August 29, 2010
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?
November 8, 2009
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. email@example.com
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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