Digging Deeper into WordPress Hosts

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

Bluehost
GoDaddy
HostGator
Web Hosting Hub
InMotion Hosting
Lightning Base
Namecheap
SiteGround

Here is how our WordPress Hosts are performing…

Overall Rankings Chart - Shared WordPress Hosting

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 They have been replaced by Namecheap.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 They have been replaced by Lightning Base.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!!

Current Speed Study – 15 Apr 2018 to 06 May 2018

Study #29: Cache Enabler

In our recently completed Speed Study Simple Cache was unable to match W3 Total Cache & WP Rocket. It’s time for another caching solution to step in the ring and see if they can perform a little better.

Steps:

  1. Ensure all of our Live Test Sites have Cache Enabler & Autoptimize installed
  2. Run 3 weeks of speed testing with GTmetrix
  3. Find out if Cache Enabler could spring a surprise and be the #1 caching plugin?
2018 Cache Enabler

Speed Study #29: Cache Enabler

For our 29th Speed Study, lets optimize our sites with Cache Enabler and see how it will impact our speed…

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 105

With Cache Enabler all setup, let’s find out which host is shredding it this week in Dallas…

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 105

With Cache Enabler added for the 1st time, which host is up and about this week in North America…