Using WP Engine’s CDN: Page Speed Comparison

In our previous speed comparison of GoDaddy WordPress hosting vs. WP Engine’s hosting, WP Engine showed faster page load times. Let’s expand upon that test by adding the built-in WP Engine CDN (powered by NetDNA), and see how much of an improvement we get on page load times.

Enable WP Engine’s CDN

It’s super-easy to enable WP Engine’s CDN right from their hosting control panel.

WP Engine Admin - enabling CDN
How to enable the CDN in WP Engine’s admin portal

Note: A CDN is included on WP Engine’s Professional plan (and higher), but costs an extra $19.95/mo. on their Personal plan. See which plan is best for you »

WP Engine Page Speed: Pre- and Post-CDN

We’ll test two different pages, each from two different server locations (New York & Texas). The results are below.

WP Engine Page Speed Without CDN

Page / Server Location Requests Load Time Full Results
Homepage (New York) 84 2.94s View
Homepage (Texas) 84 2.02s View
Homepage Average 2.48s
Article Page (New York) 89 1.97s View
Article Page (Texas) 89 1.69s View
Article Page Average 1.83s

WP Engine Page Speed With CDN

Page / Server Location Requests Load Time Full Results
Homepage (New York) 84 2.64s View
Homepage (Texas) 84 1.68s View
Homepage Average 2.16s
Article Page (New York) 89 1.73s View
Article Page (Texas) 89 1.39s View
Article Page Average 1.56s

WP Engine CDN: Is it worth it?

The short answer: yes. It’s up to you whether you can warrant the additional cost, but if you’re already on a Professional plan, it’s definitely worth enabling it.

For each page tested, we saw ~0.3s decrease in page load time. That might seem like a small number, but the difference between 1.7 and 2 seconds in today’s mobile world is fairly significant.

We also tested Jetpack’s Photon service to see what kind of improvements we got with their image CDN.

 

Did you have a similar experience with WP Engine’s CDN on your site? Please let us know in the comments.

2 Commentson "Using WP Engine’s CDN: Page Speed Comparison"

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    I’m just starting to use wpengine and I’ve been really happy with their hosting and their CDN. Our marketing agency’s site, http://www.thedsmgroup.com/ is 4x faster since we’ve moved from host gator to wpengine.

    Great short post here. Just what I was looking for.

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      Glad that it’s working out for you, Jason.

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