Site Responsiveness, Server Spec?


So I am just launching 2 stores with CS Cart for the first time on a new VPS server as the old one wouldn't even install CS Cart. I am however finding the store a little sluggish with the stock responsive theme as well as the VIVA shop one so I just put it down to the cart.

Here is store 1:

Here is store 2:

My VPS has 4 cores and a gig of RAM and my host now thinks I need to throw more hardware at this if I want the sites quicker, to the tune of £350 per month???

[meant £250 not £350]

Both sites come up quite well for me here in Indiana, USA.

Do some searching through these forums for tips on how to speed up sites.

£350, wow, Im on dedicated with EUKhost, for a lot less that,your actual site shows ok on gtmetrix but does have a bit of first bytes lag when visiting, Im in UK

overall seems quicker for me that jmtb but Id check your prices out for managed dedicated specs if I were you

The CCTV site has a C C grade on GTMetrix (compared to A B for the other one), so definitely could use come optimizations.

Thanks for the input, GT Metrix seems useful. On a product page they are scoring similar (are on the same installation) as the JMTB home page is lacking banners etc that does appear quicker.

these seem to be the main hindrance, is there much can be done about them?:

Leverage browser caching

F (19)

60% Server High Defer parsing of JavaScript

F (20)

59% JS High

(Dedicated server quote was £250 not £350 BTW)

Leverage browser caching yes, search Google or forum for posts.

Defer Parsing, not really.

the below for me is £80 pm uk based always up.

Who are you with …Paragon (vidahost etc) i dont know much about them but make sure you arent getting over specced.

[color=#000000]E3-1220v2 Quad Core (Lin.) [/color]

[color=#000000]RAM : 4 GB DDR3 RAM [/color]

[color=#000000]Hard Disk : 1 x 500 GB SATA[/color]

[color=#000000]RAID : No RAID[/color]

[color=#000000]Operating System : Linux CentOS 5.x[/color]

[color=#000000]Control Panel : cPanel/WHM[/color]

[color=#000000]Bandwidth : 5000 GB[/color]

[color=#000000]R1Soft CDP Backup : 50 GB Backup Space[/color]

[color=#000000]SpamExperts Spam Filter : For 5 Domains [/color]

[color=#000000]Port Speed : Dedicated 100Mbit Port[/color]


My specs are

CPU: 22.80 GHz (12 cores x 1.90 GHz)

RAM: 8192 MB + 4096 MB SWAP

Getting D C,

Specify image dimensions

F (0)

49% Images High Leverage browser caching

F (2)

60% Server High Defer parsing of JavaScript

F (29)

59% JS High Enable Keep-Alive

E (52)

97% Server High Minify JavaScript

C (77)

91% JS High Serve scaled images

B (88)

84% Images High

Dear Amdowney,

Websites are not very fast and you already knew it.

You may check our add-ons and modifications how to increase your page load speed.

  1. “Cache for anonymous users” add-on and
  2. “Page Load Speed Optimizer” modification

    Also our developers are always ready to help you in online shop optimization. Just contact us.

    P.S. I see your website in this way [url=“”][/url]

    As I understand the menu should not cover the pictures.

    Responsive design is not good.

    Here is a screenshot for Galaxy S III

    Checking your websites on mobile devices, some problems appear:
  3. the menu covers the banner.
  4. “Compare list” and “Wish list” disappear

    Best regards, Alt-team.


JMTB is under development so there is currently no banner to push down the product pictures thanks.

Host is TSOHost…

So a VPS with more cores would provide a performance increase and a dedicated box a bigger boost still?

Alt-team does your mod work OK with filters in categories and products with options?

You'll get more bang for your buck from memory versus cores. PHP/mySQL (and cs-cart specifically) are memory hogs. So if users are fighting each other for memory, performance goes in the tank. Memory is cheap and gives you the greatest return. I would recommend a minimum of 4GB for a moderate sized site. More if you have lots of concurrent users and/or make heavy use of filters and features.