Let’s get behind the wheel and find out how fast our hosts have been this week in Sydney?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 31 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: Sydney, Australia
- 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 31 Summary Table
The winner this week is A2 Hosting with a time of 1.54s. The time is fair way off the Sydney record of 1.03s set by Bluehost in Week 27.
On our last visit to Sydney with CloudFlare & WP Rocket setup (in Week 27), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 1.38s. This week with CloudFlare & W3 Total Cache, the average load time has dropped significantly to 1.98s.
This is the 1st week of our Speed Study on CloudFlare & W3 Total Cache. Early doors, it’s looking as though CloudFlare performs much better with WP Rocket than W3 Total Cache. Will this continue over the next 3 weeks of testing?
Next week we are off to Vancouver where the record load time is 0.76s, set by Web Hosting Hub. Will we get anywhere near this?
And the Week 31 Winner is…
Desktop Speed Rankings
After 30 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.