Our hosts are put to the test to see who is lighting it up this week in London?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 52 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 52 Summary Table
The winner this week is SiteGround with a time of 1.71s. This time is fair way behind the London record of 0.92s set by DreamHost in Week 30.
On our last visit to London with Kraken setup (in Week 49), the average page load time for our 8 hosts was 3.51s. This week with Kraken replaced with ShortPixel, the average load time is slightly slower at 3.61s. Once again, DreamHost has performed extremely poorly (and will be replaced by another host very soon), if we remove their results from both, the average for Kraken is 3.12s, while ShortPixel is 3.06s.
This is the second week of our ShortPixel Speed Study and it’s looking as though it will be a close contest between Kraken and ShortPixel.
Next week we’re off to Sydney, as we complete this deep dive into finding the best performing Image Optimizer.
And the Week 52 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.