Are there any sites that measure the page response speed of various hosting companies?


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I'm looking for the equivalent of consumer reports for hosting companies. But I would be happy with any neutral data comparing one site to another.

Does anyone have any links to data the speed of various popular hosting sites versus one another?

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asked Jan 16 '11 at 03:24
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Mark Rogers
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  • Thank you for accepting my answer. In the future, you could give it a little more time, to encourage even better answers to surface. :-) – Jesper Mortensen 8 years ago
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  • Keep in mind that there are two factors: server response time and network latency. The page load time may need to be qualified with "from where" depending upon your target market. You also need to compare like with like (does the page require a database query or multiple sub-requests to complete? And is the page being served by the hosting company or is it cached by a content delivery network). For shared hosting I look for acceptable performance with required features / support / reliability and user forums where I can get a flavor of how happy existing users are. – Mike 8 years ago

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I don't think that exists; at least I have been looking but never found anything that fits 100%. Netcraft runs a series of benchmark and data gathering runs against a large'ish population of servers. One part of this gives uptime and performance numbers, but this is hardly descriptive of all hosts on the Internet. Maybe Netcraft could produce something close to what you're looking for.

WebPageTest.org is a fantastic site, which enables you to test the performance of a live website from a number of locations around the world. But this is a one-webpage-at-a-time test tool. The gentleman behind the site had a good 2010 web performance review dataset, but this is aggregated for the Internet at large, not broken down on each ISP.

data the speed of various popular hosting sites versus one another

Just to be clear, the performance of the ISP is only one (actually smaller) part of the overall speed -- the application and frontend (HTML, CSS & JS) matter more.

Update 17th Jan: An additional note -- there are plenty of companies who have the technology to obtain latency metrics for a large collection of web hosting providers. Gomez, Keystone, etc as examples of companies coming from the uptime monitoring service angle, and LoadStorm and BrowserMob as examples of companies coming from the load testing side. You could consider working with some of these companies to obtain that kind of data. And do consider the web hosting providers too -- running a load test against a hosting provider who hasn't agreed to this arguably constitutes a denial of service attack

answered Jan 16 '11 at 03:53
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Jesper Mortensen
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if you want serious tracking check into Browsermob.com. As for speeds, you really need to make sure that you get guaranteed so many MBPS.

answered Jan 17 '11 at 18:45
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Frank
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