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Website very slow - need help/suggestions!

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Kingjay, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Kingjay

    Kingjay Junior Member

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    Hello everyone I have 3 wordpress websites hosted with justhost. These are all co za websites (South Africa) which means the focus is to access them from South Africa. The problem is that they are super slow when I try and access them from South Africa - it really sucks, these websites need to load fast.

    Is their any way other than changing my hosting company to a South African hosting company (very expensive!) to increas the the loading speed of my websites? I do not host many images and the images I host's sizes have been made "Web friendly" already. These websites tend to be on the bigger side as they have 450, 380 and 250 pages seperately. Another problem could be that all these websites are hosted under one hosting account...

    Any help would be appreciated - Thanks!
     
  2. prab1996

    prab1996 Elite Member

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    you must be using proxy to access them from south africa first change proxys ( install stealthy )
    if it not work
    change host to hastgator ( best on net & cheap )
    pm me if it not works
    add +rep or thanks if you like my post
     
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  3. rmv001

    rmv001 Junior Member

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    You must try this plugin : Lazy Load Images
    My website went up from 85 to 95 in google speed test after using it.
     
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  4. kate12

    kate12 Registered Member

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    You can apply one of the following ways:
    1. Use minifed Javascript and CSS, Avoid duplicate JS and CSS
    2. Put your CSS at the top of the document
    3. Put the javascript at the end
    4. Use seperate domain for images, javascript
    5. Add an Exprises or a Cache-Control
    6. Use Gzip Components, etc
    Hope that some above methods can help your website run faster. Good luck for you!
     
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  5. dme17

    dme17 Newbie

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    Try checking the site with YSlow in Firefox. It will give you all the reasons your site load like they do. I would second Hostgator too but check the site over first to see if that the issue.

    Also, if the site was loading faster before and suddenly got slow like this you may have been hacked. Something else to keep in mind.
     
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  6. MacrosBay

    MacrosBay Registered Member

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    1. Test you site speed here
    Code:
    http://www.webpagetest.org/
    2.Find the problem by this test
    Code:
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
    3.If there is no problem above, Change your hosting company
     
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  7. qrazy

    qrazy Senior Member

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    Try using cache plugin like WP Super Cache which should give some marginal improvement.
     
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  8. blackfatcat

    blackfatcat Registered Member

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    Howzit! Nice to see someone from RSA on here, OP. Good luck with your sites.
     
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  9. zenoGlitch

    zenoGlitch Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Try using googles page speed insights tool ... it will identify problems on your site and let you know what needs to be done to correct them.

    https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights

    In general I would highly recommend sticking to a front end framework like bootstrap to ensure compatibility and fast load times. Make sure you keep images to a minimum and only use them if they are necessary. Make sure any images you do have are optimized (using photoshop file->saveforweb). Another trick you can do is host your images on imgur.com if your host isn't up for the task.
     
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  10. terebi

    terebi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You can also try accelerating on Cloudflare. Its free, and as a benefit stops spammers hitting your site.

    Finally, what plugins are you using? Some plugins can really slowdown a site... broken plugins can stop them loading at all!
     
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  11. Kingjay

    Kingjay Junior Member

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    Amazing! Thanks to all of you for the replies! Terebi, the plugins I am using may be a bit much, I got hacked a while back and I'm using a few security plugins. The plugins I use are:

    -Better Wp Security
    -Sucuri Free
    -WordFence
    -Seo Yoast
    -Google analyticor
    -Google xml site maps
    -Next Scripts: Social Network Autoposter.

    Everyday I start to consider changing my hosting to hostgator more and more, but I'm going to try all the tips received here before I go and spend more money

    Thanks again for all the useful information!
     
  12. terebi

    terebi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    1) Did you ever find out how you got hacked? - I think most of those security plugins you can install once. Makes changes and uninstall them. Cloudflare can help u here to. As it can stop hackers from a known IP range from hitting your site. WP gets hacked cause... its WP. I'm not sure if plugins really help lol. (Just have awesome backups)

    2) I use hostgator. Its ok. Its one of the few companies that allow you to enable use of mail relay services like mandrill! Thumbs up :). Black fridays sales for Hostgator can get you up to to 30-40% off!
     
  13. Kingjay

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    I actually still get certain IP's that try and access certain files on my websites that don't exist anymore because those plugins removed them (the files the hackers uploaded somehow), these plugins actually block them as well. I took a look at that cloudfare and it looks pretty interesting, will be sure to try it.

    I don't have good backups, lol that's bad I know but I'll back up today!
     
  14. Kingjay

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    Just an update for anyone who is interested. I did two things to one of my websites today:
    -added W3 total cache and allowed all cache settings possible (also has support for cloudfare)
    -registered for a free account at cloudfare, added the webiste, changed servers....

    Before that I used the link that ZenoGlitch gave me to test my website directly through google. The result was bad: 43/100. What is nice about that google developers function is that it tells you exactly what is wrong with your website, well more or less for me to understand most of it.

    After doing the two things I mentioned above my website went up to 71/100 which is not perfect but in my eyes a big improvement.
    For now I am happy, but will continue to test stuff to see if I can still improve. I can't help but to feel the website isn't fast enough...lol

    Peace
     
  15. Duffers5000

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    Smush.it plug in for images can generally reduce all your images by 10-20%. handy little tool if you havent already reduced them by photoshop.