Flywheel Review 2019

After 5 months of live testing in 2019, let’s package up all the Flywheel test results and find out how they’ve performed so far…

Flywheel Review – Testing Method

  • Prior to testing, I have setup identical content on all 6 Live Test Sites
  • Each week over 60,000 speed & uptime tests are run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom
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  • Test results below are from 07 Jan 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Test #1: Speed

The GTmetrix Speed Test checks how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser. This test is then repeated every hour throughout the week (1,080 times).

  • Flywheel was the slowest premium host through the first 5 weeks of testing. However, once WP Rocket was introduced for Weeks 6 to 10, there was a dramatic improvement. Flywheel was the 2nd fastest premium host during this time. This improvement continued when we moved our servers to Canada, with Flywheel 2nd & 3rd fastest in Weeks 11-15 & 16-20 respectively.
  • Flywheel is currently ranked in 2nd place in our Speed Rankings.
2019 Flywheel Speed Table - Overall

2019 Results – USA Server

2019 Flywheel Speed Chart - USA Server
2019 Flywheel Speed Table - USA Server

2019 Results – Canada Server

2019 Flywheel Speed Chart - Canada Server
2019 Flywheel Speed Table - Canada Server

Test #2: Uptime

The Pingdom Uptime Test confirms that the website is actually accessible to visitors. This test is then repeated every minute throughout the week (60,480 times).

  • The uptime performance for Flywheel across the 20 weeks was slightly off the pace against some very impressive competition. With a downtime of only 22 minutes across that time, they have most importantly avoided any disastrous downtime. So it is actually a very good result for Flywheel.
  • Flywheel is currently ranked 4th in our Uptime Rankings.
Flywheel 2019 Uptime Test Results

Flywheel Review – Overall ranking

The Overall Ranking accumulates the results from the speed & uptime tests to determine the #1 Host.

  • Flywheel have recorded consistently solid uptime throughout. Their speed results were disappointing early in 2019 but have really taken off in the last 15 weeks, which is great to see. Going forward, I would like to see Flywheel continue to improve their speed and maintain their uptime in order to strive toward the coveted #1 ranking.
  • Flywheel is sitting 2nd in our Overall Rankings.
2019 Flywheel Overall Rank

How does Flywheel compare to our 5 other Hosts?