With the help of WP Rocket, our budget hosts are proving they can challenge our premium hosts. Will that trend continue when we test from Sydney?

Speed Test – Week 150 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 Speed Test

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  • Location of Test: Sydney, Australia
  • Plugins Installed: WP Rocket
  • Frequency of Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
  • Number of Weekly Tests = 1 x24 x7 x6 = 1,008 (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? 


WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

SiteGround Weekly Speed Results

SiteGround Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Lightning Base Weekly Speed Results

Lightning Base Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

flywheel Weekly Speed Results

Flywheel Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

kinsta Weekly Speed Results

Kinsta Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

pressidium Weekly Speed Results

Pressidium Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

wp engine Weekly Speed Results

WP Engine Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Speed Test – Week 150 Summary Table

The fastest host this week in Sydney is Kinsta with a very impressive time of 2.09s.

With our 4 new premium hosts on board in 2019, Kinsta dominated early with fastest load time across 4 of the first 5 weeks of testing. More recently we have seen a shift with Flywheel dominating the speed rankings. They have claimed the fastest host honors in 3 of the last 4 weeks.

The other element we’re wanting to check is the influence WP Rocket has had on our hosts. If we look back to Week 145 results (where the same test was conducted from Sydney, just without WP Rocket), the constant theme is how well Kinsta continues to perform. The biggest improvement has come from Lightning Base & SiteGround, while it is clear that Pressidium isn’t a fan of Australia.

I am once again impressed with how well our budget hosts of SiteGround & Lightning Base have fared this week – they’ve even managed to outperform 2 of our premium hosts with the help of WP Rocket!!

For next week’s test, I will change up our host’s server location to Canada and restart the testing sequence from Dallas. I wonder whether our hosts that offer a Canadian server will achieve a noticeable performance improvement?

Speed Test Results - Summary Table - Week 150

And this Week’s Winner is…

Speed Rankings

With our new hosts yet to achieve enough results to summarise, feel free to check out how our previous hosts performed over the course of 3 years of testing. 

Which host was Fastest after 3 Years?