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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 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
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.
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)
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.
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.
KeyCDN TTFB Test
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 Location||Test 1||Test 2||Test 3|
|Frankfurt||324 ms||277 ms||275 ms|
|Amsterdam||250 ms||259 ms||250 ms|
|London||219 ms||217 ms||217 ms|
|New York||14 ms||15 ms||15 ms|
|Dallas||116 ms||126 ms||119 ms|
|San Francisco||208 ms||201 ms||203 ms|
|Singapore||715 ms||711 ms||707 ms|
|Sydney||610 ms||610 ms||609 ms|
|Tokyo||465 ms||479 ms||467 ms|
|Bangalore||665 ms||678 ms||678 ms|
|Global Average||358 ms||357 ms||332 ms|
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.
|Vancouver, Canada||231 ms|
|Hong Kong, China||706 ms|
|London, UK||244 ms|
|Mumbai, India||705 ms|
|San Antonio, TX, USA||173 ms|
|Sydney, Australia||655 ms|
|São Paulo, Brazil||388 ms|
|Global Average||443 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.
|S Africa||680 ms|
|S Korea||559 ms|
|Hong Kong||608 ms|
|USA (VA)||46 ms|
|USA (OH)||90 ms|
|USA (OR)||241 ms|
|Global Average||395 ms|
Here is the end of the TTFB tests, now we will start the 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.
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.
|Metrics||Test 1||Test 2||Test 3||Average|
|Time to Interactive||5.3 s||5.3 s||5.2 s||5.3 s|
|Speed Index||3.9 s||3.6 s||3.8 s||3.8 s|
|Metrics||Test 1||Test 2||Test 3||Average|
|Time to Interactive||1.7 s||0.7 s||1.2 s||1.2 s|
|Speed Index||1.2 s||1.5 s||1.5 s||1.4 s|
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 Location||Load Time|
|Tokyo – Japan||2.05 s|
|Frankfurt – Germany||1.21 s|
|London – UK||1.01 s|
|Washington D.C. – USA||409 ms|
|San Francisco – USA||1.05 s|
|Sydney – Australia||2.71 s|
|São Paulo – Brazil||1.85 s|
|Global Average||1.46 s|
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 Location||Fully Loaded Time|
|Hong Kong, China||3.5 s|
|London, UK||1.1 s|
|Mumbai, India||2.7 s|
|San Antonio, TX, USA||1.1 s|
|Sydney, Australia||2.5 s|
|São Paulo, Brazil||2.1 s|
|Global Average||1.9 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 Location||Test 1|
|New York||772.11 ms|
|San Francisco||2.07 s|
|Global Average||1.88 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.
|First Contentful Paint||95|
|Largest Contentful Paint||92|
|Time to Interactive||99|
|Total Blocking Time||100|
|Cumulative Layout Shift||100|
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 Times||100 Visits/Minute||250 Visits/Minute|
|Average||23 ms||30 ms|
|Minimum||22 ms||27 ms|
|Maximum||62 ms||77 ms|
- Global Average TTFB: 349 ms
- Global Average Load Time: 1.88 s
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