SiteFinity site (this site) is slow on startup if a page has not been visited in 15 to 20 minutes. This is due to the high start up cost according to some articles and forums I have read. Apparently my host recycles web applications after a certain period of time.
A blog post from Gabe Summer at www.goondocks.com gives a some details of what is happening to cause this slow start up.
Once the home page loads, the rest of the site including the admin sections is working fine. One of the solutions Gabe offer was to scheduled a task that would access the site every 15 minutes to keep the site alive on the server. Another solution he offered was to sign up for a website uptime monitoring service.
My service provider Softsys hosting offers the schedule task add on for an additional $50 a year. Currently, I am not ready for an extra $50 a year for this service. My service provider did recommend me to switch to a dedicated application pool for a fee, not sure of the fee.
For now I will write my own website uptime monitoring service to try out Gabe second solution.
Overall Softsys Hosting is a good hosting company and I am happy with them. They do respond well to support tickets and research a problem. Softsys does have a the best prices and the uptime rating is good.