Hosting Performance Contest – March 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Better Mids)

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hosting performance contest March 2019

Here’s the 38th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for March 2019!
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 described as “There are more 100% uptime hosts this month”. 100% uptime is not easy to achieve and so this is a good month.

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 March 2019!

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.

 

March 2019 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 $5/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 March 2019The winner of this month’s contest is SiteGround!. 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 GeekStorage and MDDHosting.

What’s remarkable about the winners this month is that the hosts from all pricing categories have got into the top 3 best performing hosts.

Average full page load time of SiteGround (the winner) was 1.06 seconds (it’s super fast). Its Uptime was simply perfect 100%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during the whole month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex was also perfect 100% (i.e. all the time during this month the full page load time was less than 2.5 seconds). Perfect performance from all perspectives and the second month in a row! 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 SiteGround wins the gold medal.

SiteGround has always been one of the best performing hosts since the time I started the monitoring series!

The silver medalist is GeekStorage.

GeekStorage performed in this month as fast as 1.14 seconds which is impressively fast. It was slower than the leader by just 0.06 seconds. Its uptime was almost perfect 99.99%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during the whole month except 4.7 minutes. And the Satisfactory Apdex was also superb – 99.91% (99.91% of all time the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds, and it’s much above the highest standards set for great hosting which is 99%). Amazing performance!

The bronze medal goes to MDDHosting.

MDDHosting performed wonderfully well and satisfied both benchmarks set for great hosts. Its average speed was 1.15 seconds which is amazingly fast. It was slower than the leader by just 0.09 seconds. And its uptime (99.97%) was very high and much above the benchmark (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was available all the time this month except 13.4 minutes. The host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.95) was also very good and much above the highest standards (99%). Very solid performance!

Squidix took the 4th place. Its average speed was brilliant (1.34 seconds full page load time). And its uptime was 99.96%, which is very high and much above the benchmark level (99.9%). My site was not available for just 17.9 minutes this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.37%) was well above the highest standards (99%).

VeeroTech this month took the 5th place. The average speed was 1.56 seconds which is very fast. Its uptime (99.96%) was awesome. It satisfied the benchmark test (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was available all the time during this month except 17.9 minutes. But the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.37%) was a above the highest standards (99%).

In this month StableHost took the 6th place in the Contest. It was on average as fast as 1.57 seconds that is really fast. And its uptime (99.94%) was really awesome and above the benchmark value set for the great hosts (99.9%). My site hosted with this host was not available during this month for 26.8 minutes. And its Satisfactory Apdex was great – 99.64% (i.e. 99.64% of all the time full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). It’s very much above the benchmark level set for the great hosts (99%).

LunarPages has got the 7th place this month. It performed as fast as 1.82 seconds which is very fast. Its uptime (100%) was simply perfect and of course above the highest standards level set for the greatest hosts (99.9%). My site hosted with this host was available all the time during this month. And the Satisfactory Apdex was much above the highest standards as well – 99.46% (99.46% of the time this month the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds). It’s above the highest standards (99%). It is a great performance.

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.

A2Hosting took the 8th place with 1.23 seconds speed, which is super fast. But it had less than brilliant uptime (99.51%). It means that my site hosted with this host was not available this month for 3.65 hours. This is below the highest standards (99.9%). Anyway, it had a very high Satisfactory Apdex99.55%. It means that 99.55% 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.

HawkHost took the 9th place. Its full page load time (1.42) seconds was amazingly fast. And its uptime (99.07%) was quite below the highest standards set for the greatest hosts (99.9%). My site was not available this month for 6.92 hours. As regards Satisfactory Apdex, it was 98.78% which is a bit below the benchmark level (99%) determined for the greatest hosts.

In this month GreenGeeks took the 10th place in the Contest. This month my site was on average as fast as 1.62 seconds that is awesome. And its uptime was very high 99.97% which is much above the highest standards set for the best hosts (99.9%). My site hosted with this host was available all the time during this month except 13.4 minutes. And its Satisfactory Apdex was 98.47% (i.e. 98.47% of the time the full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). It was a bit below the highest standards set for the best hosts (99%).

InMotionHosting took the 11th place. The host had generally very good speed (1.74 seconds on average). And it had a great uptime (99.9%). It means my site hosted with this hosting was 44.6 minutes offline. This is exactly at the uptime benchmark level set for great hosts (99.9%). But its Satisfactory Apdex (95.96%) was a bit below the benchmark (99%).

HostWinds goes to the 12th place. Its 1.83 seconds full page load time was great. Its uptime (99.99%) was almost perfect and much above the benchmark level which is set for great hosts (99.9%). My site was not available for 4.5 minutes this month. This host had Satisfactory Apdex (98.07%) which was a bit lower than the benchmark set for the greatest hosts (99%).

Eleven2 got the 13th place. Its average speed (2.3 secs) was generally okay. Its uptime was 98.58%, which is below the benchmark level (99.9%). My site was not available for 10.56 hours this month. The host’s Satisfactory Apdex (79.58%) was below the highest standards (99%) too.

MochaHost took the 14th place this month.. Its speed was one of the two lowest among the monitored hosts (3.36 seconds). And its uptime (97.75%) was quite below the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for 16.74 hours this month. This is the worst uptime performance this month among the hosts. This host’s Satisfactory Apdex (40.64%) was not that good, but better than the previous month. Anyway, it did not pass the benchmark level (99%) too.

GlowHost went to the last 15th place this month. This host could not get higher because of its relatively slow speed. Its uptime (99.9%) was great, and exactly at the benchmark level (99.9%) which is set to determine the greatest hosts. My site was not available for 44.6 minutes this month. And the host’s speed was slow (3.53 seconds). And as expected, its Satisfactory Apdex (0%) was the lowest possible value; and it was far from reaching the benchmark level (99%). The loading time of my test website was lower than 2.5 seconds during the whole month.

Generally, the competition of the monitored hosts this month was pretty tight as usual, especially among the better performing 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 March 2019:


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 March 2019:

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

 

March 2019 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 March 2019 - 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.

Four hosts on the screenshot have not passed the uptime benchmark test (99.9%) for the greatest hosting. The other hosts I’m monitoring were up more than 99.9% in March. Websites on the uptime-failed hosting were not available for more than 44.6 minutes in total this month.

Hosting Performance Contest March 2019 - 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 March 2019 are the medalists: SiteGround, GeekStorage and MDDHosting.

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+/mo) in this month go in the following order: SiteGround, A2Hosting and GreenGeeks.

The best three hosts in the middle pricing category ($5.01-8/mo) in this month are GeekStorage, Squidix and Veerotech.

The best three hosts in the most affordable pricing category (up to $5/mo) in this month are MDDHosting, StableHost and LunarPages.

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

It’s noticeable as usual that some of the less expensive hosts outperformed hosts from more expensive categories.

And the hero of the Contest this month is SiteGround. Not only this host got the gold medal in the Contest, but it is the only one host this month which managed to get perfect 100% both Uptime and Satisfactory Apdex! Perfect job! By the way, such perfect performance the second time in a row!


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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