FlyingProxy

FlyingProxy Review 2023 – Do I Recommend it?

FlyingProxy is the new cloud-based speed optimization service for WordPress sites. The plugin is developed by Gijo Varghese, creator of the FlyingPress caching plugin.

After using their service, I reviewed FlyingProxy with its pros and cons.

FlyingProxy Review:

To get started, I signed up for a trial account and deployed a test site with

  • Astra theme
  • Elementor
  • WooCommerce.

The signup process is simple; it takes less than five minutes to configure our site. I enabled all the recommended settings in the dashboard.

Before going to the test results, I can explain a bit about FlyingProxy. The service is a speed optimization service with caching and optimization done through CDN instead of your server. It uses Cloudflare Enterprise CDN to deliver your site contents through its 275+ global data center locations. 

The list of all FlyingProxy features are

  • Powered by Cloudflare Enterprise
  • DDOS protection
  • Cloud optimization
  • Optimized for Core Web Vitals metrics like LCP, CLS, etc.
  • Image compression & WebP delivery.
  • Advanced security.

Along with the FlyingProxy test site, I deployed another test site powered by Cloudflare's free plan. This is done to understand the difference between the FlyingProxy and generic sites clearly. The Cloudflare test site is configured to cache everything, similar to how FlyingProxy caches the HTML pages. 

Without any delay, let’s look into the test results.

FlyingProxy Performance test:

Test 1 – TTFB test

I’m starting with a traditional TTFB test to measure the TTFB across all global locations. The FlyingProxy’s site TTFB results are similar to the site that uses a free Cloudflare plan. The only difference is that FlyingProxy delivers the content from the closest data center, while the free Cloudflare site provides the content from a different server location. 

FlyingProxy site:

Cloudflare free test site:

Along with the above two sites, I also deployed a test site in Rocket Hosting that uses Cloudflare Enterprise.

Verdict: Both FlyingProxy and Rocket use Cloudflare Enterprise. However, Rocket provides sub-400ms TTFB across all locations on the first test. In the case of FlyingProxy, there are CACHE MISS at several locations, and only after running the test 3-5 times, Flyingproxy delivers a sub-400ms TTFB.

Test 2 – Core Web Vitals Test

I use GTmetrix to measure the Core Web Vitals performance of the sites. The Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) of the FlyingProxy site is higher at 1.5 seconds, while the rest of the sites loaded below 1 second. 

Results are obtained from the first test. No concurrent tests are done/

Core Web VitalsLCPTBTCLS
FlyingProxy Site1.5 s62 ms0.05
Generic site890 ms76 ms0.05
Rocket Hosting801 ms0 ms0.06

FlyingProxy site:

Generic site:

Rocket Hosting site:

Test 3 – Full Load test

In this test, the test site's full load time is calculated from five different global locations. Check the video and Images for load results. 

Summary:

  • FlyingProxy – 3.38s
  • Generic site – 3.63s
  • Rocket – 2.05s

FlyingProxy site:

Generic site:

Rocket Enterprise:

Test Summary:

The results are almost identical between FlyingProxy and the generic site. The only difference is that FlyingProxy uses Cloudflare Enterprise. You’ll get a lot of premium features like image optimization, Argo routing, and Security features that are not available on the generic site that uses a free Cloudflare account.

There are some areas where they need improvement. The TTFB for the first visit is high as the cache MISS happens, which results in a high full load time. Even after running the test multiple times, the cache MISS occurs at 2-3 locations.

Looking into the test results, one can understand that FlyingProxy somewhat improves the speed.

The power of Cloudflare Enterprise can be seen only on repeated visits but not on the first visit. It's a disappointment for me when a similar service that uses Cloudflare Enterprise can deliver the fastest TTFB on the first visit itself.

If Flyingproxy improves this, they can fly high.

Jan 2023 Update:

We tested a few sites hosted on FlyingProxy, and the results are the same.

Here is a site that uses 10WEB Booster powered by Cloudflare Enterprise. Besides a few CACHE MISS, most locations have CACHE HIT delivering a fast TTFB.

My takeaway:

Takeaway 1: If you have a managed WP Hosting like Cloudways, a traditional setup is enough to attain good speed. The setup includes 

  • premium caching plugins like WP Rocket, FlyingPress, etc., and
  • Image optimization plugins like SmushIt or Imagify
  • Speed optimization plugins like PerfMatters or WP Asset Clean Up.  

Alternatively, Cloudways also offers Cloudflare Enterprise integration for $4.99/site.

Takeaway 2: If you’re on VPS or a Dedicated server, then FlyingProxy is a cost-saving option as you won’t be able to get a Cloudflare Enterprise for $10/site anywhere else (Cloudways offers CF Enterprise for $4.99/mo, but your sites need to be hosted with them).

FlyingProxy

FlyingProxy is the new cloud-based speed optimization service for WordPress sites. The plugin is developed by Gijo Varghese, creator of the FlyingPress caching plugin.

Editor's Rating:
3

Pros

  • Easy to setup
  • Affordable pricing to get started
  • Backed by renowned developer
  • Good customer support

Cons

  • Cache Miss Issues
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  1. With Cloudflare, I’m getting around 2TB bandwith per month for my WooCommerce site. If I choose FlyingProxy, it would cost $60/mo. apart from hosting charges. I’m thinking to continue with Cloudflare APO itself.

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