With MaxCDN now combined with WP Rocket & Cloudflare, which host is showing real speed this week in Dallas?

Desktop Speed Test – Week 81 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: 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?

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 81 Summary Table

The winner this week is GoDaddy with a time of 1.38s, which is well behind the all time Dallas record, which was set by SiteGround in Week 78.

On our last visit to Dallas with KeyCDN, Cloudflare & WP Rocket setup (in Week 78), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 0.84s. This week with MaxCDN replacing KeyCDN, the average load time is ridiculously slower at 1.67s.

This is the first week of our MaxCDN, Cloudflare & WP Rocket Speed Study, and the early signs are showing MaxCDN falling well behind the performance of KeyCDN.

Next week we’ll be switching up the test location to London. I wonder whether MaxCDN will be able to recover from this very poor start?

Desktop Speed Test Results - Week 81 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.

Which host is Fastest after 18 Months?