My site loads in 7.18 seconds, a little help please lol

by KingK
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I've been looking into ways at speeding up my site, and it feels like there are a lot of things I need to do. Right now I am learning them.

But there's one thing that sticks out when I see my report for pingdom which is here.
Website speed test

I'm not sure what's going on there in the first 4 lines. I'm assuming it has something to with my redirects because I installed wordpress at impossiblewin.com/blog, and I redirect impossiblewin.com to that url. Did I redirect something wrong by putting "www"? Here is a picture of how I redirected a while ago.

bluehost - Kingkjk's library

I know I can optimize images as well, and I plan to do that, but a lot of the other things seem quite technical and I will need to take some time to learn.

Anyways, thanks for you help!
#718 #loads #lol #seconds #site
  • Try changing server. It has very high latency. Do you see long yellow bars - that's wait time. Time waiting for server to respond, not real loading, just wasted waiting time. And it's very long on every step.
    ping request takes 200ms

    Try another server, preferably if its location is as close as possible to your target audience
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    Hi K,

    I had the support team at my WP Hosting Company check your site and you do have a large number of Javascript files loading e.g.



    But the fastest way to isolate the main issue is to:

    [a] In your FTP program like Filezilla, rename your plugins folder to something like plugins-disabled.

    This will deactivate ALL your plugins, then re-test for speed.

    They can be re-activated one-by-one inside your WP Admin Panel afterwards.

    You can do the same (renaming them) with each individual plugin folder to identify the worst culprit but that takes longer.

    [b] OP can be heavy so switch to the default WP theme and check the speed again. If that's not the issue, switch back to OP.

    Also Bluehost isn't fast - especially under any traffic load and the general problem with seemingly cheap hosting is that page load times blowout to crazy times (think 30+ seconds for a page load or pages won't load at all) when you have much simultaneous traffic, as this test from loadimpact.com on your site shows:

    Auto-generated (1/31/2015, 5:14:23 PM) - Load Impact - On Demand Website Load Testing and Performance Testing Service

    This is when cheap hosting becomes expensive by losing you business - imagine the congestion there from a good email promotion.

    Would you or anyone else wait 30+ seconds for a page to load?

    Hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author KingK
      Thanks to your suggestions and some other ones, I've decreased my load time to between 1.5 - 3.0 seconds on the pingdom speedtest. The optimizemember plugin seems to be causing a lag too, but that's kind of integral to what I'm trying to accomplish right now so I guess I will leave it.

      There is one thing I need some clarification on though still Terry regarding what you sent here.

      Auto-generated (1/31/2015, 5:14:23 PM) - Load Impact - On Demand Website Load Testing and Performance Testing Service

      Is the reason it could take up to 30 seconds because I have shared hosting? And that's what you mean by cheap?

      I noticed bluehost has some other options including wordpress hosting.

      Anyways, since I don't have that many visitors just yet and a small list, should I stay with what I have, and then change it as time gos on? Also any recommendations for hosting are welcomes.

      Thank you!
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    • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
      Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

      Also Bluehost isn't fast - especially under any traffic load
      They use the non-better BetterLinux in-house OS, that really throttles sites with any degree of traffic. As soon as you gets some traffic, it's thrown into the "abuse core" of the server CPU bank, and left to thrash and die. All cPanel EIG hosts are like this (Hostgator, Hostmoster, etc). It's a really crappy way to operate servers.
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    • Profile picture of the author QueenMelanie
      Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

      Hi K,

      I had the support team at my WP Hosting Company check your site and you do have a large number of Javascript files loading e.g.



      But the fastest way to isolate the main issue is to:

      [a] In your FTP program like Filezilla, rename your plugins folder to something like plugins-disabled.

      This will deactivate ALL your plugins, then re-test for speed.

      They can be re-activated one-by-one inside your WP Admin Panel afterwards.

      You can do the same (renaming them) with each individual plugin folder to identify the worst culprit but that takes longer.

      [b] OP can be heavy so switch to the default WP theme and check the speed again. If that's not the issue, switch back to OP.

      Also Bluehost isn't fast - especially under any traffic load and the general problem with seemingly cheap hosting is that page load times blowout to crazy times (think 30+ seconds for a page load or pages won't load at all) when you have much simultaneous traffic, as this test from loadimpact.com on your site shows:

      Auto-generated (1/31/2015, 5:14:23 PM) - Load Impact - On Demand Website Load Testing and Performance Testing Service

      This is when cheap hosting becomes expensive by losing you business - imagine the congestion there from a good email promotion.

      Would you or anyone else wait 30+ seconds for a page to load?

      Hope that helps.
      This is why I read warrior forum! hats off to you for your desire to help others!

      In my experience with loading times, using wordpress. I optimize all images, use W3 total cache and load unnecessary javascript or scripts in the footer instead of the header (theres a simple plugin for that)
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  • Profile picture of the author turboshandy
    Thee are many threads in here with lots of recommendations for a good webhost. Just use the search option to find them Bluehost are good, though, at least I've never had any problems with them so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    Hi again K,

    The issue isn't shared hosting necessarily but cheap hosting usually means old low-spec servers that are overloaded with hosting accounts (to maximize returns on low margin hosting services).

    The misunderstanding by most users of cheap hosting like bottom level Bluehost, Hostgator etc accounts is that if you go and visit your site or run a Pingdom Tools test, it might seem OK because you are the only one accessing the site at that time.

    As soon as you have more simultaneous visitors on cheap hosting, the page load times (how long your visitors have to wait for a page to load) blow out bigtime.

    To test this for yourself, run free tests at loadimpact.com and see how long those simultaneous multiple visitors have to wait - it's not pretty.
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  • 1) Change html codes..
    Into Javascipt's

    2) Remove unnecessary cookies and tracking codes

    3) Reduce the file size of the images on your site

    4) Remove file size of background image
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    • Hi KingK

      Give Bluehost the flick. They are historically slow.

      You will probably find as much as halving of the speed just by signing on with a host with better credentials.

      Regards

      Bronwyn and Keith
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  • Profile picture of the author davidfrankk
    Are the pictures in your website too big? That could be one reason. Also, don't add too many plug-in to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author QueenMelanie
    well the first thing you should be doing is caching and optimizing your site.. plugin - W3 Total cache
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  • Profile picture of the author arnaudSP
    Your TTFB is really slow (>5s). No cache will solve that issue as far as I know. Disabling plugins might.

    Change Host is your best option. I have very good experience with https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/word....aspx?ci=88390 (no affiliate link ).
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  • Change your host..

    This is the main differentiator for load speed
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    I would recommend leaving Bluehost and finding a host that isn't owned by EIG. They are known for terrible quality hosting and I personally had many problems with Bluehost. Back when I hosted sites with them I had several hours of downtime per week which was totally unacceptable.
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  • Profile picture of the author extrememan
    There is a few things you can do. Make sure you're not using a lot of plugins. That can make a negative impact on your loading speed. Max 7-10 plugins to be safe! Also make sure your using wp-cache. Must have for performance.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenW3
    Your site does not have compression enabled. Browsers (these days) support Gzip, which reduces bandwidth transferred by using HTTP compression. You can test your site by going to checkgzipcompression.com . The S3 Total Cache plugin (mentioned above) has the ability to enable compression.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Are you using a Cache Plugin?

    I highly recommend WP Super Cache

    Set it up the right way and see how that help. Hostgator has a good simple tutorial for it - just google it!

    I hope this helps

    I wish you the best!!

    Keep up the great work!

    Cheers!
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