Cloudways DigitalOcean Premium Speed Test

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If you are planning to buy Cloudways hosting with a Digitalocean server, and you want to know the performance of the Digitalocean server, then you are in the right place. In this blog post, We will test the speed and performance of Digitalocean (Premium) in Cloudways hosting with 10+ different and extensive tests.

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Cloudways Hosting

Cloudways is a modern type of hosting which lets you host your websites in cloud hosting providers like AWS, GCP, Digitalocean, Vultr, and Linode without the knowledge of Linux or SSH. Cloudways offers an innovative and modern control panel for hosting and managing WordPress, Magento, Laravel, Drupal, Joomla, or any PHP website.

Cloudways offers us to choose cloud hosting providers like AWS, GCP, Digitalocean, Vultr, or Linode. In this blog post, we will choose the Digitalocean (Premium) server to test the speed and performance of Cloudways hosting.

Plans & Pricing

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Cloudways offers different plans in the Digitalocean server. The basic plan of Digitalocean (Premium) is priced 12$ per month, which provides 1 GB RAM, one core Processor, 25GB storage, and 1 TB bandwidth. I recommend starting with this plan first if you want to host your website. After that, you can scale it anytime if your website is getting high traffic.

Testing Environment

To test Digitalocean server speed and performance, I bought 12$/month plan. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will already know that I create the same testing website when I perform speed tests. After buying the plan, I installed WordPress and connected it with my domain which I bought from NameCheap.

I do not want to run tests on a blank website, so I installed Blocksy Theme and one of its demo websites called ‘Tasty.’ I have to install four additional extra plugins with the demo website: Blocksy Companion, WP Forms Lite, Stackable, Recipe Card Blocks by WPZOOM.

Hosting: Cloudways – Digitalocean (Premium)
Plan: 12$/month
Server Location: New York
WordPress Version: 5.8
Themes: Blocksy (Active), Twenty twenty One
Plugins: Blocksy Companion, WP Forms Lite, Stackable, Recipe Card Blocks by WPZOOM

After setting this testing environment, I did not perform any extra optimizations like caching, Image compressing, modification, or any other kind of speed improvement. It would be best if you always did these optimizations to improve your website, but I wanted to know the actual performance of Digitalocean server without any optimizations.

Quick Disclaimer:
I want to inform you guys that all the results are honest and authentic in this blog post. To do these kinds of tests, I have to spend a lot of money from my pocket, So I would like to request that if you want to buy Cloudways Hosting or any other hosting, please use our affiliate links. You will get an extra discount, and this website will earn a small amount of commission from it. So, we can do more feature speed tests, reviews, and comparisons without any sponsors.

Now, without wasting your precious time, let’s start testing.


TTFB stands for time to first byte. To put it simply, this is a measurement of how long the browser has to wait before receiving its first byte of data from the server. The longer it takes to get that data, the longer it takes to display your page.

TTFB depends on the Hosting server, Themes, and plugins. But most of the part is played by the hosting server. If hosting using a high-performance server, you will get low TTFB, and if hosting uses a standard specifications server, it will be high.

Most of the hosting stores your website files in a single location. From that server, the hosting will send all the files to the visitors. If your hosting server is located in the USA, your website will get very low TTFB in the USA, Canada, and European countries. But it will be much higher in Asia and Australia.

Therefore when you buy hosting from any of the providers, try to choose the nearest server location from your website’s audience. (not closest to you but closest to your website users)

When visitors come to your website, the browser will send all the requests and ask for the required files to the hosting server. After that, hosting will send an initial reply to the browser. Now, the time between browser requests and hosting initial response will be called TTFB.

Your website will load fast if your hosting TTFB is low. Means, as low is the TTFB of your website, visitor have to wait for less. By this, the bounce rate of your website can decrease drastically.

TTFB can be different from location to location and time to time. Therefore, we will do multiple tests from multiple worldwide locations. So, we can get the best accurate value. In the TTFB test, we will use three different tools and will take five different results.

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TTFB test one is done from KeyCDN Tools. This tool will measure the TTFB from 10 different worldwide locations. I have taken three different results of this test from different other days.

Server LocationTest 1Test 2Test 3
Frankfurt324 ms277 ms275 ms
Amsterdam250 ms259 ms250 ms
London219 ms217 ms217 ms
New York14 ms15 ms15 ms
Dallas116 ms126 ms119 ms
San Francisco208 ms201 ms203 ms
Singapore715 ms711 ms707 ms
Sydney610 ms610 ms609 ms
Tokyo465 ms479 ms467 ms
Bangalore665 ms678 ms678 ms
Global Average358 ms357 ms332 ms
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In TTFB test, Digitalocean server is performing very well. Not in the near areas, but Digitalocean is performing very worldwide.

GT Metrix TTFB Test

TTFB test two is done from GTMetrix. I have done seven different tests to measure the TTFB from seven different locations.

Server LocationTTFB
Vancouver, Canada231 ms
Hong Kong, China706 ms
London, UK244 ms
Mumbai, India705 ms
San Antonio, TX, USA173 ms
Sydney, Australia655 ms
São Paulo, Brazil388 ms
Global Average443 ms

Fast or Slow TTFB Test

TTFB test three is done from Fast or Slow. Fast or Slow will measure the website TTFB and Speed from 18 worldwide locations. This is the heaviest test from all of the tests.

Server LocationTTFB
S Africa680 ms
Sweden315 ms
India613 ms
France257 ms
England252 ms
Ireland287 ms
S Korea559 ms
Bahrain616 ms
Japan470 ms
Brazil375 ms
Canada110 ms
Hong Kong608 ms
Singapore689 ms
Australia628 ms
Germany284 ms
USA (VA)46 ms
USA (OH)90 ms
USA (OR)241 ms
Global Average395 ms

Here is the end of the TTFB tests, now we will start the Speed Test.

Speed Test

We will measure the website’s fully loaded time and some core web vitals in the Speed test. The website’s fully loaded time and core web vitals can depend on Hosting servers, Themes, Plugins, and testing page content. But, as I told you before, We used the same testing environment to avoid the Theme, Plugins, and testing page content.

Google PageSpeed

If you want to rank higher in Google search, you should strictly follow the Google Core web vitals. You can measure these parameters from the Google PageSpeed Insights tool, which is the official testing tool of Google.

Therefore, we will do our first speed test in Google PageSpeed Insights. Speed Index and Time to Interactive are parameters we should follow. Google PageSpeed Insights results are not consistent. Therefore, I will conduct three different tests on separate days to get the most accurate results.


MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Time to Interactive5.3 s5.3 s5.2 s5.3 s
Speed Index3.9 s3.6 s3.8 s3.8 s


MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Time to Interactive1.7 s0.7 s1.2 s1.2 s
Speed Index1.2 s1.5 s1.5 s1.4 s

Pingdom Test

The second speed test is done with Pingdom from seven different worldwide locations. Load time is the factor that we will consider in this test.

Server LocationLoad Time
Tokyo – Japan2.05 s
Frankfurt – Germany1.21 s
London – UK1.01 s
Washington D.C. – USA409 ms
San Francisco – USA1.05 s
Sydney – Australia2.71 s
São Paulo – Brazil1.85 s
Global Average1.46 s
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GTMetrix Test

The third speed test is done with the GTMetrix tool from seven different worldwide locations. GTMetrix is based on Google PageSpeed Insights. You should look up to Fully Loaded time. I have taken seven different tests from all of the seven locations of GTMetrix. At last, you will see the global average results.

Server LocationFully Loaded Time
Vancouver, Canada956ms
Hong Kong, China3.5 s
London, UK1.1 s
Mumbai, India2.7 s
San Antonio, TX, USA1.1 s
Sydney, Australia2.5 s
São Paulo, Brazil2.1 s
Global Average1.9 s

KeyCDN Speed Test

The fourth speed test is done with KeyCDN Tools. There are ten different worldwide locations in the KeyCDN Testing tool. We can measure the website load time, page size, requests, and performance grade with this tool. Page size, requests, and performance grade will be quite the same in all of the tests.

Server LocationTest 1
Frankfurt1.48 s
Amsterdam1.6 s
London1.99 s
New York772.11 ms
Dallas1.58 s
San Francisco2.07 s
Singapore2.55 s
Sydney2.22 s
Tokyo1.86 s
Bangalore2.7 s
Global Average1.88 s

Fast or Slow Speed Test

Test 5 is done with Fast or Slow from 18 different worldwide locations. In these results, we measure website interactive time. The Time to Interactive (TTI) metric measures how long it takes a page to become interactive to the site visitor.

Performance Score97
First Contentful Paint95
Speed Index98
Largest Contentful Paint92
Time to Interactive99
Total Blocking Time100
Cumulative Layout Shift100

Load Test

In the Load test, we will send some visitors to the testing website, and after the test, we can see the load handling performance of the hosting. To do the load test, I conducted two different tests. In the first test, I sent 100 virtual users to the website. In the second test, I send 250 virtual users to the testing website.

Response Times100 Visits/Minute250 Visits/Minute
Average23 ms30 ms
Minimum22 ms27 ms
Maximum62 ms77 ms
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Final Results

  • Global Average TTFB: 349 ms
  • Global Average Load Time: 1.88 s


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