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I'm disgusted with fake webhosting "reviews." Since 2014, I've been tracking the results of real-life performance tests for downtime, speed & support at the world's most popular web hosting companies. You'll be shocked by the results...

Is Site5 fast? Site5 Page Speed 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
Disk SpaceUnlimited
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).

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.

Site5 Page Speed Test Results

Site5 (full benchmark) performs mediocre in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.41 seconds. Its best run was 0.25 s, but has been as bad as 46.28 s. Site5's most recent result on Jul 21 was 2.97 seconds. For the most part, Site5 has decent response times. They could make things load faster if they compressed resources and set caching headers, but at least connections are efficient.

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

Recent Raw Results for Site5

Date Location Load time TTFB Fully loaded Speed index Keep-alive Score Compress Score Caching Score
2017-07-21Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.2s1.6sAFA
2017-07-21San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.8sAFA
2017-07-20Dulles, VA3.6s0.5s3.7s2.3sAFA
2017-07-20San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-07-19Dulles, VA3.4s0.5s3.5s1.5sAFA
2017-07-19San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s3.0s1.7sAFA
2017-07-18Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.2s1.9sAFA
2017-07-18San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-17Dulles, VA3.5s0.5s3.6s1.9sAFA
2017-07-17San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-07-16Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.2s1.8sAFA
2017-07-16San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-15Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.2s1.6sAFA
2017-07-15San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-14Dulles, VA3.4s0.5s3.5s2.0sAFA
2017-07-14San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-07-13Dulles, VA3.2s0.4s3.4s1.6sAFA
2017-07-13San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.7sAFA
2017-07-12Dulles, VA3.5s0.5s3.6s2.3sAFA
2017-07-12San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s2.9s1.7sAFA
2017-07-11Dulles, VA3.8s0.5s3.8s1.9sAFA
2017-07-11San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-10Dulles, VA3.5s0.4s3.6s1.4sAFA
2017-07-10San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-09Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.4s1.4sAFA
2017-07-09San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s2.9s1.8sAFA
2017-07-08Dulles, VA3.4s0.4s3.5s1.8sAFA
2017-07-08San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.9sAFA
2017-07-07Dulles, VA3.4s0.4s3.4s1.6sAFA
2017-07-07San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-07-06Dulles, VA3.0s0.3s3.1s1.3sAFA
2017-07-06San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s2.9s1.8sAFA
2017-07-05Dulles, VA2.9s0.4s2.9s1.6sAFA
2017-07-05San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-07-04Dulles, VA3.2s0.4s3.3s1.5sAFA
2017-07-04San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-03Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.4s1.5sAFA
2017-07-03San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-07-02Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.1s1.5sAFA
2017-07-02San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.9sAFA
2017-07-01Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.2s1.6sAFA
2017-07-01San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-06-30Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.2s1.6sAFA
2017-06-30San Jose, CA2.9s0.4s2.9s1.9sAFA
2017-06-29Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.1s1.5sAFA
2017-06-29San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-06-28Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.1s1.8sAFA
2017-06-28San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-06-27Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.1s1.7sAFA
2017-06-27San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.9sAFA
2017-06-26Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.4s1.6sAFA
2017-06-26San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.8sAFA
2017-06-25Dulles, VA2.9s0.5s3.0s1.5sAFA
2017-06-25San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-06-24Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.1s1.5sAFA
2017-06-24San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.9sAFA
2017-06-23Dulles, VA3.0s0.4s3.1s1.5sAFA
2017-06-23San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.9s1.8sAFA
2017-06-22Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.0s1.7sAFA
2017-06-22San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s3.0s1.7sAFA
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