Who’s flying by fastest this week in Dallas?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 45 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 45 Summary Table
The winner this week is GoDaddy with a time of 1.16s. This time is just behind the Dallas record of 1.02s set by HostGator in Week 21.
On our last visit to Dallas with Imagify setup (in Week 42), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 2.09s. This week with Imagify replaced with EWWW, the average load time is slightly slower at 2.26s. Note: If you exclude the abnormally poor performance of DreamHost, the average is 1.98s, actually quicker.
This is the first week of our EWWW Speed Study and with the issues around DreamHost, it’s too early to understand the speed difference. Luckily, we have 2 more weeks of testing before needing to draw conclusions.
Next week we’re off to London, where the record load time is 0.92s, set by DreamHost in Week 30. Is it possible for DreamHost to turn things around in 1 week and perform well?
For the 2nd Week in a Row
the 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.