Scalable WordPress Hosting

Just how far do the current WordPress hosting solutions go when you have a site with hundreds of thousands hits per day? Using I’ve set myself to test a few of the WordPress-specfic hosting solutions out there to test how they handle high traffic and stressful peak situations.

WPEngine (live environment)

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Elasticdot (development mode)

The load test brought the web server down. The clarification provided by their support staff was: “since the App that you are testing out is in development mode, that App is served by a micro-Dot, the smallest available.” I would have to pay to test the live environment so I didn’t pursue further.

Linode (live environment)

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Pantheon (live environment)

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Also I would like to test WordPress running on HHVM but to date there isn’t a hosting solution out there that supports this out of the box.

P.S. : my MSc advisor would kill me for publishing such inaccurate results. A proper test would include several test runs, an average response time and a whole lot more information about how I’m conducting these tests. Basically these results are to be taken lightly and as a general guideline of what you would find by hosting a vanilla WordPress and pointing to it.

P.S. #2: I need a solution that can handle peaks of 2 million a day, if you have any ideas leave a comment. Thanks