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Webshop: TTFB and Compression issues
10-01-2015, 12:28 AM
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RE: Webshop: TTFB and Compression issues
+1 to most of what GreenGecko said.

Tuning determines site speed. As I do this every day for clients, I see clients with expensive hosting with slow site speed. Highest has been $2000/month.

Moving to $100/month hosting, stripping out all CDNs + proxies (NGINX/Varnish) + tuning machine, provides support for 100,000+ uniques/hour at 5% - 10% machine load.

LAMP (Linux + Apache + MariaDB + PHP) is very fast, if the entire LAMP stack is tuned well.

As for NGINX, there was a significant performance difference comparing NGINX to Apache-2.2.x + all the testing I've done shows Apache-2.4.10+ is roughly 20% faster than NGINX.

Also Apache-2.6 will ship with mod_h2 (native HTTP/2 support).

Couple this with PHP-7 (benchmarks show it's faster than HHVM) + you have the makings of a blazing fast site.

If + only if, you LAMP stack is tuned.

"Managed Servers" (especially RackSpace) are usually a waste of money, as these machines are never tuned + so far I've found HostGator tech support far superior (expertise wise) than RackSpace.

Better to find a sharp admin person + pay them to tune your server machine or run your site in an LXC container running on a tuned machine, which is what I do now.

Better a sharp admin then wasted dollars on "Managed Servers".

Like help speeding up your site? Skype me @ ID davidfavor for a quote. Be sure to include your site name in your Skype Add Contact request.
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RE: Webshop: TTFB and Compression issues - dfavor - 10-01-2015 12:28 AM

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