You Get What You Pay For
When I started building websites GoDaddy seemed like the logical choice for web hosting (as a football fan, I’d been blasted with commercials featuring Danica Patrick for years). I’ve since added over 14 websites to my deluxe hosting plan and needless to say they’ve come to a crawl. We’re hosting this site using HostGator’s deluxe WordPress package. Let’s compare Sunbird’s server response time that of a website on a shared hosting plan.
Here is a speed test (using Pingdom tools) I conducted on a personal site using shared hosting.
As evidenced by the results, it appears the server response time clocks in at over 3 seconds!. Not good. From an on-page perspective everything checks out (89/100) but the achilles heal seems to be network-related.
Here are Sunbird’s speed test results.
Clocking in at just over 1 second, the hosting package for SunBird significantly outperforms my personal site on shared hosting. If you’re serious about the performance of your site and want to deliver the best user experience page load speed is a vital metric. In Google Analytics you can see if you’re falling short in the speed department. It’s something worth checking out. Shared hosting simply doesn’t provide the consistent speed that dedicated hosting does.