Now that our sites are locked and loaded on Australian servers and with WP Rocket good to go, which host is burning rubber this week in London?
Speed Test – Week 187 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
- Host Server Location: Australia
- Location of Test: London, UK
- Caching 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?
Identical Live Sites
SiteGround Weekly Speed Results
Lightning Base Weekly Speed Results
flywheel Weekly Speed Results
kinsta Weekly Speed Results
pressidium Weekly Speed Results
wp engine Weekly Speed Results
SPeed Test – Week 187 Summary Table
The fastest host this week in London is Flywheel with a truly remarkable time of 0.60s.
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.
With the server location set in the UK, Kinsta once again was the most impressive, recording the fastest load time 5 out of the 10 weeks.
And the 10 weeks of testing from Indian servers resulted in Flywheel & Pressidium performing the best, with Flywheel being the fastest across 5 weeks and Pressidium 3 weeks.
This week marks the 7th that we’re testing from Australia, and the 2nd with caching support from WP Rocket. Across the first 4 weeks, it was Pressidium that found itself on top of the speed rankings. The last 2 weeks has resulted in Kinsta taking the honors. Now its Flywheel turn to smash all hosts with an amazing average load time.
The most disappointing result came from Lightning Base and WP Engine, who were significantly slower than all other hosts. The results are even more concerning for WP Engine, as they are a premium host who have been beaten out by our 2 budget hosts (SiteGround & Lightning Base).
For next week’s test, I will change up the test location London to Mumbai. I am most interested to see if WP Engine can speed things up in India to justify their premium price tag?
And this Week’s Winner is…
With 40 weeks of testing on USA, UK, Canadian & Indian servers now complete, click below to find out which host proved to be the fastest so far in 2019.