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 They have been replaced by Namecheap.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 They have been replaced by Lightning Base.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

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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 & WP Rocket that sped up our sites the most in H1 2018.

Current Speed Study

WP Rocket

Over the last 12 weeks of testing, Cache Enabler has proved to be faster than Simple Cache, Comet Cache, WP Super Cache & W3 Total Cache across our 3 new test locations: Vancouver, São Paulo & Mumbai. It’s now time to fire up a premium caching plugin, WP Rocket, and see how much of a speed boost it can deliver in these new waters.

Steps:

  1. Ensure all of our Live Test Sites have WP Rocket installed
  2. Run 3 weeks of speed testing with GTmetrix
  3. Discover whether WP Rocket is more effective than Cache Enabler at speeding up our sites?
2018 WP Rocket

Speed Study #39: WP Rocket

For our 39th Speed Study, lets optimize our sites from new locations with WP Rocket 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 139

With WP Rocket strapped in, which host is tearing up the track this week in São Paulo…

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 139

With WP Rocket locked and loaded, lets find out which host is taking off this week in Latin America…