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  1. #1
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    how can I test vps speed

    Hi,

    I ordered my first vps and uploaded a 1 page web site with a few graphics. I browsed to the web site and it took longer than normal to load the entire site with all graphics.

    Is there a way that I can test my vps account speed?

    thank you
    Florian

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    As per your post it seems to be that you want to check server status frequently due load on server if yes then follow the following command from shell


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    1) vmstat -n 5

    Its very helpful for printing a running status display in a tabular format.


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    2) watch --interval=5 "ps aux | grep zombie | grep -v xaprb"

    watch isn’t really a load-monitoring tool, but it’s beastly handy because it takes any command as input and monitors the result of running that command. For example, if I wanted to monitor when the “zombie ” program is executing, I could run


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    3) route -v

    The route lists the routing tables for your server

    and as mtrainaky following commands also very useful

    'top' - Very useful for a dynamic look at running tasks and system info
    'netstat' - Network statistics
    'mpstat' - cpu stats


    I hope it will help you
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  3. #3
    If you went from shared hosting to a VPS, and then you are experiencing "slower" website load times, it makes me wonder much much RAM do you have for your VPS plan. If you're running cPanel + a fairly busy website on say 256MB of RAM, that may be where your problem is... more RAM!

    It's also possible that the hosting provider overloads their node, which is not good, and if comes to be the case, you should switch providers.

  4. #4
    You might also find useful http://just-ping.com/, just because a website loads a little slower from one location doesn't necessarily mean the network or VPS is slow all around.

    You might also want to try and find your provider on the benchmark thread, and see how they perform comparatively.
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    I have an Elite VPS account from Future Hosting. With the recent sepcial they ran, this gives me 1.5GB RAM.

    How can I run shell commands? I am a novice and never had to do that.


    Would it make sense to upload a file and post the link here to have people download it and report the speed? I saw a post like that on wht before.


    thanks for all the help so far.
    Florian

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    As I understand it, the Elite VPS plan is managed, I believe you can ask Future Hosting to do that for you.
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    From my understanding, you want to run a server speed test right?

    Well, it's simple you can go to: http://www.vertain.com/?sst to test your server speed. Just enter your website address.

    As for how to run shell commands, you need a SSH client like PuTTy and login to your server via that client. You can then execute shell commands.

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    Just played around with just-ping.com and compared the "slow" web site in question with one of my web sites from my reseller account. The VPS is much slower for all cities. I wonder if I should open up a ticket with future hosting and have them look into it.

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    the vertain test says the speed to the web site is 1.31 seconds. I am now opening a ticket with future hosting.

    Am I correct to assume that the future hosting elite plan should deliver the same web site faster or AT LEAST as fast as my old sharred reseller account?
    Last edited by floriauck; 06-26-2009 at 07:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floriauck View Post
    Am I correct to assume that the future hosting elite plan should deliver the same web site faster or AT LEAST as fast as my old sharred reseller account?
    A static page with a few graphics on a high-memory VPS? Absolutely yes.

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    You also have to keep in mind that in most cases, shared hosting servers are highly optimized by professional server administrators for speed, and shared hosting is often setup on dedicated hardware. A VPS on the other hand shares the hardware's resources between many VPS systems. I would actually say, from my experience in designing and implementing shared hosting solutions, with a VPS, simply due to its shared nature, even if only taking to account the shared disk IO, a VPS will almost always be slower, unless you are paying for something that is for example a guaranteed 1/4th of the hardware, and it is powerful hardware.

    Many people just don't understand that the efficiency of shared hosting blows away anything else. I mean just think about the simple IO operations and calculations of 12 sites, each on their own instance of apache on 12 full operating system instances, VS 12 sites being served by one apache server on one operating system. The memory of a server, the caching, the IO, all are so much better utilized under one operating system and instance of apache. With some good optimization, you can get 3k (probably way more) sits loading very very fast.

    I would suggest that people do not discount the value or power of a shared hosting account. Use a VPS if you have some custom settings or custom applications that you need to setup that are not allowed on a shared system due to security, or other polices. A VPS is great, and if you are paying enough to actually cover the costs of a nice fraction of a server, and that is what you are being provided, then expect a lot, but many of the common VPS plans out there are smaller fractions of a server, and due to that reality, they can and will take a performance hit one way or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by floriauck View Post
    the vertain test says the speed to the web site is 1.31 seconds. I am now opening a ticket with future hosting.

    Am I correct to assume that the future hosting elite plan should deliver the same web site faster or AT LEAST as fast as my old sharred reseller account?
    That is not a bad speed, actually.
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