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First Byte Grade Fluctuation?
01-10-2012, 11:31 PM
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RE: First Byte Grade Fluctuation?
I'm not aware of any objective sources for information on the performance of various hosting providers. Do you have systems administration skills or access to somebody who does (can set up and configure the web server and database)? If so then a reasonably cheap VPS would be a good option (which is what Rackspace is but there are cheaper alternatives available). I have had reasonable luck with Dreamhost but it's kind of dependent on what other sites are on the same server and the database there is pretty painful too.

You can set up W3 Total Cache or another caching plugin to cache your important pages on the server (front page for example) which should significantly improve the performance (you'll also want to make sure you have cron hitting the word press cron page regularly to make sure the pages are pre-cached for users).

Another option is to have an external monitoring service (like pingdom) monitor your important pages frequently (like every minute). That would give your pages a higher liklihood of staying in the server's memory cache but it's kind of working around the system instead of fixing things.
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First Byte Grade Fluctuation? - felinawi - 01-09-2012, 11:20 AM
RE: First Byte Grade Fluctuation? - pmeenan - 01-10-2012 11:31 PM

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