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Feb 7, 2018

5 Reasons Your Website is Loading So Slowly

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What’s Wrong with My Site?

One of the most frustrating internet experiences is a website failing to load promptly. The only thing worse is when that slow website is your own.

Kissmetrics reports that 40 percent of users will abandon a site if it takes longer than three seconds to load. In addition, nearly half (47 percent) of users expect a web page to load in two seconds or less.

When your site is loading slowly, it’s important to diagnose the right issue. You wouldn’t take random medicine without visiting the doctor in the hopes of getting better. Similarly, you’ll want to narrow down the exact issue affecting your site.

There are a variety of different issues that could be causing your site to load slowly. Here are five common reasons you may be experiencing a slowdown.

1. Unoptimized Images

The first common reason for a slow-loading website is unoptimized images. Every image or file on a website needs to be loaded bit by bit. When images are unnecessarily large, they can be a significant drain on your load speed.

Luckily, the solution for unoptimized images is fast and easily managed. This is especially true for what is referred to as lossless images. These are images that can be shrunk down without any perceived loss of picture quality. Bringing your image file sizes down can boost your site speed and performance.

2. Too Many Plugins

Our second offender for slowness can come from too many plugins or addons that you may use in the backend to build your page. Many sites rely on plugins to improve their functionality. Plugins have their place and can bring necessary features to your site. However, using them excessively can slow down your load times and create a poor experience for your users.

If you suspect your plugins are slowing down your site, remove anything non-essential. Curating your site of unnecessary plugins and addons can bring increased speed and performance. Remember, even the most functional site will be ignored if users can’t load it in time!

3. Code Density

Another issue that could be slowing down your site is overly complicated or dense code. If the underlying developmental infrastructure of your site is dense, the harder it is for browsers to process and load. Thus, the heavier your code, the longer it will take for your users to load.

The solution to dense code may involve a little more expertise but is still manageable. Reducing the HTML markup of your site can bring major improvements and can be accomplished by using HTML tags sparingly and only when necessary.

A few simple fixes include removing HTML comments in scripts and any CDATA blocks in script elements. Another suggestion is to remove or collapse any white space within the code.

4. Shared Servers

If you’re on a shared server, your performance may be impacted by other users on your server. No matter how fast the rest of your site is, being in a queue with other users might drag down your speed.

Solving a server issue is simple and straightforward. If you’re on a shared server, you’ll experience immediate improvements in performance by moving to a dedicated server, which means you’re the only user running off that space (Shameless plug: HorizonIQ offers managed services and bare metal solutions on dedicated servers).

Finding the right service for your needs might take some research on your part, but will bring immediate results in terms of performance and speed.

5. High Traffic

Hold the phone.

Don’t websites want to receive high traffic?

The short answer is “Yes,” but sometimes overwhelming site visits can be too much of a good thing. In this instance, the traffic might be more than your server can handle, causing your site to crash.

When this happens, you may need to look at increasing your bandwidth and improving your underlying infrastructure. If it’s simply a case of outgrowing your previous site build up, you’re going to need to move to a hosting service better suited to the number of visitors that you’re receiving.

A Quick Fix for Your Slow Site

A slow site will drain your users and reduce subscribers. Luckily, a few quick fixes can go a long way towards getting you back up to speed.

HorizonIQ’s data center services can help address the infrastructure problems you might be suffering from crowded servers or bandwidth issues. Our unique solutions allow you the flexibility and scalability to keep your website running at top speed, giving your end users an optimal online experience.

Contact us today to speak with an HorizonIQ representative about how we can help your website move as fast as your business.

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Jan 22, 2014

Webinar recap: Go beyond virtualization with bare-metal cloud

Ansley Kilgore

iStock_whiteboard_BMC_300x150The ongoing cloud migration has created a new set of challenges for organizations with data-intensive applications. Workloads that require greater processing power often find that traditional, virtual clouds can’t provide an acceptable level of performance and throughput. So how can organizations continue to benefit from cloud infrastructure while still meeting the needs of data-intensive applications?

Bare-metal cloud offers physical servers that can be deployed on-demand and billed hourly, providing an alternative to IaaS virtual servers. Clouds don’t have to be virtual – bare-metal servers don’t run a hypervisor and aren’t virtualized, which allows the operating system and applications to use physical resources more efficiently.

Watch the webinar recording to learn more about bare metal:

  • What are bare-metal clouds and how do they work?
  • What are the main advantages of using bare-metal clouds?
  • What are some typical use cases for bare-metal clouds?
  • How can you leverage bare-metal cloud to accelerate big data performance?

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Aug 6, 2013

Customer Spotlight: Onavo improves performance and reduces costs with bare-metal cloud

Ansley Kilgore

Onavo reduces costs with bare-metal cloudAs the expert in mobile data savings, Onavo creates a suite of award-winning data utility apps that help users manage their mobile data usage, protect themselves from malware and save money. With more than one million users around the world, Onavo relies on high network speed and superior performance to provide the best quality experience for consumers.

In this customer spotlight, Galed Friedmann, Head of Operations at Onavo, discusses how the move to bare-metal servers allowed them to increase performance without sacrificing the automation and flexibility of the cloud.

Q: When you started researching solutions, what were your requirements?

A: To provide quality service to our growing customer base, we needed high network speed and reliable server performance with a stringent SLA for guaranteed uptime. We also required a predictable cost approach to keep expenses under control.

Internap’s bare-metal cloud helped us meet network and performance goals using dedicated physical servers that could be scaled up and down like a traditional virtual cloud based on workload needs. We utilize bare metal in Internap’s data center locations in New York and Amsterdam to support our global users, and can provision physical servers within 24 hours in most cases using Internap’s self-service customer portal.

Q: What changes have you noticed since the move to bare-metal servers?

A: Our move from a virtual cloud environment to dedicated physical servers has led to a boost in performance. Bare-metal servers with no virtualization layer allow us to take advantage of the full processing capacity of the physical servers, which let us reduce our overall server count. With better performance and more control over our server usage, costs are more predictable.

Also, our NOC is now able to focus on business-critical issues instead of infrastructure maintenance and troubleshooting. We have fewer unexpected outages and less need for constant network monitoring, which makes it easier to provide customers with fast, reliable access to their mobile data applications.
Internap’s SLA supports 100% network availability across multiple networks, which takes this additional burden off our support personnel.

We are regularly testing, developing and adding new products, and the ability to self-provision new physical servers and delete instances when finished gives us the flexibility we need. As our business grows, it’s important for us to have these automation capabilities along with better performance.

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