Open Thread: Site Slowness Redux

Survey time: Has the slowness problem of the past two weeks gone away or are you still experiencing it?

After some back-and-forth, my hosting company claims to have fixed the problem, and it does seem substantially better on my end. Have you all noticed the same?

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  • Dennis

    It is still rather slow, but not as slow as the past few days.

  • hb531

    Since your original post on this topic, I have had mixed results. My hunch is that it is better, but not as good as it was in the past.

  • prase

    It is much slower than ever before, at least today. I have not noticed any slowness before your first post about it. Paradoxically it started to deteriorate afterwards, and today the site is loading several minutes. I am connecting from Europe.

  • Bechamel

    This page just took about thirty seconds to load.

  • Rob~N

    Quite slow. Far slower than any other site I’ve visited recently.

  • Stargazer1323

    For me, it has loaded faster at times, and just as slow at other times, rather than just being slow all the time. I will have to pay closer attention to see if the slowness happens at specific times of the day, but something has definitely changed since last week.

  • Mark C.

    Took maybe a bit less than 10 seconds to go from Planet Atheism to this page–a definite improvement, but still not good.

  • konrad_arflane

    It’s still slow for me, though not as slow as it has been (intermittently) in the past. The main part of the page loads relatively quickly (~5 secs), but the sidebar takes at least as long again to fully load.

  • Jeremy

    I tested various topic links since reading this post, and the response time today is significantly faster than it has been since the initial “slowness” post.

  • Jeremy

    Though it took over a sixty seconds for the previous comment to post…

  • David D.G.

    I wasn’t having any trouble with the site last week. Today, however, I am finding the site very slow in loading. But I don’t know whether that’s on your end or mine.

    ~David D.G.

  • Wedge

    Much better.

  • john

    yeesh. it took almost a minute to load and i have the planet earth backbone a few miles away. something fishy’s going on here.

  • john

    yeesh. it took almost a minute to load and i have the planet earth backbone a few miles away. something fishy’s going on here.

  • john

    then it took 2 minutes to post a comment.

  • jack

    It took about 30 seconds to load the site, which is not good, but only about 5 seconds to load this page of comments, which is an improvement.

  • jack

    The posting of my preceding comment took 1 minute 45 seconds (timed with stopwatch), after which I got this error message:

    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

  • Alan

    Occasionally better, but mostly still slow. Took about 1.5 minutes to load page this time.

  • mike

    It took ~40 seconds of latency to simply make contact with the webserver, and at least another 40 to finish loading the entire page. This is from a very fast university connection.

  • Marcus Peterson

    The site seems to have slowed down again. I am also having slow response from the Dawkins site.

  • Stephen

    After having originally posted that I had no problems, I did then have a couple of very slow days. Not too bad at present, but not as fast as it has been – 15 seconds to load this page via broadband. Posting from the Netherlands.

  • magista

    It’s still taking about 60s to load from my school (which is an issue in itself), and is noticeably slower compared to other sites.

  • mikespeir

    There’s been a slight improvement the last two times I’ve been on. Your Ebon Musings page has always flashed right up. Going from there to Daylight Atheism is quite a bit slower, and opening a thread is slower yet. Still, I think things might be better.

  • goyo

    Sorry, it’s still slow, and I just had to close out the site, then return to make this comment.

  • Ray

    Just connected, it took almost a minute to bring up the main page and a further minute to get to the point where I can comment.

  • Ingersoll’s Revenge

    Forgive me for being so crass, but I clicked on the thread, left my computer to have a bowel movement, and when I came back the page still hadn’t completely loaded.

    Take that for what it’s worth, Ebon.

  • mikespeir

    Yeah. Disregard my last post. At times it seems better. At other times it’s no better at all.

  • Joffan

    Seems better today than previous attempts over the last couple of weeks.

  • Brian

    Slowness? Oh oops! I thought it was built in coffee time!
    But yes, still takes a good 20-30 seconds to load pages.

  • Ebonmuse

    To judge by the comments so far, the consensus is that load times are better, but still not as good as they used to be. That’s my experience as well.

    Here’s the interesting part. When I first contacted my host, they claimed the problem was my connection. I pointed out the evidence against that.

    Next, they claimed the problem was with my site’s code. I was told by a tech-support rep that loading a page on my site takes 10-12 SQL queries, and that this was too many and that I needed to change my site’s code to reduce that number. Putting aside the absurdity of asking me to rewrite my entire blogging platform, I again pointed out that this problem was recent in origin, whereas my site’s code had not changed for months. I also pointed out, somewhat sarcastically since my patience was being tested, that WordPress is one of the most popular and actively developed weblog software platforms in existence, and I found it very difficult to believe it was so intrinsically inefficient as to place unreasonable demands on a SQL server.

    I heard back from tech support last night. This time, they didn’t blame either my connection or my site’s code. They simply said they had “reviewed the database server and addressed the issue”. Lo and behold, as soon as I got that message, my site seemed to be responding better. However, they did not specify what the problem was or what changes they had made.

    This whole episode has left a bad taste in my mouth. The fact that my host, when pressured, was suddenly able to address the problem strongly suggests to me that they knew what the issue was all along. This would also mean, as I already suspected, that their earlier, conflicting explanations were just an attempt at giving me the run-around.

    I’m inclined to suspect that my hosting company (GoDaddy, for the record) has been trying to cut corners by moving sites to less-powerful servers, or by putting more hosted sites on a server than it can reasonably support. Only the people who complain loudly enough are getting moved out of the slow line. I’m not pleased by any of this, and especially given that the slowness has been continuing for some readers, I’m strongly considering moving Daylight Atheism to a new host. Any suggestions in this area will be appreciated.

  • exrelayman

    Not able to make suggestion. Just feedback that loading main page was slow, waited 2 min to access comments and when “done” appeared at the bottom had arrived at a blank page. Using back button an retrying, got to comments page rather quickly.

  • yinyang

    This page didn’t even load the first time I tried. Guess Firefox decided it was taking too long and it gave up (although it didn’t give me an error message like it normally does).

    And, like prase, I didn’t notice any slowness until after your initial post. But, for a week now it’s taken at least 20-30 seconds to load the site.

  • SteveC

    For a site that’s almost nothing but text… it’s dog slow.