This week we head to Australia to find out which host is showing the most speed?

Desktop Speed Test – Week 50 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

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  • 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?

WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

WordPress Host #1: SiteGround

WordPress Host #2: Namecheap

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 50 Summary Table

The winner this week is GoDaddy with a time of 2.41s. This time is a long way behind the Sydney record of 1.03s set by Bluehost in Week 27.

On our last visit to Sydney with EWWW setup (in Week 47), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 4.37s. This week with EWWW replaced with Kraken, the average load time is slightly slower at 4.60s. Once again, DreamHost has performed extremely poorly, if we remove their results from both, the average for EWWW is 3.76s, while Kraken is 3.75s.

This is the third and final week of our Kraken Speed Study and it’s been a very close battle between EWWW and Kraken. I will wrap up all the results and declare our winner.

Next week we’re off to Dallas, as we complete this deep dive into finding the best performing Image Optimizer.

Desktop Speed Test Results - Week 50 Summary Table

And the Week 50 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.

Who is Fastest after 9 Months?