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Thread: Radical Anti-Bully site. Thoughts to speed it up?

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    Radical Anti-Bully site. Thoughts to speed it up?

    The Bully Index

    I'm looking for anything that will help speed up the site. It takes forever to refresh! Any suggestions at all?

    Tried CloudFlare, am using Falcon Engine, and have been searching for any other plugins that could work.

    Also, I think I am experiencing a DDoS attack, so that may be the reason it's moving so slow. Would love to know how to check if this IS actually happening.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Follow some of the tips on pagespeed insights.. You have a google pagespeed score of 0 / 100. Aim or 85+. https://developers.google.com/speed/...bullyindex.com
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    You have a number of problems here, the least of which is not your web host. Time to first byte, after I loaded the page and then reloaded it, was nearly 40 seconds. Hostgator has really gone downhill recently. From there, your page make 113 requests, the majority of which are images. If that's not enough, you're loading 12 js files, and 6 css files, nevermind the outdated, deprecated HTML 4 tags, inline styles and tables. You haven't misused tables, but they're still incredibly slow to render.
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    Ronald Roe, what should I do? I had this developed by a lady in Indiana, and she has become very difficult to get a hold of. I am at a loss.

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    You should do that which is simple to say and hard to execute: switch hosts. As Ron pointed out, HostGator is doing you absolutely no favors. It really is the beginning and in all likelihood the end of all of your problems.

    WebPagetest Test Result - Dulles : thebullyindex.com/ - 08/07/14 19:34:24 If you look at the chart here, it indicates what takes your site a long time to load. You'll notice that the thing that takes the longest to load is thebullyindex.com itself. This is known in the chart above as the "first byte time". "First byte time" is the time it takes for a web page to process any server-side instructions (retrieving data from a database, for example) before it even sends a piece of information back to the browser. That means no CSS, no JS, no HTML is responsible. The only place that can come from is HostGator.

    I suspect that either you or the Indiana lady chose HostGator because they've been around a long time and host millions and millions of websites and have all sorts of positive reviews out there and they seem great. Whoever made that decision isn't to blame, unless that person is the Indiana lady and she did it for "reseller" reasons. The problem with HostGator is that the reviews are mostly affiliate shill reviews written by twits looking to get $X per signup that have never even used the company, most websites aren't particularly advanced, and most websites aren't operated by developers who know what they're doing and don't know what a pile of steaming dog crap HostGator really is. They do nothing to stop bad bots, which is a huge resource drain both for them and customers; their support is horrible; and if you run a W*rdPr*ss site, as you do, they blame it at every opportunity (more on that in a bit).

    HG is part of the EIG group of companies, a ridiculous conglomerate of low-end hosts operated using low-budget economics of scale theories that only succeed in practice because they're simply too large to fail. Basically, if the host is on this list, you'll want to avoid it.

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    Doing that, and finding a decent host that can actually handle a WP site properly (here's one), should be your first step. Now, since you're running a WP site, you're probably going to need some help migrating it. There are lots of WP-types in here that can do that. Ron's one...I'm not.

    Once you've gotten the site moved, you'll probably want to look at the platform itself. While HostGator does tend to excessively blame WP any time there's a problem, it is nevertheless a bloated platform, and given what you're trying to do probably isn't the best choice. You're trying to maintain a database full of people that will probably require some customization as time goes on. WP is the "I don't know how to program so I'll use WP and claim I'm a developer since WP is based on PHP" choice for people who don't know what they're doing worldwide. You'll want to look at someone who can at the very least take a Joomla or a Drupal and customize it to the data that you're going to compile on the various bullies. Ideally, you'll find a good developer who can build what you want from scratch. Mind you, there aren't a lot of those left in the world.
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    Just saw the part about a DDoS attack. If you want to find out if it's actually happening, you'll want to get into your server via SSH if you can and use the top command explained here:

    20 Linux System Monitoring Tools Every SysAdmin Should Know - nixCraft
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