View Full Version : Joomla Speed question ????

01-11-2007, 01:32 PM
West Host severs & Joomla Questions:

I am considering West Host but before I sign up I would like to see a working Joomla website on a westhost server...

The Support people suggested I post here...

My website is http://www.UXPL.com and it is very slow for some if our members but for others its OK. I am considering moving it to WestHost in hopes that our local members (mostly in Utah & Idaho) would have better access speed than hosting in remote locations.

However as I have looked at other local hosts many of them do not allocate enough server resourses to run PHP Dynamic websites like Joomla... :mad:

I would like to see a working Joomla site with graphics & flash rotators if possible, working on westhost to test the page load speeds.

Any help would be appreciated...


01-11-2007, 06:07 PM
I have a default installation at http://www.rollingr.net/joomla
It took 26secs for the default home page to download as opposed to 43secs for your home page (Over 56K Dial UP). Another couple of sites hosted at Westhost and using Joomla are ShowKlips (http://www.showklips.com) and Bethany Church (http://www.bethany-church.net/joomla/)

Sign up (http://affiliates.westhost.com/z/9/CD596/) and give Westhost a go. They have a 30 day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose.

01-12-2007, 05:15 PM

Showklips times out..
Bethany seems way fast I came acoss it my searching yesterday.

Your default seems way fast to me! about 2 secs fron my location.

Corrado Fiore
02-09-2007, 01:14 PM
I'm running a couple of Joomla-powered sites on Westhost and they run fine, with excellent speed.

In my experience, much depends on the settings of your Joomla installation. For example:

-- did you enable statistics collection on Joomla? That can slow down the database in a noticeable way.
-- did you enable caching (of pages and menus) and GZIP compression on Joomla?
-- did you enable MySQL cache? (That's an often overlooked feature of MySQL 4.x and greater, easy to enable on Westhost servers)
-- did you enable PHP caching through eAccelerator (from the VPS control panel)?

All the above can make your site respond fine even under high traffic.

Hope this helps.

Corrado Fiore

05-08-2007, 03:16 PM
My site is: www.AbundanceTips.com (http://www.AbundanceTips.com) Let me know what you think.

I switched over to WestHost about a month ago from 1&1.
While on 1&1 hosting my Joomla site started to creep along as I added features to it. 1&1 load times were pushing 20-30 seconds. Unacceptable to me. I tried everything I could. I then started searching for a new host and picked WestHost.

My bloated site now loads on average in about 1.5-3 seconds and sometimes .9 seconds. I have 3 rotating modules the change on every page load (image banner, ads and quotes). I use the Faster Fox load timer to gauge the load times. Sometimes it goes higher after the page is loaded but think its due to external content links and ads. I have over 200k loading according to www.websiteoptimization.com. Pulling less than 100k from the westhost server the rest is external.

Everthing in Joomla is really blazing fast now. It's smokin' Searches take a second or two. The backend is practically instant. I enter all my posts super quick now without waiting for the backend to load. Using JoomFCK editor templates really help too! The irony is that I pay ten bucks less a month now and am over 20 times faster! I also have lots of control on the server side settings.

I am using the following setup.
Joomla 1.0.12
MYSQL 5.0.27
PHP 5.21
eaccelerator .9.5 (Major speed increase)
RocketThemes RT_vesatility template
Jom Comments
Open SEF
A few other modules, components and mambots
GZIP compression on
Statistics off
Standard Joomla cache enabled
(Ircmaxell's Page Cache works great and really helps speed things up but will not work with my 3 rotating modules) If you have static front page content use it! It will refresh when the cache TTL setting you set expires.

and probably a few other little tweaks here are there.

Gigabit server connections to their internal network.

I think with a little bit more tweaking of the server, streamlining my content a little more and turning on SQL caching might get me going a tad faster.

Let me know if you have any questions.


If anyone else has any Joomla performance tweak please post them!

05-27-2007, 10:32 PM
I have a rather standard start on a Joomla site at http://meet.at.webfooters.com.

In looking as a couple of the other responses, I am going to look at the caching options.