Terribly Slow Wordpress Blog

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Hi there,

I'm currently at the end of my wits regarding my Blog's loading time.
This article has helped me somewhat, but I'm still far from satisfied.

The plugins that I've installed to speed up my website are:
-W3 Total Cache
-SEO Friendly Images
-WP-Optimize
(There are 6 other active plugins running, no deactivated ones)

I use BlueHost for my hosting.

What can I do to improve my website's loading time?
I really hope that someone can help me out.

P.S.: If anyone is willing to personally assist me in drastically improving my site's performance, I'm willing to compensate you for it. (no cure no pay basis, up to $100)
#blog #slow #terribly #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Matt21
    Firstly, start by contacting your webhosting company, maybe the problem come from the server.
    than install 'Better WordPress Minify', it's a wordpress plugin that helps make your blog load faster.
    and try to use a minimal number of plugins, and use trusted plugins.

    Hope this will help you.
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  • deactivate Total Cache and other plugins which can be conflict.Sometime server also not respond by which problem can be come.
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  • Profile picture of the author kostenlose
    Yeah. Maybe someone on your shared server is pulling too many resources. Try disabling 1 plugin, then test speed. If that doesn't fix it, then disable another plugin, then test it again. Keep disabling them one at a time and test. But as you disable, then don't re-enable it back. Keep disabling till all of them are off. That might help clue you in to if it is a plugin issue. Also, does your htaccess file have a ton of re-directs. That might slow it down too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mkj
      The cache plugins that work well on my wordpress installation are these:

      WP Super Cache
      (caches database queries)

      DB Cache Reloaded

      I tried W3 Total Cache but found it wasn't always working. Are you sure yours is? Mine worked at first then broke down and it was just a pain. After trying quite a few cache plugins the above 2 work perfectly and my site flies.

      Looking at your site with Firebug I can see the cache is working. On my own site I get a response in 76ms whereas there is a 5 -10 second delay ( or more sometimes ) before anything happens on yours? After reloading it a number of times this isn't always the case and a few times it loaded straight away. Once this initial delay is over your site loads quickly considering how large it is.

      As mentioned you need to cut down on database queries as much as possible by disabling plugins that are not really needed. It looks to me though that your shared hosting plan is a bit congested and that is why it is slow sometimes. Wordpress can be heavy on database queries and that is why some hosting providers mention that they specialize in hosting for them. You still need to try them out though to see if the site loads quickly at peak periods. I run a home server so I have no problems lol. To see how fast my site is try out my sig site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Build Discipline
      Originally Posted by kostenlose View Post

      Yeah. Maybe someone on your shared server is pulling too many resources. Try disabling 1 plugin, then test speed. If that doesn't fix it, then disable another plugin, then test it again. Keep disabling them one at a time and test. But as you disable, then don't re-enable it back. Keep disabling till all of them are off. That might help clue you in to if it is a plugin issue. Also, does your htaccess file have a ton of re-directs. That might slow it down too.
      Awesome tip.
      I found out that when I deactivate all my plugins the website functions as it should.
      The only problem is: The plugins I have are crucial for my website...
      Do you know which alternatives to use for:
      -Gravity forms
      -WP-Insert (AdSense)
      -XML Sitemaps
      -Tweet old post
      -W3 Total Cache
      -Simple 301 redirects

      What is the best way to go from here?
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      • Profile picture of the author kostenlose
        Not sure of any alternatives, but now you know that a plugin is a the cause. Maybe you can start testing each one and see which one might be the offender. Then you can seek out another plugin that might work better. Good luck.
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  • Hey,

    there maybe a few options out there however
    I'd like to know a few things...

    How many plug-ins do you have installed?

    Did you contact hosting about this?

    Lets talk (PM) me anytime or
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  • Profile picture of the author kohashi
    You can also look at better hosting, some companies specialize in Wordpress like WPEngine, ZippyKid and Pagely
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohamad Latiff
      Originally Posted by kohashi View Post

      You can also look at better hosting, some companies specialize in Wordpress like WPEngine, ZippyKid and Pagely
      I concur. I'm not an affiliate or employee, but I am thinking of moving to WPEngine myself. The guys have been responding to my questions pretty fast even though I'm not a customer (yet). If that's the level of service they give to a non-customer, imagine the service they give to a customer!
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisMooreLive
    Try using Amazon Cloudfront CDN with W3 Total Cache. It has worked for several blogs that I've worked with. Just Google it, and you can find out how to set it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Marzinzik
    Get Hostgator... will cure your ills
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohamad Latiff
    Oh, and another hack that I do is to load all my images to (free) Google Sites and use Google Sites as my CDN for images. Then I simply load all my images on my Wordpress site linked to their image URLs on Google Sites.

    You can see how I do it on this website I developed for my company: CloudGeek dot net (view source and look at the img src URLs to see how I do it)
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  • Profile picture of the author Build Discipline
    Awesome stuff guys. Much appreciated!

    Thanks Mohamad for that neat little trick. I will definitely check that out.
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