CMS Performance Test

CMS Performance Benchmark Test

FullSail Systems wanted to test some of the most popular CMS systems and how they perform on the FullSail Systems Hosting Platform.

Why We Test

CMS Systems Tested
CMS Tested

Why Create a CMS Benchmark Test

We at FullSail Systems wanted to test performance features of popular CMS systems with the overall goal to further enhance our onboarding base scripts for our hosting products.

Our current testing involves:

372+ Performance Tests
42 No. CMS Tested

CMS Systems

Content Management Systems make up a large portion of the top 1million websites. CMS Systems make up 36.42% of all of the top 1 million sites vs. and eCommerce platforms at 7.10%

CMS Benchmark Testing with Google Lighthouse
CMS Performance Benchmark Testing

Test Summary

Test results are mixed as some CMS systems scored exceptionally well as others fell short.

It is a clear indication that the core CMS system you choose or use can influence the overall performance of your web application. Equally important is that your core host performance plays a factor in these results.

Below we have made available a summary of some benchmark tests conducted. These CMS performance tests include Wordpress, Joomla!, Drupal, TYPO3 & Prestashop.

To get FREE access to all the latest benchmark tests please fill out the form below. You will have access to 100's of tests conducted on many versions of popular CMS's, Ecommerce Cart Systems, and more.

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System Tested Version Simulated Destkop Simulated Mobile Report
Wordpress 5.2 62/100 58/100 Results
Drupal 7.69 84/100 84/100 Results
Joomla 3.5 65/100 78/100 Results
Prestashop 1.7.5 29/100 34/100 Results
TYPO3 8.7 77/100 92/100 Results
So which CMS have been tested?

List of CMS Systems Tested

FullSail Systems has tested many CMS systems, no matter the popularity and/or trend. The focus of these tests wasn't necessary to find the best performing CMS system, but to elevate our hosting products to meet the demand of our clients CMS platforms.

We have compiled a list of systems we have tested. Free Access to detailed reports can be found at the FullSail Systems results portal.

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    Anchor 0.12
    Drupal 7.69
    Drupal 8.8
    Grav 1.1
    Grav 1.2
    Grav 1.3
    Grav 1.4
    Grav 1.5
    Grav 1.6
    Joomla 1.5
    Joomla 2.5
    Joomla 3.0
    Joomla 3.5
    Joomla 3.9
    Joomla 4.0 ALPHA
    Kirby 3.0
    Kirby 3.1
    Kirby 3.2
    Kirby 3.3.3
    Opencart 2.0
    Opencart 2.1
    Opencart 2.3
    Opencart 3.0


    osCommerce 2.3.4
    Prestashop 1.7.0
    Prestashop 1.7.1
    Prestashop 1.7.2
    Prestashop 1.7.3
    Prestashop 1.7.4
    Prestashop 1.7.5
    Prestashop 1.7.6
    TYPO3 7.6
    TYPO3 8.7
    TYPO3 9.5
    WordPress 4.0
    WordPress 4.5
    WordPress 5.0
    WordPress 5.1
    WordPress 5.2
    WordPress 5.3
Zen Cart
    Zen Cart 1.5
The Testing


These benchmark performance tests have been conducted on the stock version/core CMS systems. We then populated the CMS with the included sample or standard demo data that has been shipped with the installation package. These systems have not been modified and are in their original install state. For example, no-cache mechanisms have been activated or any form of additional performance aid applied. The goal of this approach had been to remove as many variables that could skew test results. They only had one thing in common, all of these CMS systems had been deployed on the FullSail Systems Production Hosting Platform.

[Testing Information: Review FullSail Systems Testing Protocol]

CMS Preperation

Our team compiled a list of popular CMS Systems based on a list of prerequisites. Each CMS is placed on the same server with the same server configuration.



Every CMS is tested with a series of prespecified tests in a specific order. We test using 2 tools Google Lighthouse (including chrome inspector plugin and CLI using Node.js) and Google Page Speed Insights.



Once these tests have been completed we document all of the tests and find the mean average of their results.


Google Lighthouse

Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. You can run it against any web page, public or requiring authentication. It has audits for performance, accessibility, progressive web apps, and more.

[Source: Google Lighthouse]
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A Performance Tuned Web Application

As a comparison to a "stock" CMS system, the FullSail Systems Development team has loaded a basic web application for testing. This application has been tuned via the FullSail Systems onboarding process.

You can find these performance test results below. The physical web application can also be visited, tested, and/or inspected and no sign-up is required to view this information.

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