Just 5 years ago uptime and reliability of a hosting company was the key metric. Today, almost every web host has some kind of SLA uptime guarantee, typically boasting a 99% uptime statistic. So now that consistent uptime is pretty much guaranteed, what is the current benchmark for web hosts in 2017 and beyond? » SPEED!
One of the most common questions I receive is which is the fastest web host? There are several resources out there that break down the fastest web hosting providers, but we figured we’d give it a good ole independent third-party analysis to determine once and for all, WHO IS THE FASTEST WEB HOSTING PROVIDER OF 2017?!
We took the most popular shared web hosting companies and narrowed them down to the 20 best web hosting providers on the market today. Here is the list, in no particular order:
(if you’d rather skip ahead to the results, click here)
The 2017 Lineup – Who Will Be the Fastest Web Host?
|POPULAR SHARED WEB HOSTING|
|Web Hosting Hub||IX Web Hosting|
|Namecheap||A Small Orange|
The Website Speed Test with Dotcom-Monitor
Using Dotcom-Monitor’s BrowserView platform, we analyzed all 20 web hosts using a full-page download in the Chrome browser. This synthetic method of testing collects end user analytics of page speed and performance. Diagnostic alerts were setup, so we could analyze both the network and the webpage code, to determine the culprit of any outages or slowdowns that might occur during the 2-weeks of testing.
In addition to simple Page Load Speed, we tracked slow and missing elements and performance bottlenecks throughout the testing, analyzed via waterfall charts and element level drilldown reports generated by Dotcom-Monitor.
While longer term trend analysis would provide a more comprehensive baseline of each hosting service, I determined that a 2-week testing period would be sufficient, given the 15-minute monitoring interval.
DNS Mode for User Experience Performance Monitoring
Dotcom-Monitor has a number of DNS configuration options for monitoring. We chose TTL Cached DNS resolution mode, as it best emulates a real user’s experience.
(TTL Cached means NS cache formed during monitoring of preceding tasks (device cache) will initially be used for monitoring. If the device cache does not have the needed address, then an automatic inquiry for the address with be conducted from the local DNS server.)
Performance Monitoring Locations
Dotcom-Monitor has a worldwide network of monitoring locations. The following list of Network Location IP Addresses is updated regularly so that customer filters and rules may be accurately maintained.
|America||Europe & Middle East||Asia, Australia, Africa|
|MN, USA||London, UK||Hong Kong, China|
|NY, USA||Frankfurt, Germany||Brisbane, AU*|
|CA, USA||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Amazon, Japan*|
|FL, USA||Tel-Aviv, Israel||Shanghai, China|
|Montreal, Canada||Paris, France||South Africa*|
|CO, USA||Warsaw, Poland||Mumbai, India|
|TX, USA||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina*|
*These are premium monitoring agent locations, which are not available by default within the Dotcom-Monitor interface. These premium agent locations require an additional cost due to significant bandwidth costs in those geographies. I added them for the 2-week testing period, as I wanted as much global data as possible for the speed test analysis.
The WordPress Fastest Web Host Test Results Are In
International Distributed Performance Testing with Chrome Browser – Full Page Download
|Web Host||Successes||Failures||Avg Load Time||Load Time STD Dev||Fastest Hr/Day||Slowest Hr/Day||Fastest Day/Wk||Slowest Day/Wk|
|IX Web Hosting||6055||3500||8.8846||11.5786||7am||2pm||Friday||Wednesday|
|A Small Orange||0||372||9.0699||12.0506||12am||4am||Friday||Saturday|
USA Only Distributed Performance Testing – Server Response Times
|Web Host||Successes||Failures||Avg Load Time||Load Time STD Dev||Uptime|
|A Small Orange||986||0||0.559||0.4996||100|
|IX Web Hosting||985||1||0.6255||1.148||100|
|Web Hosting Hub||988||37||1.142||2.7988||99.746|
The Verdict – Fastest Web Host
GoDaddy – Fastest International Web Host
The extensive testing concluded that globally, GoDaddy had the fastest average response time of 2.82 seconds across 24 testing suites. Accordingly, GoDaddy hosting had a response time standard deviation of 3.24 across the distributed network. DreamHost came in second, with a 5.37 second average response time, with 5.72 second standard deviation.
WebHostingPad – Fastest USA Web Host
For our USA server testing, we saw WebHostingPad with a 0.4 second average load time, followed by DreamHost and LiquidWeb and with a .45 and .5 second average response time, respectively. GoDaddy hosting averaged 1.13 seconds across the 9 USA locations tested.
We conclude that GoDaddy has the fastest international web hosting network, with consistent results in the USA. However if you are targeting USA traffic only, you may with to consider WebHostingPad, DreamHost or LiquidWeb as your best performing options.
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