I am having very sporadic load/response times and I'm wondering if there is any tools out there that I can load to the site to help me see where the slow down is occuring.
GoDaddy is saying that it's not the server.
They gave a canned response of:
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Thank you for contacting Online Support. I was unable to duplicate any slowness on your web site at this time. In shared hosting environments, there can be times when the load spikes and causes a site to load slower than normal, this is something that cannot be entirely avoided using shared hosting. You can make modifications to your site that improve performance. Some of these changes are easy to manage while others might take some time to figure out. Here are four things you can do to speed up your site: GZIP Compression Smaller pages load faster, regardless of your Internet connection speed. You can make your pages smaller by compressing them with GZIP. For more information about GZIP and our hosting, see Compressing Web Pages for Faster Load Times. Image Sizes If you use HTML to make large images small, a site visitor still needs to download the larger version. If you need a small image, don't use HTML to do it—shrink it in an image-editing program instead. Scripting You can edit to say more with less. A good programmer does the same thing with code. If the code on your site is inefficient, it impacts your site's performance. There isn't a quick fix for bloated code, but if you're using GZIP and you've reduced your image sizes, analyze your code to make your site even faster. One way to make a database-driven site faster is to use a database index to improve the speed of data retrieval. CSS Cascading style sheets are great for formatting the look and feel of your website. If your style sheet contains a lot of styles that aren't being used, you are forcing browsers to download things they don't need. If you're trying to maximize performance, trim your CSS files and remove anything that's unnecessary. In most cases, slow performance on a database driven web site is the result of too many database connections being made by the site code or the database itself needing to be optimized. I recommend that you review the code for the site to ensure that it is making as few connections as possible in order to retrieve the data, and that those connections are being closed properly. You can also optimize the database tables from within in the phpMyAdmin interface provided with the hosting account. How To Optimize MySQL Database Tables in phpMyAdmin: • Click Hosting under My Products on the left • Click the Manage Account link for the hosting account which holds the database • Click MySQL under Databases • Click Open Manager for the database you wish to optimize • Log in • Click the database table to be optimized on the left side of the screen • Click the Operations tab • Under Table maintenance, click Optimize table NOTE: The Optimize option may not appear for every table. If it does not, that generally means the table is already at maximum optimization. Please let us know if we can help you in any other way.