Why does my site load so slow?

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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.


- Pete
#programming #load #site #slow
  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Are you using any caching plugins like Quick Cache or W3 Total Cache? They can make a BIG difference to load times.
    • Profile picture of the author TinPete
      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)


      - Pete
  • Profile picture of the author shermancox
    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...
  • Profile picture of the author DragosRoua
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author jordonmartell
    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
  • Profile picture of the author agiletechnosys11
    Requirement of cache plugin. do you have more flash on your website?
  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
    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?
    • Profile picture of the author dottieford
      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...
  • Profile picture of the author TinPete
    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!

    - Pete
  • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Roy Bretton
    I have the same problem, all my other sites are running fine, apart from this one, (see post) http://www.warriorforum.com/programm...ml#post4008992 Have you been able to sort out the problem?
    • Profile picture of the author TinPete
      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!

      - Pete
  • Profile picture of the author Roy Bretton
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author dominicyordz
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author serryjw
    Had NO problem with it loading..I am on FF

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