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Slow "Load" Times - How to speed up my site
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Reece Morrel
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November 5, 2010 - 5:31 am
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Is it just me?

Okay, we have all heard of the "microwave oven" effect.  When someone first buys a microwave oven, they are so excited that they can cook the potato in eight minutes instead of an hour and half in a regular oven.  Then 3 months later, they are screaming at the microwave oven yelling "hurry up"!

I have noticed slow load times of my pages regardless of location - home, office, friend's house, iphone, etc.  So, I installed the "W3 Total Cache" plugin.  Still slow.

I even noticed that it is slow when I am logged in as the Administrator and I am editing/publishing my posts and pages.

Bluehost.com is my web hosting company.

 

Should I "bump" my subscription to include a dedicated IP address?

What else can I do?

 

Thank-you!

Here are my domain names in case I forget to list them in my post: http://www.LadyLuckDiary.com, http://www.TulsaFencing.com, http://www.GamblingTaxInstitute.com and  http://www.TaxThinkers.com

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Rick Anderson
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Reece - a dedicated IP address won't speed up your site.

I hire a brilliant UK sys-admin named Anthony Somerset to tweak my settings to increase the site speed.  W3 Total Cache can be quite tricky to configure properly and I'd recommend you consider hiring him - or the plugin's author to set up W3TC and look at your BlueHost server configuration.  He costs 25 GBH per hour and is well worth it. anthony@somersettechsolutions.co.uk

You're next step really would be to move to a host (like InMotion Hosting) that offer Virtual Private Servers.  That's what this website is currently being run on.  Be advised though that you'll have to spend a lot more money to be significantly faster.  The byobwebsite hosting costs just under $1000 per year.

You can use the tool Yslow for Firefox to determine where you can make gains on your website.  I have W3 Total Cache configured not to display cached pages to logged in users so you won't see the gains on my site if you're logged in.

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