Server Speed and How it Affects Your Site

Is your site functioning poorly? If you have noticed a decline in your site’s overall performance, it could be caused by a slow or overloaded server. There are many factors that can cause a server to function slowly.

First, a server may just have a low processing speed. If your host does not provide newer technology, you may be stuck hosting your site on an outdated server. This can definitely result in a slow or poorly performing website.

In addition to processing, the amount of RAM also causes poor performance. If your server does not have a good deal of available RAM, and you are on a shared hosting plan, other sites can degrade the performance of the entire server by running certain applications or processes.

The amount of sites that are allowed on a shared hosting server can also greatly affect the overall speed of the server. A server can only handle processing so many requests at one time. If it is continually overloaded, it can slow down and gradually become unstable.

Why do these things matter for your website? A slow server translates into a slow site or a site that may frequently go down. This is a major factor for a number of reasons.

If you have decided to have a graphically intense website, a slow server will make the load time for your images incredibly long. This means that your visitors may give up on your site if they can’t quickly get to what they want to see.

In addition to image loading problems, your applications can also suffer. If you are running PHP or CGI scripts on your site, having a slow server just compounds the problems faced by shared hosting customers.

Your applications will be slow to load, take longer to process and make in fact, time out. Once again, this means that your customers or visitors won’t be able to complete their visit at your site.

If you plan on having audio or video files, a slow server will result in buffering problems and other issues with these files. Download times for these large files may be increased, and may time out during the transfer process.

Transferring or uploading your files on a slow server can be a maddening process. Many FTP programs will time out, often necessitating starting your file transfer over again. For a large audio or video file, this could mean wasted hours.

If your hosting company does not provide the specs on the servers that they are using to run their business, try to ask for this information. You will benefit greatly by knowing ahead of time just how fast they really are.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:37 PM

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