What diagnostics can I run on my slow site?

If your site is running slowly, there are a few common issues that can cause slowness to occur.

Most sites that run slowly are database-driven sites. Database content is not saved on the web server, unless you have some sort of caching enabled for this site server. If no caching is enabled, content is dynamically created for each visitor by the communication between the web server and the database server.

Testing your site from external locations

You can use the following sites to test your website’s performance. These help to verify if the performance issues are happening in all locations or if it’s just your connection.

Using ping and traceroute

Check the response time/connection between your computer and your DreamHost servers by running a ping and a traceroute. If you need more information about running ping or traceroute, take a look at the following articles:

If you see any issues, contact support and provide the results of these tests. Support is then able to look further into the matter for you.

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