Fastest web host … best web hosting companies, put to the test [infographic]

Dotcom-Monitor compares the best web hosting companies, monitoring from around the globe to see whose website loads the fastest, indicating superior server performance.

People often judge web hosting companies by how fast the hosting servers deliver web pages. So, you’d think the top web hosting companies would make sure their own website was delivered fast, right?

With that in mind, we monitored the homepages of the most popular web hosts for two weeks to uncover the the fastest (and slowest) web host company server. We collected the data using the Dotcom-Monitor ServerView HTTP GET service with a monitoring frequency of 10 minutes. (run your own instant website test here)

The infographic below details the results;

The Best Web Hosting Companies, Server Performance Monitoring

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Fastest web host website? Best web hosting companies put to the test. [infographic]


Web Host Server Response Time – Test Results

Web Host Company Avg World Avg USA Avg World 2 Avg USA 2 Totals
Web Hosting Pad 0.774 0.434 0.907 0.528 2.643
Fat Cow 0.675 0.469 1.000 0.642 2.786
Host Gator 0.757 0.397 1.794 0.255 3.203
InMotion Hosting 1.232 0.683 1.206 0.675 3.796
BlueHost 1.762 1.295 1.297 0.817 5.171
DreamHost 1.373 0.950 1.842 1.116 5.281
Network Solutions 1.911 1.317 1.461 0.745 5.434
GoDaddy 2.497 1.529 1.951 0.794 6.771
1&1 Web Hosting 2.503 1.888 1.929 1.360 7.680
AT&T Web Hosting 4.880 4.260 1.165 0.554 10.859

Notable fact: Compared to May, 2012, average server response time for all hosts increased!

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 The Top 3 Web Hosting Companies for Website Speed and Server Performance:

  1. Web Hosting Pad
  2. Fat Cow
  3. Host Gator

In 2012 we ran a similar test, where we monitored the 10 most influential web hosting companies’ websites for uptime and performance.

When the monitoring stats from all locations were considered, two web hosting sites showed exceptional results:

See how the other top web hosting companies fared in the post, Bluehost Fastest Web Hosting Website in Test of Best Web Hosting Sites.

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12 Comments on "Fastest web host … best web hosting companies, put to the test [infographic]"

  1. svariable says:

    hi, thanks for sharing. how has the best server speeds in europe? thanks.

  2. Any word on A2 Hosting’s “SwiftServers”? Just curious!

  3. Vincent Luciani says:

    Hi Dan,

    I spent days looking for articles comparing the speed of hosting companies; I was looking for up-to-date data taking into account worldwide tests . This the ONLY articles that fulfilled my requirements. Thanks a million Dan! I’m going to add this link to an article on my website that helps choosing a hosting provider and getting started. And for sure share it on twitter.

    Have a wonderful day

  4. Dan, is it safe to assume the performance of each hosting company is the same across all their packages. i.e. if I go with Web Hosting Pad’s basic service (currently $1.99 pm) will it still beat the others in terms of speed?

    • Hi Gareth,

      It isn’t safe to assume anything. You would have to check the host’s terms and conditions for that specific hosting package.

      For example, if you have a 3rd party hosting account where they sell 50 slots per server, you could be at 50/50 capacity with the lowest available bandwidth, or you could be 1/50 if they haven’t sold the other 49 slots with maximum available bandwidth… you have no control over this. Another issue is load balancing… if a server has 50 slots per server and one of the hosted sites has a major spike in traffic due to a promotion or news event, you will most likely suffer as a result.

      The only way you can guarantee server performance is with a dedicated host, where you’re the only one on the server with control of the entire box (and a SLA regarding bandwidth). This test was simply a demonstration of how each of the major hosts serves their own web pages, tested from our worldwide monitoring network. Web Hosting Pad did serve their pages the fastest, but there are a number of other contributing factors to this statistic as well (such as page size, current traffic on that website at the time of testing, etc).

      If you’d like to test the capabilities of a webhost, you can always sign-up for a free trial of our monitoring service. Many hosting companies offer a 30 day money back guarantee – so you could try out a few companies and compare to find the best one for your site and needs. With our monitoring in place, you could test all aspects of server and network performance over 30 days (no credit card or obligation to buy on our end.) >> Free Trial Sign-up

      Hope that helps to clarify things. Good luck!


  5. Hi all…. I use Hostgator and I am getting a server response time of about 700ms on my homepage. I use a WordPress website for my main domain. The home page small and does not use a lot of resources. However, my goal is to get my website to load under 1 sec. — I don’t know what to do. I websites current load time is about 2.5 sec. — My domain is – please contact me or post a reply if you have any ideas.

    • Hi Etul folks,

      Great question. As you’re using WordPress & we’ve received this question before, I just wrote a post on How to Speed Up a Slow WordPress Website.

      I also took a quick glance at your waterfall chart & it looks like you’re having some CloudFlare CDN slowdowns. The AddThis widget appears to also be slowing your site down. I’d start there. Good luck!

  6. Thanks for the help… I will give it a try and post my findings here. I use a CDN because I am sending traffic to my website worldwide and I hope to get the page speed loaded to just under 900ms.

    Thanks again for your help. I will post soon.

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