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Got a question... Can I use css files in my free web-iPage hosting service? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. Another question... Hello my fellow OSC compatriots! I have posted this question before but I can not for the life of me find the thread, so I decided to start a new one. I would like to get to the bottom of my speed issues as it pertains to parse times. Before, however, I thank all of you who helped the first time I posted..

I am having a real problem with parse times. When I first started with OSC it was fine but as I started to add products, the parse times became ridiculously slow. I'm talking about 60+ seconds! After a lengthy discussion with the very helpful people here, I did everything possible to reduce the parse times. I added image contrib. that work beautifully as well as other contribs that helped a lot. The parse time were significantly reduced but only to about 20+ seconds.

The parse times were reduced dramatically to about 3+ seconds on average. You can imagine my elation when this happened. When you drop down from 60 sec. per page to just 3 IT'S JUST PLAIN AWESOME! Now, of course, 3+ seconds is just not good enough for me.

And let's face it our customers can not like it very much either. You see, as I browse around my catalog, and each page takes three seconds before it even starts loading, it starts to get frustrating after a while. I can only imagine what my customers feel like..

After reading a few of the threads around concerning parse times, I decided it may be a good idea to start a thread that answers all of the questions in one spot. It would be good for all of the readers as well as help me to make my catalog lightning fast. So here is to all of you speed freaks out there that have been successful in making your catalogs very fast..

The question is: How can I make my catalog load at lightning speed so that my customers want to stick around and so that I do not loose the precious little traffic I get from a high placement on a major search engines to slow loading pages?.

I will post my catalog if you want me to so that you can see what I am talking about..

Thank you all in advance for your help..


Comments (4)

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...

Comment #1

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...

Comment #2

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...

Comment #3

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!.


Comment #4

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..


Comment #5

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.