Lightning Base Web Hosting

We chose to host this site with Lightning Base after looking at what it offers and after reading the comparison of WordPress hosting performance on Review Signal.

Here is our affiliate link to Lightning Base.

Lots of review websites recommend web hosts. Some are just fronts for a particular web host that the reviewer wants to push, and some simply rely on their readers’ opinions.

Review Signal carries out its own benchmark tests, and we read the reviews of the sites it tests each year. For the category ‘Under $25/month WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks’ for 2019, this is what Review Signal has to say about Lightning Base:

A model of consistency in these tests. 99.999/100% uptimes and 0 errors across both load tests. Year after year, Lightning Base earns itself Top Tier status in these tests. Another year, another amazing job.

Chart showing load time and uptime of Flying Twigs hosted on Lightning Base

We monitor the load times for our websites with StatusCake. Here is a screen grab of our StatusCake monitor of Flying Twigs. To the right of it you can see the monitor for another web site that we manage.

I have masked out the name but the other website is hosted with Digital Ocean on a VPS . The speed with which Flying Twigs loads is a testament to the quality of hosting on a shared server with cPanel access.

Consider this: It take approximately 300 milliseconds to blink. That is 0.3 seconds. In other words, Flying Twigs loads is less time than it takes to blink.

For $19.95/month you can host three WordPress Sites, 25,000 Pageviews, 5GB SSD Storage, 25GB Transfer, and 50GB CDN. For the price and service, Lighting Base has given us what we think is the best web hosting for WordPress, and for our business.

Their hosting includes:

  • cPanel
  • staging sites
  • Cloudflare CDN
  • LiteSpeed caching

So I have no hesitation in recommending them. Yes, we are an affiliate with Lighting Base, and if you use our link we will receive a small commission. But that in no way affects our decision to use them. After all, we use them ourselves. And if you use the link it is at no additional cost to you.

Update March 2021

Since writing this article in January 2020, I went back and looked at the WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks 2020 at Review Signal. This is the conclusion:

LightningBase continue to be a model of consistent top tier performance. Congratulations for the longest streak of Top Tier honors of any company that has participated in these tests.

Update August 2023

Another top tier result for LightningBase from Review Signal, with this conclusion
LightningBase is one of, if not, the longest continuous participant(s) in the benchmarks. The Load Storm test went well with LightningBase having the third fastest wp-login. The Static test also went well. Uptime was perfect. LightningBase also picked up a fastest single location speed on WPT. LightningBase’s streak of longest continuous Top Tier awards continues.

With such an accolade from Review Signal, I think the point to note is that this is no flash in the pan. The attention to maintaining standards in a changing world and the quality of answers from Support make me personally happy to be able to keep on using the company.

Once again, here is our affiliate link to Lightning Base.

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