It is a Ruby on Rails site running on Passenger. Sometimes it is quite fast, but mostly it is slow, sometimes very, very slow.
Anything I should look out for? I am new to RoR.
Check the server load, for starters. Log into the shell and type 'uptime' to get the stats. Server loads hover around 1 or 2 and should stay below 5.
Thanks Scott. It says 2.5, 3.36 and 3.57. All below 5. Sometimes it is really snappy, other times slow. Once even dreamhost took long to load. Today it's been better.
Do other users report that your site is slow? I'm wondering if it's just your network connection to DreamHost, since you mention that DH sometimes takes long to load.