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High TTFB waiting time - server side
06-13-2018, 08:10 PM
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High TTFB waiting time - server side
I have been going on opening support tickets regarding the delay I'm experiencing with my site to display.

The last two improvements I did was enabling the site on Cloudflare and caching the static site with the Litespeed module. Even if they helped allot, specially after a second test when the cache is warm I still experience high waiting time on the first request from the server, when I haven't tested or visited my site in some hours, but as well less than that.

The only thing I have been hearing from the support is that the everything is fine, and then they show me a metrics test where the site loads within 5 seconds and point out nothing is wrong. Usually they pick that result after a retest as I said when the cache is warm, even though I point out and even show them proof where the waiting time is 20 seconds.

Waiting time gets high because the server in these situations just allocates 1.5kb/sec to load a 15kb https html file request. And first byte goes up to 10 seconds before it start to render the sites resources, which it does a good and fast job on.

I don't know what to do anymore, as I'm tired of this, but I don't know if moving to a new hosting provider will do anything. I'm an a shared cloud plan with TMDhosting, Business Plan, which indeed has good hardware.

This is what I just wrote them in my last support ticket:

Hi,

According the admin at Litespeed they have pointed out that instead of no-cache I should either get a HIT or MISS, and not a no-cache. Is anything incorrect with the Litespeed setup, and does it indeed cache correctly?

no-cache: http://prntscr.com/jue19u

If you look at the initial HTML request the server is hardly giving any bandwitdh so the TTFB gets much higher than it should be. Even with Litespeed/Cloudflare enabled I can still get waiting times up to 20 seconds. Specially if I do a first time test when I get up in the morning as no one has hit the site. Once I do one test it will warm up the cache and I will get better waiting time values; under 5 seconds. Yet it doesn't answer my question why sometimes server allocates 1.5kb bandwith for the first request that is 15kb in size. No wonder it will take 10+ seconds to initiate it.

HTML request: http://prntscr.com/jue31p

As you can see, my site resources are optimized and loading good, the culprit is the waiting time, why is there such a high waiting time from the server side? It doesn't make sense to me and as I pointed out this sometimes makes the site take a need to wait 10-20 seconds before it starts to render on the screen.

Idle: http://prntscr.com/juebki

https://www.webpagetest.org/result/18061...1246f2605/
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