Speed Rankings

After 5 months of continuous testing in 2019, which host is racing ahead in our Speed Rankings?

Weekly Speed Testing Method

  • Compare 6 WordPress Hosts
  • Use 6 Live Sites, each with a Different Host but with Identical Content (you can check them out here)
  • Use GTmetrix Page Speed Test

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  • Testing Locations: Dallas USA, London UK, Mumbai India, Vancouver Canada & Sydney Australia
  • Frequency of Weekly Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
  • Total Number of Tests = 1 x24 x7 x6 x20 = 20,160 (xHours xDays xSites xWeeks)
  • Speed Testing is checking how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser


WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

2019 Tests

Speed Rankings – Jan 2019 to Jun 2019

Congratulations goes out to Kinsta as they continue to be comfortably our fastest host in 2019!!

Following the addition of premium hosts, I was very curious to see how our best budget hosts from the last 3 years would perform in comparison. While its true that Lightning Base & SiteGround are slowest, they are relatively close to 3 of the 4 premium hosts, which is very impressive indeed.

What is even more interesting is the performance across Weeks 6 to 10 and Weeks 16 to 20 when WP Rocket is added.  Lightning Base & SiteGround were actually faster than WP Engine – an impressive performance boost thanks to WP Rocket!!


What’s Next?

As we move forward into the 3rd batch of 10 week testing, our hosts’ server location will be changed from Canada to UK. The key questions I am interested in finding out is whether Kinsta continues to boss the competition for speed and can our budget hosts of Lightning Base & SiteGround stay with our other premiums in the UK?


Fastest Hosts Chart - Jan 2019 to Jun 2019
Speed Rankings Table - Jan 2019 to Jun 2019

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07 Jan 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

And the Fastest Host is…

USA Server Results – Jan 2019 to MAR 2019

USA Server Results - Jan 2019 to Mar 2019 - All Hosts

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07 Jan 2019 to 17 Mar 2019

Canada Server Results – MAR 2019 to JUN 2019

Canada Server Results - Mar 2019 to Jun 2019 - All Hosts

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18 Mar 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Overall Rankings

To crown an overall champion, we have combined our weekly Speed and Uptime tests together.

Which Host is Best Overall?