Our hosts are now firing on Canadian servers, so lets check in and find out whose ripping it up this week in Vancouver?

Speed Test – Week 154 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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  • Host Server Location: Canada
  • Location of Test: Vancouver, Canada
  • Plugins Installed: None
  • 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 154 Summary Table

The fastest host this week in Vancouver is Lightning Base with a time of 1.11s.

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 4 of the last 5 weeks.

And this week marks the 3rd week we are using our host’s Canadian server. At the same time, we have removed WP Rocket to get a clear indication of the hosts performance. During the 1st week of testing Canadian servers, all 3 hosts that have a Canadian specific server (Flywheel, WP Engine & Kinsta) performed the best from the Dallas test location. 

From London, the story changed slightly as Pressidium has proved to be fastest. This is interesting because they are the only premium host that doesn’t have a specific Canadian server (so is using the USA server). Our remaining 3 premium hosts are a step below. 

Now this week 4 out of 6 hosts performed very well, with WP Engine a step below and SiteGround considerably further back.

The most interesting aspect of this week’s results is our budget host Lightning Base has outperformed our premium hosts. And when we take into account that they remain on their USA server location due to no Canadian server being available with their respective plans, it is even more remarkable!!

For next week’s test, I will change up the location to Sydney. Will Lightning Base be able to continue punching above their weight??

Speed Test Results - Summary Table - Week 154

And this Week’s Winner is…

Speed Rankings

With 10 weeks of testing on USA servers now complete, click below to find out which host proved to be the fastest so far in 2019

Which host is Fastest in 2019?