If you are trying to figure out the differences between WPX Hosting and Cloudways, you are reading the right post at the moment.
This post will try to make you aware of all the important differences between Cloudways and WPX Hosting.
History of WPX and Cloudways
WPX Hosting entered the industry in 2013, and one of those companies got good positive word-of-mouth reviews among online communities. So far, the service has been pretty impressive, with amazing speed, stability, and security.
Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform founded in 2009. Over the years, the company offered brilliant managed hosting solutions for digital agencies and eCommerce businesses. Most importantly, the platform provides customers with excellent flexibility and choice alongside having a very dedicated support team.
WPX Hosting Vs. Cloudways: Performance
1. Server Response Time
The performance of a hosting service has many aspects and depends on various factors. I began my performance check with the Server Response Time test. I hosted a demo site with each of the services and monitored the server response time of my sites for many hours using the Pingdom tool.
While my WPX site had an average server response time of 423 ms, my Cloudways site recorded an average server response time of 309 ms. Hence, Cloudways has a comparatively better server response time than Kinsta.
We all know what a crucial factor uptime is, and I have been continuously keeping track of the uptime of various hosting services. As far as the uptime of WPX and Cloudways go, both seem to be pretty reliable. While WPX has an average uptime of 100%, Cloudways has an average uptime of 99.99%.
3. Load Testing
I was curious to know how well the two services can handle high traffic. This is important for sites that have high traffic and may experience an unexpected traffic surge anytime. I performed 2 types of load testing on my sites by sending 500 and 1000 concurrent traffic to the sites. My WPX site recorded 28 ms in the Client Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 minute) test and 222 ms in the Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 minute).
My Cloudways site recorded 10 ms in the Client Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 minute) test and 168 ms in the Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 minute). Hence, you can see Cloudways has performed better than WPX in Load Testing.
4. Global TTFB
Another crucial aspect of performance is the TTFB across multiple global locations; If you're looking forward to getting traffic from multiple locations for your site, it is essential to find out the TTFB of these services across multiple global locations. I tested the TTFB of the sites hosted with these two services by pinging them from ten different global locations.
My WPX site recorded an average TTFB of 440.481 ms with a reliable performance across all the locations. However, my Cloudways site had performed even better with an average TTFB of 390.15 ms. The site had a good TTFB at all the places, and in New York, it had a TTFB, as low as 14.47 ms. Hence, Cloudways has better TTFB than WPX. However, both are very reliable in terms of global TTFB.
5. Core Web Vitals
User experience has become an important requisite for site ranking. It’s wise to test how well a hosting service can help your site provide visitors with a good user experience. The Core Web Vitals test is the ideal test to check this. I tested the Core Web Vitals test.
My WPX site recorded a Largest Contentful Paint of 0.601 s, a Total Blocking Time of 0 s, and a Cumulative Layout Shift of 0. My Cloudways site recorded a Largest Contentful Paint of 0.583 s, a Total Blocking Time of 0 s, and a Cumulative Layout Shift of 0. If we compare, Cloudways has a slight leading edge over WPX. However, both have reliable Core Web Vitals for sure.
Cloudways and WPX Hosting: Features
Moving over to the essential features, WPX Hosting offers CDN and email for free. However, it is available as an add-on in Cloudways and costs $1.
WPX Hosting provides customers with DDoS Protection and Malware Removal. Some of the features that both the services have in common are staging sites, automatic backups, and the latest PHP.
Cloudways Vs. WPX Hosting: Pricing
Cloudways is certainly better than WPX Hosting if we consider the plans and pricing, with more resources and unlimited sites for comparatively many affordable prices.
For instance, Cloudways lowest tier plan of $10 per month comes with unlimited sites and a generous resource limit of 1TB bandwidth while WPX Hosting lowest tier plan costs comparatively more than double the price of that of Cloudways with $24.99 per month, and it also comes with only 5 sites support and 10GB Bandwidth.
Cloudways is certainly the winner in terms of pricing. Being an existing Cloudways user, they are generous enough to offer $25 free credit for my site visitors. Use code “BIO25” while signing up to get 25% OFF on first month billing.
WPX Hosting or Cloudways: Which is good for Support?
Here is an interesting difference I observed in terms of support.
Even though both WPX Hosting and Cloudways are known for good support through live chat and tickets, I found WPX Hosting support service to be comparatively better since it is fast to connect within seconds, and the executives are pretty knowledgeable.
However, in Cloudways, customers usually have to chat with a bot first before they can chat with a real person.
If we consider performance, pricing, and features, choosing Cloudways (with $25 credits) over WPX Hosting would be the right thing to do for sure.
However, if you are looking for fast technical support, WPX Hosting is the one to choose from.