Top Tier Award for Enterprise WordPress Hosting by ReviewSignal (2019)
ReviewSignal has provided us again with the opportunity to compete in the Enterprise class of their WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks for 2019, and for the second year in a row, we earned a Top Tier Award.
Once again the numbers confirm our commitment to keeping the bar high and delivering a high-quality service to our valued customers.
The methodology for the test has not changed much since last year; the only addition was the StatusCake Average Response Time which certified an awesome performance level for our infrastructure: a global 153 ms response time. Excellent results were visible in the WebPageTest.org analysis too, where ReviewSignal has used 10 locations, out of which we were the fastest for 2 of them and second fastest for 5 of them.
The uptime test has confirmed a flawless result in terms of availability of the service, so no need to count the nines, as there was a perfect 100%. The SSL implementation has been rated with A+ by Qualys for the second time.
Perfect uptime. Near perfect load tests. The fastest in 2/11 locales in WPT, and second fastest in 5/11. Awesome performance from Presslabs earning them Top Tier status.Kevin Ohashi – ReviewSignal’s 2019 Enterprise WordPress Benchmarks
Besides the valuable insights it brings to potential Enterprise customers, Kevin’s performance benchmarks provide us with hints for improvement. We do think there’s a possibility to make these tests even more rigorous and detailed—we’re talking about testing using Locust.io distributed workload simulation, benchmarking the CDN implementation and displaying the results in a snackable, more visual manner. On top of all, it might be interesting to see the evolution of each provider, over the years.
With that in mind, we put ourselves to a bit of work. We’ve aggregated the data for our service to see how things have evolved for our managed WordPress platform and reflected in ReviewSignal’s detailed analysis.
#Logged-in User Testing
This test has been performed using LoadStorm, from 500 to 10,000 users over 30 minutes with 10 minutes at the peak.
|Peak requests per second||1,576.23||1,773.15|
|Average requests per second||1,118.23||1,238.88|
|Peak response time||10,099 ms||12,135 ms|
|Average response time||208 ms||208 ms|
|Total Data Transferred||116.54 GB||112.54 GB|
|Peak Throughput||90.85 MB/s||91.02 MB/s|
|Average Throughput||64.75 MB/s||62.52 MB/s|
#Non-logged User Testing
Performed with LoadImpact, where the test scaled from 1 to 5000 users for 15 minutes.
|Data transferred||104.96 GB||112.9 GB|
|Peak average load time||184 ms||170 ms|
|Peak average bandwidth||1,980 Mbps||1,760 Mbps|
|Peak average requests per second||4,580||3,830|
It’s been evaluated using third-party services UptimeRobot and StatusCake. We are also relying internally on StatusCake for all our monitoring needs.
|StatusCake Average Response Time||N/A||153 ms|
#Page Load Testing
WebPageTest has been used to test this metric from selected locations.
|Dulles||378 ms||378 ms|
|Denver||1,352 ms||1,216 ms|
|LA||850 ms||548 ms|
|London||490 ms||401 ms|
|Frankfurt||381 ms||412 ms|
|Rose Hill, Mauritius||1,335 ms||1,272 ms|
|Singapore||485 ms||477 ms|
|Mumbai||721 ms||642 ms|
|Japan||660 ms||682 ms|
|Sydney||551 ms||527 ms|
|Brazil||1,336 ms||1,484 ms|
|Average||780 ms||745 ms|
Grading of PHP-only and WordPress operations using $wpdb, performed using Kevin’s own open-source plugin.
Tested using Qualys’ online tool.
If you’re interested in reading the full report on Enterprise WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks for 2019, head here.
Thanks, Kevin! Looking forward to participating again next year!
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