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How to determine the cause of a slow-loading site?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SuperNoobInc, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    How to determine the cause of a slow-loading site?

    As far as I know, it can be caused by number of factors; such as the layout, the hosting etc.

    I am asking this cause I recently joined 'netfirms' (host), and i noticed that my site takes quite awhile to load (to a point where you actually notice it). At the same time, I am using a heavy loaded wordpress theme on it (with numbers of plugins)

    Whats the best possibile way to find out whats causing it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. sharad

    sharad Junior Member

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    You use Yslow for fireworks this will give the possible causes for the site if u give the url of the websites i give u some idea .please sent url
     
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    Use FireBug. It's a free addon for FireFox and you can debug just about everything on your website. It will show you exactly how much it takes to load your site, and everything that has to be loaded. From my experience, the images and JS files make a site load slower. So optimize your images and remove any unnecessary Java files. Also if you want to take this even further, optimize your database and your querys or cache your webpages.
     
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    as i also think that too many images and js will b the cause so u have to optimize images and remove unused js But also one thing that i would like to add here is try to comperes CSS as each and every space and enter will count in CSS...
     
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    nonin Power Member

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    the most simple thing:
    1) go to your Google analytics account
    2) choose "new version"
    3) Content -> Speed Test
    .. here you are

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    to sort them out -> click on <Avg. Page Load Time> (below the graph)
     
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  7. TZ2011

    TZ2011 Senior Member

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    I use this site, excellent site to compare results between PageSpeed and Yahoo's Yslow speed tests, to find what to change on site for better speed and to give recommendations how to do it

    Code:
    http://gtmetrix.com/
     
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  8. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    beside on-page factors, does it have anything to do with the 'hosting'?

    if i change hosting, will that make my site loads faster in some way? If so, how can i determine that?

    Thanks again
     
  9. SEOWhizz

    SEOWhizz Power Member

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    You're quite right, website loading speed depends mainly on 2 factors:
    1. How well optimized your website code is.
    2. Which web hosting company you are using.

    For 2., you need to select a reliable hosting company with a solid reputation for providing fast servers. Many large sites use dedicated servers, as the storage and bandwidth is all yours, so and you don't have to share resources with others like on a shared server. The downside is, its likely to cost more. :)

    For smaller sites, shared or reseller hosting is Ok, e.g. HostGator.
     
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  10. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    Thanks for the advice.
    Well, I dont know if anyone runs 'activecollab' (project management software), but its hell slow on my 'shared hosting'. Along with my heavy WP theme, it takes like 10 seconds to load.

    Its quite bad.. I wonder if changing to hostgator will help.
     
  11. TZ2011

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    I have one activecollab installation with about 80 users and I had to move it to MediaTemple, speed is drastically improved. This is step between dedi server and sharing servers like hostgator, just check
    Code:
    http://mediatemple.net/webhosting/gs/
    A little bit more expensive than baby hostgator plan ,like 16 usd/month, but absolutely better than classic shared server and much cheaper than dedicated server.
     
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  12. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    Whats the difference between mediatemple shared hosting & hostgator shared hosting. I sure have heard of mediatemple, but really know anyone using them (probably because of price).

    However, just curious, are their hosting better managed or something? or are they using a totally different technology here?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S: Also, which ActiveCollab version are you using?
     
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    Hostgator gives you your space hosted on one server and on that server is more than 500 other users, doing their thing. On mediatemple, you are on Grid techbology and clusters, basically cloud! Whatever is your usage and needs, and number of visitors of 100 k if you want, you will be covered with a BIG number of servers behind yours and user experience will be the same for all. On hostgator if you receive 100 users at once or your database or installation is taking 25 % resources - you are disabled.
     
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    Didn't noticed your question about AC. I have activecollab 2.3.6, and I integrate it with buddypress community with customized theme Salutation.
     
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    If you don't have WP Super Cache enabled, do it now. This will cache your pages as static and rule out database issues.