With WP Super Cache replacing W3 Total Cache, which host will rip up the track this week in London?
Desktop Speed Test – Week 76 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 76 Summary Table
The winner this week is Lightning Base with a time of 1.04s, which is a little bit behind the all time London record of 0.87s, that was set by HostGator in Week 64.
On our last visit to London with KeyCDN, Cloudflare & W3 Total Cache setup (in Week 73), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 1.03s. This week with W3 Total Cache being subbed out for WP Super Cache, the average load time has noticeably slowed to 1.29s.
This is the second week of our KeyCDN, Cloudflare & WP Super Cache Speed Study, and it’s looking like W3 Total Cache has the measure of WP Super Cache.
Next week we’ll be switching up the testing location to Sydney, will WP Super Cache perform any better down under?
And this Week’s Winner is…
Desktop Speed Rankings
After 18 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.