Real Web Hosting Stats

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Most Reliable Web Hosting: Uptime Test Results

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

Overall Uptime Comparison

DreamHost (full benchmark) performs impressively in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.98 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 94.93 %. DreamHost's most recent result on Jan 18 was 99.86 percent. Dreamhost has had a few significant outages, but I've seen worse. Their ping response time is pretty impressive, faster than most hosts, showing they have a decent network.

HostGator (full benchmark) performs above average in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.97 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 97.50 %. HostGator's most recent result on Jan 18 was 100.00 percent. Back in 2013 HostGator had several outages that lasted days. While I wasn't recording detailed stats at the time, I can vouch that it was a miserable experience. Many blame the lack of reliability on their new data center, which they made everyone move to after they were bought out by EIG. To be honest, HostGator's downhill performance was the reason I created this site (I was too annoyed by them to let them get away with it).

StableHost (full benchmark) performs incredibly in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.96 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 91.88 %. StableHost's most recent result on Jan 18 was 100.00 percent. Stablehost really lives up to its name - proving itself with one of the best uptime percentages around, it truly is stable. Not sure I've witnessed an outage more than a minute or two with them. That's unheard of. Kudos, Stablehost.

Recent Raw Results from Jan 18

Host Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
Bluehost100.000 %0 mins0733 ms
DreamHost99.861 %2 mins1379 ms
GoDaddy100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
HostGator100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
InMotion Hosting100.000 %0 mins0737 ms
MDDHosting100.000 %0 mins0655 ms
Namecheap100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
Site5100.000 %0 mins0615 ms
StableHost100.000 %0 mins0495 ms
Yahoo Small Business100.000 %0 mins01035 ms
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