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1. The Quick and the Dead > Questions for the Server Side

Questions for the Server Side

Now let’s look at things from the server side. Here’s what you should look at if your web server seems sluggish.

Is Your Server Sleeping?

If you are running a web site from a PC, be sure to disable the power conservation features that spin down the disk and go into sleep mode after a period of inactivity. Sleep mode will slow down the first user who hits your site while it is sleeping, because it takes a few moments for the disk to spin up again. Some operating systems — for example, Mac OS X — are capable of quickly serving pages in their sleep; but even they will eventually have to wake up to log to disk, so it is best to turn off sleep mode.

Is Your DNS Server Overloaded?


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