With all speed optimizers turned off, which host is still burning up the track this week in London?

Speed Test – Week 91 Method

  • Compare 8 WordPress Hosts
  • Use 8 Live Sites, each with a Different Host but with Identical Content (you can check them out here)
  • Use GTmetrix Speed Test

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  • Location of Test: London, UK
  • Frequency of Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
  • Number of Weekly Tests = 1 x24 x7 x8 = 1,344 (xHours xDays xSites)
  • Speed Testing is checking how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser

Which WordPress Host will conquer the Speed Test this week?

WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

SiteGround Weekly Speed Results

SiteGround Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Namecheap Weekly Speed Results

Namecheap Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

GoDaddy Weekly Speed Results

GoDaddy Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Lightning Base Weekly Speed Results

Lightning Base Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

InMotion Hosting Weekly Speed Results

InMotion Hosting Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

HostGator Weekly Speed Results

HostGator Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Bluehost Weekly Speed Results

Bluehost Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Web Hosting Hub Weekly Speed Results

Web Hosting Hub Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Speed Test – Week 91 Summary Table

The fastest host this week is Lightning Base with a time of 1.76s, which is a fair way off the all time London record of 0.87s, which was set by HostGator in Week 64.

On our last visit to London with MaxCDN, Cloudflare & W3 Total Cache setup (in Week 88), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 2.15s. This week with all speed optimizers removed, the average load time is noticeably slower at 3.07s.

This is the second week of resetting the speed baseline for 2018. By removing all caching plugins & CDN’s, we can more visibly see the impact of them as their applied throughout 2018.

Next week we’ll swing the test location to Sydney, where I fully expect to see another steep slowdown in loading times.

Speed Test Results - Week 91 Summary Table

And this Week’s Winner is…

Speed Rankings

After 2 years of testing, let’s summarize all the results to see how our 8 hosts are performing overall. It will also allow us to find out which host is currently leading our speed challenge.

Which host is Fastest after 2 Years?