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Even though this blog is less than a month old, I decided to switch web hosts for Jason G. Designs from IX Web Hosting to Hostgator. Why go so far as to switch web hosts? Because from first hand experience I found WordPress, the blog system that runs this website, to operate considerably slow under IX Web Hosting’s servers.
Now, I’m not writing this post to give a bad name to IX Web Hosting, as they have served me well for several years running my static site, jgpws.com. For a dynamic site run by WordPress, I found the load times to be unacceptably slow.
At first I thought that my blog was making too many server calls, that my computer was slow and the bottleneck was on my side, that my DSL connection was too slow or that my theme’s stylesheet was too large. But two things led me to conclude that the problems were on the servers where my blog was stored.
- I switched to another theme and load times were still slow
- I asked my brother to load my blog from his computer with a very fast cable internet connection; it loaded slowly on his computer as well
Many sources say users will give between 5 and 10 seconds for a website to load before they give up and move on to another website. Think about that if you are relying on your site for e-commerce or sales. I decided to look for a tool to test the speed of my new blog and happened upon Pingdom Tools’ Test the load time of a web page page. After testing twice, my blog’s front page was clocking in at speeds of 37 seconds to load and Connection Timed Out. This was for a blog with only two posts! In addition, the admin panel in WordPress was loading even slower, sometimes with me waiting a minute for each time I clicked to a new section.
At this point, I decided it was time to switch to another web host for the blog. After research, I decided on Hostgator, which has a solid reputation in the web hosting business. Everything went over fairly smooth. Due to my lack of knowledge on how to properly migrate a WordPress installation from one web host to another, I had to reinstall my themes and plugins, which were very few. Things are working correctly now and I am very pleased with the load times of my blog– so far, so good.
If your interested in moving your blog to Hostgator, you can follow this link to their site.
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