Speed Plugin for WordPress sites

brettmandoes

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Okay guys, I have a client with a slow, slow, slooooooow website. I need to fix it and *fast*. Get it? Never mind. I'm hoping you guys have some recommendations. I've used WP Fastest Cache in the past, but I've seen other tools out there and was wondering what everyone's experience has been.

Thanks in advance.
 

Rich Owings

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Caching plugins are a pain and can break things. I suggest finding a web developer who is good at load speed and outsource it to them. I've got a guy I use locally and I've had him optimize any client sites that were slow.
 

djbaxter

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therkf

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Hosting can definitely be an issue. If the DB server is overloaded (see: cheap web hosting) there's very little you can do to improve the overall speed.

As above, test with WebPageTest and see what your TTFB is.
 

Conor Treacy

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WP Fastet Cache we use on a number of sites and it's performed well. You'll want to check to see what exactly is slowing the site down though. It could well be the actual web hosting company.

Run some tests using Pingdom, gtmetrix and WebPageTest (listed above) and see if you can narrow down image sizes, transfer speeds, TTFB, etc. You may even need to insert some PHP code to see if there's a slowdown between the page, the database, and the rendering (definitely more troubleshooting level) - but check with the various places first and see what you find.
 

Geeman

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I had the same problem not long ago, I read every article I could find, every post told me what I needed to fix but none gave me clear instructions on how to do it. Eventually, I got it figured out.
This is how I've solved the problem on Wordpress. I first backup the site to be safe.
- I install the WP-Optimize plugin, click settings disable "clear every 2 weeks" go to Database, click run all optimizations, this clears auto draft saves, revisions, spam, it also compresses the images, etc. - thereafter set it to auto clear.
Then clear the caches. I use W3 Total Cache.
Then I connect the site to either Cloudflare content delivery network.
Or Jetpack content delivery network. Both are free.
Your problem might be different though.
 

diddy1

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I had the same problem not long ago, I read every article I could find, every post told me what I needed to fix but none gave me clear instructions on how to do it. Eventually, I got it figured out.
This is how I've solved the problem on Wordpress. I first backup the site to be safe.
- I install the WP-Optimize plugin, click settings disable "clear every 2 weeks" go to Database, click run all optimizations, this clears auto draft saves, revisions, spam, it also compresses the images, etc. - thereafter set it to auto clear.
Then clear the caches. I use W3 Total Cache.
Then I connect the site to either Cloudflare content delivery network.
Or Jetpack content delivery network. Both are free.
Your problem might be different though.
I don't know how this is possible but as a non-developer this is almost step by step my exact process as well.
 

fr33lanc3r

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I fix and optimize WordPress on a daily basis. Lots of good advice here. Everyone is right too, meaning it is a combination of factors that you need to address to fully optimize and improve your site.

Just installing a cache plugin is not the magic solution. While caching plugins can cause problems, I would still recommend using one after you have finished optimizing everything else.

Another thing I do not see mentioned is enabling gzip compression. This will reduce your page size to decrease load time.
 

JoshuaMackens

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I'd outsource it to someone you can trust. I tried to do it myself for awhile but realized it just takes too much time away from other things I need to be doing. Plus, an actual professional could do a way better job than I ever could.
 

Tony Wang

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I agree with much of the above, but most important is figuring out what causes the slowdown. Most common is excessive image size, but there are many other possible/additional causes. Hosting, poor theme design, bad plugins, etc. A caching plugin will almost certainly help, but is not the root cause.

If you aren't ready to roll up your sleeves and learn how to do it, as others have said, hire someone.
 

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