If you are also confused about choosing the Best Cloud Hosting Provider for your website, this post is the last you need to read. After Experimenting and Monitoring almost all popular Hosting Providers like WP Engine, Cloudways, Kinsta, Liquidweb, Rocket.net (not very popular) and Hostinger Cloud (Powered by Google Cloud and LiteSpeed), I am writing this post as a conclusion and you will get 100% unbiased and transparently tested results.
Now why I was testing these websites…?
Recently, I launched Core Web Vital Optimization Service and when I started getting clients, there was a very common error of “Slow Server Response Time” on almost 90% of the websites. Of course every time, the reason was not the server but in 9 out of 10, there was an issue with server CPU or CDN integration or both.
Surprisingly It was not only for the shared hostings, even some of our clients were using Kinsta and WP Engine but the issue was the same. So we decided to give this hosting experiment and comparison a proper focus so that we can finally recommend what's the best for us and our clients. And I was amazed 👌 and was sad 😔 as well with the results I got.
Hosting Comparison Environment
We have done all possible steps to make this comparison fair and detailed so that we can give you our final conclusion.
Note:- To make this hosting comparison fair, we have purchased a similar server configuration plan with the same pricing in mind.
The Next Fair Step was to make the same WordPress Environment for all of the hosting and we decided to migrate our Fixwebvitals.com website on all of the servers with help of my Favourite Backup and Migration Plugin WPVivid. After migration, we completed all recommended tasks by respective hostings and started our test.
Tools Used:- We have used Gtmatrix and Fastorslow by Wordfence which provide speed tests from 18 different locations.
Introducing WP Engine, Rocket.net and Cloudways
Before starting this hosting comparison, let me Introduce these hostings properly,
WP Engine uses Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform to host all of their websites and uses MaxCDN to deliver them all over the Globe. (Recently, MaxCDN is acquired by StackPath).
So this was a quick intro for their server type and CDNs, now lets, move to the test results we got in GT Matrix
Gtmetrix Side by Side Comparison
Here is the Performance test comparison summary by Gtmetrix and in our test Rocket.net was the winner. Check Table for full statics.
|On Load Time||1500ms||279ms||269ms|
|Fully loaded Time||1900ms||381ms||333ms|
From the above table, we can conclude that as per GTmetrix Scores and Grade, Rocket.net is the fastest and Cloudways is almost the same but WP Engine really makes difference.
Now let's move to the individual and detailed Gtmetrix Performance results
Fastorslow, Test from 18 Location
Well to make this hosting comparison fairer we have used Fastorslow, a Performance tool by Wordfence to test websites from 18 different locations.
WP Engine Performance Test Summary
Below is the Performance test summary by Fastorslow for WP Engine
Cloudways Performance Test Summary
Here is the Performance test summary for Cloudways
Rocket.net Performance Test Summary
Now this is the performance test summary for Rocket.net
|Largest Contentful Paint||~396ms||~457ms||~349ms|
|Cumulative Layout Shift||0||~0.017ms||0.0002ms|
|Round Trip Time||~7.5ms||~149ms||~7.5ms|
|Overall Result||Faster||Not Bad||Fastest*|
Note:- Wait, Do not decide by seeing these average score summaries, Please have a look at detailed test results from 18 Different locations
|Round Trip||794||205||2||WP Engine|
|Overall Winner||Faster||Slower||Fastest||WP Engine|
|Round Trip||9||83||7.6||WP engine|
|Round Trip||6||203||5||WP Engine|
|Round Trip||4||97||2.56||WP Engine|
|Round Trip||67||210||36||WP Engine|
|Round Trip||3||137||2||WP Engine|
The Score for Rocket.net is 9/12 which is Awesome..
I have used WP Engine and it's not only on Tools, they suck in real-time too. Choose WP Engine only If you have 2 choices, Kinsta and WP Engine because Kinsta is worse. Otherwise, I will prefer Rocket.net or Cloudways.
Cloudways is better If you have the skill and budget to integrate it with good CDN like Cloudflare or Stackpath but if you do not have skills and want a completely managed Cloud hosting with integrated CDN, then don't hesitate to go with Rocket.net, you will never regret this decision.
I still use Cloudways for development work but for my live blogs, I prefer a more stable and faster solution like Rocket.
Please Let me know If you have any questions. Thank You