Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostinger maintained uptime of 100 percent and performed best overall in our web hosting rankings for July 2018.
GreenGeeks, A2 Hosting and Dreamhost also maintained uptime of 100 percent but maintained comparatively poorer response times.
Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostinger maintained response times of 390ms, 502ms and 513ms respectively. The full results for July 2018 can be viewed below and rankings are also available for March, April, May and June
Our web host rankings compare 17 web hosts against two metrics: uptime and response time.
The uptime metric is a measure of how long a server is available for a given period of time, while response time measures the time it takes a browser to download the first byte of data, load HTML and retrieve headers.
July 2018 marks the third month in a row that Bluehost, an Endurance International Group brand, has maintained 100 percent uptime (GoDaddy achieved the same feat earlier this year).
Meanwhile, GreenGeeks and Hostinger are the only other web hosts to maintain 100 percent uptime across successive months, with both maintaining 100 percent uptime in June and July.
Despite placing 1st this month, Hostgator maintained an uptime of 99.96 percent in both May and June 2018. Downtime of just 0.01 percent translates into roughly 43 minutes and can have an impact on a website’s profitability.
Fasthosts performed worst overall this month, with an uptime of just 96.90 percent; however, its performance is an improvement on last month when it maintained a monthly uptime of 95.28 percent. Overall, it experienced 22 hours of downtime this month.
Meanwhile Namecheap, which offers one of the cheapest web hosting services in the market, has been a strong performer month after month but performed relatively poorly in July (99.94 percent uptime).
The web host packages monitored are all economy packages and are, as far as is possible, like-with-like comparisons. The only exception is Hostgator, which is a comparatively more expensive package.
When analyzing the data it’s important to account for variables like scheduled maintenance (the conditions surrounding this are typically outlined in a web host’s terms and conditions).
It’s also important to note that uptime and response time are merely two of many factors that should be considered when evaluating a web host’s performance.