The Uncomfortable Truth About Testing Website Speed And Hosting Speed

  Intro I’ve seen many times how bloggers test website speed or hosting speed. And it makes me sad. It’s sad because the way they test it does not make sense. And it gives no value to the readers. There are two problems: The first problem is that most people run the speed tests just once or maybe a couple of times. The results of such “testing” are misleading and do more harm than … [Read more...]

Server Response Time And Time To First Byte (TTFB) To Estimate Hosting Speed? 16.5 Mln Tests In 2018

Intro When people want to estimate hosting speed, they often use Server Response Time or Time To First Byte (TTFB) value. Whereas they should use Full Page Load Time metric. And In this post I show you the data collected during the whole 2018 year on how fast the hosts were and how their speed is connected with Server Response Time (or Time To First Byte (TTFB) to be more … [Read more...]

Is Cloudflare with Cache-Everything rule effective? Tested on StableHost 6336 times from 16 locations

This is the second part of my practical research on Cloudflare free service. The first part is dedicated to Cloudflare free service without considering Cache-Everything rule. And in this article I present the results of testing free Cloudflare service with and without Cache-everything rule enabled (this option is free). Also, I compared the speed with and without a caching plugin used in … [Read more...]

How fast is A2Hosting with and without free Cloudflare Service?

I’ve heard quite a few controversial opinions about using a free Cloudflare service. The main point that users blame a free Cloudflare service for is that it sort of brings more harm than good. I decided to check it myself. The main thing I tested thousands of times is website speed with and without free Cloudflare service. By the way, this is the first part of the research. Read the second … [Read more...]

The Best Free Online Tool To Check Website Speed (A2Hosting Tested 600 Times)

I’ve picked up six popular free online tools to check website speed and tested my website hosted on A2Hosting (the cheapest Lite plan). And I’ve made 600 tests to find out the most reliable (i.e. the best) tool. And after analyzing the test data I make recommendations on using the particular free online tools which will help you make more precise measurements of your website speed. By … [Read more...]

Cheaper And More Expensive Hosts Compared From All Over The World. HawkHost vs A2Hosting

Evaluating hosting speed is not a trivial task. And as you probably know, to answer the question "what it is to be fast for a hosting" I monitor 15 US-based hosts from US West and East Coast and publish monthly reports. It’s truly a great source of the objective information on hosting performance. However, in some cases these reports may be considered as limited because there are only two … [Read more...]

Performance issues on your website: CPU, RAM, IO limits explained for non-technicals

Sometimes your website on shared hosting may become very slow during seconds or pair of minutes. Or your visitors see errors when they visit your website. And you may not even notice that there's something wrong, because after a short time your website is fine again. Such website instability can affect your business quite a bit. So, I've written this article to help you find out what may be wrong … [Read more...]

Is Avada theme fast on A2Hosting? 8352 tests done to answer that.

On what shared hosting does Avada theme work well? Is Avada fast on A2Hosting? These are the questions that I have been asked multiple times. Until I tested it and monitored it myself during a quite lengthy period of time, I could just say that most shared hosts are not suitable for a heavy WordPress theme like Avada. And I could just say that a managed or self-managed VPS or more expensive WP … [Read more...]

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins Speed Test: W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache vs Sucuri Firewall (Cloud WAF)

I've run 32,224 tests during one month to find out which caching plugin makes your website faster. I tested W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache plugins. They are the two best well-known free caching plugins that WordPress users highly recommend using to make your website faster. And also I compared them to the caching solution that I currently use – Sucuri Cloud WAF (website application … [Read more...]

How to Configure W3 Total Cache. Easier Than You Think. Settings Explained

Intro  Many users think that configuring W3 Total Cache plugin is hard because there are a lot of settings that they do not understand. In this tutorial I want to explain the settings and show you how to configure this plugin easily. W3 Total Cache is a powerful, flexible and free caching plugin for WordPress. But it allows not only optimizing your website caching, but also … [Read more...]