Testing The 12 Fastest WordPress Hosting Providers

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 a fast host is absolutely critical to the success of your business, because if your 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 ranking 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 making sure you are actually choosing the fastest WordPress hosting is absolutely critical because if you get it wrong, the consequences 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 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 host in this test.

This is also likely to be the only independent testing you’ll see of WPEngine’s new C2 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 Kinsta & WP Engine…

Is that with Kinsta, the new C2 platform is default on all of their 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 offers the fastest WordPress hosting…

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

Meet The WordPress Hosting Competitors

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

This time around I have increased this to 12 of the fastest WordPress hosts which includes sites hosted on WP Engines and Kinsta new C2 Google Cloud Platform.

Best WordPress Hosting Logos

All hosts were tested “out of the box” with the recommended setup to recreate the customer experience 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 plan. Then we upgraded the plan 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 enabled.

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

**** Unlimited WordPress hosting is rarely unlimited and WordPress hosting companies TOS make 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 host had an identical install of WordPress.

Then I ran 5 distinct tests across these sites-

  • Test #1 – GTMetrix speed test (from 7 global locations)
  • Test #2 – Pingdom Tools speed test(from 7 global locations)
  • Test #3 – Load Impact stress test (500 simultaneous visitors)
  • Test #4 – WP Performance Tester (a plugin that tests raw server 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 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 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 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 speed test but this time using Pingdom tools.

I followed the same process by running 3 passes for each test site, for each server location 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 speed testing is one thing, but it doesn’t tell you how hosts perform under stress.

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

The problem with this test is WordPress hosting companies often block it because they think it’s a DDOS attack and because all of my testing was done anonymously, I didn’t want to submit a support ticket to 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 WordPress 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 traffic loads.

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 customer support team 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 performance of the actual server itself.

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 servers 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, update 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 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 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 performances 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 23% faster execution time and a 31% more queries per second over last years testing.

Test 5 – Support Quality

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

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

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

  • Problem #1 – Would they take care of site migration?
  • 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 a 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 support that each managed WordPress hosting company provides really separates the cream from the crop.

The Support Quality Winner:

The only host that provide 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.

WordPress Hosting 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 certificate
  • Staging Area
  • 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 CertificateFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeYesFreeYes
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 have their own advantages and disadvantages.

And what is the right choice of host 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 options
  • No Git support
  • Back end control panel could be easier to use


  • Expensive on a per site basis with this plan
  • Unimpressive speed
  • $25 per site migration if not coming from cpanel
  • Malware removal $125 per site cleanup
  • 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
  • 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 area on base plan
  • After first month, no monthly payment option
  • No real CDN on base plan (free Cloudflare doesn’t count)


  • Expensive on a per site basis
  • No phone support
  • No email – 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 on a per site basis
  • No free site migrations offered
  • No free malware removal
  • Limited support help in above tests


  • Site migrations $149.99 for up to 5 sites
  • Slow speed in this comparison
  • CDN not included despite the pricing
  • 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 on a per site basis
  • Average speed in this comparison
  • No free malware removal
  • CDN not included
  • Limited support performance in above tests
  • No email – additional costs with Google Apps 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 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 speed tests, dominated the load impact testing but seriously fell short in the WordPress performance benchmark and support tests. Take a look at my detailed Kinsta review to learn about my favourite feature.

Kinsta (Cost: $30 per month) also put in a solid performance top to bottom including speed, performance, load and customer support.

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 plan 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 and solving them while both being nearly 50% cheaper in price than Pantheon.

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 plan and new C2 $600 monthly plan failed to perform against cheaper hosts.

 So there you have it, the best WordPress hosting is WPX Hosting.

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

  • Happier visitors
  • Lower bounce rates
  • Higher page view numbers
  • Higher search engine rankings
  • Higher 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!

89 Responses

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. digital Hardik mangroliya

    wow sir this is amazing for me.

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

      Great news :)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 :)

  9. Shekhar

    Thanks… Finally my doubt cleared…

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

      Great news – glad I could help Shekhar

  10. vijayan

    nice posting

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

      Thanks very much :)

  11. 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?


  12. 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 :)

  13. 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.

  14. akash

    Nice Information

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

      Thanks for the support Akash

  15. shishu kumar

    Thanku share This Post

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

      No worries :)

  16. 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 :)

  17. Varun Sharma

    WPX is one of the best fastest wordpress hosting.

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

      True that

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. Alexa

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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/

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. 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)

  37. 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

  38. 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?

  39. 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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