Let’s find out which of our hosts are taking off this week in Sydney?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 35 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
WordPress Host #1: SiteGround
WordPress Host #2: A2 Hosting
WordPress Host #3: GoDaddy
WordPress Host #4: DreamHost
WordPress Host #5: InMotion Hosting
WordPress Host #6: HostGator
WordPress Host #7: Bluehost
WordPress Host #8: Web Hosting Hub
Desktop Speed Test – Week 35 Summary Table
The winner this week is GoDaddy with a time of 1.58s. This time is a fair way behind the Sydney record of 1.03s set by Bluehost in Week 27.
On our last visit to Sydney with CloudFlare & W3 Total Cache setup (in Week 31), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 1.98s. This week with CloudFlare & WP Super Cache, the average load time has slowed to 2.36s.
This is the first week of our Speed Study on CloudFlare & WP Super Cache and the early signs are pointing to WP Super Cache also being slow when paired with CloudFlare.
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 35 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.