Reduce Server Response Time?

Posted January 21, 2016 7.1k views
NginxUbuntuPHPServer OptimizationWordPressDigitalOceanDNSLet's Encrypt

Hello, running a 10$ droplet and I am wondering how I can reduce my response time? 0.4 seconds seems a bit high :/
Running nginx 1.9.9 and php5-fpm. I have Let’s Entrypt https, maybe that is slowing things down? I mean it is for sure but not sure, but not sure how much, hhtp2 is also enabled but I guess that shouldn’t mess with it. Any tips? Maybe where I can take a look?

Thanks ^^


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I have been getting “Reduce server response time” issues with the Pagespeed Insights tool.

To test whether it is due to some slow PHP script or Wordpress or hosting issue, I duplicated my website at Digitalocean and pasted it in Google Cloud - Google Compute Engine instance.

Problem solved! In Google Cloud I’m able to get faster server response times and pass the Pagespeed test with flying colors even with the smallest VPS in gcloud.

So it’s not due to PHP or Wordpress. Digitalocean server has server response time issues. The difference was between 300ms and 1s.