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Post Mortem - Our switch from Pagelines

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Backstory: We had a marketing person who has a license to use Pagelines setup our website last year.  Since then we have had a large increase in traffic and over the last few days the site became unusable.   We do not have the license for Pagelines so we went back to the person who set it up but they were non-responsive.  We host with WPEngine who provide great support.  We asked them to look into it and they ran some diagnostics.  


This is the response from tech support over at WPEngine - http://clicky.strapr.com/image/2N030q143Y1p


Here is the webpagetest.org results from running Pagelines - http://www.webpagetest.org/result/150117_JP_B7D/


We picked a different theme today from Themeforest to relaunch on while we determine our next steps.  


Here is the webpagetest.org results from that new theme - http://www.webpagetest.org/result/150118_7A_5MC/


We went from an over 8 second page load time with freezing to a just under three second page load time.  We are following WPEngine's advice and using a plugin called Smush to compress the images on the site so we can increase the performance even more.  That plugin estimates we have a day and a half left before the compression is done. 


In any case I thought this would be of interest to the Pagelines community so you can investigate what is causing the issue.  


Here is a pastebin of the WPEngine text - http://pastebin.com/bxw6JEF6

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