Yep, but... you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else to confirm it as I am not quite sure. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the iPage guys because they can give you help better...
How about posting a link?.
A lot of things can impact your page parse time. What version of mySQL are you using? What are the specs on the server? How many products do you have? How many categories/subcategories do you have?.
Are you on a dedicated server or shared hosting? If you are on a shared server, look at going to a dedicated server if you can afford it. You will notice a significant speed improvement when you are the only one on the server compared with 200 other sites having to use the same server...
I had similar problems with my parse times being anywhere from 4-12 seconds after adding products, all my contribs, etc. I found that moving from a VPS server to a completely dedicated solution gave me parse times of less than a second now...
I am going to try the cache tonight. I have been meaning to do this but it does not seem to work for one reason or another. When I turn it on my Categories box disappears. I know that this has something to do with the contrib. I added so I am going to change to a different contrib. and try it that way.
It seems that when I access my iPage website at off peak hours i.e. 2:00am it loads very fast by it's own standards, usually under 2 seconds and very rarely less than 1. However, during peak times are when I notice a slow down. Not all the time but a lot. I am going to try the cache first and if it is reasonable, I will leave well enough alone..
Speaking of cache, what should the path be exactly? Dos OSC assume that the root is /catalog and all you have to do is put in the path after that? Should I use the server name i.e. c33/servername/catalog/tmp. I'm a bit confused about this. It is a shared server and I know that it being shared you should put the tmp directory in the root. Can anyone clarify?.
By the way, I have about 190 products in about 25 categories and subs but plan for many more. It is a shared server environment running PHP 4.3.3 and MYSQL 3.23.48.
Here is the iPage site if you want to take a look..
Once again thank you very much!.
Ok everyone... I have enabled cache, what a battle! Anyway, my parse times are about the same. There is a small improvement but nothing significant. Let's just put it this way, sometimes the page loads fast, sometimes it loads slow. Without a proper control I can not really tell if the changes are making a difference. All I can say for certain is that it is not consistently fast and not consistently slow..
I also want to try indexing the database, any ideas on how to do this or any ideas on how to "easily" do this rather?.
I have also purchased a dedicated server from my provider however not yet implemented it. What a mess!! Now I have to do all of the maintenance myself. Not only do I have to configure OSCommerce, I have to configure the server as well!! URRRGGGG! Anyhow, I think that the root of my problem is, in fact, that my service is not dedicated, given that parse times vary so greatly indicative of processor load fluctuations. I also think that having a dedicated solution, albeit difficult to configure, is the solution to all of my problems. I will keep you all informed..
Can anyone provide some feedback? Remember that my goal is to create a thread that addresses speed issues for everyone in the future. Thank you all for your support..