Participate in Ecommerce Speed Up Challenge and Win Prizes3 min read

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.Arthur C. Clarke

And in our experience, the faster your ecommerce store, the more magical your customer’s experience and the faster you sell!

So with the ecommerce holiday season around the corner, it’s time to bring speed to the forefront!

In celebration of the year’s busiest and craziest sales period, Cloudways is hosting a grand Ecommerce Speedup Challenge!

What’s the Cloudways Ecommerce Speedup Challenge?

It’s a challenge where you’ll go up against our highly skilled developers and store owners who’ll design the slowest, heaviest ecommerce website with hundreds of images and product pages. From there, it’s on you and your optimization skills to show the world how well you can optimize that store for speed & performance.

Participants with the best optimization results will be declared winners (as if we had another choice) and awarded with Amazon gift cards, Cloudways swags, and tonnes of free hosting credit!

Excited? So are we!

Rules for The Challenge

While you can go crazy with your optimization skills, we do have some ground rules for participating in this challenge, and here they are:

  • No entry will be entertained except the ones that come through the official sign up form.
  • Only the shortlisted participants will be contacted on the 15th of November, 2021 via email.
  • While the participants can seek external help, they need to precisely explain what and how they did to achieve their final score.
  • Participants cannot change or alter the theme’s files or remove existing plugins. However, plugins can be deactivated, and new plugins can be added as a replacement to keep the features intact.
  • Participants cannot remove the number of products and the product images.

Store Specifications

Our developers will try to make the store as slow and sluggish as possible (so don’t take it lightly). Here are the specifications:

WooCommerce Store Specifications

  • PHP version 7
  • WordPress version 5.8
  • MariaDB version 10.1
  • HTTP/2 Enabled
  • PHP FPM Running
  • 1000+ products
  • 15 plugins

Magento Store Specification

  • Magento 2.4.1 (With ElasticSearch)
  • PHP 7.4
  • Maria DB 10.4
  • Elasticsearch 7.6
  • Varnish 6.0.x
  • HTTP/2 Enabled
  • 40+ Products

Server Specifications for WooCommerce

Cloudways ServerVultr – High Frequency
Datacenter locationSeattle
SSD Disk64 GB
Bandwidth Transfer2 TB
Processor1 Core
Operating SystemDebian 9

Server Specifications for Magento

Cloudways ServerDigital Ocean
Datacenter locationNewYork
SSD Disk80 GB
Bandwidth Transfer4 TB
Processor2 Core
Operating SystemDebian 9

Eligibility Criteria

If you’re wondering who can participate in this challenge, the answer is everyone!
However, there are a few things that you should have some knowledge about so that you have a fair chance of winning:

  • Web hosting.
  • WordPress/Magento plugins, themes, and extensions.
  • Updating core files.
  • Troubleshooting common WordPress errors.
  • Image optimization.
  • Use of caching and a basic understanding of site performance.
  • Basic understanding of using website speed test tools.

Cheat Sheets

Just to kickstart your preparation for the challenge, here are some resources that you might find helpful.

Cheat Sheet for WooCommerce Store

Cheat Sheet for Magento Store


Here is what you can win if you achieve the best performance results. So what are you waiting for, enter now and win big!

Ecommerce challenge prizes

Head over to the Speed up Challenge page for more details and to register yourself.

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Mohammed Moeez

Moeez is a WordPress community manager at Cloudways. He loves to work closely with customers to understand their problems and come up with solutions that are not only beneficial but are long lasting as well. He also actively participates in the community to share his knowledge regarding Cloudways and hosting in general. In his free time he likes to watch football, workout and spend time on his PlayStation. Get in touch with him at [email protected]


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