And not just on one or two of our plans, but every plan, from Starter all the way up to Enterprise. ?
When it comes to managed WordPress hosting, one of our goals has always been to build an all-in-one solution for our clients which can help make site management easier. Things like customer support, reliability, and uptime are also very much a part of that.
But one of the most important factors to us is performance and ensuring that when you get that surge of traffic that your site stays online. If a host can’t scale, this can present all sorts of growing pains for your business. One of our recent clients, Gadget Flow, had to go through 5 different WordPress hosts before finally arriving here at Kinsta.
For those of you short on time, here’s a quick summary:
- Kinsta is the fastest WordPress host on the market! We’ve proven this four years in a row.
- You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars. Kinsta is affordable for all kinds of businesses and cheaper than its competitors. We give you the best value, price, and performance.
- We have all the features you and your developers need. Why go with a slower or more expensive host?
- Mobile speed just became a ranking factor. Having a slow site in 2018 is going to seriously impact your bottom line.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Review Signal, it’s an independent web hosting review site run by Kevin Ohashi. Thanks to Kevin’s attention to detail and in-depth analysis, Review Signal has become one of the leading authorities when it comes to benchmarking WordPress hosting providers. In fact, this is their 4th consecutive year publishing these benchmarks. Make sure to check out their 2014, 2015, and 2016 benchmark reports, all of which Kinsta was also top tier.
Note: The 2018 benchmarks were supposed to be in 2017, but were delayed until early 2018.
2018 WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks
Just like last year, the benchmark reports were split up into 6 different tiers based on price range and plans from different hosting providers. We saw some new names entering the hosting market, as well as old familiar faces. Kevin tested two distinct performance attributes: peak performance and consistency over the course of two months using the following 5 tools:
- LoadStorm: Used to help simulate real user load.
- LoadImpact: Used to test the static caching of the homepage with users.
- Uptime + StatusCake: Two uptime monitoring services were used to measure consistency.
- WebPageTest.org: Used to test overall speed from different locations (first view only).
- WPPerformanceTester: Used to benchmark CPU, MySQL, and WP database performance.
The tests were run on an identical WordPress dummy site with the exact same plugins, unless one was needed for that particular provider’s caching mechanisms, etc. A new change that Kevin introduced this year was that SSL was required for testing on Enterprise tiers. SSL will be required for all plans next year.
See how Kinsta stacked up against the competition in each of the tiers.