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Website load speed

Discussion in 'Site & Server Administration' started by rwhetsto, Feb 15, 2005.

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    Every host offers bandwidth, disksize, uptime, etc. but none have a "quickness" measurement. I am probably an idiot, but I don't understand how to tell if a webhost is going to offer quickly loading pages. What do you look for in a webhost to make sure your site is going to be loaded quickly.

    Thanks...
     
    rwhetsto, Feb 15, 2005 IP
  2. jamjv

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    See how fast the hosts page loads and only prepay for a year if you've used the host before.

    I found this host about a year ago and have stuck with them since.

    totalchoicehosting.com

    Very fast servers.
     
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  3. mushroom

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    Your load speed is only as fast as your slowest leg in the route it take to get to you.

    The host in question must host other web pages visit a few of them, time them and check their size.

    You can also ask for their server specs.
     
    mushroom, Feb 15, 2005 IP
  4. J.D.

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    Your own machine may not be as fast as you think it is when it comes to networking. For example, it is possible to be sitting on a 1 Mbps link and get less than 50 KBps transfer speeds (instead of 90+ KBps) if your TCP receive window is too small. On this page, click the TCP Analyzer link and scroll to bandwidth * delay product:

    http://www.speedguide.net/networktools.php

    ... and how many virtual websites they have running on these specs. I have seen some hosts running as many as 300-400 sites on a single mid-range machine. Needless to say that your speed would depend on the time of day you test.

    J.D.
     
    J.D., Feb 15, 2005 IP
  5. rwhetsto

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    Cool, thanks for the ideas.
     
    rwhetsto, Feb 15, 2005 IP
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    flawebworks Tech Services

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    That's it? The hosting companies I've worked for had a minimum of a 1000 per machine. Unix boxes usually had 2000+, windows boxes no less than 1000.
     
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  7. J.D.

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    The keyword was mid-range machines :)

    J.D.
     
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    Do a traceroute and see how many hops they are from a major backbone. For example, it takes me 6 hops just to get off bellsouth but if I were on a server sitting in Level3's datacenter in Atlanta, I'd be one hop off Mae east.
     
    neterslandreau, Feb 16, 2005 IP
  9. rwhetsto

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    It's like your talking a different language. heh!

    So is this good?

    1 63-217-30-94.sdsl.cais.net (63.217.30.94) 0.308 ms 0.238 ms 0.234 ms
    2 pos1-0.cr01.ash01.pccwbtn.net (63.216.0.57) 0.376 ms 0.370 ms 0.403 ms
    3 pos5-3.cr01.ash01.pccwbtn.net (63.218.94.2) 0.335 ms 0.294 ms 0.276 ms
    4 ge-6-14-0-108.car3.Washington1.Level3.net (209.244.219.133) 0.963 ms 1.010 ms 0.864 ms
    5 ae-1-55.bbr1.Washington1.Level3.net (4.68.121.129) 0.964 ms 1.161 ms 1.086 ms
    6 ae-0-0.bbr1.Chicago1.Level3.net (64.159.1.33) 20.375 ms as-2-0.bbr2.Chicago1.Level3.net (209.247.10.129) 20.396 ms ae-0-0.bbr1.Chicago1.Level3.net (64.159.1.33) 20.336 ms
    7 so-5-0.ipcolo2.Chicago1.Level3.net (4.68.112.210) 20.458 ms 20.321 ms so-7-0.ipcolo2.Chicago1.Level3.net (4.68.96.30) 20.347 ms
    8 4.79.66.18 (4.79.66.18) 21.937 ms 20.661 ms 20.564 ms
    9 mail.nozonenet.com (205.218.64.6) 20.425 ms 20.598 ms 20.420 ms
     
    rwhetsto, Feb 16, 2005 IP
  10. neterslandreau

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    Let's analyze it and see.
    Got to a major backbone in 3 hops. Sweet.
    Didn't have any time to do any sightseeing in D.C. but it looks like weather delayed our flight into O'Hare some..
    Must have relatives in the windy city because we spent a lot of time there.
    But it didn't really matter cuz it was just small trip from there to our destination.

    All in all, I'd say that looks pretty good.
     
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  11. J.D.

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    Only last few entries really matter - the rest shows how good his DSL connection is.

    J.D.
     
    J.D., Feb 17, 2005 IP