With MaxCDN all good to go, which host will blaze a trail this week in Sydney?

Desktop Speed Test – Week 83 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 83 Summary Table

The fastest host this week is SiteGround with a time of 2.47s, which is well behind the all time Sydney record of 1.02s, which was set by Namecheap in Week 71.

On our last visit to Sydney with KeyCDN, Cloudflare & WP Rocket setup (in Week 80), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 1.15s. This week with MaxCDN replacing KeyCDN, the average load time is ridiculously slower at 2.69s.

This is the third and final week of our MaxCDN, Cloudflare & WP Rocket Speed Study, and MaxCDN’s performance has been disastrous when compared to KeyCDN.

Next week we’ll be switching up the caching plugin to WP Super Cache. Will MaxCDN be able to turn things around when it’s combined with a different caching plugin?

Desktop Speed Test Results - Week 83 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?