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

Mobile Page Speed League

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
 

 

 

 

Top 8 WordPress Web Hosts Speed Ranking (Archives)

Pressable (September)

#5 PRESSABLE.COM

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.

FlyWheel (September)

#6 GETFLYWHEEL.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

 

WP Engine (September)

#8 WPENGINE.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

21.6s with a page grade F. Up two slots this month but unfortunately still a painfully slow experience for mobile users.

GoDaddy (September)

#7 GODADDY.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

19.2s with a page grade D. High five or high and dry? It's still SlowDaddy, however we spin it.

SiteGround (September)

#3 SITEGROUND.COM

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.

BlueHost (September)

#4 BLUEHOST.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

DreamHost (September)

#2 DREAMHOST.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

Browserweb (September)

#1 BROWSERWEB

SEPTEMBER 2018

5.9s with a page grade B.

 

 

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Browserweb’s Technology Stack

 

 

Other 6 Web Hosts Speed Ranking

Media Temple (September)

MEDIATEMPLE.NET

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

Pantheon (September)

PANTHEON.IO

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

LiquidWeb (September)

LIQUIDWEB.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

15.5s with a page grade E.

iPage (September)

IPAGE.COM

SEPTEMBER 2018

15.0s with a page grade D.

A2 Hosting (September)

A2HOSTING.COM

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.

InMotion Hosting (September)

INMOTIONHOSTING.COM

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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