I Tested these top 10 budget WordPress Hosts from 2016 to 2018
Here is how they performed…
Note: A2 Hosting was removed on 28 Jan 2017 due to an inability to provide solutions to unacceptable downtimes. They have been replaced by Namecheap.
Note: DreamHost was removed on 23 Apr 2017 due to an inability to provide solutions to unacceptable speed and downtimes. They have been replaced by Lightning Base.
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To further speed up our WordPress Hosts, I install various caching plugins, CDN solutions & image optimization plugins on all live sites. The results below show how each combination performed over the last 3 years.
Image Optimization Plugins
2016 Speed Study Results
The combo of WP Rocket & Cloudflare were most effective at speeding up our hosts in 2016.
H1 2017 Speed Study Results
- Once again WP Rocket & Cloudflare were the fastest in the 1st half of 2017.
- The big improver was the combo of W3 Total Cache & Cloudflare, just 0.01 sec behind.
H2 2017 Speed Study Results
- Surprisingly, the addition of KeyCDN & MaxCDN didn’t result in an improvement in speed.
- The other key takeaway was that KeyCDN comfortably outperformed MaxCDN!!
H1 2018 Speed Study Results
- After expanding our tests to 8 Caching Plugins, it was W3 Total Cache & WP Rocket that sped up our sites the most in H1 2018.
H2 2018 Speed Study Results
- After changing our test locations to Vancouver, São Paulo & Mumbai; it was WP Rocket that was the fastest caching plugin in H2 2018.