Tuesday 11th December 2018

Web Host Rankings April 2018: Hostgator, GreenGreeks, GoDaddy best overall

Jason Smith
by on 3rd May 2018

With uptime of 100 percent and a response time of 451 milliseconds, Hostgator’s Hatchling Cloud package is the best performing hosting package for April 2018.

GreenGeeks EcoSite Starter hosting package performed equally well; it maintained an uptime of 100 percent and a response time of 576 milliseconds.

GoDaddy, Just Host and FatCow also maintained 100 percent uptime.

Our web hosting rankings are based on internal performance monitoring of the uptime and response time of 18 of the world’s biggest web hosting companies.

We maintain accounts with the web hosts analyzed and test the availability and response time of their servers on a second-by-second basis. Each web host is tested from multiple locations.

Despite placing 9th for uptime last month, A2 Hosting’s Lite package is the poorest performer overall for April and experienced 3 hours of downtime (Fasthosts was the poorest performer overall last month after recording 7 hours of downtime).

It’s also the second month in a row both GoDaddy and FatCow have maintained 100 percent uptime, however the response time of the latter remains significantly slower than the other web hosts analyzed.

Response time is a metric that measures the time it takes to retrieve the first byte of data, HTTP headers and HTML while uptime measures the general availability of a server over a designated period.

It’s important to note there are any number of reasons why a server may become unavailable, including scheduled maintenance i.e. it doesn’t necessarily indicate poor performance.

It’s also important to note that uptime and response time are two of many factors that should be considered when evaluating a web hosting company. Other factors that should be considered include upfront costs, renewal costs, hardware, data transfer and any uptime guarantee.