Getting the most from your webhost

WordPress and other dynamic websites like ASP.NET, where databases store their content, are especially prone to suffering from cold-start penalties, especially on cheap shared hosting where traffic to the other domains on the shared server pushes your data out of the internal cache limits of the webserver and the database. Consistently hitting the site with requests can warm-up the site and prime the caches and this in turn ensures that when a consumer or search engine visits your site, you are getting the best and lowest response time possible from your webhosting plan.

Website Warmer is an affordable and reliable way for webmasters and marketers to maintain cached response times and monitor availability every 15 minutes 24/7. For as little as $1/month your site will be crawled according to the locations defined in sitemap.xml. WordPress and ASP.NET sites which are prone to cold-start delays in responding, especially on the first request, have more reliable response times when being crawled by Website Warmer.

I have been using Website Warmer on this site and others that I run for my friends and family, utilizing both Standard and Basic plans, for 20 months now. It has taught me a lot about the quality of different hosting options which I’ve been through plenty over that time. Most important from my perspective is knowledge of the actual response time, to the millisecond, throughout the day and night, in a completely objective third-party recording.

In more than one case, a shared webhost server’s performance had been degrading. In one case this data was instrumental in convincing the host’s support team to investigate a server that they subsequently rebuilt, resulting in boosted performance and reducing response time by over 50% in that case.

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