With W3 Total Cache now paired with MaxCDN & Cloudflare, which host is ripping it up this week in Dallas?

Desktop Speed Test – Week 87 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 87 Summary Table

The fastest host this week is SiteGround with a time of 1.31s, which is a fair way off the all time Dallas record of 0.78s, which was also set by SiteGround in Week 78.

On our last visit to Dallas with MaxCDN, Cloudflare & WP Super Cache setup (in Week 84), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 1.75s. This week with W3 Total Cache replacing WP Super Cache, the average load time is slightly faster at 1.71s.

This is the first week of our MaxCDN, Cloudflare & W3 Total Cache Speed Study, and the early signs are pointing to a close contest.

Next week we’ll be switching up the test location to London. Which caching plugin will prove to be the best performer when paired with MaxCDN & Cloudflare?

Desktop Speed Test Results - Week 87 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?