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    How to tell how fast a web host will actually be?

    Hi everyone,

    So a simple question. Most webhosts will give you the details of how much monthly bandwidth you get. But is there any way to find out how FAST that bandwidth is given to you? Or in other words, is there any way to determine if one host will deliver faster page load times than another?
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    You need to ask for a test speed. That will tell you.
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    Bandwidth is not "fast" or "slow", but is merely a measurement of how "wide" the "pipe" is between the server and the switch/network/internet. A 10 GBPS connection is not inherently "faster" than a 10 MBPS connection in that the bits will travel the same speed from one end of the cable to the other. The difference is the amount of data that can be transferred simultaneously.

    Now to put it into context, you're much more likely to be limited by disk I/O on the server itself, available CPU, and MySQL query speed than you are by the actual "width" of the internet connection to the server. Most servers I've ever had access to, even ones with up to 10,000 hosted domains, used an average of 10 to 15 MBPS to help put things into perspective.

    Now as for finding out which host is going to process and deliver your pages the fastest, there are way too many unknowns really to be able to know without testing them directly. A test file will help determine latency / maximum transfer rate to you but that depends on a lot of variables that will often have little to do with the speed of your site itself.

    The best way is to simply sign up (assuming they have a money-back guarantee) and try them out, and then requesting a refund if you're not happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    Bandwidth is not "fast" or "slow", but is merely a measurement of how "wide" the "pipe" is between the server and the switch/network/internet. A 10 GBPS connection is not inherently "faster" than a 10 MBPS connection in that the bits will travel the same speed from one end of the cable to the other. The difference is the amount of data that can be transferred simultaneously.

    Now to put it into context, you're much more likely to be limited by disk I/O on the server itself, available CPU, and MySQL query speed than you are by the actual "width" of the internet connection to the server. Most servers I've ever had access to, even ones with up to 10,000 hosted domains, used an average of 10 to 15 MBPS to help put things into perspective.

    Now as for finding out which host is going to process and deliver your pages the fastest, there are way too many unknowns really to be able to know without testing them directly. A test file will help determine latency / maximum transfer rate to you but that depends on a lot of variables that will often have little to do with the speed of your site itself.

    The best way is to simply sign up (assuming they have a money-back guarantee) and try them out, and then requesting a refund if you're not happy.
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    The other way to find out how fast will your site will be is by checking out your host webpage loading speed.

    Is it fast , or ....???
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    Many host will provide a downloading test on their page such as inmotion. There're also only tools to test the connection speed between the hosting and your local ISP.

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    In short, just do your DD, what do current/previous customers have to say about the service? Where are the servers located? Are they overselling? Many factors to consider, however ultimately, if you are skeptical, sign-up monthly and test it out in real time (most web hosts have some type of money back guarantee).
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    First, speed does not depend (at least not entirelely) of allocated bandwidth. Second, considering that hosts don't have a single server spec, and now increasingly have multiple locations, speed will be determined by where your site is hosted. Finally, how far a web visitor is away from the server serving the web pages plays a big role in access speed. If I am in Hong Kong and host in Hong Kong I will likely get faster speed from my Hong Kong host than from a New York host with 100 times the bandwidth and top of the line infrastructure
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    These are two different things which doesn't
    elevate each other in any direct or indirect manner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakdehosting View Post
    The other way to find out how fast will your site will be is by checking out your host webpage loading speed.

    Is it fast , or ....???
    a) Providers website can be hosted on a different network that will show diffident ping and speed test results.

    b) What about servers and content? Our website is fully static so it's served though Nginx, clients website also have Nginx front-end to serve static content, but still dynamic content has to served using Apache. Of course speeds will differ when 1 website will use PHP and MYSQL and the other consist just of HTML, CSS, JS content.

    Shortly saying you should ask a provider for a speed test from the active nodes where they deploy customer orders.
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    Web hoster sent speed by dividing 4 block.

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    It really depends on the content used in the site as well as location.

    Quote Originally Posted by cycomholdings View Post
    how far a web visitor is away from the server serving the web pages plays a big role in access speed. If I am in Hong Kong and host in Hong Kong I will likely get faster speed from my Hong Kong host than from a New York host with 100 times the bandwidth and top of the line infrastructure
    +1

    You can try putting the site on different providers servers and see which one load faster by using temp URL. You can also test the URLs using Pingdom Tools and LoadImpact.
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    These days a speed test means jack all as 9/10 out of the time you will be testing against a completely empty machine which its sole purpose is for speed tests so going by that alone could have stewed results and inner flaws...

    Its best to get through the doors and onto the server and use various online tests that would be much better than anything external.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cd/home View Post
    These days a speed test means jack all as 9/10 out of the time you will be testing against a completely empty machine which its sole purpose is for speed tests so going by that alone could have stewed results and inner flaws...

    Its best to get through the doors and onto the server and use various online tests that would be much better than anything external.
    Well one provider could be using LiteSpeed where as the other provider isn't, or one has optimized the server where as the other one hasn't.

    Using speed test tools such as Pingdom Tools, Google PageSpeed and LoadImpact should show you that one has put more effort into making the pages load faster on the server.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    The best way is to simply sign up (assuming they have a money-back guarantee) and try them out, and then requesting a refund if you're not happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    The best way is to simply sign up (assuming they have a money-back guarantee) and try them out, and then requesting a refund if you're not happy.
    +1 on this also, that's the best way to test a provider,if it's bad then you get a refund,if it's good you stay,but always keep backups.

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    Well, if the hosting plan you are looking at is a shared hosting plan, you should already know the limitations. For VPS's most hosts will make it a point to tell you what speeds you will be experiencing.
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    As every one said about speed test, but this test should not be of the provider website.

    Because it might be hosted on some other server that mostly happens normally, you should ask them for speed test of actual server you're going to be hosted on, this will really give you results.

    You can also check pings from your area to see how much fast it can be for you.
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    The best way is to test websites that are already hosted with them, these are easy to find with a quick search.
    Once you've found a couple, test with with Googles Page Speed to get a good breakdown of how they perform.

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