Most reliable and fastest hosting in 2018 (millions of uptime and speed tests)

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This post summarizes all monthly reports about how 15 hosts performed in 2018. This outlines more than 16 millions of measurements. Also, in this post I will name the most reliable and the fastest hosting in 2018 according to the tests among the hosts I’ve been monitoring.

By the way, you can read a similar report on year 2017 here.


 

Intro

I’ve been monitoring the performance (uptime, full page load time and application performance index) of different hosts. During 2018 I’ve collected a huge amount of data. There were more than 16 millions of measurements done to determine the most reliable and the fastest hosting in 2018.

I’d like to summarize and share the data with you. The data is calculated as average for year 2018 based on monthly values.

My idea is to make a record on my blog about the best performing hosting of 2017 among the hosts that I’ve been watching closely. It will help you to see a big scale of how well these hosts performed.

If you are looking for the most reliable and the fastest hosting, then you are welcome to read this post, and also check out my monthly hosting performance reports for some more details.

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.


 

Methodology of hosting performance testing and measurements

In short, I bought anonymously the cheapest hosting package of each of the tested host, installed a WordPress (with no caching plugins) and used third-party web application performance monitoring service to measure hosting performance from two US locations (East and West Coast). Uptime is checked every minute, fullpage load time (as well as application performance index) is checked every 20 minutes non-stop during the months in 2018. More details on the methodology is here.

 

Table view to compare the hosting performance in 2018


Table column notes:
Place: The place a hosting has taken in this comparison (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: The greener, the better. Yellow is below the highest standards. Orange is worse. Red is the worst.

 

Table with the hosting prices in 2018 (the tested cheapest plans)


Table column notes:
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 and my section with current discounts.
Worthy: This column contains my recommended hosts. (Under review label means that the host performs well, but I want to have more proved records of its technical and support performance.)

 

Table with places the hosting took in 2018 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).

 

Full page load time (website speed) history table for 2018, monthly averages and all-year average values

(The less value, the better. Very fast host is below 2.5 seconds)


Table column notes:
Color areas: The greener, the better. Yellow is below the highest standards. Orange is worse. Red is the worst.
Full Page Load Time is checked every 20 minutes.
 

Uptime history table for 2018, monthly averages and all-year average values

(The more value, the better. Max 100%. Very good host benchmark – 99.9%)


Table column notes:
Color areas: The greener, the better. Yellow is below the highest standards. Orange is worse. Red is the worst.
Uptime is checked every 1 minute.
 

Satisfactory Apdex history table for 2018, monthly averages and and all-year average values

(The value means how much time speed was faster than 2.5 seconds. The more Apdex value, the better. Max 100%. Very good host benchmark – 99%)


Table column notes:
Color areas: The greener, the better. Yellow is below the highest standards. Orange is worse. Red is the worst.
Satisfactory Apdex is checked every 20 minutes.
 

Charts with the hosting performance in 2018 (year averages)

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

 

 

Hosting speed and price relationship (2018 year averages)

most reliable and fastest hosting 2018 - speed and price chart

There’s a chart on the image above which shows how fast the hosts are in relationship with their prices.

As you an see, in general the price correlates with hosting speed only for more expensive hosts. In other words, more expensive hosts tend to perform faster. And the speed of some cheaper hosts is more diversified (can be both faster and slower).

 

Hosting speed and uptime relationship (2018 year averages)

most reliable and fastest hosting 2018 - speed and uptime chart

The chart above shows whether fast hosts are reliable from uptime point of view. The chart clearly shows that the faster hosts have also good uptime. Also, it means that the most hosts I monitor are of a high quality from a technical performance point of view.

Note that uptime above 99.9% is considered to be of a very high quality.

Now let’s have a closer look at the following part of the chart. I focused on the hosts with comparatively high uptime to see more details about the well-performing hosts:

most reliable and fastest hosting 2018 - speed and uptime chart 2

The chart above clearly shows that the faster hosts are also more reliable from uptime point of view. It means that the technically great hosts take care not only about making your website fast, but also to make the periods when your website is not available as little as possible.

And now I zoom in into the same chart once again and leave only the best performing hosts from both uptime and speed point of view:

most reliable and fastest hosting 2018 - speed and uptime chart 3

From both uptime and speed perspective, any host from the displayed on this chart above is brilliant. And the hosts closer to right-lower corner are even better (the closer to the bottom of the chart, the faster hosting; and the super reliable hosts are closer to the right). Anyway, the reliability (uptime) of any host on this chart are top-notch (above 99.9%).

Conclusion

This article summarizes hosting performance data I’ve gathered during more than 15.8 millions of uptime tests and almost 800 thousands of speed (full page load time) tests in year 2018. The tests were done automatically in 1- and 20-minute intervals correspondingly. This is a huge amount of data which is more than enough to draw the following conclusions.

People love the winners. And although many hosts among those I’ve been monitoring are great, the hosting winners in 2018 are very clearly seen:
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: VeeroTech (it’s in my list of the recommended hosts; see my review).

But such technical aspects as hosting uptime, speed and Satisfactory Apdex are not the only factors you need to take into consideration when choosing the greatest hosting for your needs. There are other aspects to be considered: additional security, backups, developer tools, and of course support. Mix it all and consider the value for the price. Also don’t forget about company ethics.

That’s why my hosting recommendations (which you can find here) are not based just on hosting performance, but on all factors.

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Comments

  1. As usual, Michael, great statistics and great no bs reporting. Thank you for this.

    I selected my host on the basis of 1. ok price, didn’t have to be the cheapest in the world, but not to expensive either 2. telephone support ( I don’t need much, but when I do…), 3. security – after an infection dragged me down for months I wasted a lot of time on stuff I shouldn’t have had to deal with, and 4. c panel that is easy to work with – all my sites are wordpress and managing them is easier here. These are important to me – have anything that compares these qualities.

    I was with Godaddy – but they screwed me once too often on security, so I moved most of my (4) sites over to Bluehost. Transition was difficult at best, and I’m not that fond of the new provider.

    Any recommendations?

    • Hi Jeff,
      SiteGround is your best friend for sure. Not only because it has phone support, cpanel and that they pay high attention to security, but before all because the former clients of the hosts such as Godaddy and Bluehost get satisfied with SiteGround very well. I mean the kind of clients which require a specific attention, attitude and client care (these selling points are implicit and BlueHost use them very well to attract clients). SiteGround is the best alternative to BlueHost.

  2. Thanks Michael, this is very useful.

    As you point out, speed and uptime are important factors when choosing a host but must be considered along with value for money, support, geographic location of servers and other factors before deciding on the best host for each situation.

    I’m not familiar with GeekStorage and VeeroTech but they certainly look like they are worth checking out.

    • Yes, Neil. My reports in this Hosting Performance Contest series focus on objectively measurable metrics such as uptime, speed and some derivative indexes.
      But uptime and speed is not everything. Even more important factor is support. Also the hosting spirit that suits a specific customer plays a big role.
      By the way, GeekStorage and VeeroTech are not so popular compared to a number of other well-known hosts. One of the reasons is that they are smaller companies. And this makes them be not the best fit for everyone. I mean clients want to fill confident. And most people feel confident with bigger hosts. Small and bigger hosts have different spirits.
      Anyway, I recommend both GeekStorage and Veerotech considering all the factors. They are worth checking out, especially if you feel okay going with a smaller guys.

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