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I'm getting lots of comments about how slow my website is to load each page, and I've tried everything I can to hopefully make it a bit better - to no avail! www.futureproofyourbusiness.com I have added plugin W3 Total Cache but I don't that hasn't improved it much. Please help!

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Danny
Hi, The thing I noticed when your site loaded, was that you haven't set up W3 Total Cache correctly. Simply activating the plug-in really doesn't do much. Please use the guide below on instructions on how to the plug-in: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-install-and-setup-w3-total-cache-for-beginners/ Also, I would probably change your hosting package, or change your host provider, you have about 40 sites on the same server as you. http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/ PageLines recommends these for hosting your site/blog: http://zippykid.com/

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Martin Bay
I just tried to load you site and it loads very slowly so maybe you should checkout if you can get better hosting. Also install firebug and test it with that. I would not worry about W3 total cache just yet. In firebug look at these: Enable compression Serve scaled images Hope this helps.

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patfac101
Thank you for your help so far. I have contacted my hosting provider to see if there is anything they can do about it at their end. I paid for two years hosting with them upfront, which might have been a big error if it looks as though I need to move across to a better one! I did use the W3 Total Cache set-up article that you suggest, as I spotted it in an earlier post, so it should be configured OK. I've installed Firebug - Grade C, overall performance score of 72. But with a few Grade Fs! Configure Entity Tags Make Fewer HTTP requests Use a Content Delivery Network Add Expires Headers Compress Components with gzip Do you think if I try to resolve those things might work more smoothly? If so, how do I go about that? Bit new to all of this, but thank you so much for all of your advice.

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Danny
I think it may well be a Host issue, who is your current webhost? Also there is a lot of CSS for the plug CSS3 Web Pricing Tables Grid, check your head, it may do absolutely nothing, but try disabling this plugin and then clear your cache and reload your site and see if there is a performance boost.

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Simon
Only use enhanced page cache, trust me. Most cheap shared hosts use networked storage solutions and it takes ages for the server to scan all those object cache dirs.

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patfac101
Thanks for all your input. My host is GoDaddy. I wish I'd shopped around a bit more, just presumed they'd do the job. The Web Pricing Table Plugin, if you disable it, loses all data. It took a while to create, and I'm happy with the result, so that might have to be a last resort. My site takes around 12 seconds to load which is terrible. Open to all other suggestions whilst I wait for a response from GoDaddy. Although half expecting a pretty standard reply... Thanks!

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beardedavenger
OK so here's the deal, you're site is not loading slowly. Activating a caching plugin or gzip isn't going to do squat for your site at this point. http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/GgwpVYNQ5/www.futureproofyourbusiness.com See that yellow bit? That's means "waiting for your server." What you've got is one hell of a latency issue. This is why it "appears" that the site loads slowly, but really it's the call it's making that's slow. The actual site itself is loading quickly enough. Your hosting account is the bottleneck. GoDaddy is great for registration, horrible for hosting. Move to either Bluehost (I've had years of experience with them) or if you want even better, move to Media Temple grid service. It's more expensive, more technical, but a better service. Good Luck

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Martin Bay
Thanks @beardedavenger also thanks for linking to the pingdom tool. You are right and a move to another host might be one solution but I recommended you contact your host one more time with the link to the test. Have a look at this site http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/AxMRGCEOz/imagesbybay.com That's a large site but loads relative fast! Hosted on MediaTemple.

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patfac101
That is such great help thank you! Saves me messing about with plugins and the site itself. I'll wait for a response from GoDaddy and see if they fancy refunding me the two year hosting I purchased for giving me such poor service, then head for one of your other recommendations. What a great forum - thanks again!

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beardedavenger
No problem. Two other really quick things you can do (besides W3 Total Cache) is install the lazy loading plugin from PageLines. That plugin is freakin gold. It only loads the images in view, then as you scroll down they gently fade in. Another thing, sign up with MaxCDN. $35, a terabyte of bandwidth. It'll take you a year to fill that up on an average traffic site. What this does, it puts your images on a CDN, or Content Distribution Network. laments terms, it makes your site really really fast. If someone visits your site from Florida, they are served from a Miami location. If they visit from Amsterdam (it's a shame they are shutting down the shops to tourists), they are served the site from the Amsterdam location. It sounds technical, but if you can manage to setup a CNAME record in your hosting account, you can setup a CDN.

Something big is coming for DMS + photographers.

http://fotostheme.com

 

Nick Haskins & CO - New home for all of my PageLines Store products! 

http://nickhaskins.co

 

Better DMS - News, Tutorials, and Tips

http://betterdms.com

 

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Simon
http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/Lg3CTkWRx/http://pross.org.uk <= i use maxcdn and wordpress-super-cache.

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Martin Bay
Thanks pross - I just added wordpress-super-cache .. wrooom wroom :)

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Lynn759
The single best move I ever made for my site was moving from Godaddy. I still use them for domains but I would never use them for hosting again. I swapped to HostGator and they transferred the site for me for free. The plan costs a little more at HostGator but it's well worth it. There are many hosting companies but find one that is dedicated to hosting and works well with Wordpress. I use W3 Total Cache and have about 20 active plugins. My site just pinged at 1.21s. http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/JcmjuBqAT/ipadhelp.com

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daniel.green@charter.net
Just wanted to make sure that the first mention of http://zippykid.com/ was not lost in this terrific thread. We've been at this a while, we moved like many from GoDaddy to HostGator and also Blue Host-very noticeable difference in speed. Depending on which site, we've combined scripts into single external files, used various caching methods, used minifying, compression-we did all that and the results were OK to very good. After moving to http://zippykid.com/ the performance was night and day. And their service people are fantastic. The other thing that is helping for sites we have not yet had time to move to ZippyKid, and still working on making this easier for us to implement, is conditionally loading plugins only on the pages that need their functionality, using wp enqueue script function. On a couple of sites so far this has made a huge difference. Don't know yet if it can work with all plugins, or need to, so far so good. Thanks everyone for the other suggestions, Dan

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Lynn759
Never heard of zippykid but the pricing is outrageous. I get over 100,000 unique visitors per month so I would pay $100 a month or $1200 a year. With HostGator I pay about $60 a year. I have no affiliation with HostGator other than being a user but I highly recommend it.

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beardedavenger
Yeah well you're paying for a "specialty" hosting service with ZippyKid. It's like a smaller, more controlled version of Wordpress.com. There's another one that charges about the same, but they let you run multi-site setups. Also over-priced, but again, specialty. Not to mention that your getting a sys admin, which is a pretty damn good deal. My sys admin alone costs me $1200 a year, not counting the actual server.

Something big is coming for DMS + photographers.

http://fotostheme.com

 

Nick Haskins & CO - New home for all of my PageLines Store products! 

http://nickhaskins.co

 

Better DMS - News, Tutorials, and Tips

http://betterdms.com

 

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patfac101
This has all been so helpful - thank you everyone. I've not had much luck with Go Daddy, so we're going to move to another host. I'll research all those suggested. For the time being HostGator is sounding like a good option. Thanks again - this forum is great! Charlie

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patfac101
OK so I've opted for Blue Host for the time being. But transferring from Go Daddy looks like the most complicated process ever. Can anyone suggest the best way to do so? Thanks!

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Lynn759
Hi Patfac101, I have heard positive things about Blue Host but I haven't used them. I ran into some issues when trying to move a site from Godaddy to iPage. That is why I went with HostGator. They do it for you for free when you sign up. They moved my Wordpress site and BBpress forum for free (with a $60 dollar a year plan) without a hitch. Their customer support is excellent. I'm not sure if Blue Host offers the same service but it's a good time to find out how good their customer support is.

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