HostMonster cannot support traffic anymore?

Server and network uptime are very important for website especially commercial website. These apply to full time blogger like me too. HostMonster shared web hosting serves me well all the while. There is server down issue sometimes but that is normal for shared web hosting. Other people might make mistake and causing the same server that host your website going down as well. But not like today morning case. Or maybe…

Faced website loading slowness and timed out issues. Contacted HostMonster L1 Support. They said that my account is being has been throttled for more than 70000 seconds. Therefore, slowness on website loading and timed out issue are NORMAL.

CPU Limiting Factors (Throttling)

Yes, I know that HostMonster apply CPU Throttling to all the account. It is good as it protects us from others who use lot of CPU resources. But my account is being throttled all the while at that level. And has no issue until this morning. Here is the WebPagetest result in the morning, only 1 out of 10 tests managed to finish loading. The rest of them were timed out. And this is the current WebPagetest result that ran during writing of this post. Working perfect with 7.799s load time even CPU is being throttled.

Is it time for me to upgrade to semi dedicated server? 🙂

  • You may look on the long running SQL query in the DB and try to deactivate those plugin that use excessive CPU resources. Perhaps you can increase the page cache time to reduce connection to the DB 🙂

    • Looked at those slow SQL queries long time ago. Standard WP SQL, can’t do much there.
      Set 3600 seconds for Garbage Collection on WP Super Cache.

      Anyway, I moved out and to other hosting. CPU usage is half now. Still looking for a good VPS for now… 🙂

      • I am planning to move to other hosting provider also. Mind to share which hosting company is reliable and cost efficient? 😀

        • I moved to HostGator and to Just Host. You can benchmark both of them see. 🙂

  • Try to use WP Total Cache instead of WP Super Cache. It has many advanced features like minify JS, CSS and cache database objects. I think a high traffic like should consider using better cache plugin. also using that 😉

    • Just look at W3 Total Cache plugin page, 28 of 40 people said it is broken on WordPress 3.0.4.

      Is your WordPress 3.0.4 now?

      • Yes. I am using WordPress 3.0.4 Maybe their blog had conflict with some plugins.

        • Good… Will try it on this blog and PrettyGirl2u see. 😉

  • 1. Optimize your MySQL database
    2. Compress your jpeg by remove unwanted metadata, try ‘stripper’ freeware. Remember to remove unwanted metadata from the theme’s jpeg too.
    3. Sign up for a CDN, it is cheaper, faster and better than moving to a VPS – MaxCDN

    • 1. How to optimise WordPress DB?
      2. Done that since day 1 with Photoshop. 🙂
      3. I think CDN does not help much on my high CPU usage case since CDN only cache static files, right?


        I think it does, my CPU usage was high before i use a CDN, now the cpu usage is below average. just give it a try, only USD39.99 for 1TB – prepaid. top up when u need more bandwidth.

        • Thanks for the DB guide. I only have 324 B overhead. 😉

          As for CDN, it is kinda expensive if I use lot of bandwidth. Will think about it…

          Shared Hosting + CDN or VPS alone, which one is better?