Hosting Performance Contest – August 2017 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Retain)

hosting performance contest August 2017

Here’s the 19th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for August 2017!
I’ve been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I’ll show you you the results below. In general, this contest’s result can be featured as “The ranking retains almost unchanged”.

By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance tables and charts here.

All monitored hosts are presented in the pricing categories according to the most affordable plan they have. Also, I bought the most affordable plans available at each hosting company to test hosting performance.

Let’s see how the hosts hosts performed in August 2017!


Common Information


As you may already know, I’ve been monitoring the performance of some of the best hosting providers I know as well as some other well-known hosts.

In short, since 2013 I’ve been picking out great hosts judging by real users reviews, professional hosting community opinion, long honorable business experience and other factors which make a great hosting.

And I buy anonymously hosting accounts with different hosts in order to closely monitor their performance (basically, uptime checked every minute and full page load time checked every 20 minutes) using a professional monitoring service monitis.com. I buy the most basic and the cheapest plan of each hosting. You can read about my monitoring methodology here.

And I’m happy to share these statistics with you so that you could see how these hosts perform and who is the best from the best!

You can find some real-time performance charts on my recommended hosts page for the hosting which I’ve been recommending and monitoring.

Also, you can see real-time monitoring charts for all hosts that I am monitoring on this page. In addition, the page contains monthly historical data on hosting performance (speed, uptime, satisfactory apdex) – very interesting and useful.

Besides, you may read more information about this Hosting Performance Contest on this page. I will be adding monthly and yearly Contest results on the page too.

And other monthly Hosting Performance Contest roundups are available from here.

By the way, here’s a disclosure: There are some affiliate links on this page. In other words, I get paid if you click on the links and make a purchase. All such links open in new window/tab; no software/program will be installed to your computer. (This is a standard notice required by hosting companies.)
Please note that although all hosts mentioned in this post are well-established and considered to be very good, I highly recommend not all of them. My recommended hosts are here.

 

August 2017 Hosting Performance Contest – Results

Here are the fifteen hosts that you can compare this month. I’ve broken down them in three groups: very affordable (below $4/mo), middle class (upto $8/mo) and more expensive ($8+/mo).

You’ll see a breakdown of hosting performance by prices in the sections below.

Let’s start from an overview of the hosting performance in the order of how the hosts performed in general regardless of how affordable or expensive the hosts are.

winner cup - hosting performance contest Roundup August 2017The winner of this month’s contest is MDDHosting!. By the way, it’s one of the most affordable hosts among the shared hosts I present in this Contest.
In the Top-3 also go GeekStorage and SiteGround.

What’s interesting about the leaders is that all of them are from different pricing categories. Moreover, the winners go in the same order like the previous month.

Average full page load time of MDDHosting (the winner) was 1.12 seconds (it’s very fast). Its Uptime was almost perfect 99.99%. My site hosted with this host was not available for only 4.5 minutes during the whole month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex was also great 99.76% (i.e. 99.76% of month time the full page load time was less than 2.5 seconds). Very impressive! All these parameters are much above the benchmarks specified for the greatest hosting performance. And since this hosting was the fastest host among the hosts which exceeded all the benchmarks determined for the greatest hosts MDDHosting wins the gold medal.

MDDHosting is one of the affordable hosts in this contest, and it’s noticeable that it outperformed more expensive hosts! Congratulations!

The silver medal goes to GeekStorage.

GeekStorage performed in August 2017 as fast as 1.2 seconds which is superb. It was slower than the leader by just 0.08 seconds. Its uptime was also almost perfect 99.99%. My site hosted with this host was not available for only 4.5 minutes during the whole month. And the Satisfactory Apdex was perfect – 100% (100% of all time the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds, and of course it’s above the highest standards set for great hosting).

The bronze medalist is SiteGround.

In August 2017 SiteGround was on average as fast as 1.3 seconds that is just 0.18 seconds slower than the leader. SiteGround‘s uptime was also almost perfect – 99.99%. My site hosted with this host was not available for only 4.5 minutes during the whole month. And its Satisfactory Apdex was really high – 99.95% (i.e. 99.95% of all time full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). Very good results!

GreenGeeks took the 4th place. It was a good month for this host because it satisfied all the benchmarks and it was quite fast. Its average speed was (1.37 secs) which is great. Its uptime (99.95%) was much above the benchmark (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was not available for just 22.3 minutes this month. Also, the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.66%) managed to meet the highest standards (99%). Both benchmarks were superb which let this host get very close to the top leaders.

StableHost took the 5th place with 1.38 seconds speed, which is just a little bit slower than the previous host. Perfect uptime (100%) which means that my site hosted with it was available all the time during this month. Also, it had great Satisfactory Apdex (99.8% of the time my testing site was faster than 2.5 seconds). The values are much above the highest standards set for the best hosts too. Super solid performance and also not far from the winners!

Other hosts could not meet at least one of the benchmarks set for the best hosting. However, the results of some hosts were very close to the benchmarks and pretty good in general.

In August 2017 HostWinds goes to the 6th place. It was on average as fast as 1.39 seconds which is very fast. HostWinds‘s uptime was high – 99.89%, but a little bit below the highest standards (99.9%). My site hosted with this host was not available for 40.1 minutes during the whole month. And its Satisfactory Apdex was great and right at the level of the benchmark set for the greatest performance – 99.9% (i.e. 99.9% of all time full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). Very good results in general!

LunarPages goes to the 7th place. Its 1.53 seconds full page load time was great. Its uptime (99.66%) was not the best though. My site was not available for more than 2.5 hours this month. However, the host well passed the Satisfactory Apdex (99.76%) which was above the benchmark (99%).

VeeroTech took the 8th place with 1.64 seconds speed, which is good. But it had not the greatest uptime (99.74%) this month. it’s below the benchmark level set for the greatest performance (99.9%). My site was not available for almost 2 hours this month. The host had a good Satisfactory Apdex (99%), which is right at the benchmark level (99% of the time my test website loading speed was better than 2.5 seconds).

MochaHost takes the 9th place.. Its speed was generally good (1.69 seconds). But its uptime (99.53%) was a below the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for 3.5 hours this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (98.27%) also did not pass the benchmark test (99%).

A2Hosting goes to the 10th place. Its 1.78 seconds full page load time was good. But its uptime (99.31%) did not pass the benchmark level (99.9%) because of the DDoS attack. Any hosting is subject to attacks. And A2 was not lucky this month. My site was not available for 5.13 hours this month. Not too bad considering the host came through a quite massive attack. Also, the attack affected Satisfactory Apdex (98.14%) which was below the benchmark (99%).

InMotionHosting took the 11th place. Its average speed was generally good (1.81 seconds full page load time). Its uptime was not bad (99.85%), but it’s below the benchmark level (99.9%). My site was not available for 1.12 hours this month. However, the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.61%) was great and much above the highest standards (99%).

Eleven2 got the 12th place. Its average speed (1.93 secs) was not bad. But it failed both benchmarks. Its uptime was 99.04%, which is much below the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for 7.14 hours this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (93.29%) could not get to the highest standards (99%) as well.

Squidix goes to the 13th place with its average speed 1.94 seconds which is generally not bad. Its uptime (99.96%) was great and well above the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for only 17.9 minutes this month. But the host’s Satisfactory Apdex was 86.09% (86.09% of time its Full page load time was below 2.5 seconds). It’s below the benchmark level (99%).

HawkHost took the 14th place. Its average speed (1.97 seconds) was not bad in general but slower than the above hosts. And its Satisfactory Apdex (98.14%) did not meet the highest standards (99%), although was quite close to it. 98.14% of time in this month the speed of my test site was slower than 2.5 seconds. However, its uptime was awesome (99.98%) and much above the highest standards (99.9%). My site was not available for just 8.9 minutes this month. If its speed performance were a little bit more stable, it could get much higher in the rankings.

And finally, GlowHost is again on the last, 15th place. This host could not get higher because of its relatively slow speed. Its uptime (99.91%) was great and above the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for about 40.2 minutes this month. But the host’s speed was not good (3.77 seconds). And as expected, its Satisfactory Apdex (0%) was the lowest among other monitored hosts; and it was far from reaching the benchmark level (99%). In other words, all the time the loading time of my test website was slower than 2.5 seconds.

Generally, the competition of the best performing half of the monitored hosts this month was tight. Like in the previous month it’s interesting to note that a good part of the hosts from the most affordable and the middle pricing categories outperformed more expensive hosts.

By the way, keep in mind, that for this Contest I pick out the hosts which are considered to be good, great and superb. These hosts are established businesses for many years and some of them are widely recommended in the Internet. So, the idea of this Contest is to determine the best performing hosts from a technical point of view, giving you objective information for making your own decision regarding hosts.

Let’s see now the results in tables and charts for more convenience, more information and more insight.

Here’s a table view to compare the Hosting Performance Contest results in August 2017:


Table column notes:
Place: The place a hosting has won in this Contest (the less the better).
Load Time: Average Full Page Load Time (the less the better). Checked every 15 minutes.
Uptime: Uptime (the more the better). Checked every minute.
Superb Uptime: If Uptime Benchmark (99.9%) passed (YES is very good).
Apdex-S: Satisfactory Apdex, i.e. how often a test website on a tested hosting was loading faster than 2.5 sec (the more the Apdex-S the better). Checked every 15 minutes.
Superb Apdex-S: If Satisfactory Apdex benchmark (99%) passed (YES is very good).
Color areas: Green is superb and above the highest standards. The greener, the better. Yellow is good, but below the highest standards. Orange is not very good; worse than yellow. Red is comparatively the worst.

Here’s a table with hosting prices:

 
1 year: Regular prices (after the first invoice) for 1-year plan.
2 years: Regular prices (after the first invoice) for 2-year plan.
3 years: Regular prices (after the first invoice) for 3-year plan.
Min Price: The minimum price officially available for the first invoice (can be for 1-year, 2-year or 3-year plan).
*StableHost discount code is given in my review.
Limited-time offers with more discounts are not included in these prices. Check out if there are special offers currently available by visiting the hosting websites.
Worthy: This column contains my recommended hosts. (Under review label means that the host performs well or/and has a good potential in winning prizes in the Contest, but I want to have more proved records of its technical and support performance.)

Here’s a table with places within pricing categories:

 
Since it’s not always correct to compare hosts from different price categories together, I’ve broken down the monitored hosts into three categories to compete within as you can see above in the table.

The prices presented in this table are regular prices (i.e. applied after the first invoice). Note that prices for the first invoice (1-,2- or 3-year plan) are usually less (see them in the previous table). And special promo prices are not included (check them out on the hosting websites).

And here are the charts with the Hosting Performance Contest results in August 2017:

1. The golden medalist: MDDHosting> (it’s in my list of the recommended hosts; see my review).
2. The silver medalist: GeekStorage (it’s in my list of the recommended hosts; see my review).
3. The bronze medalist: SiteGround (it’s in my list of the recommended hosts; see my review).
 

 

 

August 2017 Hosting Performance Contest Results – Notes


I use monitis.com services for uptime and full page load monitoring. The monitoring is performed from two locations in order to decrease chances of false alerts and make monitoring results more objective. You can read more about my methodology of monitoring here.

Here are the monthly monitoring reports screenshots:

Hosting Performance Contest August 2017 - uptime monitoring report
These monitor checks are performed with 1-minute interval, which makes it great for detecting website uptime and downtime.

So, we need Uptime values from this table for finding the winner of our Contest.
By the way, downtime is detected if server response time (time-to-first-byte) is more than 10 seconds.

Other values (just for information):
Response time is not that important for this Contest, because I’ve got a better indicator monitored, which is Full page load time (see below).
Number of failures may be interesting to look at, but this is just an additional information to Uptime, which is more important for the overall hosting evaluation.

Seven last hosts on the screenshot have not passed the uptime benchmark test for great hosting. The other hosts I’m monitoring were up more than 99.9% in August. Websites on the uptime-failed hosting were not available for more than 44.6 minutes in total this month.

 Hosting Performance Contest August 2017 - full page load time monitoring report


These tests are performed with 20-minute interval from two locations. It makes it a perfect real-user performance monitor. This monitor’s activity is equal to 144 unique visitors per day (about 4,320 unique visitors per month).

Avg Test Duration is the Full page load time, which is very clear and important factor for the Hosting Performance Contest.

We don’t need Uptime from this table because we have got a better (more precise) Uptime indicator from the previous table.

Also, we don’t need Failures from this table, because it’s less precise than the same indicator from the previous table.

But we will need Apdex, particularly its S (Satisfactory) part. This shows how much time (in %) the website loaded faster than 2.5 seconds.

Conclusion

The best hosts which have demonstrated the best performance in August 2017 are the medalists: MDDHosting, GeekStorage and SiteGround. All the winners are from different pricing categories.

By the way, all the top winners have passed the strict benchmarks determined for great hosting.

As regards the winners in different pricing categories, here they are:
The best hosts in the higher pricing category ($8-10/mo) in August 2017 go in the following order: SiteGround, A2Hosting and InMotionHosting.

The best three hosts in the middle pricing category ($4-8/mo) in August 2017 are GeekStorage, GreenGeeks and StableHost.

The best three hosts in the most affordable pricing category (up to $4/mo) in August 2017 are MDDHosting, LunarPages and VeeroTech.


Please note, that I’m using the cheapest plans available on each of the monitored hosts.

It’s interesting that many hosts from the middle and even lower pricing category outperformed some hosts from the higher pricing category.

And the hero of this Contest is MDDHosting which managed to leave all other more expensive hosts behind.


P.S.: Past and future Hosting Performance Contest results are (and will be) published on this page.
Also, you can see real-time performance charts of the hosts I monitor as well as historical data on the hosting performance on this page.
Other monthly roundups of this Hosting Performance Contest are available here.
And my recommended hosts are here.

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Comments

  1. Hello! I’m currently using Cloudways and I am really happy with it. Did you ever try it? it has even a cheap plan that is really nice. I’d like to see some of your tests but using cloudways 🙂

    • Hi Alessio,
      I have not tried CloudWays. And I don’t have any plans to add more hosts to this comparison in the near future.
      It’s great that you are happy with your current hosting. However, if once you consider changing a host or get a new hosting for another project, you may use this hosting performance comparison or see directly the hosts I recommend here.

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