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08-09-2005, 12:57 PM
Is Your Web Hosting Fast Enough?

Is Your Web Hosting Fast Enough?

Ever try to get to your own web site only to discover that it seems to take a long time for the page to load? Here are a few pointers on how exactly to understand and quantify your page load times.

First a few basics – there are many potential culprits when trying to track down why your page is loading so slowly – for example:

Your Local Internet Connection and Modem – Are you only connected to the Internet with a dial-up connection through a 14.4 K modem? Well…HELLO!…it’s gonna take a while for those large graphics on your page to load at that speed.

Your Local Personal Computer – Are you still using that “boat anchor” computer that you got back in the early 1990’s? Does it have an 8086 processes or with 64 meg of RAM? If so, your machine can slow down your Internet page loads.

Network Congestion – This is a catch-all phrase that most of the tech support folks will use when you call them. While it is possible for the specific portion of the Internet that you are connected with to be experiencing a general slowdown, this is rarely the cause of a slow loading web site.

WAY Too Many Large Graphics on Your Pages – Now we’re getting somewhere. A fairly common cause of slow pages load times (especially on a dial-up connection) is simply too many humungous files to download.

A Glitch in Your Script – Many times a simple plug-in or script that is expecting a common browser setting or cookie condition can hang. This is most common when you are testing or uploading new components to your web site.

Broken Links or Images – Often a simple typo in a URL will cause pages to hang while the Internet is off looking for a page or graphic that doesn’t actually exist.

Got Spyware? – Let’s face it, unless you watch your system like a HAWK, it’s possible that there are internal stealth programs that can slow your browsing experience to a crawl. Check early, check often for spyware.

Finally, Maybe Your Hosting Provider is Just Plain S – L – O – W.

Here is a simple step-by-step way to check your web site and to quantify how fast the page is actually loading from multiple locations around the world.

We’re going to use a free tool located at: www.alertra.com. Go to the upper right hand corner of the Alertra site to an input box labeled ‘Spot Check’ with the words ‘Enter URL’ next to it. Type in your website’s URL and click the ‘check’ button to the right of the input box. I will be describing the results I got when checking ‘Yahoo.com’.

Alertra checked the site from multiple worldwide locations including Hong Kong, China – Las Vegas, USA – and Atlanta, USA. Under ‘Result’ we see that the site loaded okay at each location. The page size is listed under ‘Kbytes’. The real deal is the next column: ‘Secs’. That is the exact time that the page took to download entirely at that location. The site loaded in under a second in Las Vegas, while it took a long 7.66 seconds in Atlanta.

Use the tool for your own URL and see what the results are. You can also type in the URL of several competitors and see if their sites load faster or slower than yours. You can also make changes to your site and quantify the difference in page load times.

Experts generally agree that if your pages are taking any longer than a few seconds to load, you could be losing visitors and sales to a faster loading competitor.

Good luck using this free tool to examine and understand your page load times. One last thought, make sure to check your pages multiple times throughout the day and get an average page load time. This will even out any irregularities that might sneak onto the Internet during the day.

08-19-2005, 17:37 PM
The hosts that I currently use are all very fast except for Globat which overloads their servers which cause spikes in resource usage.

10-22-2005, 12:20 PM
It depends on what do we use, I am using shared plan so it depends on the time too.

11-13-2005, 00:51 AM
I have a mixed experiance. My first host ever was myself. So, it was just as fast as my connection to the internet allowed. Which sucked cause I was on a dsl line that was metered at 1.5 mbps/368 kbps . No way I know! So, after about 6 month's of that and my users geting pist at my website because of the slow downloads. I went looking for a free webhost. I found a great place that offered free web hosting. Which it turns out my first choice for a free webhost they were super fast. I run a image hosting site on the free hosting place and never have had a problem (add to the fact it's a shared webhost to). Now, I setup a "commerical" website at godaddy (also shared) and I always have problems with the speed of the site. One time it was soooo bad I ended up calling tech support and bitch at them because of it. Yikes!

11-23-2005, 03:08 AM
ye i think my web hosting fast enough.

12-17-2005, 15:01 PM
yes, but sometimes it chokes up that is why i am switching to a new server :). altogether all my hosts were very fast

12-20-2005, 01:19 AM
Ya i think my hosting is fast enough but why you ask que. do u have any suggetions for that ?

12-22-2005, 00:14 AM
i am pretty fast because of my reseller.

12-23-2005, 12:39 PM
My host is great. 99.99999999999999999999999999% uptime. It is just wonderful.

01-04-2006, 22:47 PM
Oh darn i get time of 1.75 from hong kong china Germany gave 2.44 seconds so it must depend on the server where its checked from as i think germany is closer than china unless it routes the other way round. :D

01-04-2006, 23:40 PM
I havn't had any problems with my hosting yet, and the speed test says it is okay so I'm happy.

02-01-2014, 08:39 AM
I am satisfy with my hosting provider they provide good server uptime and good support also