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.
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.
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:
- 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.
What the testing by Review Signal includes
The test includes load storm testing, which simulates real users visiting the site, logging in and browsing. It tests uncached performance. Then there is load impact testing, which tests cached performance by repeatedly requesting the homepage. And it tests uptime, which monitors whether and for how long a website is down during a given period.
Then there is a test by WebPageTest, which fully loads the homepage and records how long it takes from different locations around the world. And there’s a test with WPPerformance tester, which does two benchmark tests. One is a WordPress (WP Bench) and the other a PHP benchmark test. WP Bench measures how many WP queries per second a site can handle, and higher tends to mean better, although this varies with the server architecture. PHP Bench performs computational and database operations.
Finally there is a Qualsys SSL report grade where an SSL Server performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet.
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.