Why I Switched to Copyblogger’s Synthesis Managed WordPress Hosting

Last thursday, I migrated Yoast.com to Synthesis, the managed WordPress hosting platform operated by Copyblogger Media.

Previously this site had been hosted on a VPS.net Cloud Server, which was rock solid as this site grew to almost a million pageviews per month. VPS.net is fast, affordable, provides good support, and I continue to recommend them.

But there are features of Synthesis that I realized I could no longer live without.

Optimized WordPress Performance

First, I don’t want to do my own Linux optimization anymore. Now I won’t have to.

The Synthesis team developed its Linux server stack specifically to handle high traffic loads on WordPress websites. They have spent the last several years tweaking and perfecting this setup to provide the outstanding performance, reliability, and security that Synthesis does today.

Simply put, the Synthesis team knows WordPress and they know server performance. I wanted to align with a team that understands WordPress performance better than I do. Now I have.

Theme Support

The second reason for the switch is that Synthesis, as part of Copyblogger, can simultaneously support my hosting and my theme.

Yoast.com runs on the Genesis Framework, developed by Copyblogger’s StudioPress design team. Yes, I could host Yoast.com anywhere and still have access to StudioPress support, but no other hosting platform is specifically tuned for Genesis. This further optimizes performance and security, and it makes updates a breeze.

Plus, the Synthesis support staff is proactive about troubleshooting and quickly fixing issues specific to Genesis. A support question that might have taken two or three tickets to answer previously now will take just one because of the Synthesis/Genesis integration.

Cutting Edge Value

Copyblogger Media hosts its own business websites on regular plans from Synthesis. Beyond performance, Synthesis was designed to support the operational needs of the site owner versus that of the hosting company, and thus provides a few features that are unique among hosting providers.

Operations

First, Synthesis provides their customers with an uptime checker called Site Sensor.

Beyond normal uptime checks, it can actually perform WordPress-specific checks which ensure RSS feeds and sitemaps are current. A website with broken SEO and content distribution mechanics might as well be down. The sitemap checker even supports the indexed sitemaps produced by our own WordPress SEO plugin, I worked with the Synthesis team to add that functionality.

Second, Synthesis has backups down to a science.

Synthesis already backs up my server on a nightly basis and ships it across the U.S. to a second data center. They also make local WordPress-specific backups that make it easy for their support staff to replace plugins, WP options settings, and more at a moment’s notice. Beyond this, they provide a database snapshot tool that I can use to back up my database before plugin and WP upgrades.

Additionally, they are soon releasing a feature called Personal Backups for S3 that will allow me to send a backup to my own S3 bucket at Amazon. Unlike normal backup plugins, this service is actually driven by robust server-side processes and is not dependent on PHP.

Site Speed

Finally, I switched to Synthesis because I trust their technical aptitude and respect their forward-thinking mindset.

For example, some of you may have heard about SPDY, Google’s initiative to speed up the web by improving HTTP and TCP. I certainly have, and it is a feature I wanted implemented on our HTTPS forums and checkout pages.

With this move to Synthesis, I’ll have it.

SPDY requires server-side and browser support. (For a list of compatible web browsers, click here.) Synthesis is one of the first WordPress-only hosts to offer SPDY compatibility for qualified sites, having already tested it on a few of their own most valuable properties.

This is just the latest example of Synthesis consistently evolving to provide more value for its customers’ hosting dollar.

A True Partner

In Synthesis, I don’t see a hosting provider. I see a hosting partner. This is what I needed as Yoast.com continues to grow and evolve.

I’ll now have more time to spend doing what I love — writing plugins, reviewing websites, even writing Genesis child themes — while the Synthesis team will make sure that the site is up and ready to take advantage of the next development in WordPress hosting.

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53 Responses

  1. KamalBy Kamal on 25 March, 2013

    Congrats.. My site too runs on both… Thanks for the write-up.

    Kamal.

  2. Ryan HellyerBy Ryan Hellyer on 25 March, 2013

    Nice to see a good review about Synthesis.

    Have you tried any of it’s competitors like WP Engine or Page.ly?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013

      Hey Ryan,

      yeah I’ve used both and see lots of clients on both. Neither of them are bad, but I find neither of them are as good with page speed as Synthesis, and that’s a *core* thing for me… I don’t want to research that anymore, I’d rather have them do that :)

      • Ben MetcalfeBy Ben Metcalfe on 27 March, 2013

        Hey Joost, Ben Metcalfe – co-founder of WP Engine here.

        Actually, I don’t think we’ve ever seen an account from you on WP Engine. Do let me know when you’d like me to spin you up an account so that you can take the opportunity to confirm our page speed is indeed not as a good as Synthesis. :)

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 27 March, 2013

          You haven’t seen me, some of my clients are hosted with you and have no intent of moving :-)

        • Anuar IsmailBy Anuar Ismail on 4 April, 2013

          Dear Ben
          I always wanted to speak to top management WPEngine.
          WPEngine has a great feature and product, my website run much more faster BUT your technical department sometimes can very annoying and took longer time to respond to my request especially during migration process. The reason I contacted them because I am stuck do not what to do but instead trouble shoot and understand what the problem I had they give a link of documentation how to migrate.
          Please improve your documentation and technical support service. I have all the detail my conversation with your technical department.

  3. sheilerBy sheiler on 25 March, 2013

    Hi, what’s the difference between a WP site and one that runs on Genesis?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013

      All sites that run Genesis run WP, as Genesis is a theme framework *for* WordPress. Synthesis is great at support but because they’re a sister company to StudioPress, they’re even better when it comes to Genesis based themes.

  4. Jason HobbsBy Jason Hobbs on 25 March, 2013

    Good call Yoast. I’ve been with Synthesis for a year or so, nowhere near your traffic levels but couldn’t be happier. My main reason is one you touched on briefly, their commitment to customer support. I know I have asked some dumb questions of the support team but I have NEVER gotten anything but fantastic support from Cody, Derick, Jerod, and the rest. The product Synthesis delivers is awesome. Exponentially more so due to the consistent level of support the product is delivered within.

  5. PaulBy Paul on 25 March, 2013

    Wow, pricey. I just use a normal managed VPS plan.

    The thing that strikes me about Synthesis is that for nearly $100 you can only have 2 domains. That seems pretty insane to me. I’d rather pay someone a flat fee to configure my linux and tune it up so that I can have a faster WordPress install than pay a huge monthly fee.

    • Ryan HellyerBy Ryan Hellyer on 25 March, 2013

      It would cost you a lot more than US$100/month to pay someone to manage your own server at that level.

      Remember that the Synthesis cost also includes a lot of technical support, as well as constant management, optimisation etc. which you would need to pay for yourself otherwise.

      Personally I just run my own server, but I know it’s not as well managed as it could be and if something goes wrong I don’t have a team of ninja server gurus at hand to fix it for me. I save lots of money, but it’s sure as heck not without cost, it’s just that the cost is in the increased risk of running it all myself.

    • Rajeshkannan MJBy Rajeshkannan MJ on 25 March, 2013

      Yes, I think the same. only 2 domains at $100 ? too much. I know I have to learn something on my own with VPS hosting. But it is fine. Because, i run more than 5 domains in my VPS at $79.

      • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013

        Well if it’s not for you, it’s not for you, but I for one *know* that the time it did cost me to manage my machine myself was worth much much more than that $100.

        • Willem-Siebe SpoelstraBy Willem-Siebe Spoelstra on 26 March, 2013

          Hi Joost, your words about WordPress hosting is my ‘guide’ to have my sites up and running. I recently (1,5 months ago) started with my own VPS server. In your article about VPS hosting you mention 5 steps to do… the result, I have one site up and running at this point on my VPS. If you told in that article how much work it was, I probably also followed your advice. But like you tell here about how much time it costs, and now I know myself how much time it costs, I was also thinking of quitting with my VPS again. The main reason I wanted to do this also, was I could have servers around the world, because Server location is one of the Geotargetting factors for Google. However, this is not a really important factor and managing multilangual/regional websites is easier from one WordPress installation resulting is one server location. So I don’t worry about that anymore.

          I will have a look in this option, although I’m using Pagelines as Framework for my websites.

  6. MK SafiBy MK Safi on 25 March, 2013

    They don’t seem to be offering anything better than what I’m getting with ZippyKid.com, which is handling for me a total of 230,000+ uniques and 1,100,000+ pageviews per month for…let me go check the last invoice…$55/month only!!

    And ZippyKid has built-in caching and they provide very personal support…

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013

      I’m not telling you to change hosting by any means, let me get that clear, if you’re happy with what you’ve got, by all means use it. I’m telling you why I moved to Synthesis and of course you could use that knowledge :)

    • Justin GerminoBy Justin Germino on 26 March, 2013

      That pageview/price plan doesn’t line up with Zippykid website, I looked at them and they claim “My site gets more than 100,000 pageviews, how much will extra pageviews cost?
      You can add up to 200,000 pageviews for $20 per 100,000. So if your site gets 300,000 pageviews, your total cost will be $65. If your site’s bigger than that, you can move up to our Enterprise and Agency plans.” I priced it at nearly $400 per month for 1 million pageviews per month.

  7. ErwinBy Erwin on 25 March, 2013

    Your target audience is the world. Can anyone tell how important the location of the webserver is for SEO? According to the last sources I read, Google still is using the server location, though it’s not a main criteria. Does Synthesis offer a solution for this? What if your website would target an European country, would you still recommend Synthesis?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013

      Hey Erwin,

      for Dutch hosting I probably wouldn’t recommend Synthesis until they roll out servers in the Netherlands.

    • Ben MetcalfeBy Ben Metcalfe on 27 March, 2013

      So look, this is Yoast’s affiliate post for Synthesis and I want to be respectful of that – he does excellent work for the WP Community and deserves to be supported.

      But if EU-based Managed WP hosting is a critical factor in your decision making, and Synthesis doesn’t offer that, then WP Engine (I’m a co-founder) does have a presence in Telehouse Powergate in London and is actually the only Managed WP Host to run an independent full stack of our infrastructure out of the EU (ie not just a caching Point of Presence) – very important if you want/legally require all your data to reside in the EU or if you want pages to always be served fast from the EU.

      Like I said, Synthesis is cool too. As a British citizen myself, the EU is just an area we’ve decided to ultra-focus on here at WP Engine.

      • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 27 March, 2013

        Unfortunately, that’d only work for the UK. For the Netherlands you’d need Amsterdam, for Germany somewhere there, etc.

        • Ben MetcalfeBy Ben Metcalfe on 28 March, 2013

          Not really, London is only 220 miles from Amsterdam and connectivity is no different than, say, between San Francisco and Los Angeles (350 miles). For most purposes “EU focused” only needs to be in one of the main datacenters in London/Amstardam/Paris/Frankfurt and you’re good to go for any European country access.

          Being in multiple EU datacenters would be redundant – eg Amazon EC2′s European availability zone is in Ireland, and that covers all of EU.

          • Erwin van GinkelBy Erwin van Ginkel on 28 March, 2013

            In this 3 years old video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keIzr3eWK8I) Matt Cutts explains that Google is still looking at country specific IP addresses. I haven’t found a more recent resource that this has changed. We have primarly Dutch clients which want to rank especially in google.nl. I already considered testing WP Engine, because the specs are great. I just didn’t dare because of the impact on SEO rankings.

          • Ryan HellyerBy Ryan Hellyer on 28 March, 2013

            It’s not just a performance issue. Google targets search engine traffic to the country in which the site is hosted. If one of your goals is to get search engine traffic from the Netherlands, then hosting it in the UK would not be a good idea.

  8. Dan ThorntonBy Dan Thornton on 25 March, 2013

    Interested to hear how your experience with Synthesis continues – I’ve used Genesis for ages now, so I’ve kept tabs on Synthesis and looked at potentially using it, but keep running into a similar problem to some of the other comments, in that I currently have a reasonable number of lower traffic domains, rather than 1 or 2 very high traffic ones…

    But at the same time, some of the sites I run are rapidly growing, so I’m considering doubling down on them in the future, and Synthesis could be a good solution.

  9. Willem-Siebe SpoelstraBy Willem-Siebe Spoelstra on 26 March, 2013

    Hi Joost,

    When I read through the question on there page for CDN is mentioned MediaTemple and NetDNA.

    You are fan of MaxCDN, did you stopped using them?

    Or did you stopped CDN at all, the also mention:

    You’d be surprised, however, how few sites actually need a CDN to meet their business and performance objectives, especially given the optimized configuration from Synthesis.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 March, 2013

      NetDNA == MaxCDN and I still use them.

  10. Willem-Siebe SpoelstraBy Willem-Siebe Spoelstra on 26 March, 2013

    Hi Joost,

    Like you tell in this article you don’t want to do your own optimization anymore.

    Synthesis does not reccomend using Minify CSS & JS. In your W3 Total Cache plugin you do have this option checked.

    Is this something you changed your mind about now or are you still going to use minify.

    Synthesis tells us: The risk of Minify CSS & JS is that they take many lines of code and compact it into one, and sometimes errors are made.

    Kind regards,

    Willem

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 March, 2013

      Ehm Willem, minify is off.

      • Willem-Siebe SpoelstraBy Willem-Siebe Spoelstra on 26 March, 2013

        Hi Joost, ofcourse I can’t look into your ‘real’ configuration, but in your W3 Total Cache video on http://vimeo.com/12427059 (on 1 minute 19 seconds) you show to enable this, that was the source and reason why I asked you this question.

        Kind regards,

        Willem

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 March, 2013

          Looking at my real configuration isn’t much harder than looking at my source. We don’t recommend it to our customers in a lot of cases either because it breaks stuff.

          • Willem-Siebe SpoelstraBy Willem-Siebe Spoelstra on 26 March, 2013

            Thanks for your answer. Another lesson learned;-).

    • Ryan HellyerBy Ryan Hellyer on 26 March, 2013

      Minit is a really handy little plugin for handling concatenation of CSS and JS files without the risks involved in automatic minification.

      http://konstruktors.com/blog/wordpress/4250-new-plugin-minit/

      • Willem-Siebe SpoelstraBy Willem-Siebe Spoelstra on 26 March, 2013

        Interesting! Will have a look at it.

  11. ArsenBy Arsen on 26 March, 2013

    I’m with VPS right now, kind of happy with it other than the support ;)

    One question that I do have about Synthesis… No htaccess

    • Thomas ZickellBy Thomas Zickell on 26 March, 2013

      Have you tried any of it’s competitors like WP Engine or Page.ly?”

      I have accounts with web synthesis, Pagely, wp engine & ZippyKid!

      In my opinion they’re all fantastic you can’t go wrong with any of them. a it is hard for me to give you honest response to what’s best for you without knowing what you’re running right now what type of traffic you expect and how many hits your website gets? How much you are willing to spend
      I would asked a couple of quick questions. Like do you have any unique plug-ins that you can’t live without? to have a lot of photographs on your website? is it an e-commerce website? do you want to be able to use git to access your website?
      do you want SPDY the fastest way to run e-commerce most likely any website.
      If you want the latter I don’t know from what Yoast stated if web synthesis has it or not I do not believe they do yet but I could be wrong.
      Zippy kid has it I know that for a fact you can go to their site and they will talk about it at length. They also have a built-in NET DNA CDN this is much more powerful than just Max CDN even though there from the same company NetDNA CDN is the enterprise version and is much faster then Max CDN hands-down I don’t think anyone will disagree.

      ZippyKid Offers that CDN plus SPDY and 100,000 page views a month for $25

      WP engine is an excellent web host I host the majority of my sites with them. They are sharing technology that Zippy kid. they both our extremely fast when WP engine is used with its optional on the base plan for $20 more you get a enterprise Net DNA CDN and it flies.

      Pagely has edge cast CDN fastest in the United States according to many publications I trust. However you would have to purchase their middle package for $67 then upgrade to the CDN for an additional $25 a month in order to get the hosted page CDN you can use any other content delivery network like Max CDN for $39 your 1st 1 TB
      Has akismet

      Web synthesis you can add the CDN from max CDN or any carrier like CDN 77 or you can use media temples optional Pro CDN at $25 a month for 200 GB of bandwidth
      You will need to purchase akismet $5
      Media Temple is partners with web synthesis and CloudFaire media Temple offers cloud flare’s railgun a $200 option normally for free to their GS customers shared server only for now the package it comes with is capable of SPDY however like I said before media Temple is not using this with web synthesis yet nor are they using it on anything but their poorly constructed shared hosting called GS

      there our plans to implement it in the future however I do not know when. Because web synthesis uses media Temple they will most likely benefit from this. However I must say I am not impressed cloud flare railgun I think it is much slower than enterprise class content delivery networks I’ve seen it matched against in many tests it loses by quite a bit and speed however it is an asset for safety.

      Depending on how much you have to host Once you pass the $100 barrier your talking about different things

      WP engine comes standard with its own blend of lightning fast speed from the standard NET DNA content delivery network to the way it handles caching and redirects. Including standard git on all packages. I would recommend using a anycast DNS by 1st pick would be Dyn however if you only want to spend $25 for the year DNS made easy is almost as fast and very inexpensive. You will need to purchase akismet

      Zippy kid offers you both edge cast and net DNA along with SPDY and git standard is on a private. cloud making it extremely secure by definition and may be the most secure. It’s Cisco enterprise firewall is no joke either along with DynECT DNS so great package a $200 option if not purchased with the hosting with the ability to control multiple content delivery networks. Has akismet

      Page.ly offers the ability to add their fantastic CDN at less than $100 and they have a truly bulletproof security setup. This includes DynECT DNS a $200 option if not purchased with the hosting.with the ability to control multiple content delivery networks. Has akismet

      • Jerod MorrisBy Jerod Morris on 29 March, 2013

        Thomas, thanks for the thorough breakdown of the different managed WP hosting providers. Just to clarify: Synthesis does indeed offer SPDY support. It was among the primary reasons for Yoast to switch.

      • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 29 March, 2013

        I disagree with your statement about NetDNA vs MaxCDN :)

    • Thomas ZickellBy Thomas Zickell on 26 March, 2013

      Sorry I posted in the wrong box I meant to answer the question to the gel one of the top however I cannot modify it so I will answer the question to the person above me and please accept my sincerest apologies regarding modifying nginx in web synthesis case and in many cases with these managed WordPress hosts Redirection is done by the host and the host alone.
      If I may step in for 2nd I to have an account with web synthesis and applaud you moving off VPS.net not that it was a bad server it just is as good.

    • Ryan HellyerBy Ryan Hellyer on 27 March, 2013

      htaccess is an Apache thing, whereas many of these specialist hosts run on Nginx instead. Nginx is generally considered to be faster and more powerful than Apache.

  12. PaulBy Paul on 26 March, 2013

    I’m currently in the process of looking for a new host for our Warcom blog.

    We already use the genesis framework and also the Yoast seo plugin.

    So I might shoot them an email!

    Cheers Joost :)

    - Paul.

  13. Ben AltieriBy Ben Altieri on 27 March, 2013

    Hi Joost, your work in Genesis child themes, is it profitable? I want to get into that.

  14. Rafael MontillaBy Rafael Montilla on 28 March, 2013

    I have just moved one of my website to another hosting company, because it was hacked (phishing) 3 times and google droped dowm its ranking, it was very good.
    Now, I am thinking to move to Synthesis, because of Malware Removal, dehacking & Malware Scans.
    Thanks for this post

  15. BharathBy Bharath on 28 March, 2013

    Thanks for the review. Well now I’m in a bit of confusion on choosing between Web Synthesis and WP Engine. Will bookmark this article and check all the comments dropped here. That way I can get more info from the users.

  16. StephenBy Stephen on 30 March, 2013

    Hi Joost,
    Nice article and I like your site and content.
    I’m looking at re-doing my website myself and making it a wordpress site. SEO is a key component but so is the ability to update content without incurring montlhy fees to access the site for updates.
    My current hosting company internethosting.com doesn’t provide support for wordpress, which has been challening as I have a blog that’s down after a back up and restore and there are issues restoring it.
    So is it recommended to use a hosting company that caters specifically to those using wordpress?
    Another question I have is what does anyone think of or know about using Elegant Themes (elegantthemes.com) or Theme Forest (themeforest.net) themes for possibly building a new website? I saw themes on those sites that have a look that appeals to me. But are they built on a Genesis framework or is Studio Press the only one running on a Genesis framework?
    Thanks for any insight and feedback you can provide.
    Stephen

  17. Anuar IsmailBy Anuar Ismail on 1 April, 2013

    Hi Joost,
    I have an opportunity using both Copyblogger Synthesis Hosting and WPEngine for my travel website with lots of images. So far I am very happy with WPEngine. My website load faster without using any CDN service, the best part is I able using others theme provider such Theme Forest.
    Now I am moving another website to WPEngine. Give a try you will love them.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 1 April, 2013

      I’m actually quite certain I’d love Synthesis more, as would you :)

  18. GordonRBy GordonR on 2 April, 2013

    Great article.

    “By Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013
    for Dutch hosting I probably wouldn’t recommend Synthesis until they roll out servers in the Netherlands.”

    Presumably the same would apply in Australia? How to trade off all the advantages of Synthesis with the possible impact on Google ranking [if that is your reason for the above comment]? Unlike some, for our site search engine driven traffic is nice to have not mission critical.
    Thanks

  19. Guy ColangeloBy Guy Colangelo on 5 April, 2013

    Joost, I want to sincerely thank you for this post. We just migrated over to Synthesis and their team has been FANTASTIC! Bottom line our site loads #$@@$ FAST! I’m not sure if I would have found synthesis without this post. Keep up the great content!

  20. EdBy Ed on 5 April, 2013

    Regarding the impact of server location on SEO…

    If you have a ccTLD, for example a .NL domain extension.
    And in combination with the Dutch language of the site, then that’s enough information for Google to understand your website is set up for The Netherlands.

    And regardless where your site’s hosting is, it has no influence on your rankings.

    If you use a .COM or .NET or other gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain) and you use Google Webmaster Tools to geo target your website for The Netherlands, then you’re good to go as well.

    Your server location plays no direct role in your rankings then.

    Ideally speaking, you want to reduce the latency for your users as much as possible, so a local server is a better option, as site speed also plays a factor for your rankings.

    So indirectly, your server location does play a role for your site’s rankings, but if you have a solid load time from a UK server, then you’re not losing out on any rankings.

    Main question is… how much does load time impact your rankings?

    Would a second more or less has that much impact?

    • Erwin van GinkelBy Erwin van Ginkel on 7 April, 2013

      Ed, your comment sounds very reasonable. Do you have any resources/research to prove that the serverlocation (apart from speed) is not a SEO criteria anymore? I just want to be sure, before I would take any risk for my clients.

      • RichardBy Richard on 17 April, 2013

        I don’t have an ‘official’ answer, but I had a chat with a Google Adwords person. I asked specifically if it would be better for geo-targeting to Canadians to locate on a Canadian server, or if a cheaper US server would be ok. His answer was that so long as I used a .ca tld, it wouldn’t make any difference so long as I set up my targeting for Canada. But, if I use a .com, then the server location would play a role.

        So, as I understand it, if you want the more generic and more easily remembered .com, then you should have the server in the same country that you want to target. If you’re ok with a tld from your target, then you can host wherever.

        Now, that conversation was about targeting ads. So, it means that as a Canadian using a US based server, targeting Canadians, if I use a .com then I may not have my ads served properly. But, if I use .ca, then the ads would go to Canadians just fine. Or, I can use a .com hosted on a Canadian server and it will work fine. Ideally, I should be using a .ca on a Canadian server to target Canadian customers.

        I don’t know how the above may apply to SEO, but I have a suspicion that there is a relationship there somewhere.

        Richard :)

  21. Mike KikkertBy Mike Kikkert on 25 April, 2013

    I’m quite obsessed with good performance. Currently using CloudFlare on top of my VPS, and even though I like CloudFlare – first byte times are still pretty crappy.

    “By Joost de Valk on 25 March, 2013
    for Dutch hosting I probably wouldn’t recommend Synthesis until they roll out servers in the Netherlands.”

    Well… I run these tests ALOT for myself and for my performance clients – and this is seriously one of the best performance tests I have even seen (and that is measured from Amsterdam..):

    http://www.webpagetest.org/result/130425_NM_dca9a02bf541588f9116f360f01a927b/

    I think I might start looking at synthesis as well :-)