Hosting Performance Contest – May 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Healthier)

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hosting performance contest May 2019

Here’s the 40th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for May 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 “More hosts succeeded with benchmark level set for great hosting”.

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 May 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.

 

May 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 May 2019The winner of this month’s contest is MDDHosting!.

In the Top-3 also go HawkHost and SiteGround.

What’s remarkable about the winners this month is that two hosts from the most affordable pricing category have got into the top 3 best performing hosts.

MDDHosting took the 1st place. Its full page load time (1.0) seconds was amazingly fast. And its uptime (99.98%) was really great and very much above the highest standards set for the greatest hosts (99.9%). My site was not available this month for 8.9 minutes. As regards Satisfactory Apdex, it was simply perfect 100% which of course is above the benchmark level (99%) determined for the greatest hosts. The host surpassed the benchmark tests and thanks to the best speed it got the gold this month!

The silver medalist is HawkHost.

HawkHost performed wonderfully well and satisfied both benchmarks set for great hosts. Its average speed was 1.12 seconds which is astonishingly fast. It was slower than the leader by 0.12 seconds. And its uptime (99.99%) was almost perfect and much above the benchmark level (99.9%) set for the greatest hosts. My site hosted with this hosting was available all the time this month except 4.5 minutes. The host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.64) was also very good and much above the highest standards (99%). And since this hosting was the second fastest host among the hosts which exceeded all the benchmarks determined for the greatest hosts HawkHost wins the silver medal.

The bronze medal goes to SiteGround.

Average full page load time of SiteGround was 1.13 seconds (it’s super fast). It was slower than the leader by 0.13 seconds. Its Uptime was almost perfect 99.99%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during the whole month except 4.5 minutes. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex was also very high 99.95% (i.e. 99.95% of the time during this month the full page load time was less than 2.5 seconds). All these parameters are much above the benchmarks specified for the greatest hosting performance. And since this hosting was the third fastest host among the hosts which exceeded all the benchmarks determined for the greatest hosts SiteGround wins the bronze medal.

GeekStorage took the 4th place. The host performed in this month as fast as 1.14 seconds which is impressively fast. Its uptime was superb 99.98%. My site hosted with this host was available all the time during the whole month except 8.9 minutes. And the Satisfactory Apdex was simply perfect – 100% (all the time the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds, and it’s much above the highest standards set for great hosting which is 99%). Great performance! Almost got to the winners.

VeeroTech this month took the 5th place. The average speed was 1.14 seconds which is as fast as the previous host. But its Satisfactory Apdex (99.01%) was less than what the previous host has. Anyway, it’s a above the highest standards (99%) which is great. Uptime (99.99%) was almost perfect and of course much above the highest standards set for the greatest hosts (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was available all the time during this month except 4.5 minutes. Great performance as well!

A2Hosting took the 6th place with 1.22 seconds speed, which is brilliant. And it had very good uptime (99.97%). My site hosted with this host was not available this month for 13.4 minutes. This is above the highest standards (99.9%). Also, it had a very high Satisfactory Apdex99.91%. It means that 99.91% of the time in this month 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. Very good!

Squidix took the 7th place. Its average speed was brilliant (1.22 seconds full page load time). It’s the same as what the previous host has. But Squidix’s Satisfactory Apdex was less than the previous host’s Apdex. The uptime of Squidix was almost perfect 99.99%, which is very high much above the benchmark level (99.9%). My site was not available for 4.5 minutes this month. And the host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.77%) was well above the highest standards (99%). Brilliant performance!

In this month GreenGeeks took the 8th place in the Contest. This month my site was on average as fast as 1.48 seconds that is great. And its uptime was almost perfect 99.99% 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 4.5 minutes. And its Satisfactory Apdex was 99.14% (i.e. 99.14% of the time the full page load time of my website hosted with this host was less than 2.5 seconds). It was much above the highest standards set for the best hosts (99%). Great!

In this month StableHost took the 9th place in the Contest. It was on average as fast as 1.53 seconds that is really fast. And its uptime (100%) was simply perfect and very much above the benchmark value set for the great hosts (99.9%). My site hosted with this host was available during this month all the time. And its Satisfactory Apdex was great – 99.82% (i.e. 99.82% 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%). Awesome.

LunarPages has got the 10th place this month. It performed as fast as 1.8 seconds which is very fast. Its uptime (99.98%) was very high and 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 well above the highest standards as well – 99.68% (99.68% of the time this month the speed was faster than 2.5 seconds). It’s above the highest standards (99%) too. Awesome.

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.

MochaHost took the 11th place this month.. Its speed was pretty good (1.47 seconds). But its uptime (99.86%) was a bit below the benchmark (99.9%). My site was not available for 1.04 hours this month. This host’s Satisfactory Apdex (99.5%) was great and pretty much above the benchmark level (99%). Because of the failed uptime benchmark test this host did not get higher in the rankings.

InMotionHosting took the 12th place. The host had generally good speed (1.86 seconds on average). And it had a great uptime (99.94%). And it was well above the highest standards (99.9%). My site hosted with this hosting was 26.8 minutes offline. But its Satisfactory Apdex (93.04%) was below the benchmark (99%). 93.4% of the time the site was slower than 2.5 seconds.

HostWinds goes to the 13th place. Its 1.93 seconds full page load time was not bad. Its uptime (99.88%) was good, but a little bit below the benchmark level which is set for great hosts (99.9%). My site was not available for 53.6 minutes this month. This host had Satisfactory Apdex 97.53% which was lower than the benchmark set for the greatest hosts (99%). Thus, this host failed a bit both benchmark tests.

Eleven2 got the 14th place. Its average speed (2.06 secs) was generally okay. Its uptime was 99.73%, which is below the benchmark level (99.9%). My site was not available for 2.01 hours this month. The host’s Satisfactory Apdex (96.68%) was below the highest standards (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 (99.94%) was great, and above the benchmark level (99.9%) which is set to determine the greatest hosts. My site was not available for 26.8 minutes this month. And the host’s speed was slow (3.32 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 May 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 May 2019:

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

 

May 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 May 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.

Just three 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 May. The websites on the uptime-failed hosting were not available for more than 44.6 minutes in total this month.

Hosting Performance Contest May 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 May 2019 are the medalists: MDDHosting, HawkHost and SiteGround.

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, VeeroTech and Squidix.

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

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 StableHost. This is the only one host this month which managed to get perfect 100% Uptime!


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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