Sometimes I experience my site loading rather slowly and was wondering if they may be overselling the server I'm on. The load averages right now are 2.97 3.33 4.23 and that's with 3 Xeon 2.40GHz processors. The load averages are consistently in the mid 10s during the week.
From what I understand, the 3 values represent 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 15 minute load averages. For a server with just 1 processor, a load average of 1 means it is loaded all the time. So in my case, my server is loaded all the time even on a slow Sunday afternoon since the value is at 3 or higher and the server has 3 processors?
Is this cause for concern and probably why I notice my forums load slowly quite often?
EDIT: I just looked at the load average again and it bumped up to 7.02 5.16 4.53
Yeah, I guess you must contact your host at any point with such issues. Also, check out the geo-location of your servers. It is very much possible that you are far from your hosting server, to get such timings.
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