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Old 05-29-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Hi friends,

I've recently started working with WordPress, and I've created multiple sites all hosted on the same hostgator account.

I've noticed that my site: http://maskersfortinnitus.com/ seems to load very slowly. Can anyone tell me how I can track down why it is so slow and what I can do about it?

My images are highly optimized, usually less thank 10k each, and there are not many.

As I add WP to multiple sites all hosted on the same account, are they all getting slower?

Please help.

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Old 05-30-2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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Are you using any caching plugins like Quick Cache or W3 Total Cache? They can make a BIG difference to load times.

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Old 05-30-2011, 11:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I don't currently use any kind of caching software, but wouldn't this only help on a return visit to the site? I'm not so much concerned with my own load time as the visitor experience.

I just don't understand why such a simple blog would take so long to load, unless WP requires that much overhead. (It might... I'm very new to it and don't really know all its peculiarities yet)

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Default Re: Why does my site load so slow?

It does seem slow. You really do need to use a caching plugin...

Please note that the caching happens on the server side. So if you use something like WP Super Cache or W3 total cache...the first time someone visits your site after update it might take a bit, but the next time ANYONE visits it will serve it up from that cache and be much faster.

In addition, you probably aught to do the regular things to speed up your wordpress site like deactivating all unused or not needed plugins. The wrong plugin can slow you down tremendously.

It does feel real slow when I click around...do you use that theme anywhere else? does the theme slow it down? you might temprorarily change the theme just to see if that's your problem...

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A cache plugin is highly required, I'm using wp-Cache and it's doing a very good job. Especially on shared hosting this is a must. Your websites are using only a small slice of the server resources so when they reach the top of their quota, they kinda stop serving properly. A cache plugin will make the pages static, so they won't be parsed by PHP anymore, thus reducing the stress on the server.

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Old 06-01-2011, 04:54 AM   #6
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i had seen the site and didn't found any thing special that makes the site loading slow as well as its opening in 4 sec. over here

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Requirement of cache plugin. do you have more flash on your website?

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Old 06-01-2011, 07:14 AM   #8
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Default Re: Why does my site load so slow?

The site is not, as you say, bandwith-intense, being 188kb on the first hit with 148k cached for future visits.

It takes 9.51 seconds to load for me, of which 8.81 seconds are the basic page source itself. Nothing else (e.g. images) starts loading until 7.88 seconds in, so most of the time is spent just getting your source.

Size-wise, the biggest aspect of the page is the minified JQuery, but that only takes 94ms and is irrelevant. The next biggest is the page source.

For that source, which is holding everything up, there is a 1ms DNS lookup, 5ms connecting and sending the request, 7.86 seconds waiting then only 950ms actually receiving. Javascript onload kicks in after 9 seconds.

In summary, as the JQuery is largest but takes almost no time in comparison to the page source, it is not a size issue. The fact that there is a 7.86 second waiting time for the source is your killer. This has nothing to do with the client processing or DNS lookups and is probably down to your server being slow to deliver (it isn't network traffic as the JQuery file only had a 94ms waiting time, and the pattern is similar on repeat visits).

Naturally these numbers will vary depending upon your network speed/proximity, but they should be pretty accurate in relation to each other for the various aspects of the retrieval in percentage terms.

Shared hosting often behaves like this (though not usually that bad). One thing that can help is a regular ping from one of the free online pingers which keeps your site 'awake' so to speak, but you get what you pay for. Even on Dreamhost I sometimes get delays; the only pretty much instant responses I get are from VPS or dedicated servers.

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Old 06-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #9
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Default Re: Why does my site load so slow?

There is no reason it should be this slow. Even WITHOUT a cache. You should not need a cache at all for your site.

It HAS to be your host... who are you hosting with?

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Old 06-01-2011, 07:35 AM   #10
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He's on Hostgator. Great for multiple domains, but sometimes slow for low-traffic sites.
And you're right, a cache should not be necessary in this case.

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Old 06-01-2011, 09:40 AM   #11
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Why should be so slow? I can't see any reason to make it slow..
I opened the site and nothing problem I've seen..maybe you have problem in your cache...That's what I guess...

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Thanks for all the analysis and replies, folks.

Yep, I'm not doing anything fancy like flash or anything, and this is not a big site at all.

Kcatrlidge: Thank you very much for your detailed analysis of my load times. I have no idea how you come up with numbers like that, but it offered a lot of insight into what's going on.

So, I'll look into a caching plugin, but it sounds like my hosting is the real issue.

Is there anything I can do about that without switching providers? HostGator has been good to me and came highly recommended, plus I love that I keep one hosting account but I can put multiple web sites on it.

Of course, if I can't depend on their performance, I might have to move on. I'm sporting a "Baby croc" account, and I've recently added an additional web site to it... another really small tinnitus site.

Could this be the problem?

Thanks again, everyone. Being new to all this, problems like this can be real intimidating, but you folks have been tremendously supportive and informative.

That's really appreciated!

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Old 06-04-2011, 05:41 AM   #13
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Default Re: Why does my site load so slow?

Try using another WordPress theme. Your current theme might be the culprit. Only use the essential plugins. I have used Hostgator and it worked fine for me even with multiple sites. If you want, I can send you a free copy of a single-column minisite theme which is perfect for sales pages, products or affiliate promotions.

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Old 06-04-2011, 06:13 AM   #14
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I have the same problem, all my other sites are running fine, apart from this one, (see post) Slow running and impossible to use! Have you been able to sort out the problem?

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Hi Everyone,

I was chatting with a HostGator rep last night and he said everything looked ok from their end. He also recommended that I install a caching program and see what happens.

I did install WP Super Cache and it looks like it made a big difference.

I consider this problem solved, although I don't understand why such a tiny site should have this problem at all.

Roy: If you have a wordpress blog, try a caching program, it worked for me!

XtraPunch: Your offer is very much appreciated. Could you send me a private message with the details of a different WP theme? Thanks!

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Old 06-05-2011, 04:20 AM   #16
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Thank you for all your help!

Just a quick note to anyone who has had a slow running problem. The problem has now been solved, it turned out that it was an ISP problem my end, my Internet provider made some changes and the problem is now solved. I would never of thought it to be an ISP problem, due to the fact that I could view other websites with no problem at all.

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minimize the image resolution and use png extension

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Hey everyone - Help! I'm having the same problem as TinPete - my WP site is loading so slowly... (My site is hair removal systems reviews dot com. I called my ISP and after checking my speed at speed test dot net they told me my connection is perfectly fine (.51Mbps upload speed and 9.87Mbps download speed). They told me it must be a server problem so I spoke with HostGator (I have a baby croc account) and they said I'm fine there. They suggested I use either WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. I installed Super Cache a couple of hours ago but my site is still loading slowly. I'm a newbie so I don't know what to do. But I'm sure visitors are not waiting for my site to load...

Any suggestions...?

Thanks so much!

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@Sonia - I'm going to try your suggestions. Btw, your sites are beautiful!

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Loads okay to me despite my having a slow internet connection. Perhaps it was a server problem at that time? The site looks simple enough to load fast, and it does in my opinion.

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Default Re: Why does my site load so slow?

I had the same problem. My site was loading quite slow and I contacted Hostgator and fixed it a little and got the loading time from 7secs to 5.55secs

Here is the site they showed me to use to check the loading time of my site:
GTmetrix | Website Speed and Performance Optimization

I hope this helps.

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Had NO problem with it loading..I am on FF
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