Site Loading Time Help

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Hi all,

I have been a lurker of this forum for a few months now and have finally signed up today, the advice and help I've received from this site has been unbelievably helpful.

Basically, I purchased a gig from Fiverr a number of days ago. However, the poster/author of the gig refused to conduct it on my site due to it 'not responding or responding very slow'. This was a very reputable gig with high ratings and 1000+ positive reviews so I doubt the seller had any reason to lie.

Anyway, I looked into my site and it all seemed fine on my home computers. However, at work the site loaded extremely slow. I'm guessing this was because of cookies etc stored on my home computers which allowed it to open quickly but I didn't think of this at the time.

I was just wondering if it was possible this could be due to my server, as I am on a very basic shared hosting option with a UK server (I am based in the UK, targeting a UK audience with a .co.uk domain) or perhaps another issue?

As this is my first post and I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post my site, I have added it to my profile section. Any specific advice/general site loading time advice would be much appreciated.

I am planning on launching a PPC campaign targeted at this site and want to get this resolved before I do.

Thanks in advance!
#loading #site #time
  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Only thing you can do is upgrade your hosting.

    Or use this service:

    Home | CloudFlare | The web performance & security company
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Guererro
    I'm in no way any type of expert. But I think since you and your customer has identified a problem with performance that you should contact your hosting provider. Most hosting providers would be more than welcome to help out their constituents.

    Hosting providers can probably identify obvious performance issues a lot better than its customers. That's what I would do for the sake of expediency.

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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Jamie,

      Your site probably loaded faster at home because it was still in your browser cache. The loading time on your work's computer is likely to be a truer reflection.

      If it's a WordPress site, have you installed many plugins?


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      • Profile picture of the author Jamie4213
        Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

        Only thing you can do is upgrade your hosting.
        I will look into that service, thanks.

        Originally Posted by Jim Guererro View Post

        I'm in no way any type of expert. But I think since you and your customer has identified a problem with performance that you should contact your hosting provider. Most hosting providers would be more than welcome to help out their constituents.

        Hosting providers can probably identify obvious performance issues a lot better than its customers. That's what I would do for the sake of expediency.

        Jim
        Thanks Jim, contacting hosting providers now.

        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        Jamie,

        Your site probably loaded faster at home because it was still in your browser cache. The loading time on your work's computer is likely to be a truer reflection.

        If it's a WordPress site, have you installed many plugins?


        Frank
        Hi Frank, thanks for your input. I currently have 6 plugins installed. Nothing major, just XML sitemaps, SEO plugins, contact forms, an opt-in form and a plugin to make the site mobile friendly.
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        I just tested it and it loaded at a perfectly acceptable speed for me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jamie4213
          Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

          I just tested it and it loaded at a perfectly acceptable speed for me.
          Thanks Annie, appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author the goat
    You can speed up WordPress sites with a cache plugin, sorry I can't post links here yet due to lack of posts, but do a search and you'll find many, I personally use one called "W3 Total Cache".
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    • Profile picture of the author damoncloudflare
      Originally Posted by the goat View Post

      You can speed up WordPress sites with a cache plugin, sorry I can't post links here yet due to lack of posts, but do a search and you'll find many, I personally use one called "W3 Total Cache".
      Yes, W3TC is very popular & a lot of users also use Super Cache. One general rule is that you don't really want to use more than one caching plugin because there can be conflicts (not an issue using a CDN as well as a plugin, however).
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Kind of slow for me. Though Im in the states and this is in the uk. Did a trace route and it took 17 hops to get to your site and get into the upper 100's to mid 200's as I get closer to your site.

    Physical distance can cause pages to load slow too.
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