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Apr
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accepted What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thank you for that analogy, Katherine! I wish I had a hundredth of the knowledge of servers that you have. With guidance from a friend, I chose a new host. I'm migrating everything to an SSD-based Cloud Server from Siteground. I'm hoping this hardware is much more equipped to handle things, and it's managed hosting: 1x 3.0GHz CPU 2GB DDR3 RAM 20GB Disk Space 5TB Bandwidth .... I did ditch the resource-intensive Hide My WP plugin, per your suggestion, which I thought would help with security, but I don't need it. Thank you again for taking the time to respond!
Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thank you Jon. The actually site itself is well-optimized, and I do use a caching plugin (W3 Total Cache) that uses opcode for page, disk, and database caching. It's just the server. Hopefully, the new server I switched to, SSD-based cloud server, will be more powerful and has better hardware.
Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
I will do just that, Tero. I have already ditched the plugin, per Katherine's suggestion ... and it's just really not necessary for security, I'm finding. Thank you for taking the time to respond!
Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
I will keep that -- adding extra memory -- in mind, however, if I still experience those issues. It sounds kinda like vamping up an old PC -- add some memory, and the speed picks up. Thanks for taking the time to respond!
Apr
29
comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thank you Fox. Upon review with the help of a friend who's more knowledgeable on servers than I, I ended up switching from the cheap BlueHost VPS to a Siteground Cloud Server, where everything is SSD-based, not HDD-based. 1x 3.0GHz CPU 2GB DDR3 RAM 20GB Disk Space 5TB Bandwidth
Apr
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Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
I have eliminated the HM WP plugin prior to posing this question ... but I don't think 68 requests is unreasonable. Most of those requests stem from the images on the drop-down menu at the top. But there's still 2-4 seconds of server response time, and Google PS Insights say it's a bottleneck in my server.
Apr
28
comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thanks Katherine. I am not ignoring your answer whatsoever. It's just that, coincidentally, since I posed this question, BlueHost's VPS servers decided to do their monthly blackout. So for 49 hours at the time of this writing, I have been unable to access FTP, email, website, and even my own cPanel. I cannot wait to move to a reliable host, and I will be able to understand your answer much better, Katherine. Thanks!
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Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thank you for taking the time to respond, Eric. I do not know if I have any 3rd party services in place, but I will google around and see if I can find one. I wouldn't doubt it if WordPress had a plugin for that. I'll get back and rephrase the question if I can glean more information. Thanks again!
Apr
27
comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thanks Michael. I know it looks like a mess, and everything is minified. But it's mostly the server response time. The actual page loads quickly, and gets good grades. Yes, because there is a lot of content on the front page, the size of the page (2.6 MB) isn't ideal, but the server requests (68) isn't extraordinary. I still think it's all about the server response time (2-3 seconds, which, if eliminated, would put my page load times right around 2.5-3 seconds).
Apr
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comment What is a core, and will purchasing more cores for my VPS speed up page load times?
Thank you Katherine! I'm still digesting your answer, but I will say, regarding Page Speed Insights, a main thing it complains about is the server response time: "In our test, your server responded in 2.2 seconds. There are many factors that can slow down your server response time. Please read our recommendations to learn how you can monitor and measure where your server is spending the most time." ................... thank you again! Will comment more after I fully comprehend your response.
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Sep
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comment Should I install memcached on my Level 3 VPS?
Thanks Michael. Do you have any suggestions? I'm out of Detroit, Michigan ... and like I said, I know little about hosts and especially servers. But if I'm paying $50/month for 8-9 second page load times when the front-end is properly optimized, I'm open to any suggestions on hosts who could help me from the server side. Thanks!
Sep
28
comment Should I install memcached on my Level 3 VPS?
Thanks Pothi, for the explanations and the information! I'm doing everything I can to decrease my 8 second page load times, and I'm quite familiar with what needs to be done on the front end, but on the server side, I'm clueless. But I see that Dreamhost offers 300 MB of disk space for just $15/month, and they have all the Opcode caching nodes. I think I will look in to moving hosts for this domain, Pothi ... just based on how you explained things and what Drinxy and Pazi have said. Thank you for taking the time to respond!
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