How do you find out the actual server infrastructure and speed?

melanymaldena

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The website loading time has been a factor that Google considers for the ranking and rating of the website. Now, there are different aspects that control the page load speed and definitely the speed of the Server is one of them. Most of the hosting panels should provide tools that would display the Server Infrastructure and the CPU speed of their Servers. What if they don't?
I know finding out about the hardware and infrastructure will be difficult (maybe impossible) but how to know loading speed of a web hosting even you have not tried it before? Any ideas?
 

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Hi melanymaldena,

here is a site that speed tests a large list of hosting services.

If the service you wish to compare is there then [URLnf="https://www.webhostinghero.com"]this[/URLnf] may help you.

You could of course just ask the host in question and see what they say.

cheers, Mal.
 
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There are PHP scripts that shows server load and some other properties. Just google: php script show server details load

Also you can upload empty .html page and run some online speedtest on it. Then do the same for other domain which is hosted with other provider. You can check the difference. Do multiple test and use average value.

The time to first byte value highly depends on complexity of your webpage. Heavy wordpress blogs with many plugins can have very high ttl
 

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Keep in mind, knowing what processor, how much ram, or what kind of drives are used only gives you part of the big picture.

You can have a old Xeon L5420 with SSD's & 64Gb of Ram, and it will still out perform a newer E3-1230 with HDD's
You can have a E3-1230 with 10x SSD's in RAID 10 & 32Gb of Ram, and it may still out perform a E3-1271 with 2x SSD's in RAID 1

You can even have a dual processor E5 with 128GB Ram, and a very large RAID stripe, but if your host overload the server with too many account, you will still get poor performance.

Trying to figure out the server specs is moot.

Is your website running as fast as it should?
If not, is the problem with the hosting or with your website? (Super fast web hosting is not a 'fix' for a poorly optimized website!)
If your website is properly optimized and is still slow, it's time to look for a better hosting company
 

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The website loading time has been a factor that Google considers for the ranking and rating of the website. Now, there are different aspects that control the page load speed and definitely the speed of the Server is one of them. Most of the hosting panels should provide tools that would display the Server Infrastructure and the CPU speed of their Servers. What if they don't?
I know finding out about the hardware and infrastructure will be difficult (maybe impossible) but how to know loading speed of a web hosting even you have not tried it before? Any ideas?
Unless you're dealing with mission critical applications this is not necessary. You can however righ click you website of choice within Your browser and click inspect element with Firefox or chrome then click network and reload the page. It will tell you exactly how much time each page element takes to load.

However, you could probably employ all the other good seo practises and ignore speed and it wouldn't really matter that much. Relevance is Google's main goal.

As RD said, the Intel Xeon processor is built for mission critical apps and as far as I know is used in financial industry quite heavily.
 
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