January 13th, 2011, 09:41 AM
Stuck for 3/mo could it be the Satellite ISP
This is the closest forum I could find for my post. If there is a better placed to post this please let me know!
Hello and thanks for taking the time to read my post. It maybe long but I wanted to be as detailed as possible.
I've created a website for a client and it will not finish loading for them. It seems to timeout.
The Low Down
The client has a really bad Internet connection. Their current ISP is wildblue.net (which I've read bad things about). This is a satellite connection. I have used a WooTheme for their website (as I've done with multiple other sites) and it breaks when they try and load it through the browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Explorer) installed on their computer.
To remedy the problem we have tried several things:
1) Trying a new ISP
They have made visits to hotels and other places locally to try a different ISP. Some of the places they visit are also using a satellite connection but from a different ISP. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I have been unable to recreate problem on any of the machines I have tested on. I have spent hours upon hours doing remote desktop trying to troubleshoot the problem on their machine to no avail. Again it just seems so random and intermittent I can't put my finger on it.
2) Starting Over
I have also started the site completely over rebuilding it from scratch 2 or 3 times now (fresh install of WordPress, fresh install of WooTheme and brand new database) with the same exact results on their machine and ISP. Works great for me and my machines. I cannot recreate the problem their having.
3) New Theme
I have downloaded a completely different theme which was not from WooThemes and still the same problem on their machine and ISP. Again it looks great on my end.
4) Bare Bones Approach
I reduced the site to a fresh install of WordPress, removed all 3rd party plugins and used the current database (very minimal content, only a few pictures and some copy) using the default WordPress theme Twenty Ten 1.1. The site still breaks with their machine and ISP. Looks great on my end.
5) Troubleshooting With Developer Tools
With all this effort I still have the exact same problem and feel no closer to knowing what the problem is without blaming the ISP. Honestly I want to blame the ISP simply because I have some information to back it up (ping tests, traceroute to the domain. results in zip file). But they just won't buy it. Their argument to me is "I just don't understand. I can pull up any of my competitors websites or any other website on the web and I don't have this problem.".
I've literally spent hours and hours and hours of time on this project over the last few months trying to find a solution and have come to a dead end. I don't claim to know everything and that's obvious here but I do not consider myself to be a beginner either. As I said I have created multiple websites (20-30) using WordPress and themes from all over the web and have never had this problem.
I am a new member so I cannot post a link to download the zip file containing screen-shots of various tests I've ran and other information I have gathered over the last couple of months for reference. So I'm going to break up the url below. You can view the site for yourself at wbaryfence.com.
Thanks again for the help. I'm really hoping someone can give me an answer to this problem!
Download zip file
Part 1) triggerfishbackup.net/
and append Part 2) wbyfence/wbary-troubleshooting-assests.zip
Last edited by jamiebrwr; January 13th, 2011 at 09:54 AM.
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January 13th, 2011, 06:12 PM
Sounds like a network problem to me too. There are two sides to a network connection though, and since having them change their ISP doesn't sound like an option why don't you change the web host. Find a host in a completely different, preferably major, city like Chicago, Dallas, LA or NY.
January 13th, 2011, 06:50 PM
Thanks E-Oreo. I really appreciate your feedback. I did not think of this and will most definitely check it out. Is there anyone that you would recommend? Also did you visit the website (http://wbaryfence.com)? And how did it look on your computer?
Originally Posted by E-Oreo
Last edited by jamiebrwr; January 13th, 2011 at 06:52 PM.
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February 2nd, 2011, 02:19 AM
Nice piece of information. I think there is some network issues which is compelling you to stuck to one point. Rather you can try some different host whose services are better and can give you all the required results.
February 23rd, 2011, 10:29 PM
Trying a different host is the best option as far is i know. Anyways appreciate your post
February 24th, 2011, 08:28 AM
I actually have moved hosting as suggested by many. I moved from Hostgator to GoDaddy which seems to have helped the with speed and performance.
The site layout no longer breaks for the client on their machine but still there are some small issues. Every now and then the page will completely fail to load producing an error of page not found.
I have also recently had psd2html recode the website for me to insure the highest level of optimization for speed and performance. The client is suppose to look over the site refreshing it over the next few days to see if they get any errors. I haven't heard anything back yet but I'm crossing my fingers!
I'll be sure to post an update once I get feedback from the client.
Thanks for all the help Guy's! It's much appreciated