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    Slow Website

    Hello,

    My website is extremely slow and I'd appreciate any feedback about how to speed it up. The main page takes about 15 seconds to load. Posts are slow too. Are my images too large, or are the wrong type? Is it important whether they are interlaced or deinterlaced?

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    There's a lot of things going on here. For one, GoDaddy with Wordpress. GoDaddy is slow, period. It took a full three seconds for the server to even respond. Wordpress is a monster, and without the right host, it's going to be slow. GoDaddy is not the right host.

    Next, the pages are super image-heavy. Use some sort of image compression tool to optimized the size.

    Next, by my count, you're loading 22 different stylesheets, along with 2 blocks of on-page CSS, as well as 25 JS files and 3 blocks of on-page JS. Holy crap. That's 47 requests to a slow server on top of the server cranking away at WP and requests for images. Then, the browser has to process all of that. Concatenate and minify those files as much as possible. Consider getting rid of some of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    There's a lot of things going on here. For one, GoDaddy with Wordpress. GoDaddy is slow, period. It took a full three seconds for the server to even respond. Wordpress is a monster, and without the right host, it's going to be slow. GoDaddy is not the right host.

    Next, the pages are super image-heavy. Use some sort of image compression tool to optimized the size.

    Next, by my count, you're loading 22 different stylesheets, along with 2 blocks of on-page CSS, as well as 25 JS files and 3 blocks of on-page JS. Holy crap. That's 47 requests to a slow server on top of the server cranking away at WP and requests for images. Then, the browser has to process all of that. Concatenate and minify those files as much as possible. Consider getting rid of some of them
    I have heard that GoDaddy is slow but I never knew to what extent. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Maybe I'll try JustHost. I don't have much experience in CSS/HTML; it's just a template theme I purchased for $50. I could try out a different one that doesn't rely too heavily on javascript. At least I'll be able to trim down the size of the images with ease. Do you have any recommendations for a host?

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    That question has been debated 100 times over on these forums. If you can spend a little more money, say $25 monthly, I'd go with a VPS, but honestly, in the site's current state, it'll run slow on any server. You have too many requests going to the server, and the browser will only send a few at a time. A lot of the problem is likely the plugins you're using. I noticed you're using Jetpack. As nifty as it is, it makes a large amount of requests on its own.

    I also noticed on my second look that there's a lot of inline styles as well. That may be slowing down page rendering considerably. I'd ask for my money back on that theme. It's a mess.
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    First of all, JustHost isn't going to be any better than GoDaddy is. GoDaddy is an awful host (among other things, it once lost an SQL Server database belonging to a client...this is an unforgivable hosting sin), but JustHost is going to give you just as much grief in different ways. It's an EIG host, which automatically increases its suck factor beyond anything useful for a WP site.

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    Second, as Ron pointed out, WP by its very nature runs slowly. It's a bloated, insecure piece of garbage and it's only a matter of about 8-10 years before the other 99.9% of the web design "community" comes to what should have been an obvious realization. Mind you, that's not on you...you probably just went with a recommendation or the popular thinking, which is understandable when you're doing things for a hobby as this site appears to be. So no harm, no foul.

    WP is not your problem in its entirety, though. A better host will help, but all it will do is lower the server response time (called First Byte here). This is one of those "the more you spend, the better the situation will get, but it'll never really resolve itself."

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    What I would suggest, before you even look at your theme, is to look at the plugins you're running. Do you need them to run? Do you need them to run on every page? I see three on the home page that could go right off the top. If you don't need them at all, removing them can improve the way WP runs.

    Same thing with the fonts in the template. I don't think you're using at least a few of them. If you aren't, lose them.

    If you can use progressive JPGs, you should, especially given the sheer volume of them that load at once. I'd look at ways to improve your template so that doesn't happen (maybe fewer of those pictures on a page). Compress them too if you can. Most images can be compressed to about 60% quality without any noticeable quality loss unless you're dealing with some art snob who sits and squints at pictures all day looking for imperfection...and those guys are insufferable idiots anyway, so their opinion doesn't count.

    That should get you started on things to look for.
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    Thanks to both of you for your help. I'll try dropping the thumbnail images down to a progressive JPG. It looks like if I use 250x200 px it will be about 15 - 20 kb.


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