How to improve server response time?
Server Response Time measure the amount of time it takes for your browser to load the essential <html> code to start rendering the webpage from the server, calculating the the delay in seconds. This value can vary from time to time depending on your server’s current CPU usage, but should effectively point to the main problem with your server or in other words your hosting environment.
To get top scores, maintaining an effective hosting environment state is crucial. There can be tons of reasons for why the server response time is higher than it should be like:
- Poor hosting provider choice
- Too many plugins on the website
- Insufficient CPU power
- Server configuration problems
Many of our clients have chosen managed hosting environments like FlyWheel and SiteGround, which in effect are not bad but limit the flexibility you have over your server configurations and settings.
- Amazon LightSail
- Digital Ocean VPS
- Google Cloud Platform
- SpeedUpgency Hosting Solutions
Secondly, you need to make sure you have enough power on your server to load fast to multiple concurrent users. 1 CPU core (usually a $5-15/month plan) will be sufficient if you have less than 2000 visitors daily. Make sure that you pick the region which is closest to the geolocation of your target visitors. Website optimization allows to cut down the load per user onto the server, which means that highly optimized website like speedupgency.com, while using only 1 CPU core, will be able to sustain over 2000 visitors a minute.
NOW! If your hosting environment is already “State of the Art” but the response time still sucks, this indicates towards issues in the website code. You will need an optimization expert to have a look over the <header> and <body> sections of your website to find the bottlenecks that are leading up to the delays in server response.