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WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (November 2014)

reviewsignal.com | Nov. 4, 2014 | 23 min read

Kevin Ohashi's second round of independent WordPress hosting reviews. Sixteen companies, very interesting results! For all you data nerds out there :)

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Brian Jackson

Looks like my decision to migrate everything to Kinsta was a good one :) Awesome review.

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Muhammad Saad Khan

We learned a lot from this bench mark study. Thanks to my team mate Ahsan to work with Kevin during the tests. Cloudways performed well enough and we will improve where things went wrong. :)

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Kevin Ohashi

Thanks for participating. I really do hope companies get value out of external testing. The great ones use it to get better. I wish you guys the best of luck in round 3!

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Vladimir Prelovac

When is the round 3 scheduled?

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Kevin Ohashi

Just noticed this, sorry. I'll probably start testing in February or March, so the article would follow a couple months after that.

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Vladimir Prelovac

Phenomenal review Kevin. If anything, I would suggest working on visual representation of results.

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Jesse Brede

Nice review. I saw this on reddit too, so good job spreading the word.

My only critique would be that speed and uptime isn't everything. WP Engine's automated backups, built in CDN and staging site are worth a lot to me.

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Kevin Ohashi

This is performance testing which can be compared apples to apples. The other stuff is hard to empirically compare beyond a checkbox (which I provided some basic comparisons of). But beyond that, things like, how well is integrated into Git? Does the staging behave properly with caching and other issues. There's a ton of details which can make a provider really enjoyable to work with or hell. It's hard to analyze that though in an unbiased way. So for now, I stick with performance. I also do reviews based on tracking what people are saying about each company as a broader metric for measuring the 'other' stuff.

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