Recently i worked on a website which was taking 27 seconds on average to load.
Would you wait around for 27 seconds if you’ve never been to the site before?
Studies have shown that people start thinking about leaving after 5 seconds.
WP Sites Site Speed Results
Here’s a couple of tests i did using Pingdom.
Your website is faster than 90% of all tested sites! I’ll take that!
So whats the solution?
The reason my site loads consistently fast is because its hosted on fully managed servers.
The fastest servers for hosting WordPress powered sites. There is no faster option.
Do plugins slow down your site?
I have 23 active plugins installed and never had any problems (with my current host that is).
My host offers a list of disavowed plugins which they recommend you Do Not Install.
These banned plugins use massive server resources and slow down your sites page loading times.
Do you use caching plugins like W3 Total Cache?
No. Don’t need too.
My host uses fully managed caching so there’s no need for any caching plugins.
How big is your site?
My site is over 1GB and over 1400 pages.
I host more than 5300 images in my media library.
Will VPS speed up my site speed?
There’s no doubt VPS is more powerful than shared hosting so yes, a VPS will help speed up your page loading times.
Whats faster. VPS or Managed hosting?
Based on my experience using level 3 and 4 VPS with 2 different hosting providers, Managed hosting is at least 3 times faster.
When i hosted using VPS, my page loading times where between 3-5 seconds.
Fully managed hosting has averaged around 1 second.
Will a CDN speed up my site?
There’s no doubt that CDN will speed up the loading times of your content (If you need to that is)
Do you use CDN?
I don’t use a CDN because i don’t need one.
When your site only takes 1 second to load, you don’t need anything else.
How much does fully managed hosting cost?
Hosting 1 site is cheaper than using a VPS.
It costs $30 a month to host 1 site on fully managed servers with WPEngine.
Hostgators Level 3 VPS with cPanel costs $50 a month.
This coupon gives you 3 months of hosting for less than $5 a month.
Readers Abandoning Your Site?
30% of customers will abandon any site which takes more than 3 seconds to load.
Source: Mozcon 2013 data
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