Speed Rankings

After 2 Years of testing, which host is racing ahead in our Speed Rankings?

Weekly Speed Testing 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 Page Speed Test

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  • Testing Locations: North America, Europe & Asia Pacific
  • Frequency of Weekly Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
  • Total Number of Tests = 1 x24 x7 x8 x89 = 119,616 (xHours xDays xSites xWeeks)
  • Speed Testing is checking how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser

 

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Identical Live Sites

Total Tests

Speed Rankings – Apr 2016 to Dec 2017

Congratulations goes out to Lightning Base as they currently hold the #1 spot in our Speed Rankings!! Since being added in Apr 2017, Lightning Base has consistently been the fastest host, overtaking our previous leader in GoDaddy. Also of note is how SiteGround has continued to improve, so much so that they even edged Lightning Base by 0.01s in H2 2017.

At the other end of the scale, are DreamHost and A2 Hosting, which have both been replaced. It’s good to see both new hosts, Lightning Base & Namecheap, performing considerably better.

As we look forward into 2018, the most interesting question is whether SiteGround can continue to improve and challenge Lightning Base for the #1 Ranking?

Fastest Hosts Chart - Apr 2016 to Dec 2017
Speed Rankings - Apr 2016 to Dec 2017

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08 Apr 2016 to 30 Dec 2017

H2 2017 Results

H2 2017 Speed Study Summary Table - All Hosts

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27 Aug 2017 to 30 Dec 2017

H1 2017 Results

H1 2017 Speed Study Summary Table - All Hosts

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09 Jan 2017 to 26 Aug 2017

2016 Results

2016 Speed Study Summary Table

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08 Apr 2016 to 31 Dec 2016

And the Fastest Host is…

 

Overall Rankings

To crown an overall champion, we have combined our weekly Speed and Uptime tests together.

Which Host is Best Overall?