...by signing up for hosting plans at the world's most popular brands. Since 2014, I've been testing them behind their backs, so I can expose the truth about which hosting companies are most reliable, speedy, and helpful.
Here are the running averages of the tests I perform showing the overall winners. I've been testing uptime and support response since July 2014, and page speed since October 2014.
|Web Host||Page Speed||Uptime||Support||Score|
|Bluehost||3.07 s||99.93 %||34.7 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|DreamHost||3.13 s||99.81 %||2.8 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||2.95 s||99.97 %||0.1 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|HostGator||2.83 s||99.97 %||53.4 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||3.20 s||99.95 %||0.9 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|MDDHosting||3.11 s||99.89 %||0.1 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||3.18 s||99.94 %||2.2 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||3.32 s||99.78 %||0.3 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||3.02 s||99.94 %||0.4 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||4.07 s||99.82 %||50.9 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
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This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better. Learn more about the Page Speed Test.
|HostGator||2.83 s||2.28 s||15.02 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||2.95 s||0.31 s||37.97 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||3.02 s||2.21 s||12.29 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Bluehost||3.07 s||0.30 s||9.17 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|MDDHosting||3.11 s||2.14 s||74.96 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|DreamHost||3.13 s||1.60 s||21.25 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||3.18 s||2.22 s||72.71 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||3.20 s||2.13 s||14.12 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||3.32 s||0.25 s||46.28 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||4.07 s||2.82 s||60.95 s||Test Results||Signup Now|
HostGator performs incredibly in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 2.83 seconds. Its best run was 2.28 s, but has been as bad as 15.02 s. HostGator's most recent result on Feb 22 was 3.39 seconds. Back in the day HostGator used to share a datacenter with SoftLayer - and they were lightning fast. Now that they made everyone transition to their own datacenter (after the EIG buyout), page speed has been worse, although not as bad as some other hosts here.
GoDaddy performs above average in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 2.95 seconds. Its best run was 0.31 s, but has been as bad as 37.97 s. GoDaddy's most recent result on Feb 22 was 2.46 seconds. GoDaddy consistently has very fast page load speeds. I'm attributing this to the fact that they have a stellar Hosting Optimization team, headed by Dave Koopman. He actually reached out to me after seeing this site to not only give me kudos for doing this, but offer additional testing resources (which at the moment I am not using). Regardless, he's pretty passionate about their hosting performance and their stats prove it.
StableHost performs incredibly in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.02 seconds. Its best run was 2.21 s, but has been as bad as 12.29 s. StableHost's most recent result on Feb 22 was 2.35 seconds. Stablehost is one of the few hosts that routinely has page load times under 3 seconds - that's awesome. They have all headers optimized for performance (compression, caching, connections), and their stats back it up.
Bluehost performs incredibly in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.07 seconds. Its best run was 0.30 s, but has been as bad as 9.17 s. Bluehost's most recent result on Feb 22 was 2.41 seconds. Bluehost is usually pretty inconsistent with its page speeds - sometimes quicker than other hosts, sometimes slower. Its slowest times are usually when accessed from the east coast. While they do optimize connections and compress images, they fail to set caching properly for repeat views.
MDDHosting performs incredibly in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.11 seconds. Its best run was 2.14 s, but has been as bad as 74.96 s. MDDHosting's most recent result on Feb 22 was 2.81 seconds. I had heard great things about MDDHosting, and I thought their speed would be on par, but it has proven to have some hiccups. Lately they've been alright, but back in October I was seeing load times of 10+ seconds - wow that's poor! Yet, they are one of the few hosts that has all their server settings optimized.
DreamHost performs stellar in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.13 seconds. Its best run was 1.60 s, but has been as bad as 21.25 s. DreamHost's most recent result on Feb 22 was 3.68 seconds. I expected Dreamhost to have poor performance, but they're not that bad. There are faster hosts out there, but you're not going to be disappointed with them.
Namecheap performs above average in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.18 seconds. Its best run was 2.22 s, but has been as bad as 72.71 s. Namecheap's most recent result on Feb 22 was 2.23 seconds. Namecheap proves that they have consistent, low page load times. While I bet it could be improved if they enabled compression and caching headers, their stats are something other hosts strive for.
InMotion Hosting performs mediocre in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.20 seconds. Its best run was 2.13 s, but has been as bad as 14.12 s. InMotion Hosting's most recent result on Feb 22 was 2.71 seconds. InMotion proves to be stable in its page speed results, usually showing no spikes or erratic performance. While they do optimize connections, they could be making things faster by compressing images and setting the cache headers properly.
This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.
|HostGator||99.97 %||100.00 %||97.50 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||99.97 %||100.00 %||94.72 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||99.95 %||100.00 %||93.19 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||99.94 %||100.00 %||92.92 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||99.94 %||100.00 %||91.88 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Bluehost||99.93 %||100.00 %||84.93 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|MDDHosting||99.89 %||100.00 %||88.75 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||99.82 %||100.00 %||82.78 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|DreamHost||99.81 %||100.00 %||75.97 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||99.78 %||100.00 %||50.69 %||Test Results||Signup Now|
HostGator performs impressively in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.97 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 97.50 %. HostGator's most recent result on Feb 21 was 100.00 percent. Back in 2013 HostGator had several outages that lasted days. While I wasn't recording detailed stats at the time, I can vouch that it was a miserable experience. Many blame the lack of reliability on their new data center, which they made everyone move to after they were bought out by EIG. To be honest, HostGator's downhill performance was the reason I created this site (I was too annoyed by them to let them get away with it).
GoDaddy performs incredibly in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.97 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 94.72 %. GoDaddy's most recent result on Feb 21 was 100.00 percent. GoDaddy has shown rocky uptimes when you first start hosting with them, however after a month things become pretty stable. Their tech team reached out to me to explain that they think it only happens when new customers get added to the server and apache needs to restart - and after the server is full it does not need to reload as often. The stats I've collected seem to support this theory, and they claim they're working on a solution.
This test measures how quickly the host's support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.
|MDDHosting||0.1 h||0.1 h||0.2 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|GoDaddy||0.1 h||0.1 h||0.3 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Site5||0.3 h||0.1 h||0.8 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|StableHost||0.4 h||0.1 h||1.7 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|InMotion Hosting||0.9 h||0.2 h||2.3 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Namecheap||2.2 h||0.1 h||6.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|DreamHost||2.8 h||0.2 h||11.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Bluehost||34.7 h||0.1 h||168.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|Yahoo Small Business||50.9 h||16.0 h||124.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
|HostGator||53.4 h||0.3 h||168.0 h||Test Results||Signup Now|
MDDHosting performs incredibly in the Support Response test, with an average result of 0.1 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 0.2 h. MDDHosting's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.1 hours.
GoDaddy performs above average in the Support Response test, with an average result of 0.1 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 0.3 h. GoDaddy's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.1 hours. GoDaddy is the only host that doesn't offer email support. At first I thought this horrendous - I waiting on hold on the phone. But from the times I've called, they're usually pretty quick to get to me. I'm okay with their customer service.
Site5 performs impressively in the Support Response test, with an average result of 0.3 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 0.8 h. Site5's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.3 hours. Site5 has always responded to my support tickets in under an hour. That's pretty awesome. They're also one of the only hosts that emails you ahead of time about planned outages, and I appreciate being informed.
StableHost performs incredibly in the Support Response test, with an average result of 0.4 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 1.7 h. StableHost's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.2 hours. Stablehost's tech team is top notch not just in their speed and uptime knowledge, but in their response time too. You can count on the fact that Stablehost will get back to you within a couple hours - and most likely a few minutes.
InMotion Hosting performs great in the Support Response test, with an average result of 0.9 hours. Its best run was 0.2 h, but has been as bad as 2.3 h. InMotion Hosting's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 0.2 hours. Typically InMotion's tech support will get back to you within 3 hours, regardless of the time of day. That's key when you need assistance with your site.
Yes, I do use affiliate links on this site to help cover the cost of testing and $1000+ per year in server charges. Results are 100% unbiased and never skewed to favor a higher commission. Thanks for understanding :)