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Posted on 2009-07-15
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Hello!
I have Win XP Pro.Joomla (Apache-MySQL-Php) and hMailServer are on one PC.
I have 512 MB of RAM-DDR400,AMD Athlon64 3000,HD SATA I 7200 (its a SATA II HD,but my mo-bo is SATA I,so...)
I don't have almost anything else working in a background,except for default Windows processes and AVG+AdAware.During the day I also use Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader a lot and they take up a lot of RAM.
But my PC is slowing down and I'm afraid it would have a negative impact on overall server's performance.I'm talking about the time my site's visitors will have to wait for web pages to be served to them.In Task Manager swapping stands on around 400-500 MB and there's 150-220 MB of available RAM.
So what I want to ask is...whether my hardware configuration has any impact on quality and speed of my web site access times and would should I upgrade if anything?
Should I get rid of unused processes in Windows or that's not gonna help much?
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by:flob9
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Since you have free ram available apache should handle request without problems. The main issue is your upload link speed and how much you use it.

What is your connection speed, and how much pages/sec does your web server have to send ?

Another point : is your website using a database ?
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by:abrodski
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I have ADSL-8Mb/800Kb.
Right now my web server is not really under much pressure,since I haven't built my web site .Its in the process...But my question right now is not about traffic,but about my pc's hardware capabilities.And them affecting web server's work.My logic tells me that if the PC is not fast then it won't serve pages fast as a server.
Yes,it uses My SQL...with a help of Joomla-Xampp-Apache-Php...
My friend told me that my site loads OK...but its a subjective and also I don't know how others will percieve it in other places.I tried using online tools,but everywhere I get a different time,so...
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by:abrodski
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you can try it yourself :-)

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Your website is responding within 600ms from Europe, this is not so bad.

If you need to imporve performances, consider a free or low cost web hosting solution.
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by:abrodski
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you think when a site is on a web hosting then it performs better? Why,because their servers are stronger and mostly because there uplink speeds are faster?
Right now nobody's visiting my site,so it wouldn't make any difference...
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by:abrodski
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Also...WHERE for me the best to get geographically the web hosting? In the country where most of my potential site's visitors reside? And what if I can't point to a specific location? My guess would be...either Israel-my country...or US....or Western Europe.Its still a little too broad...
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