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  Reply # 1642437 29-Sep-2016 10:40
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I also still remember the dial-up experience so am pretty tolerant. Now on RBI and that is sometimes inconsistent and slows things. I am prepared to wait for something I want to see. I have ad blockers and autoplay blocking installed, as well as a javascript switch for when those don't work, so I don't see a lot of rubbish. If I am searching for something, I will wait as long as it takes to see it appear.



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  Reply # 1642441 29-Sep-2016 10:45
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Yeh after having fast internet 27Mbit/70Mbit VDSL, going to a slow site is quite annoying & frustrating.


I usually give it like 10 seconds, if it doesn't load then cya later. Unless I NEED to get into the site for whatever reason.



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  Reply # 1642443 29-Sep-2016 10:49
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Thanks for all the answers. smile

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  Reply # 1642483 29-Sep-2016 11:30
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 I'd be interested to know what people use to 'time' the site as it's loading. Some peoples 10 seconds is the same as 2 seconds for others ;)





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  Reply # 1642580 29-Sep-2016 13:08
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Here is my take on it - slow websites suck and if a website is too slow I'd complain to the owner with recommendations on how to fix.


My own sites are all hosted behind Cloudflare on decent backend servers. I use my blog for experimentation and from there implement changes on a production site I manage. Currently, my blog ( is hosted in the UK on a really cheap ($15US/yr) VPS platform and yet it still loads within ~1.5sec on my home UFB connection (bottleneck is in some scripts which will be cleaned when I have time). Pagespeed score is 99% and all elements are served over HTTPS w/ HTTP2. Needless to say my blog ranks very highly in search engines compared to some other sites (eg, Dell).


One of the sites I manage has an average page load of ~1sec according to New Relic across users worldwide. This backend server is hosted in Linode with a separate MariaDB server and all elements are served over HTTPS/HTTP2 (apart from some external content). It takes more time for the clients to render the site than it takes to fetch all the content. Give it a go if you like: (I said to the owner she has to have the only beauty blog served over HTTPS, HTTP2 and using a CDN. She also has a part technical background so likes this).


All backend servers are Debian / Ubuntu based and on VPS platforms I trust (apart from my own blog at the moment). Total hosting bill is $20US/mo and considering Charli's site gets around 1.3mil hits per month I think this is incredibly good value. Sure I have experience in this area however it isn't hard to get a very quick site working on a cheap VPS platform like my personal site (at $15US/yr) and using Cloudflare.

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