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Which Is The Best WordPress Hosting? 7 Hosts – 6 Ruthless Tests

Choosing the best WordPress hosting for your site is critical.

And the most important thing you need to consider is…

How fast it is!

Why?

Because if your website loads slowly, you will suffer from-

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

And last but not least…

 A SLOW WEBSITE = LOWER PROFITS! 

Your websites speed is critical to the bottom line of your business.

And all of that starts by making sure you choose the best WordPress hosting for you.

PRO TIP: With WordPress hosting- “best” does not mean “most expensive”

Keep reading and you’ll understand exactly what I mean…

Because the tests below will help you save $1,080 this year.

Which Is The Best WordPress Hosting?

Choosing the best WordPress hosting is easy.

You want to make sure that the host you choose-

  • Is super fast on the front and back end
  • Loads your website quickly globally
  • Takes security seriously (automatic backups & SSL)
  • Offers great support
  • Provides value for money

The problem is, that is much easier said than done.

So to find out who really offers the best WordPress hosting…

I setup 18 test blogs across 7 popular managed WordPress hosting providers.

And then I ran 6 tests across each of those 18 blogs-

  1. Speed of loading from different locations around the world
  2. Ability to cope with a plugin-heavy WP blog
  3. Ability to handle a heavy simultaneous traffic load
  4. How each hosts hardware benchmarks
  5. Support speed & quality
  6. Value for money (very surprising result!)

who is the best wordpress host?

Note: I chose the cheapest plan with multiple sites. Cheaper plans are available.
  1. Kinsta – Who are the current host of this blog
    • Cost: 2 websites, $60 monthly, $600 annually
    • CDN: Yes – KeyCDN included
  2. WPX Hosting – The previous host of this blog before Kinsta
    • Cost: 5 websites, $24.99 monthly, $249.99 annually
    • CDN: Yes – WPX Cloud included
  3. WP Engine – My host before WPX Hosting (it wasn’t great)
    • Cost: 5 websites, $115 monthly, $1150 annually
    • CDN: Yes – MaxCDN>Stackpath included
  4. SiteGround – Specifically their managed WordPress hosting option
    • Cost: unlimited website, normally $19.95 monthly, $239.40 annually
    • CDN: No – Free CloudFlare recommended
  5. Hostgator – The managed WordPress Hosting package
    • Cost: 3 websites, $27.95 monthly, $335.40 annually
    • CDN: No – Free CloudFlare recommended
  6. Liquid Web – Again, their managed WordPress hosting offering
    • Cost: 10 websites, $99 monthly, $1,188 annually
    • CDN: No – Free CloudFlare recommended
  7. Amazon EC2 – Not a managed WordPress host, but a DIY wildcard alternative
    • Cost: Unlimited websites, $14.99 monthly, $179.88 annually
    • CDN: No – Free CloudFlare recommended

So with WPEngine & LiquidWeb being the most expensive  of all of them by a long way.

You would expect them to be the clear winners…

Right?

 WRONG! 

Not even close.

How I Tested WordPress Hosting Speed

I setup a total of 18 test sites across each of the 7 hosts.

Hosts that included a CDN as part of their package had 2 sites installed on them (WPXHosting, Kinsta & WP Engine).

Hosts that ask you to use a free CDN like CloudFlare had 3 sites installed on them (Siteground, Hostgator, Amazon EC2 & LiquidWeb).

All of the sites are hosted in the USA.

Then I created 3 different types of blog on 1 host and cloned that across each host using this plugin

Blog Type #1
Image Heavy

Cronus Theme
11 photos
2,000 words

Blog Type #2
Plugin Heavy

Cronus Theme
30 plugins
No text/images

Blog Type #3
CloudFlare

Blog Type #1
Plus Free CloudFlare CDN

And to help make things a little easier for you…

You can see the live versions of all of test blogs below-

Siteground

HostGator

LiquidWeb

Amazon EC2

WPX Hosting

 
Kinsta

 
WP Engine

Feel free to click through to any of them and run your own tests!

But if you’re too lazy to do that…

Here are the results of my 6 tests-

Test #1 – Image Heavy Site Loading Speed

In this test:

I took the Blog Type 1 (image heavy) install for each host and ran it through GTMetrix twice.

Often a sites content is cached on the hosting server and CDN.

So I ran 2 passes of GTMetrix to make sure all caches were primed.

Then I tested each site from 7 global locations and averaged out the results.

This is what it looks like-

Wordpress hosting speed test results

Test #1 Conclusions

 The clear winner here is WPX Hosting. 

But it’s fair to say that all of the hosts performed within acceptable levels in Canada and North America (except for Amazon EC2).

It’s only when you start taking a global look at things do you see dramatic differences in the load times.

But having globally fast loading times is critical in the modern economy.

Test #2 – Plugin Heavy Site Loading Speed

A plugin heavy site can cause huge problems when it comes to load times.

And it’s easy to get carried away!

This blog has 56 active plugins at the time of writing-

56 active plugins on the blog

And plugins can have such a big impact on load time…

WP Engine maintains a list of plugins that are banned on their platform.

So for the Blog Type 2 (plugin heavy) installs, I installed 30 popular plugins with no other content whatsoever.

This test is different because we are testing the computing power of the host, rather than the speed of delivering static image files.

Then I tested each plugin heavy install from 7 global locations & averaged out the results-

wordpress hosting plugin speed test results

Test #2 Conclusions

Like the first test, WPX Hosting is the winner here.

Although it is a marginal win over WP Engine.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the tested page had absolutely zero content.

And the slower hosts seem to have started choking with the higher number of requests.

Test #3 – WordPress Performance Tester Benchmarks

The WordPress Performance Tester plugin is specifically designed to stress test WordPress hosting servers.

It does that by running a number of tests-

  • 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

And then outputs 2 performance metrics-

  •  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 ran each of the Blog Type 1 (image heavy) installs for each host through the plugin.

And these were the results…

wordpress hosting benchmark test results

Test #3 Conclusion

As you can see 2x of the more budget friendly hosts WPX Hosting & Siteground performed incredibly well here.

But interestingly:

 The more expensive hosts like Kinsta, LiquidWeb and WP Engine failed to perform. 

That is the exact opposite of what I would expect to happen…

You would think those extra $$$ translate into better hosting hardware and setups!

But the data is telling a different story.

Test #4 – Load Impact

Next I wanted to know:

How would each host perform under stress from 500 simultaneous visitors?

However I had a huge problem:

Most hosts automatically block tests like this because it reseambles a DDOS attack.

But it was critical  that I conducted anonymous testing because I didn’t want the hosts to know I was testing them.

So I created a new page on each Blog Type 1 (image heavy) install with 1,000 words-

Then I set Load Impact to work by sending 500 simulated visitors to load each page on each host.

This is how it played out-

wordpress hosting loadimpact test results

Test #4 Conclusion

From the tests I was able to complete-

 WPX Hosting was the hands down winner here   – it wasn’t even close.

And although WPEngine, Amazon and LiquidWeb were slower…

They did not collapse under the testing and remained online.

As for the other hosts I had problems testing with-

  • Kinsta – LoadImpact was reporting a problem with overloaded Amazon VPS’s
  • SiteGround – Either the hosting failed or they automatically blocked LoadImpact
  • HostGator – Fell down during testing , the site went offline with a 503 error

And while I would have loved to get a result for them…

It would have brought attention to my testing & I wanted to test anonymously.

Perhaps in the future I will be able to run this test again for the missing hosts.

Test #5 – Hosting Support

Speed of your website is one thing.

 But speed (and quality) of support is another. 

And given that the tested hosts are self proclaimed “WordPress Experts”

I wanted to put that to the test.

So I opened an identical support ticket with each host to see-

  1. How long it took to respond
  2. If they would fix the problem for me

Here is the support ticket I sent to each host-

Hi Support,

I am not a very technical person and need help with the setup of this redirect on my site hosted with you thanks:

hostingtest2.space – all pages except hostingtest2.space/wp-admin

to redirect to

hostingtest2.space

Thanks in advance.

Matt

It’s not a super easy problem to fix…

But it’s not super difficult either.

Any WordPress expert should be able to tackle it.

In my opinion the easiest way to solve this problem is with a .htaccess edit like this-

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^(/wp-admin|.wp-login.php.) [NC]

RewriteRule (.*) http:/hostingtest3.space//$1 [R=301,L]

But:

There is always more than one way to skin a cat!

Test #5 Conclusion

As expected –  the test results varied wildly here. 

Some hosts took full control and deployed a solution on my behalf…

Where as others… didn’t.

Here is how they performed-

Wordpress hosting support test results

 Kinsta, LiquidWeb & WPXHosting solved the problem successfully. 

And out of those 3-

It was WPXhosting that solved the problem the quickest and with minimum fuss.

However:

 WPEngine & SiteGround seriously fell short here 

Their “WordPress experts” were not able to solve the problem.

Test #6 – The Free CloudFlare CDN

4x of the hosts I tested  did not include any kind of CDN-

  1. SiteGround
  2. LiquidWeb
  3. HostGator
  4. Amazon EC2

And it is common advice for hosting companies to recommend you setup the free version of the CloudFlare CDN.

Supposedly this will help increase site speed.

But is that really true?

To find out I cloned the Blog Type 1 (image heavy) install to a new domain on each host and then activated the free CloudFlare CDN-

Then I tested each of these installs with GTMetrix from 7 different global locations.

And the results were very interesting…

WordPress Hosting Features Compared

So far we have focused purely on speed, reliabiliy and support.

But what about other hosting features…

wordpress hosting features compared

As you can see:

There really isn’t that much difference between them on the face of it…

Except for price!

It’s only with the nitty gritty testing that you see huge differences in quality of service.

The Worst Things About Each Host

Regardless of which host you look at, each of them have their own cons.

The best wordpress hosting for me, isn’t necessarily the best WordPress hosting for you.

For example:

WPX Hosting is clearly the fastest, but if you need phone support…

They aren’t right for you.

So here is what I didn’t like about each of the managed WordPress hosting options-

WP Engine

WPX Hosting

  • No phone support
  • No Git support
  • Servers are only available in USA and UK
  • Back end control panel could be easier to use

Hostgator

  • Terrible trust score
  • No CDN on base plan
  • No free SSLs, only paid
  • No staging area
  • Long list of banned plugins
  • Automatic backups are a paid upgrade
  • Terrible loading speed from non-US locations (see above tests)

Liquid Web

  • Very expensive
  • Not exactly the quickest based on my testing
  • No CDN on base plan (but free Cloudflare CDN worked best of tested hosts here)
  • No free email, costs $10 monthly extra + $1-$3 per email address
  • No discounts for annual subscription

Kinsta

  • No phone support
  • Expensive for multiple websites
  • No email support – additional costs with Google Apps etc
  • List of banned plugins
  • No live chat for pre-sales questions
  • No free migration on the base plan

SiteGround

  • 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)

Amazon

  • Not really a WordPress host
  • You need to configure everything
  • Very technical, requires command line
  • No CDN
  • No automatic backups
  • Support is for their hardware only
  • No cost saving reason to choose Amazon over dedicated WP hosts

Wrapping It Up

While it is usually true that “you get what you pay for” in life..

That isn’t true when it comes to choosing the best wordpress hosting.

WP Engine ($115/mo) & Liquid Web ($99/mo) are the most expensive but also failed to perform.

HostGator were also consistently poor.

That leaves SiteGround, Kinsta and WPX Hosting to consider.

Kinsta and WPX Hosting performed consistently faster than Siteground.

But Siteground did hold steady throughout all of my testing.

I suspect if you added a quality CDN to SiteGround rather than the free CloudFlare suggestion they would perform much better.

But that’s an extra cost and Kinsta & WPX Hosting already include good CDNs for free.

So if I was going to rank them…

The Best WordPress Hosting Is…

  1. WPX Hosting – Cheap but also the fastest with the best support
  2. Kinsta – Solid performance, fantastic support & the current host of this blog
  3. SiteGround – Budget friendly and fast but support was lacking

best wordpress hosting final test results

The great irony of these results is that…

WPX Hosting used to host this blog (I famously ditched WPEngine for them).

Then 2 years ago…

I moved the blogs hosting over to Kinsta because I needed-

  • A server level backup/restore system
  • A staging area
  • Access to new technologies like HHVM (which is now deceased)

But:

Since I moved this blog to Kinsta

The WPX Hosting team have added a bunch of new features such as-

  1. Their own backup/restore system
  2. A staging area
  3. A free custom CDN called “WPX Cloud”

In fact I still have 9 sites hosted with WPX Hosting including my SEO agency site and my black friday deals site (neither of which have WPX Cloud activated right now).

Where as Kinsta are currently hosting this blog and my SEO course.

But as they say:

The proof is in the pudding.

And based on all of my testing and personal experiences…

 The best WordPress hosting is WPX Hosting 
(assuming you don’t need phone support)

And remember this:

A faster website will result in-

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

And most importantly…

 HIGHER PROFITS! 

So don’t waste your time and money with a slower host.

Who do you think the best WordPress host is right now?

I would love to know!

271 Responses

  1. John
    11.20.2018

    I ve been using siteground for 2 years without problems.
    When my prepaid time ends I will definitely try wpx.
    Thanks for useful post

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Yes SiteGround performed consistently well!

      May I ask if you are using a CDN with siteground and if so, which one?

  2. Ettienne van Staden
    11.20.2018

    Very useful post. Wish I saw this a week ago when I upgraded my Hostgator from shared to cloud hosting. An incredible 2 second speed increase at most. Terrible. Looks like it’s time to migrate, again.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Which provider did you go with?

  3. Thomas Clark
    11.20.2018

    Matthew, Thomas Clark, thanks for writing this article, it’s so timely for me my company, I am almost complete my new website redesign, and my hosting contract is coming up for renewal with Go- Daddy/ in December 2018 How would compare Go-Daddy as a hosting option to WPXHosting? I do like that I can call Go- DaDYY 24 X7 if I have any questions or need something changed?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:47 am

      I only use GoDaddy for domains but have never heard anyone boast how good GoDaddys hosting or support is. WPXHosting doesnt have phone support (but they do have livechat) so if thats important to you – then look at SiteGround with a CDN like KeyCDN

    • Ken Vernon
      November 23rd, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Thomas, I have been a loyal GoDaddy customer for many years. Their products and support, at one time, was the gold standard. But sadly that has changed. The folks who answer the phone are still trying their best, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that the GoDaddy hosting platforms are c***. Particularly for WordPress.
      I have moved all of my sites to WPXHosting and I had the same concern about the lack of a person to talk to…but I was so wrong.
      First, the server speeds are incredible…primarily on mobile…page load speed is more important than ever…and, as this column proves, WPXHosting is really, really fast.
      Second, the 24/7/365 live person via chat support is outstanding. I could not be happier.
      I would highly recommend you forget about GoDaddy, or any other option, and run as fast as you can to WPXHosting. You will not be dissapointed.

      • Matthew Woodward
        November 25th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        Hey Ken, great to read such a good experience with WPX Hosting. It just gets easier and easier to recommend them.

  4. fesda
    11.20.2018

    the site hosted on WPX hosting are taking forever to load for me

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Where are you based?

      https://hostingtest1.space/
      https://hostingtest2.space/

      Loading fast in Costa Rica

    • Terry Kyle, CEO, WPX Hosting
      November 20th, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Fesda,

      If you approach WPX Support, they will arrange a free optimization analysis on your site and identify the speed bottleneck/s.

      Typically it will be a specific plugin or theme issue and the ‘Waterfall’ on GTMetrix or Pingdom Tools can offer insights there.

      If properly optimized, sites on WPX should achieve around 1 second or less loading around the world.

      Let me know directly if you need further help thanks.

  5. Shaun Baird
    11.20.2018

    I moved to kinsta 6 months ago and pay around $100 a month, so this has come at a good time thanks.
    Shaun

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:45 am

      This blog is currently hosted on Kinsta

      • Shaun
        November 20th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

        Thanks, has this made you consider moving this blog over? I’m just out for speed improvement.

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 20th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

          Yes for sure! The main reason I moved to Kinsta was for HHVM at the time

  6. Jake Hawkes
    11.20.2018

    I really like flywheel, any thoughts?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      I don’t have any personal experience with it

  7. Hob Clay
    11.20.2018

    How about Cloudways? They’re providing excellent services and many of my clients are using them without any complains

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Which Cloudways service are they using in particular?

      • David McSweeney
        November 28th, 2018 at 7:06 am

        +1 for Cloudways. I’ve been using their managed Digital Ocean servers for the past 6 months or so and performance/support is excellent.

  8. Sachin
    11.20.2018

    Hi Mathew, Nice blog well. Written but wpx is not available in India.

    What would be best wordpress hosting form India.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Why isn’t it available in India?

    • Terry Kyle, CEO, WPX Hosting
      November 20th, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Sachin,

      WPX is definitely available in India and our CDN has an end point in Mumbai.

      Can you clarify as to why you think WPX is not available in India as we have many Indian customers?

      Thanks in advance.

      • Sean lennon
        November 27th, 2018 at 1:18 pm

        Are the speeds as good in Australia Terry?

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 27th, 2018 at 3:20 pm

          You can view the test data in the post which includes Australia (you need to click on the expander under a results image)

          Or you can take any of the test URL’s in this post and put them through pingdom/gtmetrix/webpagetest from Australia to see

        • Terry Kyle, CEO WPX Hosting
          November 28th, 2018 at 7:41 am

          Hi Sean,

          Yes WPX won in Sydney with the only sub-1 second loading time (0.8 seconds, see above) and the next closest was 2.6 seconds.

          As I’m Australian, I insist on high WPX speeds there!

  9. Roger
    11.20.2018

    Great article I’ve been using my own DO and Ramnode VPS I’m wondering if you could possibly compare say WPX vs one of these just to see a difference

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:43 am

      I suspect this would perform similar to Amazon EC2 which is essentially just a VPS and then your responsible for configuring everything versus someone like WPX/Kinsta that does all of that for you

  10. Matthew Simiana
    11.20.2018

    Interesting tests and quite surprised by the results. Was expecting Amazon EC2 to perform much better….

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:42 am

      It should be noted that the Amazon EC2 setup was just “default” – you are essentially responsible for the entire server and have to manage/tune everything manually.

      I suspect a well optimised EC2 setup would perform better

  11. NICHOLAS GOMES
    11.20.2018

    Thank you Mathew leaving best tool and have a happy enjoy black friday fune fune piece

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:41 am

      No problem, you too Nicholas!

  12. Danny Page
    11.20.2018

    Very interesting findings! I will certainly be taking a look at WPX Hosting. Free migrations too!

    I have found Kualo to be pretty good, and their support is the best I have experienced.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:41 am

      I have never heard of Kualo but they look interesting – 24/7 support as well!

  13. Calin Gabriel
    11.20.2018

    You forgot to test a2hosting .They have wordpress plans too.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Yes I would love to add them in the future!

      • Steve Collins
        November 20th, 2018 at 2:50 pm

        I’m with A2 hosting and am very happy with them. Up time is good, as is support. I joined 2 years ago with their sign up discount, so my renewal which is due now is at full price. I emailed and asked if there was any chance of a discount to renew as I wanted to stay with them and they gave me one!

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 20th, 2018 at 3:33 pm

          Nice!

          That’s the kind of service and support that you can count on. No doubt they will have a good Black Friday offer as well!

  14. Allen
    11.20.2018

    What are your feelings about the loss of SEO advantage by using a CDN to host your images off your domain?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:40 am

      As long as you host them on a subdomain of your site – it negates the problem

  15. Bernard
    11.20.2018

    i can confirm that I am with WPX since the very first time I read your post about hosting your web on Wpx. Since then, no worries at all. 10 sites hosted there.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Great to hear!

  16. Shahid Irfan
    11.20.2018

    Great article. I am using digitalocean and OVH and it work fine for me. It is much cheaper as compared these expensive services.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      How have you configured them?

  17. Geoff
    11.20.2018

    Siteground was a total waste for me, I exclusively used wordpress, never used any weird or whacky plugins. They kept notifying me of malware embedded in my installs and files. When i contacted them for help, they would sometimes say it’s cleared (after I’d done nothing) and other times they would tell me I need to hire someone to clean it for me.. which they could supply for an extra $195.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      WPX Hosting would clean that up for you (take a look at their homepage they talk about it)

      • Geoff
        November 21st, 2018 at 4:12 pm

        Hey, thanks for the reply, I was wary about how confident they were there was actually any problems, I also should’ve said, I actually use A2 hosting now. Would love to see your thoughts on them, I’ve never had a problem and their speeds seem very good (although haven’t tested as extensively as you have here!)

        • Matthew Woodward
          November 26th, 2018 at 11:46 am

          I would love to include them the next time I run the test.

          I’m actually kicking myself for not including them because it’s someone I have considered a lot in the past

    • Kevin
      November 27th, 2018 at 1:45 am

      I had exactly the same issue with siteground. They only offered a link to another site which offered to clear the issue for stupid money. I had to keep asking for information to the files which had maleware on. I got so sick of them that I moved all my sites to another hosting company.

      Not a good experience.

  18. Chris Sherlock
    11.20.2018

    This is very interesting – I switched to WPX about 2 years ago and havent looked back. They’re absolutely brilliant and constantly keep things updated.

    Thank you for putting so much effort into this though –

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      No worrys Chris, happy to confirm what you already knew!

  19. Eric
    11.20.2018

    The hardware resources allocated for WPX hosting as mentioned in the article are wrong. According to their support, it is 128 MB ram / 1 core CPU for the Business plan. The next higher plan is 256 MB / 1.5 CPU and the next plan 512 MB / 2 cores. Hope that helps.

    Been their customer for 2 years. Zero incidents. Support actually knows their s*** and are actually very helpful. If you know what you’re doing you can actually have a real WordPress blog load in 2-3 seconds on their cheapest plan. Hint: Watch your page builders and plugins. They are the main culprits that actually kill all the performance.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks I will reach out and clarify!

      Yes I was a customer when they were trafficplanethosting and the main plus point was the support – not just because they know stuff, but because they actually take control and fix problems.

    • Tommy
      November 21st, 2018 at 1:42 am

      Hi Eric, Just want to clarify something. It is 128 MB RAM per website on the Business Plan and the plan can hold up to 5 websites. I think this is why Matthew was told this number (640 MB).

  20. NICHOLAS GOMES
    11.20.2018

    Thank you Mathew article best plugins

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 20th, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      No problem!

  21. Jason
    11.20.2018

    I’m currently using siteground because i paid for 3 years in advance ( got a good deal). However, they have ramped the prices up since then and i wont be paying those crazy prices.

    Shame, do they have to be so expensive?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Yeah they seem to hit people hard on renewals!

      • Chris
        November 23rd, 2018 at 3:11 am

        Agreed – they seem to push you into yet another Black Friday deal and then you have to transfer all your sites over! Not good.

        But they are a brilliant host if you set everything up optimally and using Cloudflare with them actually harms the results so I stopped doing it.

        I’ve had spectacular support from them, the best I’ve ever come across from a web host, so don’t know why you’re downing that part.

        The number of sites I’ve got (300+) make the WPX option completely uneconomic for me, but I’ll keep an eye on their offers going forward.

  22. Joe Watson
    11.20.2018

    I have never seen such research on hosts and wish to thank you for the assessments you have carried out. It’s brilliant and exceedingly helpful.

    Have added this to Facebook and Twitter.

    Kind regards Joe Watson

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Joe!

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      November 25th, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks a lot.

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    11.21.2018

    I can confirm that I am with WPX since the very first time I read your post about hosting your web on Wpx. Since then, no worries at all. 10 sites hosted there.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Great to hear!

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  26. bonjour socks
    11.21.2018

    Hii , You have shared such an good information above. I really would like to thank you so the such informative knowledge.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      No worries!

  27. Sarita
    11.21.2018

    Thanks for sharing your digital marketing knowledge with us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Not a problem. Hope it helps you out somewhat.

  28. david
    11.21.2018

    The best hosting is the one that have the biggest affiliate commissions. I will believe a post like this when they aren’t full of affiliate links.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Out of the hosts featured here, WPEngine pay the best commissions (who came close to last)

  29. steven cooper
    11.21.2018

    Thanks for your detailed testing and results, I’ve been with WPX for a couple of years now with their excellent support, uptime and continued improvements I can’t fault them.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Glad to hear Steven!

  30. Zvi Chazanov
    11.21.2018

    A very interesting post.

    I use FastComet. This site seems to load fast but when I check Gtmetrix and other speed tools the performance is mediocre.

    Have you heard about Fastcomet? Do you believe that moving to WPX will make my site faster?

    Thanks in advance,

    Zvi

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      I don’t have any personal experience with them sorry

  31. SERPShip.com
    11.21.2018

    Awesome post as usual Matt. You keep coming with these great posts of yours :)

    I can vouch for WPX. Been with them for 3 years now probably more and never had a problem with them. Super fast, awesome support plus you get to help dogs. What more can you ask :)

    By the way Matt is there a way to add my service to your black friday deals page? I have sent you an email and also contact you here on the site trought the contact form.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 22nd, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Yeah they tick all the boxes that’s for sure.

      I saw your email come in earlier, will reply soon :)

  32. Vipan
    11.22.2018

    Nice article and well written . I was checking consistently your blog and I am impressed! Incredibly useful information specifically the last part. I maintain such info much. I used to be looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you….

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Vipan!

  33. Alston Antony
    11.22.2018

    Hi Matt,

    Have you heard about or have any personal experience with hostinger? I have been seeing comparisons where it’s better than siteground (I am bit skeptical that may only due to affiliate commissions)

    I have been with siteground and use it for my clients too but at the moment looking for good backup host since I don’t put all the eggs in one basket.

    Thanks
    Alston Antony

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 am

      I don’t have any personal experience with them sorry

  34. Steve Williams
    11.22.2018

    Hi Matthew, you wrote a stellar review, I’m glad you shared all that information. I’ve been on WPX for the past 2 years and very happy with everything (speed, service, etc.). I recently subscribed for a third year and not looking back.

    Cheers,
    -steve

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 22nd, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Great to hear Steve!

  35. Perfect Umrah UK
    11.22.2018

    WPX hosting is by far the best in terms of quality and customer support we are getting.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 22nd, 2018 at 9:31 am

      That was my experience during testing

  36. Jeremy Roberts
    11.22.2018

    I used WPX hosting I have 35 sites with them, they have made my life so much easier I literally have saved at least 6/7 days a year messing around with things I just don’t need to.

    Support is off the chart everything is dealt with straight away I will never be moving away from them thats for sure

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Hey Jeremy, it does make such a difference having a fast reliable and supportive hosting service!

  37. SEO Agency
    11.22.2018

    Just when I think you couldn’t come with more mind blowing information I stumble upon another one of your posts, you are just the Guru of SEO Matthew, You’ve got a fan for life!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks very much!!

  38. Dave
    11.22.2018

    I am not kidding when I say WPX is my “trade secret”. I don’t want my competitors to know about them. I’d rather let them struggle with other hosting companies, while I fly with WPX.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Haha, I understand what you mean. I hope my article doesn’t expose your secret :)

  39. Jason
    11.22.2018

    Been with WPX for only a short while, but been hosting sites for best part of 20 years, best service by far.
    Fastest host for word press i have ever used, nothing is too much hassle, and the patience of the support staff it amazing, i can be painful to deal with but they are always great.
    Just sorted my annual payment as i know im not going anywhere else

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Good to hear Jason!

  40. Tinh Nguyen
    11.23.2018

    Have a great experience with WPX.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      What do you like about them?

  41. Chidi
    11.23.2018

    I wish I saw this post before renewing my Hostgator Managed WordPress Hosting!

    I am seriously weighing my options.

    I can thank you enough.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Well at least now you have all the info to make an informed decision.

  42. Sam
    11.23.2018

    Would have loved to have seen my chosen host included (Flywheel) – maybe next time!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Yes I would love to do it again with a few new contenders! Perhaps I’ll do an annual refresh!

  43. Vinod
    11.23.2018

    Great review of the great hosting. I have signed up on WPX recently and I don’t think I’ll change to another host anytime soon. I’ve also done a similar review of WPX on my site as well with my personal experience.

    All in all, great test and amazing results!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Vinod, I’ll be sure to check out your review.

  44. Andrew
    11.23.2018

    Great post, as always. Pleased to see WPX smashing it, I moved to them about 6 months ago and they have been outstanding.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Andrew, glad you have had confirmed what you already knew :)

  45. Paul Sikkema
    11.23.2018

    I switched from Hostgator to WPX about a year ago and my websites have all shot up in the SERPs. I have not had any outages or other issues in that time. I did have a few questions about bandwidth, etc. and WPX’s response was very quick and answered all my questions in words I could understand.

    Because of all the problems I had with Hostgator I have one site on 1&1. WPX is also far superior to them.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Paul, it’s great to see the proof is in the pudding. Hope you are well.

  46. Erim
    11.23.2018

    Great post, Matt. Thanks for taking the time to do such a comprehensive experiment. It pretty much backs up my own experience with WPX vs. Siteground. While both provide good performance, WPX support is far better. WPX has the best tech support of any web host I’ve used personally.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for confirming what I found out in my testing Erim. Great news for anyone in search of a reliable host.

  47. Vukani Nxumalov
    11.23.2018

    Thank you for an amazing blog post. As a current user of WPX, I can attest to their great support. When I started I was not much of a Techie, and I was spoiled because whenever I needed help, they would sort me out.

    Coming from GoDaddy, the experience was refreshing and surprising. I was not used to that kind of service. A little bit of a shocker to the system and over time I learned to accept my new normal – great quality service and performance.

    Since moving to WPX, our blogs have performed so much better. Thank you for a great read.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience! It comes as no surprise to me as I have received such good service myself! Pleased to see your blogs also are performing better!

  48. JS Ritter
    11.23.2018

    Hey Matthew great article WPX is my host of choice. Could you expand on your reply here concerning images and CDN’s…

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      How would you like me to expand?

  49. Andy Duinker
    11.23.2018

    Hey Matt, Tremendous job on the article – thanks!!
    I heard about WPX and moved my burgeoning new sites over there after my annual renewal with Network Solutions tripled in cost. I confronted them (NS) about it and they offered a substantial discount to keep my business. Ooops too late guys! Charge me a reasonable fee at the beginning and don’t try to hose me because I am a long time customer (or sucker). If “I” did business like that – I would quit – cause it just ain’t right.
    Tech wise, I am a complete newbie and don’t have the fortitude or interest to be really good at it – I’d rather be singing. But WPX helped me through the whole process – unbelievable really! I can’t say enough great things about their support. They are just fantastic!! You don’t need phone support when you have the light-speed chat support they have. They might corner the market in short order – I hope WPX can handle the massive growth they will experience in the next 5 years. Good for them.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Their support really is fantastic and it’s great to read that they don’t ever seem to drop the ball!

  50. JS Ritter
    11.23.2018

    Another excellent article from Matthew. I recently migrated another site over to WPX, Luchezar from the WPX support team made it a simple process. The staff who man the Live Chat are also fast, friendly, and knowledgeable

    Shane from Thrive Themes did a similar speed test a couple of years ago. WPX was the clear winner then and holding true to form in Matthew’s recent testing.

    Keep up the good work WPX and Matthew thanks for sharing all these great articles and case studies… Well done man!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Yep they seem to be rock solid and definitely are standing the test of time.

  51. eCom User
    11.23.2018

    Interesting article – I am in same situation – I moved our main site to Kinsta this year, but have a bunch of other sites still on WPX.

    I followed a typically path from shared hosts (bad in so many ways) to VPS (fast but too complex) to WPX (fast and easy – I was in a happy place)

    Then a couple of years ago I noticed that the admin bar on our main site had an extra option for caching. When I investigated I found w3 total cache installed, and an extra admin account I had never see before. After getting over the panic of thinking we had been hacked I realized that WPX had created themselves an admin account and installed the plug in on my live site without my permission.

    So two big issues:

    1) The data protection and security implications – (just think about this happening in the new GDPR world!)
    2) W3 Total Cache DOES NOT work on that site. We have dynamic content. Simple things like changing Add to Cart to Already in Cart with a link to the cart when a product is in the cart. But there are products on the homepage, catalog, free resources pages, blog pages etc. A very quick test showed that W3 Total Cache just caches whichever it sees first which could leave everyone seeing ‘already in cart’ or someone else’s Woocommerce notice at the top of a page. Excluding all of affected page means that W3 Total Cache isn’t really caching any of the high traffic pages.

    SO big fail for WPX – and I tried Kinsta. At the time they relied on page caching and I found some of the more dynamic pages just weren’t as fast, so after much soul searching I moved back to WPX (with assurances I would not have a repeat experience). Kinsta were reached out for feedback and listened hard!

    Then earlier this year WPX carried out some major server updates. We were notified but the next day our site was unusable – from horribly slow to 503s, timeouts etc. Uptime robot showed a step increase in server response time even when the site was up. When I contacted support the responses were various variations on ‘its your fault for not installing W3 Total Cache’. After 2 days of a compromised website and fraught email exchanges trying to explain that my site was working just fine right up to their server updates without w3 total cache, and that it didn’t work for me anyway, I moved back to Kinsta.

    I was delighted to find that they had implemented full stack caching (code, database, pages etc) and that this was baked into their stack and it just worked with Woocommerce and my dynamic content. I have had a few more outages than I would like in the past month or so but the Kinsta team have been very open to discussing that with me and I am actively monitoring it.

    So here I am – our main site on Kinsta, but I still have stuff on WPX, and they did fix the problems and those sites run just fine. I would recommend either host – it just depends on your budget and needs. Just make sure that the caching works with YOUR site especially for e-commerce or membership sites.

    ——————————–

    Kinsta:
    Great fast stack – I love that every site is in its own ‘elastic’ container with its own FTP – even the staging sites. Reduces the risk of performance or security contamination between site (or me just being in the wrong directory on ftp and editing a live file!)

    Great Dashboard – I love the one touch staging, and you can also clone a live site to another live site with a kinsta url if you want to do performance testing. There is full control over backups (daily automatic and manual) and the manual backup is almost instant – great for update testing/rollback.

    Great Caching – its built in and it just works

    Great support

    More Expensive (especially if you have higher traffic)

    No Email – you have to go elsewhere for that

    Blocked plugins – although all for a reason (they interfere with caching or increase server load). I had to ditch Updraft (full backup every time is too intensive, use Manage WP for incremental. If Kinsta could offsite a weekly backup to the cloud and had cheaper hourly backups I wouldn’t use a plugin at all.)

    Some expensive add ons. $100 per site per month for an hourly backup – come on! Manage WP does it for a fration of that.

    NGINX platform – some plugins use htaccess so this might take a bit of work (setting up redirects, making sure Woo downloads are protected) but they will help you.

    ——————————-

    WPX:

    Great value and fast

    Includes Email

    One click staging (although it increments the live site post ID counter each time which could impact Woo order numbers etc)

    Apache platform just works with WP and Woo (some plugins use htaccess)

    Less backup options – no manual backup

    Not containerized – all site are under one FTP

    Too dependant of W3 Total Cache (in my opinion)

    Generally great support with a couple of notable exceptions as detailed above.

    Hope that helps.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Hi,

      Nice to see we had a similar journey!

      And it sounds like you have been to h*** and back with your hosting options!

      WooCommerce is particular difficult because it’s so dynamic but I am happy you find a solution.

      The WPX guys dropped me an email this morning https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Screenshot_112618_113753_AM.jpg which was pretty cool of them

      I wonder if they are going to build their own caching system in the future, I mean – they built their own CDN – so why not a caching system as well!

      Thanks for your detailed comment and sharing of your experience, I wish everyone did the same!

  52. Colin James
    11.23.2018

    After reading the excellent comparison review I’ve just jumped ship with four of my sites to WPX. So far chat support has been nothing but excellent in migrating the sites, hopefully, the rest of the service will be as good.
    By the way, phone support is going to be introduced in the near future.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hey Colin, that’s awesome news and thanks for updating me about the phone support.

  53. Ian
    11.23.2018

    WPX FOREVER

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Haha

  54. Rohan
    11.24.2018

    What a wonderful post, I simply read it from beginning to end. Discovered some new information after quite a while. keep it up.. much appreciated

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Rohan, who do you host with right now and how do you find them?

  55. Lawan Baldwin
    11.24.2018

    I very rarely leave comments as very often barely get impressed. But I did need a great hosting to transition from my very long term relationship with Godaddy.com as even their Deluxe Ultimate Hosting Plans were having my sites down.

    I stumbled on wpxhosting from a comment on Quora.com and I’m loving it.

    They’re expensive compared to others but they actually over-deliver in terms of services and really cool ninja support.

    <3 WPXHosting

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Yes I have had the same experience with WPX Hosting and still have a number of my sites with them.

  56. Michael
    11.24.2018

    Hi Matthew,

    I’ve just found your site and I wanted to say a big thank you for all the good tipps, some of them I will definitely try on my site!

    M.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks Michael, let me know how you get on.

  57. Jonathan
    11.25.2018

    WPX has been great! Andrey the support staff has been really helpful in migrating a staging site to replace an existing site

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      They did come out on top with their level of support.

  58. hamee
    11.25.2018

    Thank you sharing a great blog for reader

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 11:41 am

      No worries I hope it helps you choose a great host.

  59. Danielle
    11.25.2018

    I’ve been with WPX Hosting for about 6 months now, and I love them! It’s great to not have to worry about speed or anything else to do with my sites performance. Even though they don’t have phone support, their chat support is top notch and super fast too!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Hey Danielle, I was told in another comment that WPX Hosting is planning to introduce phone support in the near future! Even so, as you say, they are still an awesome option for hosting!

  60. shopia paha
    11.26.2018

    hy nice blog and thanks for sharing this wonderful information

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      You’re welcome, I hope you found it useful.

  61. KyLeads
    11.26.2018

    We’ve been using webhostinghub.com for years (I know, shoot me in the foot). On our latest website, we decided to take optimization seriously.

    It turns out you can only get so far on shared hosting :( so we started searching and were looking a tKinsta. Then I stumbled across this post and now I’m looking at WPX hosting too.

    Between the two of them, which one do you say ha better support (don’t needphone as long as we can get live chat).

    From your review, I can see that WPX is incrementally faster than Kinsta.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Yes shared hosting will only get you so far.

      In terms of support, honestly moving this blog from WPX to Kinsta – my biggest worry was support.

      And while Kinsta are great and have solved every issue I have thrown at them.

      WPX takes the edge, I mean – take a look at this email they sent me this morning – https://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Screenshot_112618_113753_AM.jpg

      What more can you ask for?

  62. LUSEKELO MWAKITALU HUDSON
    11.26.2018

    I hosted my first blog on HostGator, when I started to get more traffic the problems started, then I moved to Siteground, as you said the price tripled in the second year and I found out that SSL was free only the first billing, April this year I moved to Wpxhosting, I never been happier, my blog load faster, support responds in less than a minute with actual solution, for me they are the best WordPress hosting and your research just helped me confirm that. Thank you, Mathew.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 26th, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      No problem, I’m glad to prove you right!

  63. anjali kashyap
    11.26.2018

    hiii…thank you so much for shaing this information..i have just found your site and really enjoyed to read it..once agin thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:17 am

      No problem I hope it’ll help you when it comes to choosing a WP host.

  64. Ashok Singh
    11.27.2018

    I’m not that much of an online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later. All the best

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Thanks, hope to see you again soon.

  65. Jef Marshal
    11.27.2018

    Thank you for this post.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:16 am

      No worries Jef.

  66. International Tourist Center
    11.27.2018

    hy nice blog and thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Not a problem, hope it helps.

  67. Zahra
    11.27.2018

    That is some serious investment of time effort n money Matt !!

    And all this for research… for people you don’t know!

    Wow! You’re really amazing!! I mean research n data collection is time consuming stuff and then making an article out of it … dude you’re like … for lack of a better adjective ‘brilliant’

    Z

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:06 am

      Thanks very much Zahra. This kinda thing is my passion so it’s my pleasure :)

  68. Mike
    11.27.2018

    Dont just use GTMetrix, use pingdom and google insights – they do different things. Pingdom is a better option – IMO.
    It also surely depends on what else is loaded on the shared servers. You may have used a shared server and got lucky with a server with a low load (or vice versa been stuck on a heavy loaded shared server)
    CloudFlare CDN only works IF – you have international customers. A server in the UK and the customer in Australia cloudflare is great. A server in the UK and customers in the UK – shared server is faster – in my opinion and I did quite a few tests

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 27th, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Hey Mike

      Could you make that data available at all? Perhaps in a google sheet for the readers?

  69. Jon
    11.27.2018

    Wpxhosting looks good I just wish they had an option just for one website. I’ve tried many hosts and they seem to be looking pretty good

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:15 am

      That would be great for newbies!

  70. Chris Lee
    11.27.2018

    Hey Matthew,

    I love this style of post. Really, really awesome writeup.

    I’m also using WPX right now for a lot of my sites. They’ve found the perfect positioning/pricing ideal for most people who want high quality performance without paying a ton of money every year.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 27th, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Chris!

      An absolute nightmare to put together and I’m glad it’s over haha

  71. Nathan McCallister
    11.27.2018

    THIS is a great blog post! I’m buying WPX hosting through your link today. I’ve been using WP Engine but you convinced me it isn’t the best.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:05 am

      Hey Nathan, that’s great news. You won’t regret it!

  72. Ben Green
    11.27.2018

    WPX is the best in my opinion. I’ve used HostGator, GoDaddy, Host Monster and a few others and WPX are by far the best. Their support live chat is the best, they are always on hand to help out and make sure my sites are running as quickly as possible.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Ben I couldn’t agree more! The tests I ran confirmed that too.

  73. Felipe Gonzales
    11.27.2018

    As usual, Matthew and his team delivered something incredibly useful and insightful. Love it. WPX wasn’t on my radar but they are now.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:03 am

      Hey Felipe, thanks for reading! Glad to have brought WPX Hosting to your attention.

  74. stephen foulkes
    11.27.2018

    Fantastic Post Matt

    We have a lot of our sites on WPX they always solve all our issues which are seldom. We get FREE SSL and a staging site for creating websites. We completely agree with you that WPX is literally the best host out there across all tests

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Hey Stephen, I couldn’t believe how good their support was in comparison to my previous experience!

  75. Varun Sharma
    11.27.2018

    Hi Matthew,Very useful article. Great post!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Thanks very much Varun!

  76. Julian Ann
    11.28.2018

    Hi Admin,

    Just needed this post to understand the right hosting for WordPress.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Glad to help!

  77. canquaindia
    11.28.2018

    Thank you for sharing this useful article with us. I love to read your post. I appreciate you to continue your hard work. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 7:00 am

      No problem, I hope it was able to give you honest information for when you need to make a decision about your hosting provider.

  78. BONJOUR RETAIL
    11.28.2018

    Thank you for sharing this useful article with us. I love to read your post. I appreciate you to continue your hard work

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Thanks very much, I hope you found it enlightening!

  79. David Angel
    11.28.2018

    I have recently moved hosting to WPX and their support has been outstanding. THey have gone over and above to help me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 28th, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Hey David, their support really is first class! Glad you have found the same.

  80. Valentin
    11.28.2018

    Hi,
    I wish you have done this test 2 months ago when I had to change hosting because the old hosting was closing business. Being obsessed with speed and needing a lot of memory I wanted to choose Siteground. As I needed 50-70 G memory asked them if they can sell me 2xGogeek plan=2x30G but they refused me. Pretty stiff…
    Anyway I have choosed Inmotion Hosting – VPS – 75G for 28 USD/month (1 year payment). I am also using free Cloudflare. I am happy so far, great support, and the speed is improved. My site loads under 2 secs. It could be better but I am happy with my speed.

    Great article, thank you for that! It will be useful in the future if anything goes wrong for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Well if you are happy with your current choice, you have nothing to worry about :)

  81. Ashley Rose
    11.28.2018

    just want to appreciate you efforts Matthew.. good work

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2018 at 4:26 am

      Thanks Ashley!

  82. anebelly liza
    11.29.2018

    Hiii!! Really thanks for providing such a unique and genuine information related to word press. As a Beginners i learnt the basics .keep on updating.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2018 at 3:13 am

      Hope you can choose a great WordPress host! (WPX Hosting)

  83. softcrayons tech solution
    11.29.2018

    Have a great experience with WPX.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2018 at 3:01 am

      Glad to hear it…. I’m not surprised :)

  84. Roslia santamaria
    11.29.2018

    Thanks for this article. All these tips are very useful.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2018 at 2:29 am

      No problem Roslia, glad you found it helpful :)

  85. Oliver Sherrington
    12.1.2018

    Hi Matt,

    Any ideas on how Bluehost compares to these?

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Well as of last week, Bluehost released their new WordPress Pro hosting service and I would have loved to test that.

  86. Farhang Babkayee
    12.1.2018

    Amazing article.
    I live in iraq and Liquid web test sites are faster than others in all your test sites.

    But as you said very expensive.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Can you share some speed test results please?

  87. Igor Mateski
    12.2.2018

    I had my agency websites on a Siteground vps.
    We also host a SaaS social app we built. After several upgrades the cost.became a big burden so we started looking for options.

    We looked at liquid, and inmotion hoating. After a bit of research and talking to sales, we settled for an in motion deal. Four times.cheaper than Siteground.
    We haven’t migrated anything yet, but I’m eager to do so.

    I’ve.seen good.scores for in motion. Maybe you can check them out and expand your blog.

    Let me know if you need a hand. We can do the tests and send over the findings.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Hey,

      Thanks Igor, I will add them to the list for the future as they offer a managed WP service.

      Thanks for the offer to test but I think it’s better that I do all of that to make sure everything is even stevens where possible

  88. Gamer
    12.2.2018

    thanks for sharing this content,i have good experience with WPX. I am a blogger and i need these type of tips by others who have the knowledge ,

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 3rd, 2018 at 4:55 am

      Glad to see you already use WPX.

  89. Nikita Verma
    12.3.2018

    You Describe very well. Thanks for sharing Nice Article I Appreciate your

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 3rd, 2018 at 4:54 am

      You’re welcome Nikita, you can now be more informed when choosing your WP web hosting :)

  90. ultimateblackcar
    12.3.2018

    Thank you for this shearing awesome blog. Your efforts are appreciable.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 3rd, 2018 at 4:51 am

      No problem, the tests speak for themselves.

  91. srborewells
    12.3.2018

    Nice article, usefull information

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 3rd, 2018 at 4:50 am

      Thanks, glad it’s of use!

  92. Farhang Babkayee
    12.3.2018

    Great post.

    But I have a question about their ( visitors limit) what if one of my posts go viral? will my website be down?

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Who is “their”?

  93. Royan Shawn Shaw
    12.3.2018

    I treasure the UK a lot as it was while I was in the UK as an accountancy student I bought a copy of I internet marketing for dummies from the local library at Peckham in South Dulwich. This was where I earned my first hundred quid as an internet marketer.

    As for you Matthew I think you’re the reigning people’s champion when it comes to delivering quality and informative blog post after blog post which never fails to show a new and dynamic perspective on the issue.

    I never fail to defend you whenever I see other bloggers putting up so called “Top 20 Most Powerful Bloggers In The World” and your name is missing from their lists.

    You have shown true passion for your work and as a more senior blogger and internet marketer I encourage you to never stop doing it the way that you’ve been doing it and for as long as you can do it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for your kind words!

      Things slowed down a little this year for various reasons, but I have a lot more like this coming in the next months for you!

  94. Alston Antony
    12.3.2018

    Hi Matthew,

    I hope this comment is helpful for some of your readers of this post.

    I got WPX after reading this post for one of client website and everything worked out great (speed, support & transfer).

    I went in to update a long page post from back-end (only one I have in the website about partnerships & sponsoring) and noticed I keep on getting a blank screen. When I contacted the support they told they have a ***memory limit*** which is not written anywhere on the pricing/plan page.

    Customer support staff gave this explanation.

    “The plans and pricing page includes the most essential information. Adding all of the server specs would make it less user friendly.”

    However I think memory limit is is an important factor when it comes to hosting.

    There is no wrong with limits but a pricing plan should say everything clearly because now I need to explain to my client why the recommend hosting plan by me for yearly plan I transferred has imposed limits on the hosting even-tough limit is not shown on the pricing page and why they are paying more money compared to siteground wordpress hosting when the page load fine there.

    Thanks
    Alston

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Hey Alston,

      Sorry to hear that!

      I assume your client hasn’t gone through the renewal process of siteground yet where the price can triple or quadruple

      Either way, that wouldnt resolve your issue.

      Were WPX able to do anything to help?

  95. Inesh Enterprises
    12.4.2018

    Thanks for sharing such a great article, this is very useful

    Actually I love everything you write in your blog and always try to don’t miss even one article of yours

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:27 am

      Glad to hear it ;)

  96. Stéphane - Sport Chez Soi
    12.4.2018

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you very, very much for this article and your tests. I was going to try Flywheel when I found this post. II’m now hesitating between Flywheel and WPX…

    Did you have any opportunity to test Flywheel which seems a very good option too even if it is more expensive than WPX?

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:09 am

      I have zero experience with FlyWheel sorry

  97. Stephine
    12.4.2018

    Informative content and i am also blogger but i don’t know which hosting is best one so after reading your article so you have clear me about hosting plan. So now i can choose best one them.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:33 am

      Great news Stephine!

  98. Bill Evans
    12.4.2018

    I’ve been with WPX since back when they were still TrafficPlanet. I’ve always appreciated the quick response I receive from my service inquiries. I almost did not choose them simply due to the lack of phone support, but I have come to the realization that with other services that have phone support, I spend a lot of time on hold, whereas, with WPX, I open chat and can get most questions resolved within a few minutes.

    I moved from a Godaddy hosting to WPX, so I knew speed could only improve. It didn’t improve as much as I hoped, but some of that might be the theme I have that seems to carry a lot of overhead (Avada). Some time ago, I went to the effort to employ a CDN from Amazon in hopes of speeding things up. A few months after doing all that work (with very meager gains in performance), WPX announces their own CDN. Well, phooey.

    Now I am considering the effort to backtrack away from Amazon’s CDN to use WPX’s. I would rather use WPX, but I don’t know what that switch will involve. So instead, I do nothing. :-(

    I feel like I am sitting on a thoroughbred in the starting gate at Kentucky Derby… horses nostrils are flared and snorting, muscles wound tight as springs waiting for the starting pistol, suddenly the gates burst open and they’re off in a flurry of snot, sweat, and dirt clods… except me… My pony limps out of the gate with hobbled hooves.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Hey Bill,

      I’m pretty sure if you ask them, they will migrate you to their CDN.

      It shouldnt be anymore difficult than disabling a plugin and clicking a couple of buttons in the WPXHosting member area.

    • Terry Kyle, CEO, WPX Hosting
      December 8th, 2018 at 8:52 am

      H Bill,

      Yes the WPX Support team will handle any aspect of CDN changeover or migration for you, fast and free.

  99. sabitha
    12.5.2018

    Thank you for sharing this useful article with us. I love to read your post. I appreciate you to continue your hard work

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:21 am

      Thanks Sabitha, hope the article helped you understand which WP host will suit your needs :)

  100. NIVE
    12.5.2018

    NICE POSTING THANK YOU FOR YOUR POSTING

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:17 am

      Not a problem.

  101. Robert Frost
    12.5.2018

    Really appreciated. Great efforts I m also a blogger but so I am going to subscribe your blogs for the next update. keep sharing all the time I found some new pieces of information from your blogs.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:16 am

      Thanks Robert! Glad you subscribed and I hope this article helped you with your WP hosting decisions.

  102. newsallin
    12.5.2018

    Hello sir ,
    Thanks providing useful information and great article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:15 am

      No worries, glad to shed some light on these WP hosting providers :)

  103. Farhang Babkayee
    12.5.2018

    Thank you for your post.

    Is there any limitation on the page views or capacity of Ram and CPU. please share more info about the WPX hosting, Because i want to run a membership website using WPX.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:07 am

      You would be able to do that no problem

    • Terry Kyle, CEO, WPX Hosting
      December 8th, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Hi Farhang ,

      As the Amazon EC2 testing above illustrates, it is not a question of specific resources for successful hosting but rather how well tuned and optimized that hosting is for your needs.

      When properly configured, huge sites with large traffic perform flawlessly on WPX (we run many and also we have no automatic cutoff bandwidth limits though you will be contacted by WPX Support if there is a massive traffic spike that exceeds your plan limits).

      Issues arise when webmasters insist on a specific plugin that has crazy request levels or are coded by a programmer who has no understanding of server resources. That’s partly why WPEngine has such a long banned plugin list.

      If you use a specific membership plugin, please approach WPX Support and they will verify with our Optimization team whether that could be a potential issue or not.

      Hope that helps.

  104. funnywifinames
    12.5.2018

    thanks for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:11 am

      You’re welcome!

  105. Stacey
    12.5.2018

    Thank you a lot for that article, Matthew! I just can’t wait for the phone support to be working. I would love to chat to my favorite support agent at WPX ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 6th, 2018 at 4:11 am

      No problem Stacey, in the meantime they provide awesome support through livechat.

  106. Anes
    12.5.2018

    Hey Matt, thank you for this useful experiment, I think you forgot to include Hostinger, the newest player in the web hosting industry and the best from my opinion so far, got a shared premium hosting plan from them for only 50$ a year, installed a free Cloudflare free CDN along with the W3 total cache plugin and I have been getting constant 2 to 3 seconds load time, not too shabby given the fact that you are only paying 4$ per month, I think it would be a good option for low budgets, check my results https://imgur.com/a/rNh2HQC

    Thank you very much and keep up the good work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Hi,

      They are not a managed WordPress host so wouldnt qualify here sorry

  107. Joe Sharp
    12.6.2018

    Had some amazing customer support from Andrey at WPX hosting with a zapier linking issue on a test site he managed to resolve it super fast.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Yep, just another testimonial that their service is fantastic!

  108. Nestor
    12.6.2018

    I have been following Matthew for more than 5 years, and everything he has shared has been gold. Especially about moving to WPX Hosting.

    Like Matthew (he doesn’t know it but I’ve made him my mentor), I too hosted my sites at wpengine. Then there was the fact that they provide no email service (an important deciding point not clearly disclosed by them).

    I don’t need to expand on Matthews clearly explain lack of expert WordPress support. But I digress.

    Moving my sites to WPX Hosting has been a blessing to say the least.

    Their WordPress knowledge is the best I’ve encounter, and get this. Their response time is less than 5 minutes when you submit a ticket, and their Live chat is not monitored by sales reps, they are the real thing, and when they can’t help you they escalate creating a Trouble ticket for you passing on the entire chat history so that you don’t have to start from scratch.

    OH yeah baby. AND get this….

    My sites are loading in less than 2 secs.

    Thank you Matthew!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hey Nestor, wow awesome load time! I’m sorry to hear you had similar problems with WPEngine they were a real nightmare when I needed the support! Like you say WPX Hosting saved my bacon!

  109. Shan
    12.6.2018

    I love reading this article . I learn a lot from this.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Shan!

  110. Rohan kumar
    12.6.2018

    wow amazing article thank you so much sharing this article for everyone.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Glad to be able to shed some light on these WP hosts in action.

  111. Digital Marketing Course in kochi
    12.6.2018

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 8:59 am

      No problem, I hope you are more informed about these WP hosts.

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    12.7.2018

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 7th, 2018 at 8:48 am

      No problem, hope it’s helpful for choosing a reliable and fast WordPress host.

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    12.8.2018

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2018 at 5:32 am

      My pleasure! Was an interesting experiment to put together.

  114. Gaurav Kumar
    12.8.2018

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for sharing complete details and inner side information about hosting providers. I will surely try WPX Hosting.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2018 at 5:31 am

      Sounds like an intelligent decision :)

  115. sk chaudhri
    12.9.2018

    i liked the phrase that you have mentioned here “A SLOW WEBSITE = LOWER PROFITS! “…..previously i was in hostgator.. now I am planning to transfer it to siteGround this christmas.. hope this will boost my site speed..

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2018 at 5:25 am

      Thanks for reading and I hope you can make a more informed decision in which WP hosting to use.

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2018 at 5:09 am

      Let me know how your experiment goes!

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    12.10.2018

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2018 at 5:02 am

      Thanks Rohan

  118. Uma
    12.10.2018

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 10th, 2018 at 5:38 am

      No problem Uma!

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Hope you can make a more informed decision when it comes to WordPress hosting now :)

  120. Julian Anna
    12.11.2018

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for this post as I need to know the best hosting for my Blogs. I have been thinking about this for a long time but still, I didn’t get a good suggestion to move on.

    So I’m really glad about your post that you share it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:36 am

      Hey Julian, really pleased you found my article to give you more information before switching your hosting provider :)

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Thanks very much, glad you found it interesting.

  122. Nikita Verma
    12.12.2018

    Hi thanks for sharing informative article I really enjoy on read it

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Nikita! Hope the tests give you the info you need!

  123. Studio Impress
    12.13.2018

    thanks for sharing! good info really!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:06 am

      No worries, happy to help.

  124. Kathleen
    12.13.2018

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    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Thanks Kathleen, hopefully will highlight which wordpress hosting is right for you.

  125. Roku
    12.14.2018

    Your article is very impressive I love to read this article. so keep writing and thanks for sharing with us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2018 at 4:46 am

      No problem Roku, glad to help.

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    12.14.2018

    Nice post, the information about wordpress given in this article is very useful .

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Cheers! Glad you found the tests useful :)

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