I’m Currently Testing these 8 WordPress Hosts on Live Sites
Here is how our WordPress Hosts are performing…
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 They have been replaced by Namecheap.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 They have been replaced by Lightning Base.
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
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.
- Ensure all of our Live Test Sites have Cache Enabler & Autoptimize installed
- Run 3 weeks of speed testing with GTmetrix
- Find out if Cache Enabler could spring a surprise and be the #1 caching plugin?
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.
Tests Per 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.