Ecommerce Platforms Comparative Speed Testing
Magento performance is a common topic for discussions in different dedicated forums and among end users of the platform. Today we’ll try in to either confirm or debunk the myth that Magento is slower than other ecommerce platforms.
The idea behind the investigation is to compare web site speed tests of four most popular e-commerce platforms, find out the winners and their specific features.
This study compares four e-platforms that are already well-known to our readers and most online store owners: Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, and PrestaShop. In our study we used the Pingdom Website Speed Test tool for testing desktop stores; Mobitest by Akamai for mobile testing and iplocation.net to detect web site domain IP address locations.
In general, we tested 50 random online stores from the Alexa 1 Mln Top websites list in different ways and by multiple parameters, including various test locations, different pages (e.g. main, category, and product pages), desktop and mobile web site versions, domain IP locations, and compared their loading speeds.
The results and our conclusions are presented below.
Speed Test Results
The basic finding we’ve obtained is that the average loading time of a single page is 5.9 seconds. Despite this value is too general to be used for certain purposes it shows the benchmark applicable to ecommerce stores.
Perhaps, it looks pretty slow especially if we refer to the Google recommendations for ecommerce websites asking for 2 seconds and even less. Still, that’s the real state of things. But, as far as the study includes different entrepreneurs, both successful and not, we’d like you to consider this result as the minimum acceptable level.
Still, different pages of the stores have different loading times and funnily enough all the explored platforms show the next same tendency. Main pages show the slowest seconds, while product pages run faster than any other pages. Here are the averages:
- Main Pages – 7.1 sec.;
- Category Pages – 5.5 sec.;
- Product Pages – 4.8 sec.
It’s is true for all the platforms…