Kevin Ohashi from Evaluation Sign has printed the 2022 WordPress and WooCommerce hosting performance benchmarks. These benchmarks are a few of the most trusted evaluation sources within the internet hosting business on account of Ohashi’s clear methodology. No internet hosting firm sponsors the work. As a substitute, Ohashi costs a normal, publicly documented price for participation that covers the price of the exams.
In 2022, Ohashi examined 33 corporations with 79 completely different plans throughout seven completely different value tiers, together with the WooCommerce tier.
If velocity is one in every of your chief issues when choosing a internet hosting firm, these efficiency evaluations could also be of curiosity. The benchmarks embody a Load Storm take a look at designed to simulate actual customers visiting the positioning, logging in, and shopping (uncached efficiency). Additionally they take a look at cached efficiency, SSL, WP queries per second, efficiency on some computational and database operations, and a WebPageTest that absolutely hundreds the homepage and information how lengthy it takes from 12 completely different places around the globe.
The outcomes are simple to look at at a look. High Tier (Full Star) standing is given to hosts that carry out properly below the battery of exams:
High Tier WordPress Internet hosting (Full Star)
That is awarded to corporations who preserve 99.9% uptime all through your complete testing and present little to no efficiency degradation throughout load testing, primarily targeted on error price and constant response occasions. Error charges above 0.1% and response occasions above 1000ms* will hold an organization away from reaching High Tier marks.
Within the funds <$25/Month class, the 2022 High Tier winners included 20i, 34SP, EasyWP by Namecheap, Eco Internet Internet hosting, GreenGeeks, HostXNow, ICDSoft, LightningBase, MechanicWeb, Pressable, SiteGround, and WPX.
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, within the Enterprise tier ($500+/month), there have been far fewer contributors however the majority of them achieved High Tier standing, together with Performant Web sites, Presslabs, Scaleforce powered by Virtuozzo, Servebolt (Scale + ACD), Servebolt, and WordPress VIP.
That is the second 12 months Ohashi has carried out WooCommerce internet hosting evaluations. The exams are carried out on a WooCommerce dummy web site with Storefront set because the theme and sample products loaded.
High Tier winners for WooCommerce internet hosting embody GreenGeeks, Pressable, Servebolt, and WordPress.com. Two others achieved Honorable Mentions – ICDSoft and SiteGround.
Clicking on “View full outcomes” for any of the tiers will present an in depth breakdown of all of the exams with comparability charts and summaries for every host collaborating.
WordPress Internet hosting Is Getting Quicker
“I feel essentially the most outstanding pattern is how briskly issues are getting,” Ohashi stated. “For instance if we take a look at the enterprise tier from 2021 vs 2022, the quickest common response time (Static take a look at) was 9ms and 6.4ms and p95 was 41ms to 20ms. The third quickest p95 final 12 months was 65ms which might be seventh (out of 9) quickest this 12 months when you moved it.
“Regardless of the numbers already being staggeringly quick already, the entire cohort accelerated even quicker.
“And it’s not simply on the excessive finish, on the <25 tier, on the Static take a look at there was 1 firm with below 100ms p95 final 12 months (CynderHost – 61ms). This 12 months you’ve got three – Pressable (18ms), SiteGround (67ms), WPX (89ms).
“On the sluggish finish, the slowest <25 Static common response time was 267ms, final 12 months there have been 5 corporations with equal or slower averages (max being over 1200ms).”
Ohashi stated there could also be some choice bias as corporations who do badly could not wish to take part once more and filter themselves out.
“However a few of these corporations improved fairly a bit like GoDaddy was 295ms to 234ms which is a 61ms enchancment,” he stated. “I wish to name out the businesses who’ve typically struggled on these exams, and hold collaborating. I respect them and it makes me glad to see them making steady enhancements.
“Whereas I do give awards for corporations who do properly, I feel it’s vital to acknowledge that not doing as properly isn’t a failure, it’s about what the businesses do with that info and the way they enhance their companies. General, it appears everyone seems to be bettering and that’s a win for hosts and shoppers alike.”
Ohashi stated one in every of his targets for 2022 is speaking with the businesses to elucidate the worth of collaborating. Past the worth of the benchmarks themselves, these evaluations assist the ecosystem push for higher efficiency. Certainly one of Ohashi’s testing insurance policies is an enormous driver for this:
“The internet hosting packages are as near default as attainable. In some circumstances the place turning on efficiency enhancements could be very easy, e.g. clicking an choice to activate caching, this might be finished. These adjustments have to be apparent or communicated clearly within the welcome e mail so that each person is assured to at the very least be introduced the choice. In any other case every part is as-is for brand spanking new prospects upon signal as much as keep away from, as a lot as attainable, the additional good thing about corporations figuring out they’re being examined.”
Corporations that do properly in these exams are those who have embraced efficiency by default, in order that any efficiency bettering expertise is already turned on or introduced proactively to prospects.
“One of many issues I obtained a level in is economics and we speak about opt-in vs opt-out insurance policies like organ donation and the way defaults can drastically affect outcomes,” Ohashi stated. “By forcing opt-in efficiency enhancements, I don’t know what number of hundreds, and even lots of of hundreds of web sites have been positively impacted by these benchmarks with out ever being conscious as a result of internet hosting corporations are pressured to allow higher defaults.”
Ohashi additionally works with the businesses on issues that don’t make it into the benchmarks, resembling mentioning points with onboarding/UI/UX expertise and reporting bugs.
“I’ve in all probability used extra completely different WordPress internet hosting corporations than anybody else on this planet at this level (I’ve to be within the high 10 doing these benchmarks for a decade proper?),” he stated. “If I can’t work out do one thing in your system, it’s in all probability your system, not me. I really wish to see everybody do higher, as a result of everybody wins in that state of affairs and I’ll attempt to assist as a lot as I can to make that occur.”
Try the 2022 WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks for a extra detailed breakdown of all of the completely different pricing tiers and a full clarification of the testing methodology. Previous years’ benchmarks are additionally obtainable on the web site. This 12 months Load Storm went out of enterprise, so Ohashi replicated the exams into k6. All of his load testing scripts are open supply and available on GitHub, so others are welcome to make use of them for testing their very own websites or constructing their very own testing suites.