Ruby / Rails seems to be incredibly slow

I’m using some simple Ruby on Rails applications (one custom-developed, one is Instiki), and they both run incredibly slow (at least on server blowpop). Is this my fault? And, if it is, does anybody have any advice on what I can do to speed things up?

Just checking: you did make sure to use an fcgi dispatch rather than cgi, right?

Yep, of course. The speed about doubled when I made the change to the fcgi dispatch.

It appears to be running a bit quicker now – it might have been just a temporary issue. I’m averaging between 2-3secs per page load, which is acceptable.

You might want to check your server’s load next time for reference.