I wrote to Dreamhost support asking about the poor performance I’m getting from my database driven sites, that are not even under load yet. I am still testing them, yet the performance can be downright pathetic. The response I got left me scratching my head. Just because I am on a shared server, does not mean I should expect or accept poor database performance. I understand a very occasional spike, but these slowdowns are for extended periods of time and occur every single day.
What has your experience been with these types of issues? I am hosted on Zuma. My message and their reply follows:
I am finding the performance of the server my sites are hosted on to be quite spotty. My
two main sites are database driven using osCommerce and PHPBB2. Both of these sites
are under minimal load, yet can be super fast or super SLOW running the same tasks,
just different times of the day.
I’d ask that you please investigate and act accordingly. My customer wants to know why
the site “slowed down since moving to the new host”, damn customers!
I see no problems with the servers your site is on. Since this is on a
shared hosting server, it is very possible that there are just very high
loads on mysql servers/web servers during the day. That could be what is
causing slower than normal load times, but I see no reported problems
with any of the servers you are on. Let me know if there is anything else
I can help you with.