High Speed WordPress
Your Hosting company is one of the most important factors for a WordPress website. Your host affects the speed, the seo ranking, and reliability of your WordPress website.Listed below in this easy to follow guide we’re going to show you a few online tools you can use to test your current Hosting company.
Check for Overcrowding
This is the single most important test you can do. Overcrowding can hold back a WordPress site significantly, and in several ways. Overcrowded hosts typically have restrictive settings that can “choke” a wordpress based website. If a Hosting company has several hundred websites on the same ip, your websites reputation can be affected by every single one of these websites.
How many websites does your current host fit on one server?
To check this we’re going to use a fancy tool on yougetsignal.com. Head to the following link:
Enter your domain name without http:// or any /, just your domain name. If my website was http://www.wordpress.com, just enter wordpress.com. Click on the check button and wait for the test to finish. If you find there are 100 or more websites being hosted on the same ip, you probably want to consider finding a new Hosting company. Also look for a red outlined box at the top after the page displays your results, this warns you that there is adult content hosted on the same ip address as your website. This can negatively affect your websites reputation and should be avoided.
Testing your WordPress websites speed is easy. Most people make the mistake of using speed testing programs like Gtmetrix and Yslow to speed test a WordPress site. These tools only test post render, whereas most WordPress speed issues occur pre render. Usually a slow wordpress site is caused by slow database queries, unoptimized php/mysql configuration, or an overcrowded webserver. To test the speed of your WordPress based website, head to:
tools.pingdom.com. Enter your website and click test now. Wait for the test to finish, and then look for the first line that comes up in the results while ignoring the rest. The first line represents your pre-render time, this is how long your webserver takes to process your WordPress website and display a page. Anything over 1 – 2 seconds here is considered slow, if you’re experiencing results over 1 – 2 seconds, you may want to consider a new Hosting company.
And finally, the dashboard test
This is the easiest way to see if your current Hosting company is slowing down your WordPress Based website. Simply sign into the back end of your wordpress site and start browsing through your administration panel. Visit different areas and pages while observing how fast each page or area takes to load. It should take under 1 second every time, and in most cases under a 1/2 second. If it’s taking longer, you may want to consider a new Hosting company.