The Speed Study Goal
My goal with conducting these Speed Studies is to find out which strategies are the best at improving our site speed.
I’ll implement each strategy using the following approach:
- Setup the strategy on all 8 of our live test sites
- Then for the following 3 weeks, use hourly monitoring via GT Metrix to independently gather the load times. To eliminate the possibility of location bias, I change the test servers each week, starting in Dallas, then London and finishing off in Sydney.
- Next measure the impact of each strategy by comparing the average speed before and after
- Ultimately decide whether the strategy works?
2018 WP Rocket Speed Study
In the most recent Speed Study, W3 Total Cache performed brilliantly, totally outperforming WP Super Cache. Now let’s step up the level of competition by using a premium caching plugin and see which performs better.
So this Speed Study will look into whether WP Rocket can speed up our sites more than W3 Total Cache?
How to Setup WP Rocket
To kick off this 2018 WP Rocket Speed Study, we first need to install WP Rocket using consistent settings across each site. I used the settings included within our step by step tutorial on How to Setup WP Rocket.
I have now followed this process on all 8 of our Live Test Sites.
Next up is 3 weeks of testing – I am curious to see whether WP Rocket is able to justify it’s premium price point of $39/year?
The Results – 25th March 2018