Accurate way to measure host speed?

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I’ve decided to move away from HostGator due to their performance and instability lately. I had narrowed my new host down to 2 choices: stablehost and mddhosting. Price and support seem comparable, so now I just wanted to test server speed. I figured if I found a page that both sites host, I can compare accurately. So I found out some server names and ran some tests against their cpanel login page.

Here’s my test. I’m going to tools.pingdom.com and running a full page test, selected from the New York location. For stablehost, I’m using https://ssd11.stablehost.com:2083/ For mddhosting, I’m using https://hermes.supportedns.com:2083/ . Both were pretty consistently completing between 500-1000ms.

Just out of curiosity I tried my current server at hostgator: https://gator4125.hostgator.com:2083/ It’s getting between 300-500ms.

The results are making me second guess whether I should be switching off of hostgator. So my question is: Is this an accurate way to measure host speed, or am I forgetting something?

(I know host location matters, and stablehost and mdd are in arizona and colorado, compared to hostgator’s utah, so I figured New York would be a reasonable server from pingdom)

Thanks for all your input!

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