21 Apr 10 9:05 am
Hosting your website is much better than having it on WordPress.com, not only because it lets you use your own website address (domain name), but it also gives you access to your website files and MySQL databases (needed when optimizing for faster loading time). You can also create email addresses using your own domain name and install applications such as a forum (like this), Awstats (for website statistics), photo gallery, etc
Most of the time, sluggishness of a Wordpress site (or any MySQL based site) is due to an overloaded MySQL server. If you are on a shared hosting provider and you have a great number of visitors accessing your site simultaneously, you might consider moving to a VPS server instead. If you want to check how your website loads from a different location, you can go to this website: http://internetsupervision.com/
. It allows you to check how fast or slow your website loads using their servers located on different continents.
FatCow and its Moo crew is great. Not sure if they are still that friendly and efficient to this time. FatCow is owned by a larger web hosting giant that owns about 30 other web hosting "brands". One bad thing about FatCow is that since its server is "shared" with other "brands", it goes slow from time to time.