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Is InMotion Hosting fast? InMotion Hosting Page Speed Stats

InMotion Hosting is known for their free domains, free data backup, green data centers, and a 90 day money back guarantee. They have been operating since 2001, and host over 500K sites. Their data centers are located in Los Angeles, CA and Ashburn, VA (near Washington D.C.)

I have purchased a hosting plan on InMotion Hosting and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameBusiness Launch
Cost$6.99/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee90 days
NotesThey had to call me to verify before setting up my account. They normally only do this during business hours, but you can call them if it's at night. After verification my site was ready within 30 minutes.

Page Speed Test

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.

This test is performed by submitting a typical web page served on the host to WebPageTest and recording how long it takes to load. This test web page is 56 KB of HTML, 287 KB of JavaScript, 51 KB of CSS, and 1,128 KB of images (these are typical according to the HTTP Archive). WebPageTest (a 3rd-party, vendor-neutral organization) uses servers located in Virgina and California to measure the page load waterfall in the latest version of Chrome, on a very fast internet connection. The test is ran 5 times each, and the middle (median) result is what is counted from each location. Then the east coast and west coast times are averaged, which should eliminate any bias due to server location. We're interested in first page load, not the repeat/cached view.

If you're really interested, I use the 'Load Time' measurement that's returned from WebPageTest for ranking page speed. I still collect other metrics such as TTFB (time to first byte), fully loaded time, and the speed index, in addition to server setting scores which are translated to grades. You can see these detailed values in the "Raw Results."

This test is important if your site resembles a typical website and you're concerned about speed (which you should be!)

Measuring page speed with WebPageTest.org


In September 2014 I updated this test to be more accurate, and you'll notice page speeds were a bit higher before then. The test used to be run only 3 times from one location using a simulated cable internet connection on Internet Explorer 11. The new method provides much more consistent results.

InMotion Hosting Page Speed Test Results

InMotion Hosting (full benchmark) performs okay in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.33 seconds. Its best run was 2.74 s, but has been as bad as 14.12 s. InMotion Hosting's most recent result on Jan 18 was 2.92 seconds. InMotion proves to be stable in its page speed results, usually showing no spikes or erratic performance. While they do optimize connections, they could be making things faster by compressing images and setting the cache headers properly.

Let's see if InMotion Hosting is consistent in its page speed stats:

Recent Raw Results for InMotion Hosting

Date Location Load time TTFB Fully loaded Speed index Keep-alive Score Compress Score Caching Score
2017-01-18Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.6sAFF
2017-01-18San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-17Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.6sAFF
2017-01-17San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-16Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.7sAFF
2017-01-16San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.4sAFF
2017-01-15Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.1s1.6sAFF
2017-01-15San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.4sAFF
2017-01-14Dulles, VA3.0s0.3s3.1s1.5sAFF
2017-01-14San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-13Dulles, VA3.0s0.3s3.2s1.6sAFF
2017-01-13San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.4sAFF
2017-01-12Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.0s1.6sAFF
2017-01-12San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-11Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.7sAFF
2017-01-11San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-10Dulles, VA3.0s0.3s3.1s1.6sAFF
2017-01-10San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-09Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.4s1.7sAFF
2017-01-09San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-08Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.1s1.6sAFF
2017-01-08San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.2sAFF
2017-01-07Dulles, VA5.0s0.4s5.4s2.2sAFF
2017-01-07San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.2sAFF
2017-01-06Dulles, VA3.3s0.3s3.4s1.7sAFF
2017-01-06San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-05Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.3s1.6sAFF
2017-01-05San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-04Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.2s1.9sAFF
2017-01-04San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.2sAFF
2017-01-03Dulles, VA3.0s0.3s3.1s1.4sAFF
2017-01-03San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.6s1.2sAFF
2017-01-02Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.9sAFF
2017-01-02San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2017-01-01Dulles, VA3.2s0.4s3.3s1.8sAFF
2017-01-01San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.6sAFF
2016-12-31Dulles, VA3.5s0.3s3.6s1.5sAFF
2016-12-31San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-30Dulles, VA3.4s0.3s3.6s1.7sAFF
2016-12-30San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-29Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.6sAFF
2016-12-29San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-28Dulles, VA3.3s0.3s3.4s1.8sAFF
2016-12-28San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-27Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.0s1.5sAFF
2016-12-27San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-26Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.4s1.7sAFF
2016-12-26San Jose, CA2.8s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-25Dulles, VA3.9s0.4s4.0s1.7sAFF
2016-12-25San Jose, CA2.8s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-24Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.3s1.8sAFF
2016-12-24San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-23Dulles, VA3.0s0.3s3.1s1.6sAFF
2016-12-23San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-22Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.2s1.6sAFF
2016-12-22San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.4sAFF
2016-12-21Dulles, VA6.1s1.0s6.3s3.7sAFF
2016-12-21San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-20Dulles, VA4.2s0.4s4.3s2.2sAFF
2016-12-20San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
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