Originally posted by chrisb Thanks, all. That explains the slowness, but why are many Secure Pages constantly busy? Are Secure Pages on a separate server because I cannot find a Secure directory in CPanel?
That's because a Secure directory doesn't exist in CPanel
The data on the server is not encryted. It is the traffic between you and the SSL server which is.
Pages on a SSL site are passed to you through an encrypted channel, which takes up more CPU time on both the remote server and the local computer, which turns the page to appear a little slower to load. Also, encrypted data can't be compressed like most of the pages are on most home connection protocols. The reason is that the basic of compression is to remove redundancy in data and replace the second (and third and fourth etc) instance of the same string by a pointer to the first one. Once encrypted, the data contain no more redundancy (if the same string is found 5 times in the data, they will all be encrypted in a different way). On slow connections (56kbps for example) the pages may take 3 times or more the time it takes for a regular page to download.