Take a look at the photo shown there. I don’t like it, at all. I’ve been using Site24x7 for the last few days to monitor various websites I run. It’s really handy and has brought to my attention a few things I wasn’t expecting. Namely, this site performs very poorly, which I’ve noticed more and more in the last few weeks.
OK, this site, longren.org, is hosted at Dreamhost. The Slackware Blog is of course, hosted at wordpress.com. And the other site in the image, is one for work. The site for work has better “response” times than both longren.org and the Slackware Blog. This took me by surprise because the work site is hosted on a Qwest DSL 1Mbit line.
I have a feeling the poor response time is mostly due to grabbing data from external sources, such as Google and Blogrolling. However, I don’t really include much content from external sources. Perhaps the small number of images causes this site to have much slower response times. The Slackware Blog and the work site are very light on images compared to this site. I never post images in posts at the Slackware Blog.
Anyway, I guess a 4500 millisecond response time isn’t too terrible, it’s about 4.5 seconds. Over the last couple days, the response time has gone down to around 2500 milliseconds, or 2.5 seconds. This site does have a larger amount of data to pull for every page, so I guess increased response times here are to be expected. Maybe I’m just worrying about nothing.