Sorry for the mean title but I am beyond angry and frustrated at the radically slow speeds of my Wordpress websites on Dreamhost. I only began noticing issues about a year and a half ago (been with them since 2008) but never took care of it because I only used my websites sparingly. Now however I want to launch a website I will update daily and everything I’ve done to speed up the site makes it slower because the issue seems to be the initial request to Dreamhost that hangs FOREVER. Apache resets help for 15 mins then it’s back. How crazy is this for a leading hosting provider???!!
Coming to these forums only added to my despair. People have been complaining about the Apache issue since forever and it’s STILL going on. I decided to throw down some money to save myself some headaches and signed up for DreamPress. The result? NOTHING.
First of all NOTHING has changed. I’m on DreamPress now but I don’t see any new options or anything, I feel like I just paid for new branding for my already deplorable hosting. there’s supposed to be a ‘varnish caching plugin’ according to live chat support but there’s nothing new in my Wordpress dashboard. My load time used to be around 7 seconds with the initial request taking up about shocking 5 seconds, and now that I’m on DreamPress the website load time is around 7 seconds with the initial request taking up a now simply dehumanizing 5 seconds. To make sure I compared this with another website I have set up with Wordpress populated with theme unit testing data and the load time is 7.91 seconds.
I installed Wordpress on ANOTHER Dreamhost domain I have, a clean install, populated with theme unit testing data, no plugins, but this time with “Speed optimization” and Cloudflare CDN hosting enabled from the Dreamhost back-end - the result? Load time, 11 seconds. Can you hear the Twilight Zone theme playing in your head?
I’ve been with dreamhost since 2008 when I first set up a stupid website with an animated gif of my best friend and I dancing to the tune of our own corny rap songs. For this purpose dreamhost was great. Now that I want to launch a serious enterprise I’ve come to realize that Dreamhost is simply NOT that kind of hosting provider.
Now of course it is possible that I’m the one doing things wrong, which I desperately hope to be the case - if so - PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME!!