Which host is closing out 2017 in style this week in Sydney?

Speed Test – Week 89 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

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  • Location of Test: Sydney, Australia
  • 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?

WordPress Hosts

Identical Live Sites

Weekly Tests

SiteGround Weekly Speed Results

SiteGround Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Namecheap Weekly Speed Results

Namecheap Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

GoDaddy Weekly Speed Results

GoDaddy Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Lightning Base Weekly Speed Results

Lightning Base Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

InMotion Hosting Weekly Speed Results

InMotion Hosting Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

HostGator Weekly Speed Results

HostGator Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Bluehost Weekly Speed Results

Bluehost Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Web Hosting Hub Weekly Speed Results

Web Hosting Hub Speed Dashboard & Load Time Chart

Speed Test – Week 89 Summary Table

The fastest host this week is SiteGround with a time of 2.53s, which is a long way off the all time Sydney record of 1.02s, which was set by Namecheap in Week 71.

On our last visit to Sydney with MaxCDN, Cloudflare & WP Super Cache setup (in Week 86), the average load time for our 8 hosts was 3.13s. This week with W3 Total Cache replacing WP Super Cache, the average load time is noticeably faster at 2.79s.

This is the third and final week of our MaxCDN, Cloudflare & W3 Total Cache Speed Study, and W3 Total Cache has outperformed WP Super Cache.

Next week we’ll be turning off all caching & CDN solutions. This will allow us to get a 2018 baseline before kicking off New Speed Studies across the rest of the year.

Speed Test Results - Week 89 Summary Table

And this Week’s Winner is…

Speed Rankings

After 18 months 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.

Which host is Fastest after 18 Months?