Browserweb’s Mobile First Speed League

 

We are WordPress designers and developers who wanted a web hosting platform optimized for fast mobile-first designed websites.

We tried many of the other hosts in the early days and decided on creating our own supersonic web hosting servers based on our knowledge and experience.

Certainly, our results would appear to vindicate that we know how to optimize mobile websites for page speed.  Read the reviews below.

If you're looking for a fast loading WordPress or Woocommerce mobile driven website you should consider Browserweb . If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

December 2018

SPEED RANKING WEB HOST
1.   |    7.4s Browserweb
2.   |    9.5s Dreamhost
3.   |   12.8s A2 Hosting
4.   |  13.3s Media Temple
5.   |   14.0s InMotion
6.   |  16.5s BlueHost
7.   |  17.2s GoDaddy
SPEED RANKING WEB HOST
8.      |   19.4s iPage
9.      |   20.2s LiquidWeb
10.   |    20.2s Pantheon
11.   |   22.6s WPEngine
12.   |   45.9s Siteground
13.   |   46.5s FlyWheel
14.   |   failed test Pressable
Pressable

#14 PRESSABLE.COM

DECEMBER 2018

Failed test. GTMetrix could not crawl due to consistent timeout error.
SEPTEMBER 2018

30.4s with a page grade F. Pressable changed their page design recently and it's impacted the desktop speed in a positive light but not so their mobile speed, which sees them crashing to the wooden spoon. Drops from 5th to 8th this month. Needs work.
AUGUST 2018

20.0s with a page grade E. Getting slower with age.

FlyWheel

#13 GETFLYWHEEL.COM

DECEMBER 2018

46.5s with a page grade F.  The FlyWheel is still very broken.

SEPTEMBER 2018

24.5s with a page grade F. Down a slot to #7 this month. The FlyWheel is broken.

AUGUST 2018

20.6s with a page grade F.

SiteGround

#12 SITEGROUND.COM

DECEMBER 2018

45.9s with a page grade E. A new design worked well for the desktop version but carelessness apparent here when considering the mobile view, it needs addressed.
SEPTEMBER 2018

16.2s with a page grade E. Slipping down the charts, it's obviously a desktop first company. Siteground's page speed between desk to mobile experience is night and day.
AUGUST 2018

12.2s with a page grade E.

It's running a non-WordPress website.

WP Engine

#11 WPENGINE.COM

DECEMBER 2018
22.6s with a page grade F. An expensive digital experience to forget.
SEPTEMBER 2018
21.6s with a page grade F.
AUGUST 2018
35.1s with a page grade F. They are the slowest of the top 8 WordPress hosting companies for mobile page speed.

Pantheon

#10

PANTHEON.IO

DECEMBER 2018

Drops from 5th to 10th in the league. 20.2s with a page grade F.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Not much change here. 21.9s with a page grade F.

AUGUST 2018

We recorded 19.2s with a page grade F - ehmmm, not very much "...digital speed and agility" as claimed on the home page of Pantheon.

Known as a Drupal CMS Host, they run Drupal on their own website.

Unfortunately, it's not an agile nor respectable load time in this page speed report for Pantheon.

LiquidWeb

#9

LIQUIDWEB.COM

DECEMBER 2018

20.2s with a page grade E. Erratic charting over our testing period, they truly are liquid.
SEPTEMBER 2018

15.5s with a page grade E.
AUGUST 2018

39.2s with a page grade E. Very expensive hosting for the discerning buyer that must like slow page speeds bundled into the costs.

iPage

#8

IPAGE.COM

DECEMBER 2018

19.4s with a page grade D.

SEPTEMBER 2018

15.0s with a page grade D.

AUGUST 2018

16.4s with a page grade D.

Doesn't use WordPress as a CMS.

GoDaddy

#7 GODADDY.COM

DECEMBER 2018
17.2s with a page grade D. New design, a couple of seconds off an already depressing speed means it's still a no-go in our book.
SEPTEMBER 2018
19.2s with a page grade D. High five or high and dry? It's still SlowDaddy, however we spin it.
AUGUST 2018
20.9s with a page grade D. It would appear consistency is key for GoDaddy.com.

Browserweb's Technology Stack

BlueHost

#6 BLUEHOST.COM

DECEMBER 2018

16.5s with a page grade F. Bluehost released "WordPress Pro" this month. Ehemmm...go slow pickins' here as they ahve also fallen 3 spots to #6.
SEPTEMBER 2018

12.2s with a page grade F. Up a place this month, nearly hitting the 12s goal for newbies 🙂
AUGUST 2018

17.7s with a page grade E.

InMotion Hosting

#5

INMOTIONHOSTING.COM

DECEMBER 2018

14.0s with a page grade D.
SEPTEMBER 2018

11.8s with a page grade D. None of the "new six" web hosts we added last month have anything to be pleased about here, they are all below grade and very slow.
AUGUST 2018

19.7s with a page grade B.

Doesn't use WordPress CMS for it's own website.

Media Temple

#4

MEDIATEMPLE.NET

DECEMBER 2018

13.3s with a page grade E. MT's addressed some concerns, shaving nearly 10s off their slow mobile experience and put them up to #4 in the mobile league.
SEPTEMBER 2018

22.3s with a page grade E. MT's slid down the page speed ranks this month.
AUGUST 2018

14.0s with a page grade E. Doesn't use WordPress CMS for it's own website.

A2 Hosting

#3

A2HOSTING.COM

DECEMBER 2018

12.8s with a page grade of C.
SEPTEMBER 2018

13.8s with a page grade of C. It's an improvement over last month, but still very short of where A2 needs to be.
AUGUST 2018

The slogan for A2 is "Our Speed, Your Success.

Well, with a 17.1s result and a page grade C, there's work to do in the ninja superpower department.

A2's own website is powered by CodeIgniter, not WordPress CMS.

DreamHost

#2 DREAMHOST.COM

DECEMBER 2018

9.5s with a page grade E. Maintaining #2 position with their javascript driven website (not WordPress).
SEPTEMBER 2018

10.4s with a page grade E. Maintaining #2 with a slower speed than prior month.
AUGUST 2018

6.3s with a page grade E.

Well done to the dreamers, they've impressed with the new design and watched our past remarks and fixed their website.

However, it's running a non-WordPress website.

Browserweb

#1 BROWSERWEB

DECEMBER 2018

7.4s with a page grade B. #1 to round off the year in a familiar position.

SEPTEMBER 2018

5.9s with a page grade B. #1

AUGUST 2018

5.6s with a page grade B.

We use what we sell, WordPress CMS.

We're the only host on this list that has an B-Rating and in the 5s page speed range.

Supersonic Mobile Website Hosting from Browserweb is the fastest.

 

September 2018 (Archive)

SPEED RANKING WEB HOST
1.   |    5.9s Browserweb
2.   |   10.4s Dreamhost
3.   |   11.8s InMotion
4.   |   12.1s BlueHost
5.   |   13.8s A2 Hosting
6.   |  15.0s iPage
7.   |   15.5s LiquidWeb
SPEED RANKING WEB HOST
8.      |   16.2s Siteground
9.      |   19.2s GoDaddy
10.   |    21.6s WPEngine
11.   |   21.9s Pantheon
12.   |   22.3s MediaTemple
13.   |   24.5s FlyWheel
14.   |   30.4s Pressable

What You Should Look for When Testing

 

  • The test location closest to your target audience provides the most accurate representation of your page load.
  • Don’t compare these tools equally and wonder why your scores differ from tool to tool.
  • Onload time may misrepresent the true load time of your page.
  • Real browsers provide a better indication of your website’s performance.
  • It’s important to understand how each tool works before relying on them for any sort of data or results.

 

Which Page Speed Testing tool should you rely upon or use?

 

It depends. We feel that the use cases for each tool can be broken down into the following categories:

 

Quick Checks

GTmetrix, Pingdom Tools, and PageSpeed Insights

 

Consistency/Historical Tracking

GTmetrix and WebPagetest

 

In-depth Analysis

GTmetrix and WebPagetest

 

SEO Check

PageSpeed Insights, GTmetrix, and Pingdom Tools

Mobile Devices

WebPagetest, GTmetrix, and PageSpeed Insights

 

Location Dependent

WebPagetest, GTmetrix, and Pingdom Tools

 

Advanced Options

WebPagetest and GTmetrix

 

Pingdom defaults to Onload Time only

This is why you may see Pingdom results loading faster than GTmetrix and/or WebPagetest.

Fully Loaded Time vs Onload Time

Fully Loaded Time

The point after the Onload event fires and there has been no network activity for 2 seconds. This ensures more consistency with tests.

Possible issues with using this event: This event fires only when a page completely stops loading content, including ads and below the fold elements. Your site might have loaded fast above the fold and be usable, however since the analysis is now waiting for the entire site to stop loading data, your reported Page Load Time might be longer.

 

Onload Time

When the processing of the page is complete and all the resources on the page (images, CSS, etc.) have finished downloading. The browser will trigger window.onload when this occurs.

Issues with using this event: Some elements of the page load may not make it in before this event fires – like JavaScript based image carousels – causing inconsistent page load times and inaccurate screenshots. It may also report faster page load times than actual.

Conclusion

Onload time may misrepresent the true load time

Due to network variances or the way the page was designed to load (eg. asynchronous loading), resources loaded after the browser triggered window.Onload may not make it into reports.

The result is a report that indicates the page loaded faster than it actually did. This means that the while the tool received a “page finished loading” trigger at onload, the actual user is still experiencing resources being downloaded.

Our preferred testing platform, GTmetrix now uses fully loaded time, which waits for 2 seconds of network inactivity before stopping the test.

 

The Other Platforms

GTmetrix and WebPagetest allow you to switch between Fully Loaded and Onload Time.

Pingdom defaults to Onload Time only.

This is why you may see Pingdom results loading faster than GTmetrix and/or WebPagetest.

Scores and Recommendations

Recommendations will differ between tools

Each of these tools assess websites against their own set of recommendations.

Most of them stem from Google’s original open source PageSpeed library, and have likely been customized or modified.

GTmetrix in particular has modified PageSpeed and YSlow rules to assess websites based on what they feel are the most important metrics.

Conclusion

Don’t compare these tools equally and wonder why your scores differ from tool to tool

While they’re all likely based on the original, open-sourced Google PageSpeed library, some key differences should be pointed out.

After Google made general scoring algorithm/recommendation changes years ago, they have not updated the open-sourced library since.

The PageSpeed Insights online tool as a whole seems to contain a new set of rules (which isn’t open-source).

Don’t compare these tools equally and wonder why your scores differ from tool to tool; they all use different recommendation sets.

This is why you’ll see differing rules from each service, and why GTMextrix deemed it necessary to update their own PageSpeed rule set.