(Viewing 5 reply threads)
    • #1305
      Ann Chovey
      Participant
      @ann
      Up
      0
      Down
      ::

      Hey guys I’m having trouble with my WordPress running VERY Very slow. After some research, I was told this would happen when using Divi on WordPress. My website has an A rating on GT Metrix Has anyone experienced this before? Any suggestions?🧐

    • #1306
      Dave Allipa
      Participant
      @dave
      Up
      0
      Down
      ::

      What you were told is mostly false, it doesn’t have much to do with Divi but rather with your hosting.

    • #1307
      Nathan B WellDigger
      Participant
      @nathan
      Up
      0
      Down
      ::

      Optimize your database. Make sure your images are sized correctly BEFORE uploading, smushed/optimized.

      Remove trashed items and change the page backups to 3. Then remove any extraneous backups.

      Eliminate any old backups if you have any on cpanel.

      Still running slow? Look at your plugins. Run a query plugin to detect excessive system resources.

      Are you using plugins that duplicate some of the built-in speed enhancers that DIVI rolled out? Try turning off those plugins.

      Are you running plugins that connect to other sources like Facebook, Instagram or google? Resource hogs and can slow the site down.

    • #1310
      Lynne Guistic
      Participant
      @lynne
      Up
      0
      Down
      ::

      I wouldn’t necessarily go by GT Metrix scores.

    • #1311
      Nick RoachKiller
      Participant
      @nick
      Up
      1
      Down
      ::

      The main issue I have seen is that we use loads of plugins to optimize the website and try to decrease its loading time. In fact, it is not the correct way of doing it.
      ⁠
      Your website is physically stored on a server, and no matter, how good you optimize the code. You still have to take care of several things.
      ⁠
      You have to look at the following (in order)
      ⁠
      1. DNS Resolution. (Domain Name Server). Just like hosting, you need a good DNS resolver as your website URL is not the actual address of your website, it is the IP address of your website which is mapped with your domain name and DNS connects the user to your website IP, all in the background. Consider using Cloudflare or shift your domain to Google Domains.
      ⁠
      2. Then comes the physical location of your website server to the visitor. If your visitors are restricted to one country then CDN won’t make much difference.
      ⁠
      3. In conjunction with 2, you have to see the hosting provider. Many prefer shared hosting, but it is recommended to use either managed hosting (like Flywheel, Kinsta, WP Engine) or use VPS like Cloudways, VultrHF, Digital Ocean, Google Cloud, and AWS. There are several other big names as well. So it all depends upon your personal preference.
      ⁠
      4. Then comes the type of server your website is hosted. You may have heard of Litespeed, NGINX, Apache. All have pros and cons. So you must know why you prefer a certain server type over others. Usually, NGINX is faster compared to others as it has excellent caching features and processes multiple requests at the same time compared to decade-old Apache. Litespeed is also fast compared to Apache.
      ⁠
      Most of us even don’t care about this and no matter how we try. A wrong server setup even on a fast hosting will not reap any benefits.
      ⁠
      5. Then comes the PHP version. Choose 7.4/7.3 PHP version for your WordPress website as older versions process your requests slower. PHP along with the database is the backbone of your website. Therefore, you must configure it correctly. Like enabling the right cache options.
      ⁠
      See, we have even not touched WordPress and there is a lot of stuff you need to do before jumping straight to WordPress.
      ⁠
      6. Then comes WordPress. You must use the latest version of it.
      ⁠
      7. Then comes the theme. A well-designed theme will generate less code and fewer requests, therefore, increasing the website speed. Finally, Divi has addressed this issue in their new update.
      ⁠
      8. Then comes optimizing the website, using cache plugins like WpRocket, Litespeed Cache, Flying Press, Nitropack. You must know the options which a cache offers and what are the benefits of such options. A highly dynamic website that updates frequently will require a different caching compared to a simple blog which is updated once or twice a week.
      ⁠
      9. Features like deferring the JS, remove unused CSS, minifying the code, optimizing the images, generating critical css for above the fold. You have to test it and a combination of them may work perfectly for your website. Just checking all the options may impact or completely mess up your website.
      ⁠
      I am a speed freak, and self-taught learner, spent time, money, and energy understanding all this stuff. Apart from Divi, I have used Oxygen and LiveCanvas.
      ⁠
      LiveCanvas is the lightest page builder and you can actually touch the code, unlike any other builder. It produces literally zero bloats and is even faster than WordPress Gutenberg editor. However, it is still not mature.
      ⁠
      I shifted from Divi to Oxygen because of Divi performance issues. But I have not tested the new Divi. Maybe I will try Divi for my new project.
      ⁠
      I wasted hundreds of dollars trying different hosting like Bluehost, SiteGround, and Hostinger. I have tried, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean, VultrHF, and Cloudways and ended up with VultrHF as the best bang for the buck.
      ⁠
      So you have to look at the whole stack, not just the WordPress.

      • #1312
        Hugh N. Cry
        Participant
        @hugh
        Up
        0
        Down
        ::

        2: CDN there is an exeption: if you can expect spikes in traffic (after a tv commercial or something) a cdn might be usefull even if all visitors come from the same region, prevents your server from getting fryed.

    • #1313
      Mark Ateer
      Participant
      @mark
      Up
      0
      Down
      ::

      This will help:

      https://divilife.com/how-to-speed-up-your-divi-website…/

      • This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by Terry Hale.
      • This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by Mark Ateer.
(Viewing 5 reply threads)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.