Load WordPress Sites in 143ms, Thanks to the Best WordPress Hosting

by Mustaasam Saleem  September 13, 2017

Researchers say that you have only 7 seconds to grab the visitor’s attention. Once lost, he may not visit your website again! This ensures that the load time of a WordPress website should be optimized enough so that your visitors could stay and see what your site is all about. Not only this, the search engine giant, Google prioritizes the websites that are loaded under 2 seconds in its search engine result pages (SERPs).

WordPress Performance Tests

I’m sure you must have found many articles on speed up a WordPress site, but (you may) didn’t get a success as you expected. It is because most of the WordPress users rely on the front-end speed of a site neglecting their back-end hosting environment. Therefore, they must know choosing the best WordPress hosting is the first step of a speedy and successful website.

Today, I will conduct a few tests and let WordPress users know, how well a 1-click WordPress website performs on the best WordPress hosting like Cloudways.

Let’s Begin the Performance Test!

To initiate the tests, I have launched WordPress on Vultr at Cloudways Platform.

Let’s Begin the Performance Test!

Note: If you too want to conduct the following test in this article, get a free trial period of Cloudways without providing your credit card info.

Server Environment

As you can see in the image above, I have launched a Vultr 1GB server that is located in Los Angeles, USA. 1-click launching of a server comes preconfigured with:

  • Apache
  • Varnish
  • PHP7
  • NGINX
  • Memcached
  • PHP-FPM
  • MySQL (You can choose MariaDB later on)
  • HTTP/2
  • FREE SSL certificates by Let’s Encrypt

The above list doesn’t end here, you can have a look at the features that Cloudways offers you. And if you are a non-techie, it may be difficult to understand the above terms. Although, in fact, these terms are not really necessary for you to understand.

Have a Look at Installed WordPress Application

After getting into the Cloudways Platform, navigate to Applications from the top left menu bar. Get into the application and you will see a screen like an image below.

Have a Look at Installed WordPress Application

Visit the WordPress staging URL that is written under Admin Panel, use login credentials, and get into your WordPress Dashboard. Navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins tab, there you will see a pre-installed plugin named as Breeze.

Install Breeze on WordPress

You might be thinking, what is it for? Well, Breeze is a free WordPress cache plugin by Cloudways. All WordPress-based applications launched on Cloudways comes pre-installed with Breeze.

Conduct WordPress Performance Test on Cloudways

Well, I think I have talked enough! Let’s test the WordPress site without putting any efforts on optimization. Just a reminder for our testing environment, I have:

  • Cloud Infrastructure: Vultr
  • Server Size (RAM): 1 GB
  • Location of Data Center: Los Angeles
  • Version of WordPress: 4.8.1
  • Pre-configured with: PHP7, Varnish, NGINX, and Breeze installed

Now, I am going to test the performance with the default configurations of a WordPress website hosted on Cloudways. I have used Pingdom, WebPageTest, and GTMetrix to conduct the tests. In addition, to authenticate the performance test, I am providing URLs of the tests conducted on each website analyzing tools respectively.

And the Performance Results Are:

Pingdom

Current Performance Results on Pingdom Tools

Test Results

WebPageTest

Current Performance Results on WebPageTest

Test Results

GTMetrix

Current Performance Results on GTMetrix

Test Results

Let’s Tweak the Breeze a Bit!

The default settings of Cloudways hosting environment and Breeze are satisfactory, but there is always a room for improvements. Let’s optimize and configure Breeze settings to see how well it performs on a WordPress website.

Breeze is a very easy to configure WordPress cache plugin. I have just enabled the minification, grouping, and added KeyCDN as the CDN provider. The below results shows the power of the best WordPress hosting along with an efficient caching plugin.

Pingdom Tools

After Performance Results on Pingdom Tools

Test Results

WebPageTest

After Performance Results on WebPageTest

Test Results

GTMetrix

After Performance Results on GTMetrix

Test Results

Let’s Conclude the Results in a Tabular Form

Pingdom WebPageTest GTMertix
Default Settings 387 ms 126 ms 3.2 s
Optimized Breeze 143 ms 123 ms 0.6 s

Final Thoughts!

According to Pingdom and GTMetrix, you can see a site hosted on the best WordPress hosting along with just a WordPress cache plugin can dramatically increase the speed of a WordPress site. The result by WebPageTest (TTFB) is mostly dependent on the server response time. However, there are a number of techniques that can be used to reduce server response time for WordPress websites.

Doesn’t the results look impressive? Give Cloudways a try and then migrate your existing WordPress based website to Cloudways, configure the Breeze, and see the improved results of your WordPress website. Don’t forget to share your testing results in the comment section below.

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About Mustaasam Saleem

Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at mustaasam.saleem@cloudways.com

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