Which of our hosts is showing the most speed this week?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 40 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: London, UK
- 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 40 Summary Table
The winner this week is SiteGround with a time of 2.02s. This time is a fair way behind the London record of 0.92s set by DreamHost in Week 30.
On our last visit to London with CloudFlare & WP Super Cache setup (in Week 38), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 1.88s. This week with all optimizations removed, the average load time is noticeably slower at 2.95s.
This is the second week of our No Optimizations Speed Study and the results are clearly slower, which is to be expected with all caching and CDN’s turned off.
Next week we are off to Sydney where the record load time is 1.03s, set by Bluehost in Week 27. Can we get anywhere near this?
And the Week 40 Winner is…
Desktop Speed Rankings
After 9 months of testing, let’s 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.