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Understanding Cache (8 posts)

  1. Shinock
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,
    I am having issues with my website. I am currently developing it and as of now there is only 1 or 2 pages. I did a speed test on the site and the load time was 14 seconds. There is no images, no media, no redirects nothing..

    I sent this to my host iPage. Their solution was to install W3 Total Cache.

    I was wondering how this fixes my issue. As I understand it a cache is stored on the user side. So the first time the visitor arrives they have to wait, then after they get cached their next visit will be much quicker.

    Can somebody clarify for me how a cache helps unique first time visitors?

    Regards,
    Sean

  2. vtxyzzy
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The W3 Total Cache plugin stores the cache on the server. This is in addition to any browser cache on the viewer's local machine.

    The first time a page is accessed by anyone, it stores the page. When the page is requested again it is fetched from the server cache even if the current viewer has never been to that page before.

  3. Andrew Bartel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Are you using shared hosting? If so, how many sites does iPage have running on your ip? I can't see a basically blank webpage every legitimately taking fourteen seconds to load.

  4. Shinock
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for your replies. I am assuming that is a shared server as I only pay $50 or so a year. How can I tell how many sites are on my ip? Here is my site address you can test it for yourself Inside Content Marketing

    I have canceled my ipage hosting account. It is due to cease on Monday. I am changing to Bluehost to test it out. If that doesn't work I will change to MediaTemple.

    Page speed is a huge factor for me and should be for everyone. Not only will people exit the page but it also affects your ranking.

    Here is the test result:
    Time Message
    0 sec. Waiting for http://www.insidecontentmarketing.com/...
    7.682 sec.
    7.689 sec. Waiting for http://www.insidecontentmarketing.com/...
    7.734 sec. Browser ReadyState changed to Interactive
    11.236 sec. Waiting for http://www.insidecontentmarketing.com/...
    11.575 sec. Done
    11.64 sec. Browser ReadyState changed to Complete
    11.641 sec. Downloading picture http://www.insidecontentmarketing.com/wp-content/plugins/slick-contact-forms/css/images/bg_input.png...
    12.729 sec. Done

  5. Shinock
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I changed from iPage to Bluehost and the difference is incredible. Load times of 1 second now. Compared to 13s with iPage.

  6. Andrew Bartel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yea, expected. Glad your site is performing well.

  7. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  8. Shinock
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Seacoast Web Design - I just spent the last 30 minutes setting it up. My repeat visit time is much quicker. Thanks for the advice.

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