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2013 Site Speed

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by AR!ZONA, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. AR!ZONA

    AR!ZONA Regular Member

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    Site speed has a metric in the SERPs, if you are dancing within the Top 10, it may be due to your site lagging.

    I have sites on shared hosting that lag as much as 4 seconds before rendering. That's unacceptable.
    Thankfully, they are part of my network and don't require speed.

    You need your money site to be faster than anyone else, because fuck them, you're a badass.
    You want to use a VPS, along with nginx running your server instead of apache. Unless you're running apps.

    STEP ONE
    Get a VPS from a reputable business, I like Digital Ocean. $5/month.
    You will need to learn how to manage an unmanaged server, which means you will have to learn code. Or get a GUI for your server.

    STEP TWO
    Get your site installed. This is the hard part if you want to switch an existing, but there are some guides on digitalocean's site, if you need.
    Digital Ocean has a ton of tutorials, which will show everything you need to setup a super fast LEMP stack.
    I should mention, using nginx, instead of apache, will greatly reduce server wait time.
    I suggest you use Fast CGI_Cache for caching.
    For new sites: Use RTCamp's tutorial. This guy has made everything super easy for a clean install of WP.
    Actually, he made a super quick install of LEMP, fast cgi, and WP.

    STEP THREE
    Build site. Import content. Be a badass. With a fast ass mofo site.

    EDIT: Here's a sitespeed test I did a bit ago for proof:
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    That's 569ms! Site is 615mb.
     
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  2. ok888

    ok888 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I been debating on adding more host to my collection because Im using too many site on one host


    I have a feeling thats hurting my ranking as well
     
  3. AR!ZONA

    AR!ZONA Regular Member

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    You can diversify your C-Blocks by adding a CDN in front, if that's what you think is your problem.

    I only put 5 sites per shared host account.

    EDIT: Guys, this plan is monthly, and you can get a different IP per "droplet" (digitalocean's name for VPS). It's only $5/month per install, they only charge for the month not the year.
     
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  4. ok888

    ok888 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I put 20-30 site per shared host and I own over 50+ sites


    Im thinking about separating them--- adding more shared host
     
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    AR!ZONA Regular Member

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    I guess it depends on the amount of your sites that actually make money.
    If they are not interlinking, then shared may be a better idea.

    Most of my sites are in my personal network, so only money sites go into a VPS like this.
     
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    I dont know if it me r what but every time I build a brand new site with a fresh shared host it alway index and gain natural ranking fast but compare to my old host it doesnt even rank naturally r hardly rank in the top 5000 of G
     
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    I think adding too many sites in a same cpanel will hurt your site speed :|
     
  8. AR!ZONA

    AR!ZONA Regular Member

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    RoamingDevil, what you may not understand yet, is that every shared server already has a few hundred sites running on it. Take a good look at a whois report and you'll likely see 200+ sites on your server. This doesn't happen with a VPS. You'll be the only sote on the IP, hopefully.
     
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    Hajath Registered Member

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    "That's 569ms! Site is 615mb."

    Oh..615mb loaded in 569ms..Awesome..Dude, it's not 615mb and it's 615kb..Lol..

    Anyway, thanks for the great post...
     
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  10. vishalgmistry

    vishalgmistry Regular Member

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    Database + Site Files size is 615MB.
    Your Homepage size is 615kb so it's obv. that it will load faster even without that host.
     
  11. dabandit

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    There's nothing wrong with running apache. Just turn off AllowOverride and put your .htaccess (s) rules directly in the config. getcwd is killing apache's performance with it turned on.

    I run apache 2.4.6 with event MPM w/ PHP-FPM 5.5.2 and it beats nginx running on the same machine.
     
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  12. jimmyr

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    If you offload as much of the processing onto a CDN as possible, and cache everything, this isn't too big of a deal so long as we arent talking hundreds of sites. We recently got our WP sites properly set up with W3 total cache and Rackspace CDN and have some similar load speeds to OP, with multiple sites on one tiny VPS with Apache

    The few hours invested in setting it up is well worth it
     
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    I have sites with 5-10 second loading times (too much on the homepage/inner pages), and rank #1-#3 for most the keywords. No trouble here.
     
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    I have to agree that it is most often not worth the effort. I tuned a site from 1-2s dl time to around 500ms. Didn't see any improvements and the process was taking me some 3-4 days to implement.
     
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    Yes, some of my sites have roughly 5 seconds loading time, but still rank very good. So how can this be :) ?
     
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    Due to slow load speed thinking of buying a VPS rather than using shared hosting!
     
  17. dinkish

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    If you've coded it intelligently to begin with, optimized the bulk share, and have Request issues, definitely don't cheap out after the fact.

    A Content Distribution Network would certainly assist, it'll cost more for that option.
     
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    The biggest thing isn't rank but abandonment. People get sick of waiting and hit back before they've even seen your site. There's some pretty interesting stats at KissMetrics on this (can't post links)
     
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  19. AR!ZONA

    AR!ZONA Regular Member

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    I just launched a new droplet, and timed myself how long it took to get it all set up using rtcamp's 'easyengine'.
    Under 4 minutes to completely hookup my droplet with nginx, mysql, wordpress, postfix, fastcgi_cache.
    That's crazy compared to how long it used to take me to do it manually.

    Here's the 3 lines of code to get it all unpacked and installed on a fresh vps. I use ubuntu 12.04 x32.

    Code:
    curl -sL rt.cx/ee | sudo bash
    ee system install all
    ee site create wp wpfc example.com
    Example.com is yoursite.com

    Have fun with that 20gb SSD VPS with nginx on fastcgi_cache y'all
     
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