Digging Deeper into WordPress Hosts

I’m Currently Testing these 8 WordPress Hosts on Live Sites

Web Hosting Hub
InMotion Hosting
Lightning Base

Here is how our WordPress Hosts are performing…

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Note: A2 Hosting was removed on 28 Jan 2017 due to an inability to provide solutions to unacceptable downtimes. They have been replaced by Namecheap.

Note: DreamHost was removed on 23 Apr 2017 due to an inability to provide solutions to unacceptable speed and downtimes. They have been replaced by Lightning Base.

Top 3 WordPress Hosts

Speed Studies

To further speed up our WordPress Hosts, I install various caching plugins, CDN solutions & image optimization plugins on all live sites. The results below show how each combination performed over the last 2 years.

Image Optimization Plugins

WordPress Image Optimization Plugins

Caching Plugins

WordPress Caching Plugins

CDN Solutions

WordPress CDN Solutions

2016 Speed Study Results

The combo of WP Rocket & Cloudflare were most effective at speeding up our hosts in 2016.

H1 2017 Speed Study Results

  • Once again WP Rocket & Cloudflare were the fastest in the 1st half of 2017.
  • The big improver was the combo of W3 Total Cache & Cloudflare, just 0.01 sec behind.

H2 2017 Speed Study Results

  • Surprisingly, the addition of KeyCDN & MaxCDN didn’t result in an improvement in speed.
  • The other key takeaway was that KeyCDN comfortably outperformed MaxCDN!!

H1 2018 Speed Study Results

  • After expanding our tests to 8 Caching Plugins, it was W3 Total Cache that sped up our sites the most in H1 2018.

2018 Fastest WordPress Caching Plugin

And the Winner is…

After 6 months of testing from 21 Jan 18 to 07 Jul 18, we are able to announce the king of WordPress Caching Plugins, congratulations goes out to W3 Total Cache.

New Test Locations

With the first half of 2018 coming to a close, it’s time for a big change up. For over 2 years, I have been testing exclusively from 3 locations: Dallas, London & Sydney. It’s time for a change.

So over the 2nd half of 2018, I will be testing from 3 new locations:

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. São Paulo, Brazil
  3. Mumbai, India

For the first 3 weeks of testing, I will turn off all caching plugins, so we can find out the baseline speeds for each of these new locations.

2018 Fastest WordPress Caching Plugin

After setting up our sites with 8 different caching plugins, which one improved our site speed the most in 2018…

Weekly Tests

Each week speed & uptime tests are run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom. To eliminate the chance of location bias, I also change up the test region each week, starting in North America, then Europe & finishing off in Asia Pacific.

Test #1: Speed

The Speed Test checks how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser. As website owners, we want our site to load as quickly as possible.

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Tests Per Week

Speed Test – Week 117

The first of our new locations to be tested is Vancouver. Let’s find out which host is bringing the heat this week…

Test #2: Uptime

The Uptime Test confirms that the website is actually accessible to visitors. As website owners, we want the uptime to be as close to 100% as possible.

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Tests Per Week

Uptime Test – Week 117

With new locations being tested, let’s find out which host is most reliable this week in North America…