The Speed Study Goal
My goal with conducting these Speed Studies is to find out which strategies are the best at improving our site speed.
I’ll implement each strategy using the following approach:
- Setup the strategy on all 8 of our live test sites
- Then for the following 3 weeks, use hourly monitoring via GT Metrix to independently gather the load times. To eliminate the possibility of location bias, I change the test servers each week, starting in
Dallas, then London and finishing off in SydneyVancouver, then São Paulo and finishing off in Mumbai.
- Next measure the impact of each strategy by comparing the average speed before and after
- Ultimately decide whether the strategy works?
2018 WP Rocket Speed Study #2
For the 2nd half of 2018, we have set our hosts a new challenge, and that is how will they perform in new locations around the world. We have performed speed tests exclusively from Dallas, London & Sydney across the last 2 years. So the change up is that we’re now going to test from 3 new locations: Vancouver, São Paulo & Mumbai.
We have just completed testing of Cache Enabler & W3 Total Cache and discovered that Cache Enabler improved our site speed the most. It’s now time to give a premium caching plugin a go.
So this Speed Study will look into how effective WP Rocket is at speeding up our sites from their new locations?
How to Setup WP Rocket
To kick off this 2018 WP Rocket Speed Study, we need to install WP Rocket using consistent settings across each site. I used the settings included within our step by step tutorial on How to Setup WP Rocket.
I have now followed this process on all 8 of our Live Test Sites.
Next up is 3 weeks of testing – I am curious to see how much of a speed boost WP Rocket can deliver, and is it more effective than Cache Enabler?
The Results – 23rd December 2018