Cloudways Linode Speed Test

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If you are planning to buy Cloudways hosting with a Linode server, and you want to know the performance of the Linode server, then you are in the right place. In this blog post, We will test the speed and performance of Linode 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, Digitalcean, Vultr, or Linode. In this blog post, we will choose the Linode server to test the speed and performance of Cloudways hosting.

Plans & Pricing

Cloudways Hosting Speed and Performance Test Linode Speed Test Linode Plans and Pricing

Cloudways offers four different plans in the Vultr HF server. The basic plan is priced 12$ per month, which provides 1 GB RAM, one core Processor, 25GB SSD 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 Linode server speed and performance, I bought a 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 – Linode
Plan: 12$/month
Server Location: Dallas
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 Linode 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 hostings 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
Frankfurt386 ms388 ms390 ms
Amsterdam367 ms384 ms371 ms
London357 ms352 ms347 ms
New York136 ms118 ms129 ms
Dallas13 ms13 ms13 ms
San Francisco157 ms153 ms137 ms
Singapore656 ms633 ms638 ms
Sydney544 ms543 ms541 ms
Tokyo396 ms399 ms397 ms
Bangalore763 ms757 ms756 ms
Global Average377 ms374 ms371 ms

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, Canada220 ms
Hong Kong, China583 ms
London, UK352 ms
Mumbai, India753 ms
San Antonio, TX, USA91 ms
Sydney, Australia543 ms
São Paulo, Brazil454 ms
Global Average428 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 Africa798 ms
Sweden422 ms
India745 ms
France388 ms
England359 ms
Ireland380 ms
S Korea588 ms
Bahrain724 ms
Japan453 ms
Brazil456 ms
Canada193 ms
Hong Kong610 ms
Singapore717 ms
Australia554 ms
Germany402 ms
USA (VA)129 ms
USA (OH)108 ms
USA (OR)193 ms
Global Average456 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 Interactive5.2 s5.1 s5.1 s5.1 s
Speed Index3.6 s3.1 s3.3 s3.3 s


MetricsTest 1Test 2Test 3Average
Time to Interactive1.2 s0.7 s1.1 s1.0 s
Speed Index1.4 s1.4 s1.2 s1.3 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 – Japan2.07 s
Frankfurt – Germany1.67 s
London – UK1.56 s
Washington D.C. – USA562 ms
San Francisco – USA639 ms
Sydney – Australia2.41 s
São Paulo – Brazil2.09 s
Global Average1.57 s

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, Canada896ms
Hong Kong, China2.9 s
London, UK1.5 s
Mumbai, India2.9 s
San Antonio, TX, USA761ms
Sydney, Australia2.1 s
São Paulo, Brazil1.7 s
Global Average1.8 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 LocationLoad Time
Frankfurt1.86 s
Amsterdam1.92 s
London3.06 s
New York1.11 s
Dallas1.25 s
San Francisco1.72 s
Singapore2.49 s
Sydney3.47 s
Tokyo1.74 s
Bangalore3 s
Global Average2.16 s
Cloudways Hosting Speed and Performance Test Linode Speed Test Linode Pingdom Test

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 Score95
First Contentful Paint90
Speed Index96
Largest Contentful Paint88
Time to Interactive98
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
Average99 ms108 ms
Minimum66 ms100 ms
Maximum205 ms240 ms
Cloudways Hosting Speed and Performance Test Linode Speed Test Linode Load Test 250 users per minute

Final Results

  • Global Average TTFB: 374 ms
  • Global Average Load Time: 2.16 s


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