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:58 am

      I am not sure how many sites they migrate but ask their support they will be able to tell you but for sure they have free SSL certificate for all your domains.

      I suggest you take a look at each plan of the hosts you like the look of because storage etc varys wildly.

    • Darren
      November 26th, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      I’m with WPX and they will migrate ALL sites into your account for free.

    • Terry Kyle
      November 27th, 2019 at 6:12 am

      Hi Dave,

      At WPX, all site migrations are free (if they don’t involve a domain change e.g. migrating a site from davesblog.com to davesamazingblog.com) and are usually completed within 24 hours, could be a little longer during the Black Friday period.

      The unlimited free SSLs are by Let’s Encrypt (co-sponsored by Google) – more info here: https://letsencrypt.org/

      Storage and bandwidth varies by plan, just click on the Pricing top menu link on the WPX site.

      Hope that clarifies!

      Terry Kyle
      CEO, WPX Hosting

  59. Peter Paul

    I thought WPX Hosting might need to change their home page (which they mention your test results), I’m happy they do not need :)

    Excellent review, when someone like you does these all tests and suggest the best hosting, it helps a lot for others like me.

    I used Kinsta earlier, but it looked expensive when my site earnings dropped. After your first review, I have migrated to WPX Hosting. It is one of the best and excellent support hosting provider with enough features (like 5 websites and 100GB data transfer with their free CDN)

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:58 am

      No problem glad to help!

      Other than the support team, how has your experience been with WPX Hosting?

  60. Ian Rance

    I have spent a year with WPX with several sites and Siteground with several more – sadly tied in to a three year deal.

    I had one site infected with Siteground who just shut it diwn and were extremely unimpressive in support. I was totally unimpressed. Whatever the infection it reappeared several times over several months despite cleaning my installs at work as well as installing expensive security plugins per their advice.

    Moved the site to WPX and the infection reappeared and was cleaned within 24 hours. Their support is second to none and the only complaint I have with them us that they don’t like recommending plugins.

    I want a divorce from Siteground – poor support and high maintenance. WPX us everything a good partner should be.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Yes and that is really what separates the cream from the crop – both WPX Hosting and Kinsta hosting have an “active” support team that are the fastest to take control of problems and fix them. The time and money that saves every month far exceeds the cost of the hosting.

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