Building a website is one factor, however, hosting it is a completely different can of worms. Say you’ve settled on WordPress, for example, and you need to start your analysis once more.
Who’s the most affordable web hosting supplier? The quickest? And essentially the most dependable? And does it even matter?
Yes. Yes, it does. That’s as a result of hosting your site with a poor supplier may actually injury:
- Your UX (user experience): have you ever closed a tab in frustration as a result of the page wouldn’t load quickly sufficient? You’re not alone. Google calculated that 53% of cell users depart a page if it takes greater than 3 seconds to load.
- Your SEO: Google and different search engines favor fast-loading websites. That means the extra dependable it is, the extra probabilities it has of climbing in their search outcomes pages.
Now to measure “reliability” there are actually two metrics to focus on: uptime, and velocity.
Understanding Website Speed
But it additionally relies upon a lot on your hosting suppliers’ servers. Those with extra assets will permit knowledge to maneuver sooner. Dedicated hosting suppliers (the place there is one server per website) will even be sooner than shared hosting (but in addition a lot extra expensive, and normally for enterprise web homeowners).
However, it’s not at all times straightforward to get a good concept of velocity just by testing the website yourself. You have to account for the place guests are coming from, at what time of the day, and from what system. It’s additionally helpful to benchmark the velocity of your hosting supplier with that of different hosting companies.
What about Uptime?
You can substitute “uptime” with one other phrase: availability. It would possibly come as a shock, however, even if you happen to pay in your website hosting, there may very well be some downtime. Yes, which means seconds, minutes, or worse, complete hours when users can’t enter it.
It may very well be resulting from glitches, maintenance, and fixes, or spikes in site visitors that choke your bandwidth. Regardless, it’s necessary to have as a lot of uptime as doable, for apparent causes.
In reality, Google may penalize your SEO, which is why most suppliers will declare a 99.9% uptime per 12 months (that’s nonetheless around 1.44 minutes of downtime per day, or 8.8 hours downtime per 12 months).
And if you wish to calculate uptime yourself, right here’s the formulation: uptime divided by whole time = availability p.c.
How We Ran Our Tests
The excellent news is that there are already several dependable companies that calculate website velocity and availability.
The unhealthy information is that operating one velocity take a look at isn’t sufficient. So I put in the work and ran 5 rounds of testing with 3 completely different instruments, over a 1-2 month interval: GTMetrix, Pingdom, and Google Web page speed Tools. In reality, this is the second time I have run these exams, so what you’ll read are the most recent, up-to-date outcomes.
My first step, although, was to create dummy websites with every supplier: A2 Hosting (aff), Bluehost, DreamHost, GoDaddy, HostGator, InMovement, iPage, Hostinger, GreenGeeks, Kinsta, Cloudways, WP Engine, and SiteGround.
I then examined completely different places worldwide, together with Vancouver, Mumbai, San Francisco, and New York. Later, I averaged all of the above collectively for our 13 suppliers.
Finally, for the uptime, I monitored the site availability over an interval of 3-12 months.
To perform these exams we used the instruments included in every supplier’s hosting plans. For occasion, if the hosting supplier included a built-in caching system or a premium CDN in its hosting plans, these have been used throughout testing. However, we didn't tweak hosting accounts or enhance their optimization by doing issues like enabling CDN companies, exterior caching add-ons, or site optimization instruments like code minification or image compression. This is as a result of our aim was to check the hosting account precisely because it comes – that is, how non-technical users are doubtless to make use of it.
We used the next hosting plans for every supplier: A2 Hosting (aff) Turbo Web Hosting, Bluehost WooCommerce Premium, Cloudways DigitalOcean Entry Plan, DreamHost Shared Unlimited, GoDaddy Economy Linux Hosting, GreenGeeks Lite, HostGator Shared Business, Hostinger Single, InMovement Hosting Pro Plan, iPage solely presents 1 plan, Kinsta Business 2,* SiteGround GoGeek, WP Engine Startup. All have been examined from US knowledge centers.
* Kinsta is the one supplier that we examined in an actual account, which means that moreover the take a look at a website that we created, we additionally host a stay venture, which can have had a (detrimental) influence on its performance.
If you wish to pore over the info yourself, right here’s the Google Sheet the place I logged in all the information. For the conclusions, simply read on beneath.
(*9*)The Results: Who Was the Fastest?
The very first thing to notice is that greater than 9 out of the 13 suppliers cleared the 3 seconds mark beneficial by Google. SiteGround was the quickest, adopted proper behind by Kinsta and WP Engine in equal second place. Sadly, though Bluehost’s velocity was a bit higher, it nonetheless wasn’t nice. We’d wish to have seen extra from them.
It could come as a shock that a host as famed as Bluehost underperformed.
iPage, Hostinger, and InMovement’s common speeds have been so poor that I might hesitate to suggest their companies to most users at this stage. But perhaps they’d make up for it later? (Spoiler: they didn’t)
|GTmetrix||Pingdom||Google Speed||Average velocity
|A2 Hosting (aff)||2.68||0.8962||3.3||2.29|
Results in seconds
Who Had The Best Uptime?
Considering you’ll drop beneath 99.95% for it to be problematic, I’m glad to report each host however iPage, InMovement and Hostinger did kind of effect in the case of uptime.
And since this is the second 12 months that I have run these exams, it’s additionally fascinating to see that outcomes are pretty constant.
The sole suppliers that might give me pause are iPage and Hostinger, as they dangerously went below the bottom beneficial threshold. But bear in mind that HostGator and GoDaddy may have had higher uptime outcomes too – they are beneath the 99.95% suggestion.
|Kinsta (3 months take a look at)||No knowledge||100||$30/month|
|Cloudways (3 months take a look at)||No knowledge||100||$10/month|
|WP Engine||No knowledge||99.99||23.25€/month|
|GreenGeeks (3 months take a look at)||No knowledge||99.98||$10.95/month|
Admittedly, it’s a bit unfair to match uptime measured over completely different time intervals, however, the Kinsta outcomes, for example, align with our experience of the service (we use them to host one of our websites).
(*8*)So Who is The Most Reliable Web Host?
Before I reply that, let me additionally add one other issue: the standard of the support.
You see, in case your website is down, or sluggish, I feel it’s additionally necessary to have the ability to get a clear reply from the platform.
Note that your mileage could fluctuate, however, I discovered that typically, SiteGround, InMovement, WP Engine, Kinsta, and DreamHost had implausible support. The solutions got here quick, and so they made full sense.
A2 Hosting and Bluehost additionally did an effective job, even when they generally took a little bit longer to get again to me. Bluehost’s support system was additionally a bit tedious to make use of results from their heavy authentication process.
Finally, I used to be fairly pissed off by GoDaddy, HostGator, and iPage’s support teams. They usually left some of my questions unanswered or took a manner too lengthy to get again to me.
The primary factor to notice? At this stage, I might clearly keep clear of iPage, Hostinger, and InMovement. Their uptime was poor, velocity beneath par, and it’s not helped by an unreliable support team.
The common loading velocity for websites hosted on Bluehost and HostGator may additionally give me pause, however, it’s in all probability OK for many smallish initiatives.
Now, on the opposite hand, the 2 WordPress hosting specialists, WP Engine and Kinsta had killer outcomes. But do not forget that you get what you pay for, and these are on the pricier finish of the spectrum beginning at around $30 a month for 1 website.
In the mid-vary, nevertheless, I've to say GreenGeeks, A2 Hosting, DreamHost and Cloudways have been a nice shock.
And the winner? SiteGround persistently handed all our exams with flying colors, which is additionally why it’s one of our top-rated options for website hosting. However, it’s not essentially the most reasonably priced one both because it starts at sitegr12,99€ a month for 1 set up, however effectively cheaper than Kinsta or WP Engine.
Are details unclear in regards to the take a look at? Let me know in the comments beneath.