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    Junior Member OliCad's Avatar
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    Webpage takes far too long to load

    Good evening all, I'm pretty much at my wits end trying to remedy this issue.

    I maintain several wordpress websites but one of them just won't seem to load in anything less than 30 seconds! It's been happening for a good while now and I'm still no closer to finding the reason. Close to deleting the whole thing and starting again I really want to fix it than spend days rebuilding it.

    the website is: www.davidcharlespsychic.com

    Yslow shows me it's load times but offers no real help to make changes.dcp1.jpg

    I'm hoping one of you lovely people might have more things I could try to get it sorted.

    I've tried all sorts of plugins to merge my CSS and JS files which made no difference. The video doesn't impact it loading either.

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    With the exception of the autoplayed video, seems OK to me. <7 seconds.

    On that note, stop the autoplay on the video. It's annoying. It's frustrating, and you're going to have a lot of users who instantly close the tab, assuming it's an ad or something.
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    First things first: you're on WordPress. WordPress is a wh0re and there's no nicer way to put it than that. It sucks resources and it sucks resources and it sucks resources until servers are left dry and drained. If you've run several WP sites, I'm surprised it's taken you this long to get here.

    Second, let's use this: https://developers.google.com/speed/...psychic.com%2F . Lots more information there. The 30 seconds from Yslow is more likely the 1.8 seconds listed as the server response time here...which by WP standards is disturbingly good, but by most normal standards not so much. So first and foremost, I'd be looking at upgrading the hosting package. I wouldn't run a WP site...or several...on anything less than a VPS. It's just that brutal from a resource point of view, particularly if you start adding plugins.

    Second, start eliminating any plugins that you don't use on any pages you don't need them. This is usually a pretty brutal task, but speed gains can be realized from it.

    Third...normally, I don't recommend a plugin to solve a load time problem, but in this case, I'd look at one of the page caching plugins. If the content changes infrequently, then the pages themselves can be cached to reduce server response time. This might be a game-changer by itself if you're lucky and you find the right one. Super Cache is horrible (probably because it was made by the WP hacks), but this one is pretty good: https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

    I'd also take Ron's advice about the video, and I'd look at the "USA" phone number.
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    Thank you both.

    Sadly the video autoplaying was a requirement. Gets on my tits too everytime I have to load the page but I just have to mute it.

    When I say manage several wp sites, they're all on various different hosts.Up until a few months back I didn't have any issue with this host.

    When I contacted the hosts the woman went on about something trying to call facebook when the page loads but I have scoured the site to try and find any plugin or the like that may be doing that but I can't see it. She wasn't very specific so didn't really help much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OliCad View Post
    Sadly the video autoplaying was a requirement. Gets on my tits too everytime I have to load the page but I just have to mute it.
    I would have, and in reality have, flat refused to do that. You'd be surprised how much people are willing to listen when you tell them you won't do something because you work for their users, not them, and you wouldn't do that to your worst enemy.

    That said, WP isn't half as bad as GAME likes to rant on about, though all of his points are valid. WP is a resource hog, though not just because of WP itself. That is part of it, but generally the slowdown in WP sites is because someone downloads a theme from themesitex.com, not knowing that some jackwagon who learned PHP last week coded it, and requires a bunch of pointless plugins to work. Then, they install 100 plugins for simple functionality they could implement with 5 lines of PHP in their functions.php or even just a basic knowledge of coding in general. That's the primary reason WP sites are slow.

    I've largely gotten away from it because there's really just no money there, but I've built many WP sites. Not a single one of them have had speed issues, save for one, but that was due to the firm's requirement to use the god-awful Divi theme in all of their projects. Never did a project for them after that. The reason I don't have those issues? I code **** myself. I code the theme to have exactly what I need it to have and nothing else. Need an options page? Code that **** into the functions.php. Need a custom Twitter widget? Code a damn widget.

    I use 3 plugins on my site. 2 are admin-side only and 1 is to make the code examples look like they're in an editor.
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