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My Website is Slower Than a Speeding Turtle

Published 10/20/07 (Modified 3/22/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I think the Comcast turtle mascots would love the speed of my website. The Slowsky's like things "slow and easy" - a perfect description of my site right now.

I apologize for the sluggishness in page load time and the occasional appearance of site error messages for the last few days. I just migrated my web hosting to Dreamhost. I thought this would solve the uptime and speed issues I had with Hostmonster, but it looks like I'm having the same problems with Dreamhost as well. It has been a pretty frustrating week to say the least. :(

Dreamhost doesn't offer live chat or telephone troubleshooting so sometimes I have to wait a few hours to a day before they respond to my e-mail support requests. The tech guys at Dreamhost continue to be very professional and courteous, and that's why I've been giving them the benefit of the doubt. But at some point, they have to be able to deliver and fix the problem permanently. I really hope they repair the malfunction soon. The company is very likable, but I can only tolerate so much.

Separating Truth From Fiction

Are there any affordable web hosting services out there with truly reliable service? They all seem to guarantee 99% uptime, but always fail to deliver. It's so hard to get a genuine, unbiased opinion about which company offers the best service. I suspect many webhosting companies pay people to visit websites and forums anonymously to say favorable things about their company, while badmouthing the competition. It's hard to filter out the junk to get to the truth sometimes.

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3 Responses to “My Website is Slower Than a Speeding Turtle” 

  1. Jay Muntz says:

    Hello, I just visited your blog for the first time today, and I noticed the slowness. I think it's because of your Feedburner FeedFlair. Basically, the way FeedFlair works is really inefficient, and it can make your website seem very slow. This would have nothing to do with your web host.

    I suggest you take out all FeedFlair and see if it doesn't improve.

  2. Raymond says:

    Hey Jay,

    You should have seen my site a month ago. It was clocking at an average of 30 seconds load time. I didn't have FeedFlare back then either. I eventually left my old provider and moved to Dreamhost. After a few hiccups, things have been much better. I'll try turning on the cache to see if that'll help! Is Feedflare really that inefficient?

  3. Jay Muntz says:

    Maybe it's just my web browser. I noticed it first on my blog and I noticed on yours. When it happened on mine I was kind of freaked, thinking everybody had the problem and recoded so it didn't run off of Feedburner's servers.

    It is inefficient, but maybe most people won't notice it. It could be that Feedflair is just a problem on my computer.

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