From 2 readers a day to current, around 1,200 readers a day. Its quite disappointing to see my blog loading very slowly. Sometimes during night time (+0800 GMT), the pages don’t load at all.
Sometime March, I received IM & emails from readers telling me that my blog is down. Not the whole blog, but the database connection to my WordPress blog couldn’t be established.
In April, I received an email from my hosting provider (Skydio) telling me that there are some heavy load on my domain which caused the SQL to hang. And to solve the problem, they’ve migrated my site to a better server container. I’m was very impressed by them being able to migrate me when my site caused inconveniences to other clients on the same server.
But here’s the interesting part.
Mid may, when I tried to browse my own blog to look for some old content, I discovered that my blog don’t load at all. It was 10pm. After 2 refreshes, then the page decides to load. Next day, 10am, I tried loading my blog again. Loading took ages.
I contacted support @ Skydio letting them know my site’s load time is super-duper long. I provided detailed info such as page load times (generated by PHP/Wordpress) and also told them that my pages are cached.
90 queries. 32.907 seconds.
110 queries. 49.893 seconds.
116 queries. 40.377 seconds.
114 queries. 54.010 seconds.
91 queries. 36.086 seconds.
The above statistics are served from different pages:
The reply I got was to optimize my database structure and to use cache (when I am already using cache (Super Cache!).
I lost track of the support ticket until a week later when I contacted support again regarding my previous ticket. A customer service representative replied,
"If optimizing your database structure is not solving your problems, then better you go with our dedicated solutions to get better performance just for your site."
Looks like Skydio don’t want me anymore. Sigh.
Details about my current hosting with Skydio
Price: Very much lesser than what’s being offered right now. My package was purchased from PureHostings (GlobalWiz) a couple of years back before the company was sold to Skydio.
I must say that Skydio has been nice, providing me with 1GB of space even though my actual plan was 300MB. Bandwidth wise, there was no limit.
I need a new web host
I’m looking for a company that deals with shared hosting that will be able to host my blog. Here’s what I expect:
- Decent load-time. I don’t get much readers, something like 1.2k a month.
- Space: I need less than 1GB of space (more than 300MB of course) and I must be allowed to upload media (mp3s/videos).
- Bandwidth: I don’t expect unmetered bandwidth, but at least 100GB. I have media/mp3s hosted. I will abide all AUPs.
- Uptime: 99.9% as far as possible.
- Price: Quote please.
As you can see, its quality to quantity.
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