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I have tried netmechanic and cnet's site speed meter (the later only measure ping) to test sites on different hosts. But still I don't "feel" the accuaracy compared with my own browsing "tests".
Sites on affordablehost are around 60+ms, on powweb around 2 ms (although I spot one that's particularly slow, but most are fast), netfirms around 30+ ms, the free host I temporarily with is datapacket which is around 110 ms (but according to netmechanic, it tested for 8 hours with certain interval, it got like 32 ms). Is there a sure fire way to measure the page download speed? My site is a simple tour destination site (some pages with many thumbs though), with like 65% overseas readers, my main concern is fast page rendering.
Originally posted by Tourguy
Is there a sure fire way to measure the page download speed?
Question for you: What if one of your "readers" has a slow Internet connection?
Of course, readers have all sorts of their own connection speed, just doing my part only.
I was advised by an east coast host that if more than half of my readers are from Taiwan, it's better to have a host located on the west coast. Does this mean less hops to avoid possible clogs? Does it really matter/make a difference?
I am in Southern California, and a test of several sites hosted by Powweb consistantly generate very good ping by cnet's site speed meter. Understand Powweb is in SoCal, too. Any thoughts?
All I can tell you is that Powweb is the fastest host I have used anywhere, high-priced or low-priced, East Coast or West.
I think when I am ready to sign up with a paid host again(should be within weeks if not days), Powweb is the only one to pick for sure. I have been searching for weeks and of course Powweb is not one of those "unlimited", "free but with one time sign-up fee" com'ons. Even among respectful ones, I still think Powweb offers a clear, powerful web site for us to read, probe before making a decision. On top of that, I haven't seen too many hosts provide a forum like this one which is, if you really think of it, haven sent.
Ok, now, does any one out there know the answer to the question about host location in my previous post? Just curious. TIA
From Taiwan, I reach my website (http://fcsnc.com/) in 18 hops at an average of 793 milliseconds.
From Taiwan, I reach another one of my sites (with an *expensive* "on-net" host in Atlanta, GA) in only 17 hops ... but at an average of 862 milliseconds.
Both routes go through Los Angeles.
Your mileage may vary.
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