I have read in many places that upgrading a site’s webhosting plan will improve it’s page speed.
But in reality, will it really matter? My tiny experiment below says “no”.
Please share your knowledge and experience on this topic…
I have not seen any solid studies or examples of pagespeed differences that result directly from boosting webhosting plan levels.
- If you know of one, please share a link.
- If you know of a normal website on a Premium hosting plan, please share the site’s name and host.
- I would kinda like to be proved wrong about this
(links to the tests these screenshots came from are at the bottom of this post)
Here is a partial screenshot of my site’s test results using Mobile settings.
[ Dulles, VA - Moto G4 - Chrome - Emulated Motorola G (gen 4) - 3GFast – Mobile ]
This site uses the lowest level shared hosting plan that GreenGeeks.com offers (the Lite plan)
And here is a screen shot of the test results of a GreenGeeks.com page using the same Mobile settings.
This site is on a DEDICATED SERVER
I thought it would be super fast compared to my cheap basic shared plan. But take a look…
The “light” areas in each bar of the waterfall are just as long from this Dedicated Server as they are from my basic shared hosting. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. :huh:
GreenGeeks webhosting service is very well rated for speed and uptime. Here are their published differences between the bottom (Lite) and top (Premium) shared hosting plans:
Disk I/O : Lite = 10 MB/sec, Premium = 20 MB/sec
Inodes : Lite = 150000, Premium = 500000
CPU Cores : Lite = 2, Premium = 4
I am assuming that their Dedicated Server’s stats are same or better than their Premium shared hosting
Am I looking at the wrong things?
Are the “light” areas in the waterfall not affected by hosting levels or servers speeds?
Would upgrading my site’s hosting plan really make a big difference to my page speed? HOW?
Below are the webpagetest.org test results I used:
My site with Mobile settings:
GreenGeeks interior page with Mobile settings:
My site with Chrome Desktop settings:
GreenGeeks interior page with Chrome Desktop settings:
Thank you for your help