With WP Super Cache paired up with KeyCDN & Cloudflare, which host is showing real speed this week in Sydney?

Desktop Speed Test – Week 77 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: Lightning Base

WordPress Host #5: InMotion Hosting

WordPress Host #6: HostGator

WordPress Host #7: Bluehost

WordPress Host #8: Web Hosting Hub

Desktop Speed Test – Week 77 Summary Table

The winner this week is Lightning Base with a time of 1.21s, which is a little bit behind the all time Sydney record of 1.02s, that was set by Namecheap in Week 71.

On our last visit to Sydney with KeyCDN, Cloudflare & W3 Total Cache setup (in Week 74), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 1.31s. This week with W3 Total Cache being subbed out for WP Super Cache, the average load time has slightly slowed to 1.44s.

This is the third and final week of our KeyCDN, Cloudflare & WP Super Cache Speed Study, and W3 Total Cache has outperformed WP Super Cache.

Next week we’ll be switching up the Caching plugin and will go with WP Rocket. Will we see faster load times?

Desktop Speed Test Results - Week 77 Summary Table

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.

Who is Fastest after 18 Months?