When people visit a webpage they want it to load up and respond quickly. In addition to keeping your visitors happy, having a website that loads quickly is also important for ranking well with Google and the other search engines. If you find that your website isn’t quite as responsive as you’d like it to be, take some time to read through these possible reasons your website is running slowly.
When a site is slow, most people start out by assuming it is their web hosting. The fact is, however, that your hosting usually not the problem, and it shouldn’t be the first place you look. The following items are some of the more common causes for a slow website, as well as some tips on how you can speed things up.
If your website is suddenly seeming to respond slower than normal, the chances are good that the issue lays with your computer or your internet connection. Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to identify. Here are some quick tests you can do to figure out if your computer or internet connection is causing your problem:
The three numbers at the top are your results. You want the PING to be as low as possible. Anything under about 40ms is fine. The download and upload speeds you want to be high. These will be largely dependent on the type of internet connection you have. Most internet service providers offer guaranteed speeds, so check with yours to see what you should be getting. As long as it is above 5Mbps, you should be fine though.
If you’ve gone through these items, and confirmed your internet connection is not the problem, it is time to move on to the next potential thing that can cause your site to run slowly.
The design of your site is one of the biggest things that can cause it to load quickly, or slow it down. There are many different things website owners can do to optimize their site, without sacrificing on the look or functionality of the page. The easiest way to check to see if your site’s design is causing it to load slowly is to run a performance test on it. We recommend using the free, online performance test from GTmetrix, which can be found at gtmetrix.com.
Simply type in your domain name, and hit GO! The site will load up your page and do a variety of tests in the background. Typically this only takes a minute or two, and then you’ll be provided with the results. At the top, you’ll be provided with your summary score, which will look something like this:
The better your grade, the more optimized your site is. In addition, make sure to look at the “Page Load Time” score. Studies have shown that after about 4 seconds, people begin to click away from a site that hasn’t finished loading, so ideally, you want your page load time to be under 4 seconds whenever possible.
This page will also break down your score into very detailed results, and provide instructions on how to fix any problems. The breakdown results will be just under the summary, and will look like this:
Take some time to go through and read about any areas that your site got a C or below on. By clicking on the section where your site did poorly, you’ll reveal a description of what the actual problem is, and how to fix it. These are typically fairly easy fixes which don’t require too much technical knowledge. Once you’ve gone through and made the adjustments, rerun the test and see if the performance has improved.
Make sure to take note that there are several tabs on this results screen. Look through each of them to see what types of things may be slowing down your site. Whether you’re experiencing significant slowness or not, this is a good test to run periodically to ensure there aren’t any problems.
If you’re not showing any problems with the site design, then move on to the next step.
While rare, it is possible that website slowness could be caused by your hosting. Here at Interserver we work hard to keep all of our hosting servers and connections to the web working as fast as possible. That being said, however, we will still be happy to help you pin point any possible problems your site may be having on our servers. Depending on the type of hosting you have with us, there will be quite a few different things that can be done to help improve the speed. Here are a few potential things that may need to be looked at:
If you’re on one of our virtual private servers, we can help by looking at performance logs and other statistics to help make recommendations. If we find any problems on our end, we’ll get them resolved as quickly as possible. If you have a dedicated server with us, you’ll be the only customer on that server, which gives you more power and flexibility. We can run tests to help ensure there aren’t any issues with your specific box.
Here at Intersever we are dedicated to helping each of our customers keep their sites up and running as fast as possible. If you have any specific questions about your site, the hosting or why it is running slow, please don’t hesitate to open a support ticket with us and we’ll be happy to help you identify any problems.
WordPress is the most common content management system around today. There are millions of websites using this platform, and thousands more are being made every day. WordPress has made creating, running and managing a website extremely easy. When you’re moving a WordPress website, however, it is important to do it properly or you could experience downtime or even lose data. The following steps will make switching hosts for your WordPress site quick and easy.
The following steps will move your entire site including files, themes, content, comments, plugins and everything else you’ve created. It should be completely transparent to visitors to your site, and once completed, your site should function perfectly without any adjustments.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started, you’ll need to make sure you have a few things ready. Take a moment to double check to make sure the following things are available on your computer:
Step 1: Downloading Your Existing Site
The first thing you’re going to want to do is download your entire WordPress site. This includes all the files for your site, as well as the database(s). The following steps will walk you through how to safely download your existing site:
You now have your entire site downloaded to your computer. It is important to note that any comments made on your site from this point until you are live on your new host will be lost, so make sure you move quickly to reduce or eliminate any potential customer impact. Of course, if you make any posts to your site at this time, they will be lost as well, but that is typically not a concern unless you have other people publishing content to your site.
Step 2: Setting Up your Site on the New Host
It is now time to move all the files and databases from your computer onto the new web host. This process is fairly simple and basically just the opposite of the steps in the first section of this page.
Your site is now live on the new web host. If, however, someone visits your site, they will still be looking at the old host. This is because the DNS records of the Internet are directing traffic to that site. The next step is to get that updated so people will be routed to your new host.
Step 3: Update NameServers
Find out where your domain is registered, and log into your account there (this could be somewhere like goDaddy or NamesCheap or any other domain registrar). Once logged in, locate the settings for the names servers for your site. If you can’t find them, contact customer support or do a simple search on their site. Once located, you simply want to change the name servers to the ones provided by your new host. Typically there will be two name servers, and they will be something like NS1.newhostcompany.com and NS2.newhostcompany.com. Enter them in, and hit save.
Once you hit save, the domain registrar has to update the DNS records, which can take some time. In most cases, everything will be updated within a couple hours. It can, however, take up to 48 hours for this to be completed. To be safe, don’t cancel your old web hosting account for at least three days after you’ve changed your name servers.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Switching Hosting Companies
If you run websites for any length of time, you’ll find that eventually you need to change hosting companies. Whether it is because your hosting needs have outgrown the company, their service levels have gone down, or you just found a better deal somewhere else, it is important to know how to switch hosting companies properly. When done correctly you can have no down time for your sites, and complete the entire process quite quickly and easily.
The following guide will help you to complete your website moved over to your new hosting without visitors to your page ever knowing that you changed a thing. While your new host may be willing to help with the transfer, it is a good idea to know how to do it yourself as well. It can save some money, and it also gives you additional flexibility. When you’re ready to make the change, follow these steps:
Posted at September 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm by admin
This documentation is based on my personal server setup experience and on the experience I’ve had helping Interserver customers with their new servers.
First and foremost, configure backups for your server. The server is worthless without your data. Data is your business. Imagine what would happen to your business if you lost just some of your data. There’s no excuse for neglecting backup when configuring your new server. Interserver offers several options for data protection and backup to fit any of your needs.
Control panels like cPanel and Plesk include backup functionality and can be configured to automatically backup regularly an FTP/NAS account. Configure backups now, before doing anything else. Before migrating or copying your data to the server. This first (nearly empty) backup will be quick. Test the backup by restoring the data. If your server has RAID, it important to remember that RAID is not backup!
Interserver sets a random, complex password on every new server that is provisioned. Don’t change it to a weak password using names, birthdays and other trivia that can be found or guessed easily. Remember, a strong password doesn’t have to be a complicated one.
Firewalls block network connections. Configuring a firewall manually can get very complicated, especially when involving protocols like FTP which opens random ports on either the client or the server. A quick way to deal with this is to use the system-config-securitylevel-tui tool. Or better, use a firewall front end such as APF or CSF. These tools also simplify blocking or unblocking IPs.
Beyond blocking and allowing IP addresses, it’s also important to lock down the ports on your server. The only open ports on your system should be the ones you want to use.
DNS is a naming system for computers and services on the Internet. Domain names like “interserver.com” is easier to remember than IP address like 184.108.40.206 or even 2607:f0d0:1000:11:1::4 in IPv6. DNS looks up a domain’s A record (AAAA record for IPv6), to retrieve its IP address. The opposite of an A record is a PTR record: PTR records resolve an IP address to a domain name.
A hostname is the human-readable label you assign to your server to help you differentiate it from your other devices. A hostname should resolve to its server’s main IP address, and the IP should resolve back to the hostname via a PTR record. This configuration is extremely important for email, assuming you don’t want all of your emails rejected as spam.
Many ISPs configure their servers that receive email to lookup the IP address of the domain in a sender’s email address (a reverse DNS check) to see that the domain name matches the email server’s host name. You can look up the PTR record for your IP address. In Terminal.app (Mac) or Command Prompt (Windows), type “nslookup” command followed by the IP. If the PTR doesn’t match up, you can change the PTR easily.
Getting an SSL certificate for your site is optional, but it has many benefits. The certificates will assure your customers that they are looking at your site securely. SSL encrypts passwords and data sent over the network. Any website using SSL Certificates should be assigned its own IP address.
Now that you’ve prepared your server and protected your data, you are ready to migrate your content to its new home. Be proactive about monitoring and managing your server once it’s in production. Choose Interserver for highly reliable and best-in-class Cloud VPS services and feel the difference!
Interserver has been partnering with LiteSpeed since they opened in 2002 to provide our most demanding customers with the speed, reliability and performance they require. Since both companies are based in the New Jersey it was a perfect fit which allowed us to quickly learn about the exciting technologies which were being developed by the engineers at LiteSpeed so we could become leaders in implementing this technology into our web servers.
We have been dedicated to providing comprehensive web hosting solutions to individuals and companies of all sizes since 1999. From the beginning we have been committed to providing the highest quality services to our clients and one of the ways we do this is by always using cutting edge technologies which is why we immediately began working with LiteSpeed when they were founded in 2002.
The LiteSpeed services are available on both our VPS and dedicated server products which means they are affordable to clients at virtually all price points. Our team of engineers and the experts at LiteSpeed understand that it isn’t only the huge multi-national companies that require the fastest response times for their web pages which is why we offer the LiteSpeed web services to customers at almost all price points.
Our clients have benefited from the increased reliability, performance and speed which they can enjoy by using the LiteSpeed web servers. Large websites with heavy loads appreciate the fact that they can get the increased performance they require through this affordable software based solution rather than purchasing expensive new hardware. Many of our smaller clients have found that because they often get the bulk of their traffic in short bursts of time the LiteSpeed services are a great way to keep their site loading smoothly without having to pay the higher rates of a dedicated server.
Since 2002 Interserver has been extremely happy to use and offer the LiteSpeed services, and we look forward to continuing this extremely beneficial partnership long into the future.