Hosting Performance Contest – June 2018 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Higher Uptime)

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hosting performance contest June 2018

Here’s the 29th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for June 2018!
I’ve been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I’ll show you the results below. In general, this contest’s results can be featured as “The month with high uptime”.

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 June 2018!


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.

 

June 2018 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 June 2018The winner of this month’s contest is GeekStorage!. By the way, it’s one of the best performing hosts historically among the shared hosts I present in this Contest.

In the Top-3 also go SiteGround and MDDHosting.

What’s remarkable about the leaders in this month is that all of them are from different pricing categories.

Average full page load time of GeekStorage (the winner) was 1.18 seconds (it’s super fast). Its Uptime was perfect 100%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during the whole month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex was brilliant 99.81% (i.e. 99.81% of the time during this month the full page load time was less than 2.5 seconds). Very impressive performance! 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 GeekStorage wins the gold medal.

GeekStorage is one of comparatively affordable hosts in this contest, and it’s noticeable that it outperformed more expensive hosts! Very good job!

The silver medal goes to SiteGround.

SiteGround performed in June 2018 as fast as 1.28 seconds which is impressively fast. It was slower than the leader by just 0.1 seconds. Its uptime was perfect 100%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during the whole month. And the Satisfactory Apdex was also perfect – 100% (100% of all time the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds, and of course it’s much above the highest standards set for great hosting). Amazing 100%-metrics performance!

The bronze medalist is MDDhosting.

In June 2018 MDDhosting was on average as fast as 1.31 seconds that is 0.13 seconds slower than the leader. MDDhosting‘s uptime was perfect – 100%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during this month. And its Satisfactory Apdex was simply great – 99.76% (i.e. 99.76% of all the time full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). Outstanding results!

VeeroTech took the 4th place. This host performed very well and satisfied both benchmarks set for great hosts. Its average speed was 1.39 seconds which is very fast. And its uptime (99.96%) was awesome and of course much above the benchmark (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was available all the time this month except 17.3 minutes. The host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.95%) was amazingly high and of course it was much above the highest standards (99%).

GreenGeeks took the 5th place with 1.53 seconds speed, which is really fast. The host had almost perfect uptime (99.99%) which means that my site hosted with it was not available for 4.3 minutes this month. This is above the highest standards (99.9%). Besides, it had a perfect Satisfactory Apdex100%. It means that 100% of the time my testing site was faster than 2.5 seconds in this month. This is very well above the highest benchmark (99%) which is set for great hosts.

StableHost this month took the 6th place. The hosting performed very well. It easily satisfied both benchmarks which are set for great hosting performance. The average speed was 1.76 seconds which is pretty fast. Its uptime (100%) was simply perfect and of course it satisfied the benchmark test (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was available all the time during this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.58%) exceeded the highest standards (99%).

LunarPages goes to the 7th place. Its 1.79 seconds full page load time was very good. Its uptime (100%) was simply perfect. My site was available all the time this month. Also, this host had a very good Satisfactory Apdex (99.67%) which was much above the benchmark (99%).

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.

HawkHost took the 8th place. Its full page load time (1.08) seconds was the fastest among the monitored hosts. But due to its uptime (99.77%) which was below the highest standards set for the great hosts it did not take the first place in this Contest. My site was not available for 1.7 hours this month. Although this host had a great Satisfactory Apdex (99.3%) which was much significantly above the benchmark (99%).

In this month A2Hosting took the 9th place in the Contest this month. My site was on average as fast as 1.33 seconds that super fast. However, A2Hosting‘s uptime was below the highest standards – 99.75%. My site hosted with this host was not available for almost 4 hours. Although its Satisfactory Apdex was really good – 99.25% (i.e. 99.25% of all the time full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). It is above the highest standards (99%).

Squidix has got the 10th place this month. It performed as fast as 1.54 seconds which is an awesome speed. But its two other metrics were not dieal. Its uptime (99.47%) was below the highest standards set for great host (99.9%). My site hosted with this host was not available for 3.8 hours during this month. And the Satisfactory Apdex was below the highest standards as well – 93.12% (93.12% of the time this month the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds).

InMotionHosting took the 11th place. Its average speed was generally pretty good (1.85 seconds full page load time). But its uptime was 99.68%, which is below the benchmark level (99.9%). My site was not available for 2.3 hours this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (93.22%) was also below the highest standards (99%).

Eleven2 got the 12th place. Its average speed (2.03 secs) was generally okay. Its uptime was 99.98%, which is superb and much above the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for just 8.6 minutes this month. The host’s Satisfactory Apdex (90.11%) could not get above the highest standards (99%) though.

MochaHost took the 13th place.. Its speed was generally okay (2.06 seconds). But its uptime (97.56%) was a quite below the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for 17.6 hours this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (89.87%) did not pass the benchmark level (99%) too.

HostWinds took the 14th place. The host had generally not bad speed (2.26 seconds on average). But it had not good enough uptime (99.79%). It means my site hosted with this hosting was 1.5 hours offline. This is below the uptime benchmark set for great hosts (99.9%). It’s Satisfactory Apdex (97.4%) was also a bit below the benchmark (99%).

GlowHost went to the last 15th place again this month. This host could not get higher because of its relatively slow speed and uptime. Its uptime (99.88%) was a bit below the benchmark (99.9%) which is set to determine the best hosts. My site was not available for 51.8 minutes this month. And the host’s speed was slow (3.62 seconds). And as expected, its Satisfactory Apdex (0.04%) was the lowest among other monitored hosts; and it was far from reaching the benchmark level (99%). The loading time of my test website was lower than 2.5 seconds during practically the whole month.

Generally, the competition of the monitored hosts this month was pretty tight as usual especially between the leaders. And what was outstanding is that many hosts had perfect 100% uptime.

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 June 2018:


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 20 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 20 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 June 2018:

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

 

 

June 2018 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 June 2018 - 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 hosts on the screenshot have not passed the uptime benchmark test (99.9%) for great hosting. The other hosts I’m monitoring were up more than 99.9% in June. Websites on the uptime-failed hosting were not available for more than 43.2 minutes in total this month.

Hosting Performance Contest June 2018 - 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 June 2018 are the medalists: GeekStorage, SiteGround and MDDHosting. All winners are from different pricing categories.

By the way, all the top winners not only have passed the strict benchmarks determined for great hosting, but also have perfect 100% uptime which is pretty hard to achieve!

As regards the winners in different pricing categories, here they are:
The best hosts in the higher pricing category ($8+/mo) in June 2018 go in the following order: SiteGround, GreenGeeks, A2Hosting.

The best three hosts in the middle pricing category ($4-8/mo) in June 2018 are GeekStorage, StableHost, Squidix.

The best three hosts in the most affordable pricing category (up to $4/mo) in June 2018 are MDDHosting, VeeroTech, LunarPages.

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

It’s noticeable that some of the hosts, including the top winners, have 100% uptime this month. This is not easy to be that good. Good job, hosts!

And the hero of the Contest in this month is SiteGround which is the only host which managed to get both 100% uptime and 100% Satisfactory Apdex during this month!


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

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  1. Hello,

    First of all, brilliant work!

    Now, the prices are not up-to-date on some of these hosts. MDDHosting’s lowest plan is now $5.00 on a 1-year purchase, and VeeroTech’s is $5.35. In my list, they are number 6 and 5 dues to their prices. Squidix is $7.95 monthly now.

    MDDHosting’s cheapest plan now provides only 0.5 CPU and 0.5GB of RAM, Are these results in your tests based on these hardware specifications?

    In the case of VeeroTech, are you using SSD Micro or WordPress Micro?

    And, in the case of GeekStorage, are you using the Unlimited Hosting plan or the Performance Hosting?

    Have you considered removing low performing hosts such as GlowHost, and replacing them with other ones like InterServer, RamNode, FastComet? InterServer and RamNode both use LiteSpeed for all of their plans. FastComet is more like HostWinds; it does not provide LiteSpeed on its cheaper plans.

    I would also like to know your thoughts on MightWeb and CrocWeb. MightWeb provides seriously good specs like 2.5GB of RAM and 600,000 Inodes. Read good thing about CrocWeb as well, but I can’t find their resource limits, heard they are really fast.

    There is one host that I definitely want somebody to test, I ran a trial with them. That host is dhosting.com (I’m not an affiliate to them or any other host mentioned in the comment). Please check them out if you could, they provide a kind of a hybrid web hosting between shared and dedicated.

    You could convert this research-based blog into a web hosting performance and testing organization or service with this idea of yours, just like what AV-Test and AV-Comparatives do in the AntiVirus industry.

    • Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comment, Manish!

      I will check the updated prices and will fix my tables accordingly.

      As regards your questions.

      My MDDHosting package includes 1GB RAM. When I bought it it was the smallest plan. But in fact the RAM has never been used even close to a half of it. RAM is critical during stress tests or when using a very heavy software (WordPress theme with lots of plugins in my case). But my test websites (on all hosts) are not heavy and with evenly distributes visitors generated automatically by the monitoring service. Thus, CPU, RAM and other metrics have never been exceeded. Or it’s better to say must never have been exceeded with this kind of testing.

      However, when looking at some of the worse performing hosts I notice that its CPU, RAM etc fluctuate greatly or even exceed the limits for no reason from my side.

      By saying this I want to emphasize that the advertised CPU, RAM etc have less sense than the quality of server management (especially in shared hosting environment). The hosts with less RAM, CPU etc can perform better than hosts with more CPU, RAM etc.

      As regards other questions.

      I’m using VeeroTech WordPress Micro.

      I’m using GeekStorage Basic plan (no available any longer) which is almost identical to Performance Hosting PX-1 plan.

      I thought about adding more hosts, but this requries more investments that I am not eager to do right now.

      I’ve heard generally good things about MightWeb and CrocWeb. But did not analyze it deeply.

      I did not use dhosting. In general, hybrid hosting or trully cloud/autoscale is the next generation of hosting services compared to classical fixed-resources hosts. I think I will check out such hosts later when the market will catch up this tendency. But such hosts requrie a bit different testing toutine that the one I’m using.

      And thanks for the idea of turning it into a bigger testing platform. I had this in mind when starting my Hosting Performance Contest. But this requires additional investments that I don’t currently have.

      Thanks again for your comment!

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