WordPress Sites and Server Test for Optimization

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Your web hosting provider is the most important factors for a WordPress website SEO and security. Your host server affects the speed, seo ranking, and reliability of your WordPress site to mention few. Please follow the follow two step guide to test your current host and your wordpress site effectively.

Test 1: Check for Server Overcrowding

The overcrowding can affect badly a WordPress site inseveral ways. Overcrowded host normally impose restrictive configurations in the server that stop or minimize the optimal functioning of a wordpress based site. If a webhost has hundreds of websites on the same IP (shared IP), your websites reputation among major search engine like Google will drop abruptly and high ranking of your website will be a far end dream.
Ask yourself this question, How many websites does your current host fit on one server?
To check this just use this tool:

http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/

Enter your domain name. Follow the intsructions and wait the results. If there are 100 or more websites sharing the same IP, you are advised to consider finding a new

The red outlined box at the top after the page displays your results warns you that there are adult contents hosted on the same ip address as your website. This can negatively affect your websites reputation and should be avoided.

Test 2: Speed Test

(a): Server Speed Test

Most webmasters tools like Gtmetrix and Yslow to speed test a WordPress site. This is a mistake because these tools only test post render, while WordPress speed issues occur pre render. Usually a slow wordpress site is caused by slow database queries, unoptimized php/mysql configuration, or an overcrowded webserver. To test the speed of your WordPress based website, head to:

tools.pingdom.com.

Please enter the website you want to test and click test now. Wait for the test to finish, and then look for the first line that comes up in the results while ignoring the rest. The first line represents your pre-render time, this is how long your webserver takes to process your WordPress website and display a page. Anything over 1 – 2 seconds here is considered slow, if you’re experiencing results over 1 – 2 seconds, you may want to consider a new webhost.

(b) Dashboard Speed Test

This is another way to test if your current webhost is slowing down your WordPress site. Sign into the admin (dashboard area) and start browsing through your administration panel. Visit different areas and pages while observing how fast each page or area takes to load. It should take under 1 second every time, and in most cases under a 1/2 second. If it’s taking longer, you may want to consider a new webhost.

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