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Another poor first byte time
11-24-2011, 11:59 AM
Post: #11
RE: Another poor first byte time
(07-28-2011 04:02 PM)slink Wrote:  Not sure what it is but here is a connection to a vbulletin forum - big fat F:

http://tiny.cc/cezic

And here is a front page, Wordpress gets a B:

http://tiny.cc/sm7u6

But this wordpress blog gets an F, same install, different front page:

http://tiny.cc/huu1c

Not sure how to explain the difference and what to do.


Not sure if this helps, but has anyone thought that there's something wrong with the test program?

I just ran a test to Dulles using a simple website I created, resulting in a 12 second time to first byte (http://www.webpagetest.org/result/111124...details/).

The program also tried searching for a favicon that doesn't exist.

Just a thought. Try running a few non-Wordpress websites through the program.
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11-24-2011, 08:26 PM
Post: #12
RE: Another poor first byte time
(11-24-2011 11:59 AM)rocketdocket Wrote:  Not sure if this helps, but has anyone thought that there's something wrong with the test program?

I just ran a test to Dulles using a simple website I created, resulting in a 12 second time to first byte (http://www.webpagetest.org/result/111124...details/).

The program also tried searching for a favicon that doesn't exist.

Just a thought. Try running a few non-Wordpress websites through the program.

You don't have to rely on one testing method. There are numerous websites offering free tests. Probably none is as pretty, and offers tests performed from various geographical locations, as webpagetest.org, but if unsure do your comparisons. Here's one of many: Byte Check - Check Your Time To First Byte.

Quote:The program also tried searching for a favicon that doesn't exist.

Browsers look for favicon.

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11-27-2011, 02:27 AM
Post: #13
RE: Another poor first byte time
You can also add server response times to your access log and pull stats directly from your server to see what the distribution looks like. It's not unusual to see wildly varying results in first byte times from different pages/applications because it is usually a function of the database queries they run (number of and the specific queries).

Here is an example for WP Engine's home page which is a wordpress site: http://www.webpagetest.org/result/111126_K2_2AA2Y/

They specialize in fast Wordpress hosting (using SSD's for the databases) so it's not surprising to see their first byte times so low but those numbers are achievable (just usually not on shared hosting where database performance is usually awful).
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