Thank you for visiting HostGator Website Speed Test! Are you interested in creating a professional-looking WordPress website but, you’re not sure which web hosting company to go with? That’s why I am here, to give you exactly what you need to make the right decision – six separate webpage loading speed test websites, each one hosted by a highly rated hosting company, so you can see for yourself which hosting company has the fastest shared hosting plan. You can now test the webpage loading speed of HostGator, InMotion Hosting, GreenGeeks, iPage, SiteGround, and Bluehost before you sign up for hosting. Simply copy the url of any of the webpages of this website and test it’s loading speed using the Website Speed Tester located at the bottom of this page. Each of our speed test websites allow you to see, firsthand, how fast (or slow) each hosting company loads webpages from locations all over the United States and around the world! You’ll also see the true uptime performance of Bluehost, GreenGeeks, HostGator, InMotion Hosting, iPage, and SiteGround, measured in the past 24 hours, the past week, the past month, and longer. Whether you plan on building a blog, an e-commerce store, a website for your local business, a directory website, or a website to show off your portfolio, whatever kind of website you plan on building, my shared hosting speed test sites will help you choose a top web host that will deliver blazing fast speed and superb uptime. Stop guessing and start testing!
When I built my first WordPress website, I didn’t know which hosting company would provide the fastest shared hosting speed. Not only that, I didn’t know which companies truly had the best uptime record. I wanted my website to load as fast as possible with a shared hosting plan I could afford. I also wanted a web hosting company that didn’t overload their servers with too many customers, causing my own website to crash. I knew from doing my own research that the faster my webpages loaded, the more visitors I would attract and the more likely they would not only become buyers, but would become repeat customers as well. If you think that one measly second doesn’t make a bit of difference when it comes to web page loading speed, think again.
It’s a proven fact that:
- 47% of people expect a webpage to load in 2 seconds or less.
- 40% will abandon a webpage that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
- 73% of mobile internet users say that they’ve come across a website that loaded too slow.
- 51% of mobile internet users say that they’ve come across a website that crashed, froze, or received an error.
- 52% of online shoppers admit that quick-loading webpages will increase their loyalty to that site.
- 14% will start shopping on another website if the webpage speeds are too slow.
- 23% will either stop shopping on the website altogether or even walk away from their computer.
- A 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.
- If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could cost that company $2.5 million in lost sales every year!
- Google, Bing, and Yahoo have made webpage loading speed a ranking factor in their search engines.
According to GTmetrix, the average page loading time is between 5 and 7 seconds. I don’t know about you but, I want my webpages to load faster than average! If you want to turn your visitors into buyers, then having a fast-loading website is imperative, and it all starts with choosing the right web host.
The Problem With Web Hosting Reviews
Based on the statistics above, you can see why I wanted to make sure my webpages would load as fast as possible, preferably in under three seconds. But, there was really no way of knowing whether the hosting company I chose could “deliver the goods” before I slapped down my hard-earned cash and paid for a year or more of shared hosting. Sure, there were plenty of web hosting review articles on the internet. All I had to do was go to Google and type in “fastest web host” and tons of search results would pop up with titles like “Top Ten Best Web Hosting” or “Fastest Web Hosting” or “The Best WordPress Hosting Companies Compared”. The problem is, I didn’t know who I could trust. I didn’t know if any of the writers of those articles were being paid by a hosting company to write the article, and I couldn’t be sure if certain hosting companies were even paying money to appear at the top of some webmaster’s top ten web hosts list. If you think that last statement sounds absurd, trust me, it happens.
In 2006, DreamHost published an article titled “Web Hosting’s Dirty Laundry”. In the article they explained how almost all of the web hosting review sites on the internet claim to be “totally unbiased and completely objective” while having one thing in common… every visitor that clicks through to a “highly rated” web hosting company listed on the web host review site earns the review site’s owner a hefty little commission. Of course, the web hosting companies that pay the review site owner the largest commissions will almost always appear at the top of the web host review site’s “Top Ten Web Hosts” list. How convenient. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with earning affiliate commissions. Webmasters and bloggers like myself have to make a living just like everyone else. But, when people earn those affiliate commissions by being dishonest or deceitful, that is when it becomes a problem.
I’ll give you a perfect example. In the article “Web Hosting’s Dirty Laundry”, DreamHost exposed how one of these web hosting review sites contacted them and offered them a spot on their “Top Ten Web Hosts” list for a small monthly fee! The web host review site explained to DreamHost that they receive a ton of traffic (I’m guessing they were on the first page of Google for the search term “web host reviews”) and that it would work out great for both of them. This web host review site wanted to know which DreamHost affiliate had the highest conversion rate and if DreamHost would pay out special commission rates for affiliates that bring them high sales volume. Conversion rates?!!! Why would a “totally unbiased and completely objective” web host review site care about conversion rates? Of course, the people visiting the web host review site would be getting scammed completely, thinking that the “Top Ten Web Hosts” list was completely legitimate and unbiased when, in fact, it was nothing but a ploy to drive customers to DreamHost in a way that would pay the web host review site twice… first, for the monthly fee they charged the web host to appear on their “top ten” list, and second, for the affiliate commission they would receive when a customer signed up with that web host.
Of course, DreamHost baited this scammer as long as they could in order to get all the dirt they could on this dishonest web host review site, before finally publishing the article and exposing them for the dishonest and disgraceful scam-artists that they are. And, trust me when I tell you, they’re not the only ones. There are many more out there just like them. Unfortunately, not much has changed since that article was published over ten years ago. The number of web host review sites mixing fake customer reviews with real ones have only increased since then.
Think about it. Any anonymous person can go on a web hosting review site, create a fake name, and leave a glowing review about a web host, claiming that they’re an actual customer, and there’s no way for you to check up and validate their claim. The more “good” reviews that web hosting company receives, the higher their overall rating will become, and the more unsuspecting visitors reading those “reviews” will sign up with that hosting company through the web host review site, driving more affiliate commissions into the web host review site owner’s bank account!
So, you see, there really was no sure way for me to find out which hosting company would provide me with the fastest shared hosting plan and the best performance for my money before I paid for hosting. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating multiple web hosting test sites that you could speed test for yourself from different locations, not only around the United States but, around the world. That way you could see for yourself exactly how fast or slow your own website would load if you purchased a shared hosting plan from that particular web hosting company.
No more relying on bogus hosting reviews or fake benchmark tests and then finding out that you made the wrong choice after you’ve already paid for your hosting.
The Test Site Lineup
Some people believe that you can test the shared hosting speed of any web hosting company simply by counting how many seconds it takes for that company’s webpages to load. This isn’t true. No hosting company is going to host their own website on one of their own shared hosting plans. Obviously, they’re going to make sure their own website is hosted on a dedicated server all by itself, since their website will most likely be getting tens of thousands of visitors each month, which translates into hundreds or thousands of hits per day. That is why I’ve set up six different WordPress test sites hosted by six highly rated web hosting companies, HostGator, SiteGround, iPage, InMotion Hosting, Bluehost, and GreenGeeks. All six test sites are hosted on the least expensive shared hosting plan that each company offers so you get a fair and accurate comparison.
All six WordPress test sites:
- Are hosted on each web host company’s least expensive shared hosting plan.
- Have been designed using the same exact WordPress theme – the Divi theme.
- Contain the same exact WordPress plugins.
- Do not contain any “speed boosting” plugins such as Speed Booster Pack, WP Performance Score Booster, etc.
- Do not contain any caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache, WP Fastest Cache, etc.
- Do contain an optimization plugin to concatenate all scripts and styles.
- Contain the same number of webpages with the same amount of text, links, images, and videos.
- Have all their images stored on the web host’s server, NOT on a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
- Are monitored every 5 minutes to check for downtime.
Except for the web hosting company itself, I kept all other variables the same.
The webpages I created for each site mimic the same kind of webpages you would come across on five different kinds of websites, including:
- Portfolio Websites
- Business Websites
- E-Commerce Sites
- Directory Sites
Choose Your Theme Wisely
While the web host you choose to host your website is the single most important factor in determining how fast your webpages will load, the WordPress theme you choose to design your site with is, without a doubt, the second most important factor when it comes to site speed. A clean coded theme that is nice and lean will help give your WordPress site the speed it needs. A badly coded theme that is bulky and weighed down will slow down your webpage loading speed no matter how fast your web host’s shared hosting speed is. And, if your WordPress theme isn’t responsive (meaning it looks great on any size device) right out of the box, you can expect your mobile phone and tablet traffic to be almost non-existent.
I chose to design this website using the Divi theme for three main reasons. Number one. It’s a very well coded theme that loads fast on any browser, and looks great on any size device. Number two. You don’t just get what you pay for, you get a lot more than what you pay for. In order to download the Divi theme, you must be a member of Elegant Themes. The membership fee is only $69 a year. Now, you may be asking yourself, why would I pay $69 a year for one premium WordPress theme? You’re not. You’re actually paying $69 a year for 87 different premium WordPress themes plus unlimited updates plus around-the-clock technical support! And, finally, reason number three. Divi just makes building your own WordPress site extremely easy and time-saving. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you want to build an online directory website that lists the locations of all the Department of Motor Vehicle buildings in the United States. Obviously, you’re going to want to create a webpage for each state, 50 webpages in all. Now, the easiest way to do this would be to have all the webpages look the same and have the same design. The only thing that would make each webpage different would be the information presented on each page. So, let’s say there are 40 different DMV buildings in the state of California. The webpage for California would have a title, a short introduction paragraph, a map of all the DMV locations in California, and maybe a three-column list below the map of all 40 DMV locations with their address and contact information. Now, with most WordPress themes, you would have to create the California page, get it all finished, and then move onto the next state and create a brand new webpage for the next state from scratch. Not with Divi. Once you create a webpage, you can save that webpage as a template and then create a brand new webpage, insert your California DMV Webpage template into the new webpage and just change the name of the state, the map, and the three-column listings underneath the map. The webpage title, introduction paragraph, and three column list structure won’t have to be created each time you create a new webpage. Simple. Now, if you plan on creating an e-commerce store with women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, you could create a single template webpage, and then just insert that template into each new webpage you create and change the images for the men’s clothing, the women’s clothing, or the children’s clothing, depending on which webpage you are creating. If you plan on writing a blog, and each page of the blog will have the same basic format, then Divi will make writing and publishing your blog a snap!
If you’re worried about learning how to create your own website using all of Divi’s powerful features, worry no more. Elegant Themes not only provides its members with around-the-clock technical support, members also have complete access to the forum and dozens of tutorial videos, showing you, step-by-step, how to use Divi.
Get 87 Premium Themes for Less Than a $1 Each!
Right now, Elegant Themes is allowing its members to download all 87 of their beautiful premium WordPress themes, including their most popular theme, the Divi theme! For only $69 you not only get all 87 premium themes, specially designed for 10 different categories of websites, you also get around-the-clock technical support where knowledgeable web developers will answer all of your questions! Plus, you get complete access to their huge online forum, theme updates, and dozens of tutorial videos that show you, step-by-step, how to use all the powerful features that Divi has to offer! And, as always, you get a risk-free 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!
Every web hosting company has a data center where they store their hosting servers. Four of the six web hosting companies I chose to host these test sites each have two separate state-of-the-art data centers, increasing the chance that your website will load fast no matter where in the United States you or your website visitors are located. The fifth hosting company, Bluehost, has one data center located in Provo, Utah. The sixth hosting company, SiteGround, has one data center located in the United States but, they also have three international data centers located in London, Amsterdam, and Singapore. GreenGeeks has a data center located in the Midwest in Chicago, Illinois and another data center located in the Southeast in Phoenix, Arizona. They also have a data center located in Toronto, Canada and will soon have a data center in Amsterdam, Netherlands as well. All of their data centers are staffed and maintained by SingleHop technicians and engineers. HostGator has a data center located in the South in Houston, Texas and another data center located in the West in Provo, Utah. InMotion Hosting has a data center located in the Southeast in Ashburn, Virginia and another data center located in the Southwest in Los Angeles, California. iPage has two separate data centers located in Boston, Massachusetts. All six web hosting companies also utilizes large ISPs and peering exchanges around the globe in order to connect your website to their servers faster.
Keep in mind that most web hosting companies only have one central data center. Depending on how close you live to that data center, your website may load quickly or slowly. This is why I chose to test three web hosting companies that have two different data centers in two different time zones. That way, if you own a local brick and mortar business, and most of your target customers are located in one central area, such as a city, county, or state, you can choose the web hosting company whose data center is located closest to you, increasing the odds that your webpages will load fast and keep your customers from going somewhere else.
If your website will be geared towards a global audience, then InMotion Hosting’s Los Angeles data center, HostGator’s Provo center, and SiteGround’s Singapore data center would be best for visitors living in Asia and Australia, while InMotion Hosting’s Ashburn, VA data center and SiteGround’s London and Amsterdam data centers would be best for visitors in Russia, Europe, and Africa. HostGator’s Houston, TX data center and GreenGeeks Phoenix, AZ data center would be best for visitors living in South America, while iPage’s Boston, MA data centers and GreenGeeks’ Toronto, Canada data center would be best for visitors living in Canada. Of course, the best way to find out which data centers are the fastest is to test them yourself using the website speed tester below.
This HostGator Speed Test website is hosted at the HostGator data center located in Houston, TX.
When Downtime Gets You Down
I also make sure that all six of these web host speed test sites are continuously monitored for any downtime so you can see which web host has the best uptime record. Most web hosting companies say they have a 99.99% uptime rating and some even guarantee it. The fact is, you won’t really know for sure until you host your website with them and see for yourself. Even then, you can’t keep an eye on your website 24/7 to see if your website is up and running smoothly like it should be. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a third party monitoring service keep track of your website’s uptime and downtime.
HostGator Website Speed Test’s uptime is monitored by Status Cake. To see the public Uptime Report for HostGator Website Speed Test, click here. You’ll see the uptime percentage of the past 24 hours, the past 7 days, the past 30 days, and the all-time uptime percentage since monitoring began. You’ll also be able to see if HostGator Website Speed Test was down and for how long. By studying our public uptime report, you’ll be able to get a true gauge of HostGator’s uptime track record before you purchase a hosting plan from them. This way you’ll be able to get a sense of what kind of uptime percentage your own website would get if it was hosted on one of HostGator’s shared hosting plans.
I ran into this exact situation with my first website. I had decided to go with one of the largest and most well-known domain name and hosting companies in the world (I won’t name names but, I’m sure you can figure it out if you watch the commercials that run during the Super Bowl). Right away, after purchasing my shared hosting plan, I could see that my webpages took forever to load (about 15 – 20 seconds on average). About a week after that, I would type in my website’s URL periodically to make sure it was up and running. To my surprise, all I would see was a blank screen with an error message at the top that read, “Service Unavailable” in big bold black letters. This would happen periodically, and sometimes, my website would be down for an hour or more. What a nightmare!
I immediately whipped out my handy dandy cell phone and called tech support. They tried to shift the blame and said it was my website’s fault and not their servers’ fault. So, they convinced me to go with their “managed WordPress” hosting plan, which was three times as expensive. They even convinced me to sign up for the five year plan. Being as naive as I was back then, I bought into it and slapped down even more of my hard-earned cash. I realize now, after doing my own research, that their “managed WordPress” hosting is, on average, no faster than the least expensive shared hosting plans offered by HostGator, SiteGround, iPage, InMotion Hosting, GreenGeeks, and Bluehost! In fact, from my experience, most of the time it’s slower. Thanks to my shared hosting speed test sites, you won’t have to go through the same hassle I went through since you’ll see each hosting company’s uptime rate and you’ll be able to test how fast the shared hosting plans offered by HostGator, SiteGround, iPage, GreenGeeks, Bluehost, and InMotion Hosting are before you sign up for web hosting.
Test HostGator's Page Speed
To test the page loading speed of HostGator's shared hosting plan:
1. Copy one of the webpage URLs in the list below (highlight the URL with your mouse, right-click, and choose "Copy"):
2. Open theWebsite Speed Tester
3. When the webpage speed tester opens in the new window, paste the URL you copied into the web page speed tester where it says "www.example.com" (right-click inside the white box and choose "Paste").
4. Click the orange "Settings" button to open the Settings menu.
5. Choose which location you want to test from.
6. When you're ready to run the test, click the black "Test Now" button.
That's it! The website speed tester will now test the webpage loading speed at the location you chose. When the test is finished, simply click any of the black tabs below the speed tester to see the performance results.
Get Your Domain Name and 20% to 60% Off Hosting
If HostGator's shared hosting speed meets your needs and expectations, the next step is to purchase your domain and hosting package. The domain is the name and web address of your website (www.yoursite.com) and hosting connects your website to the internet so people can view it.
Keep in mind that owning your own domain name makes you and your business appear much more professional, as opposed to having your website on somebody else’s domain (like www.yourbusiness.freewebsite.com). Nowadays, with domain names and web hosting being so affordable, it only makes sense to purchase your own domain when creating your website.
Check to see if the domain name you want is available: [wpdomainchecker width="600" button="Check"]
A Little Advice...
If your goal is to create a website for your business, your domain name should be the same as your company name. For example, your domain name would look like this: www.YourCompanyName.com
If your goal is to create a website for yourself, like your own personal blog, then using www.YourName.com would be a good option.
There are many extensions available now, such as .info, .biz, and .us, just to name a few. You may want to avoid the weird extensions and stick with the top-level domain extensions like .com or .net if you are creating a business website, and .org if you are creating a website for a non-profit organization.
If you are creating a business website, then try and choose a domain name that is short, memorable, and catchy.
Get 20% to 60% Off with HostGator
Once you find a domain name that is available, the next step is to purchase hosting. Having your own hosting will cause your website to load much faster, which will keep your visitors happy and increase your traffic. Plus, it will help your website to rank higher up on the search engines since Google, Bing, and Yahoo love fast loading websites.
Click the big orange button below to purchase your own web hosting from HostGator. For a limited time you'll get anywhere from 20% to 60% off HostGator's regular hosting price!
Choose A Hosting Company To Speed Test
I created these shared hosting speed test websites so that people could “test-drive” a web host’s shared hosting plan before they sign up with that hosting company and purchase their own hosting plan. There are a lot of false hosting reviews displayed by so-called web hosting “review” sites in order to profit from inexperienced people who are seeking real honest-to-goodness specs about a web hosting company’s speed, performance, uptime, and customer service record. Hopefully, my shared hosting speed test sites will give prospective customers the real information they need to make an informed decision.
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