VERY slow load times, can you help please?

wordpress

#1

Quick version:
I have slow websites here on DH. This is an example: http://www.bitsbox.com/testwpspeed/
It’s a test Wordpress blog I have installed to show the very slow page load times even on a new, clean WP install.

I have seen other DH sites that are quicker.

My last times for my test site http://www.bitsbox.com/testwpspeed/ were 19 seconds first hit, then 16 on next page load.

What times do you get please?

Any suggestions? I really dont know what to do next.

Longer post:
I am posting here to see if I can get some help, assistance or just a simple check from you guys reading this.

I am talking to support about my VERY slow page load times at all of my domains. They are very helpful when I actually get a response but the wait times (sometimes more than 48 hours) are making this a bit hard to solve.

I have a couple of wordpress sites hosted here at DH. Both moved from my old host, they are both a great deal slower here. Now, I dont expect miracles on a shared server but there is clearly something wrong when a page takes 10-30 seconds to load.

I have found several other WP blogs (from these forums) that are clearly much faster than mine an example is http://bdotson.us/

One of my sites is bigger with more posts than the comparison site so I created a test WP install at http://www.bitsbox.com/testwpspeed/ and the load times are nothing short of pathetic (I have just loaded the home page in 27 secs).

I have tried the wp-cache plugin but it makes no difference to first page load times and certainly doesnt help with dynamic pages. Also, it’s no good if a user posts a comment and has to wait 25 seconds for the page to reload, they will leave, as would I.

Pings are fair, I’m in the UK and get <180ms to DH servers. (remember I get fab times to other DH sites). I have tried from 2 ISP accounts and both are slow.

I have read about traceroutes helping but I dont see how I can have bad latency if other DH sites work much faster??

Can I ask for your help, what next?
What times are you lot getting at that test site?

Many thanks


#2

Very slow for me, also. Watching the status line on firefox, takes about 1 full second to “lookup”, after resolving DNS it was approximately 20 seconds till page displayed. :frowning:

Ping time (from an ATT adsl route originating in Southern California) was average 12ms.

Something is “borked”

–rlparker


#3

rlparker, thanks very much for your reply. I feel like I am going mad over here :slight_smile: Just having someone else ‘see’ the problem is a way forward!

I have the same exactly, FF shows a DNS resolved: “Waiting” after 1 sec, then I have a long wait, then the page starts to load in about 2-7 seconds.

I wonder if there is a way to find others on my server so I can test their site load times too?

Do you know if all of my domains on my DH hosting account are physically on the same one server? I wondered if I asked to have my site moved, whether I would get all my domains moved or if it was a domain at a time?

Any hoo, thank you rlparker, your reply, yet again has helped a fellow user. Many thanks.


#4

Dreamhost is foo thats why


#5

erm, well thanks newmanney. That’s really helpful. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness :slight_smile:


#6

I may sound like a broken record (that’s a big vinyl CD that spins around and uses diamonds instead of frickin’ laserbeams to get sound off the disc), but after a quick DNS lookup, the page loaded up blazingly fast. Less than 5 seconds total after hitting Enter.

-Scott


#7

I read Scott’s post, and went back and tested again. Like he said, the page loaded fast for me this time - around 3.5 seconds total from hitting “enter” (of course, This time I had the page cached). So I cleared my cache and tried it again. Same fast response (between 3.5-4 seconds).

Maybe they “fixed” something :slight_smile: ?

–rlparker


#8

Yes, the speed has got much better. I have been in contact with Support too about a transfer of servers to resolve. It all looks like good news.
Thanks all.