With W3 Total Cache good to go, which host is burning up the track this week in Mumbai?
Speed Test – Week 137 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
- Location of Test: Mumbai, India
- Plugins Installed: W3 Total Cache
- Frequency of Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
- Number of Weekly Tests = 1 x24 x7 x8 = 1,344 (xHours xDays xSites)
- 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 Speed Test this week?
Identical Live Sites
SiteGround Weekly Speed Results
Namecheap Weekly Speed Results
GoDaddy Weekly Speed Results
Lightning Base Weekly Speed Results
InMotion Hosting Weekly Speed Results
HostGator Weekly Speed Results
Bluehost Weekly Speed Results
Web Hosting Hub Weekly Speed Results
Speed Test – Week 137 Summary Table
The fastest host this week is SiteGround with a time of 2.56s, which is not far off the record time for Mumbai of 2.22s, also set by SiteGround in Week 119.
On our last visit to Mumbai (with WP Super Cache setup in Week 134), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 3.09s. This week with W3 Total Cache now on board, the average load time was slightly slower at 3.17s. If we were to remove Namecheap (due to being considerably slower than all other hosts), the average drops to 2.84s.
This is the third and final week of the W3 Total Cache Speed Study, and the battle was a close one, with WP Super Cache proving slightly faster when all 8 hosts were taken into account.
Next week I’ll be switching up our caching plugin to WP Rocket. I am very keen to find out which caching solution will prove to be the fastest?
And this Week’s Winner is…
After 2+ years 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 speed challenge.