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Slow "Load" Times - How to speed up my site
Reece Morrel
Tulsa, OK

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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. is my web hosting company.


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

What else can I do?



Here are my domain names in case I forget to list them in my post:,, and

Rick Anderson
Desert Hot Springs, CA
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November 5, 2010 - 7:08 am
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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.

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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