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Like for measuring Load time of a website we have Pingdom tools, do we have something similar to measure if the VPS I currently have is good or not.

I'm looking for some kind of metrics, because I have simple one page wordpress website which according to Pingtool takes approximately 30 secs and then timesout, that's pretty(x 10) bad. The same website on a different server takes 8 seconds. So I'm guessing something wrong with the VPS.

Also I'm running Ubuntu with virtualmin on VPS. Its 512 MB ram and

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Even 8 seconds is a way too much (unless you have extremely bad code .. or this VPS is running on very CPU-busy/low-on-memory server). –  LazyOne Sep 7 '11 at 23:08
    
yeah... 6 seconds seems to be a good benchmark. Any higher than that means something needs fixing... –  Nikhil Sep 8 '11 at 9:36
    
For WordPress, I consider anything that is over 1 sec a HUGE delay for such single-page website. WordPress is not fastest solution (as it built to satisfy most usage scenarios via plugins so extra not-necessary-for-you code is still running behind), but definitely is not slowest around. Try WP Super Cache plugin to speed this up (if that is possible for you). I do not know what is your website is .. but for a one-page website consider building it without any CMS -- just plain PHP (if needed), if site is static -- HTML only. –  LazyOne Sep 8 '11 at 9:50

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Like for measuring Load time of a website we have Pingdom tools, do we have something similar to measure if the VPS I currently have is good or not.

UnixBench is a popular Linux benchmarking script for gathering performance statistics, however, running a benchmarking script may put you at odds with your hosting provider's resource abuse policies and, as you are sharing a server, the resources available to your VPS (especially disk I/O - and even more so if you are using swap) at a given point in time will depend upon what your neighbors are doing.

I have simple one page wordpress website which according to Pingtool takes approximately 30 secs and then timesout, that's pretty(x 10) bad. The same website on a different server takes 8 seconds. So I'm guessing something wrong with the VPS.

If you are running MySQL and Apache with PHP in a 512MB environment without tweaking their configurations to run together in a low-memory environment, the problem is most likely with your configuration.

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What are the most common configurations that need to be taken care of, to get immediate boost. –  Nikhil Sep 8 '11 at 9:38
    
@Nikhil - To get things running, I would recommend you review the MySQL server optimization docs and the LowEndBox optimization guides, and, once you can confirm that WordPress is working, take a look at WordPress caching plugins (like WP Super Cache). –  danlefree Sep 9 '11 at 3:34

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