With our hosts good to go on UK servers, who is tearing it up this week in London?

Speed Test – Week 162 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: UK
  • Location of Test: London, UK
  • 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 162 Summary Table

The fastest host this week in London is WP Engine with an impressive time of 0.83s.

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. Then Flywheel took over, claiming the fastest host honors in 4 of the next 5 weeks.

When we changed the host’s server location from USA to Canada, Flywheel & Kinsta continued to perform well. Kinsta recorded the fastest average speed across 5 weeks, while Flywheel was fastest 3 times.

This marks our 2nd week where our hosts are on UK servers, and Kinsta have jumped out of the gates the fastest last week. This weeks honors go to WP Engine, but really 5 of our hosts have performed brilliantly, all recording sub 1 second load times. It confirms the speed boost of ensuring your host server is close to your main visitor base.

And its great to see our budget host Lightning Base mixing it with our 4 premiums. If history is any indication, SiteGround is needing the support of WP Rocket to compete (we will find out for sure in the coming weeks).

For next week’s test, I will change up the test location from London to Mumbai. Which of our hosts will come out on top in India?

Speed Test Results - Summary Table - Week 162

And this Week’s Winner is…

Speed Rankings

With 20 weeks of testing on USA & Canadian 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?