Let’s get behind the wheel and find out how fast our hosts have been this week in Dallas?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 29 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 Speed Test
- Location of Test: Dallas, USA
- Frequency of Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
- Number of Weekly Tests = 1 x24 x7 x8 = 1,344 (xHours xDays xSites)
- Desktop Speed Testing is checking how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser
Which WordPress Host will conquer the Desktop Speed Test this week?
Identical Live Sites
Desktop Speed Test – Week 29 Summary Table
The winner this week is HostGator with an impressive time of 1.08s. It is just behind the Dallas record that HostGator also owns of 1.02s from Week 21.
On our last visit to Dallas with KeyCDN setup (in Week 25), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 1.30s. This week with CloudFlare, the average load time has improved to 1.17s. So CloudFlare continues to outperform KeyCDN after 3 weeks. There is just 1 week remaining before we wrap up our Speed Study on CloudFlare and declare the winner, will it be KeyCDN or CloudFlare?
Next week we are off to London where the record load time is 1.10s, set by DreamHost. Will we see a new record get set?
And the Week 29 Winner is…
Desktop Speed Rankings
After 26 weeks of testing, I think it’s time to summarize all the results to see how our 8 hosts are performing overall. It will also allow us to find out which host is currently leading our desktop speed challenge.