Real Web Hosting Stats

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Is Site5 reliable? Site5 Uptime Stats

Site5 claims to be the "pros" when it comes to web hosting. They pride themselves on a custom control panel, 24/7 support, and data center locations all over the world. They've been around since 1999.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Site5 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 NameHostPro
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased, although DNS didn't work for about 30 minutes (even after it had propagated).

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

Site5 Uptime Test Results

Site5 (full benchmark) performs under par in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.73 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 50.69 %. Site5's most recent result on Mar 23 was 100.00 percent. Honestly, I expected Site5 to have better reliability. They've had a couple instances where my site was down for multiple hours, and that has ruined their overall average. But day-to-day they still have minor outages that annoy me.

Let's see if Site5 is consistent in its uptime stats:

Recent Raw Results for Site5

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0645 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins0525 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins0537 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0501 ms
2017-03-1898.125 %27 mins131108 ms
2017-03-1797.847 %31 mins191326 ms
2017-03-1698.743 %18 mins101035 ms
2017-03-1599.028 %14 mins61505 ms
2017-03-14100.000 %0 mins0620 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0618 ms
2017-03-12100.000 %0 mins0639 ms
2017-03-11100.000 %0 mins0587 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0565 ms
2017-03-0998.889 %16 mins4697 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0600 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0599 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins0587 ms
2017-03-05100.000 %0 mins0583 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0579 ms
2017-03-0399.861 %2 mins1576 ms
2017-03-02100.000 %0 mins0626 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0563 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0539 ms
2017-02-27100.000 %0 mins0527 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0511 ms
2017-02-25100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2017-02-24100.000 %0 mins0500 ms
2017-02-23100.000 %0 mins0565 ms
2017-02-22100.000 %0 mins0511 ms
2017-02-21100.000 %0 mins0522 ms
2017-02-20100.000 %0 mins0544 ms
2017-02-19100.000 %0 mins0518 ms
2017-02-18100.000 %0 mins0522 ms
2017-02-17100.000 %0 mins0540 ms
2017-02-16100.000 %0 mins0497 ms
2017-02-15100.000 %0 mins0479 ms
2017-02-14100.000 %0 mins0452 ms
2017-02-13100.000 %0 mins0477 ms
2017-02-12100.000 %0 mins0479 ms
2017-02-1199.931 %1 mins1471 ms
2017-02-10100.000 %0 mins0474 ms
2017-02-0999.167 %12 mins6544 ms
2017-02-0899.375 %9 mins5633 ms
2017-02-07100.000 %0 mins0569 ms
2017-02-06100.000 %0 mins0629 ms
2017-02-05100.000 %0 mins0581 ms
2017-02-04100.000 %0 mins0613 ms
2017-02-03100.000 %0 mins0573 ms
2017-02-02100.000 %0 mins0514 ms
2017-02-01100.000 %0 mins0508 ms
2017-01-31100.000 %0 mins0542 ms
2017-01-30100.000 %0 mins0551 ms
2017-01-29100.000 %0 mins0610 ms
2017-01-27100.000 %0 mins0580 ms
2017-01-2699.722 %4 mins2566 ms
2017-01-2598.750 %18 mins8646 ms
2017-01-24100.000 %0 mins0537 ms
2017-01-23100.000 %0 mins0538 ms
2017-01-22100.000 %0 mins0542 ms
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