Support » Plugin: WooCommerce » Checkout – processing transaction slow

  • Resolved Chris


    Early last week, we received a call from a customer stating that the checkout page wasn’t working. So, I tested it several times (we use the latest Woo plugin and WP version) and found it was taking an average of between 30 and 40 seconds before the confirmation/Order ID/Thank you notice appears. Also, when clicking “Place Order” the page goes opaque/sort of grayed out look – without the spinning wheel, and it seems like the page is frozen. We use the one-page checkout option via our Avada theme options (Version 5.5.1). We use Braintree as our merchant banking gateway partner. I reached out to them and gave them a transaction to track – they gave us the processing time on their end (2 seconds, standard speed). So, I then went through all the recommended steps to try and identify the conflict, and am now at a loss to find the source cause. Would appreciate your help!

    Here’s the process I went through: First, I deactivated all plugins except the Woocommerce plugins (including the Braintree/PayPal gateway) AND the Avada (Fusion and Layerslider) theme related plugins. Tested – opaque screen again, no spinning wheel – and it took more than 30 seconds. Next, I deactivated the Avada-related plugins and switched to the Twenty Seventeen theme. The only plugins activated at this point were the two Woocommerce plugins. When I clicked “Place Order,” I could see the spinning wheel for the first time; however, it still took over 30 seconds to finish processing the transaction. Since the transaction processing latency doesn’t appear to be theme or plugin related (except that the wheel did spin when we tested with Twenty Seventeen), we went ahead and re-activated the other plugins.

    Here is the checkout page —

    NOTE: we’re not presently using a “child theme” as it’s not recommended by Avada support based on our use of the theme.


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    Please advise. Thank you!

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Plugin Support RK


    Hi There,

    When processing the checkout, can you check the “Network” tab on your browser tools – I’m specifically looking for the value of the “Time to First Byte” (TTFB) section. The reason I’m asking is that this might be an issue related to server latency rather than anything from WooCommerce, WordPress or your Payment Gateway 🙂

    I looked at the “LOGS” tab in the Woocommerce admin “Status” area. Found 3 Fatal Errors are listed there from yesterday. I suspect these are related to our latency issue, although I probably did 13 test purchases yesterday:

    2018-04-23T01:24:59+00:00 CRITICAL Allowed memory size of 536870912 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1052672 bytes)

    2018-05-01T01:25:38+00:00 CRITICAL Allowed memory size of 536870912 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1052672 bytes)

    2018-05-08T18:06:27+00:00 CRITICAL Allowed memory size of 536870912 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1052672 bytes)
    I contacted our webhost (InMotion) and they maxed out our server memory from 512 mb to 1 GB.

    Before I do the next set of purchase tests, where can I find the network, and specifically TTFB info in the browser? I looked in Chrome under “Developer Tools, and saw the Task Manager, which has a “network” column, but don’t see where TTFB would be found there. Please advise. Thanks.

    TTFB INFO: Here is the TTFB “Network” info from a test transaction I ran just now:

    1) Loading the checkout page: 1.44 sec
    2) After clicking “Place Order” and running Checkout process: 2.51 sec

    Total processing time took 24 sec before confirmation/thank you/order ID appears. Browser behavior was the same as before (after clicking “Place Order” the screen goes opaque/greyish and doesn’t show spinning wheel, so it looks frozen). No fatal errors were generated in the Woocommerce LOG related to this transaction.


    JQMIGRATE appears to be generating UNCAUGHT TypeError: Cannot read property ‘style’ of null at —
    – (index):214 generated 3 times during the checkout process)
    – ?key=wc_order_5af31eb76a843:211(anonymous) @ (same “?key=ww_order…”)

    WOOCOMMERCE SETTINGS > CHECKOUT SECTION: a) we don’t use “PayPal Express checkout”, and I don’t even see it there as an option now; b) could the order of the gateways have anything to do with this? We have only 2 gateway ID’s enabled: Braintree_credit_card gateway ID first, then braintree_paypal gateway ID second;

    SHOP/CART PAGE LOAD: The cart is set to automatically redirect to the cart page when a person adds a product to the cart… what seems strange is that the “PayPal Checkout” yellow button doesn’t appear underneath the “Proceed to Checkout” button for 3 – 4 seconds.

    Thank you for your help.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by Chris.
    Plugin Support Hannah S.


    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    Thanks for all of this information and I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

    It goes beyond what we can troubleshoot through the forums. However, we do offer support for the PayPal Powered By Braintree plugin through Can you please do the following:

    1. Set up a staging site (either check with your host for options, or use the plugin) and make sure you can replicate the problem
    2. Disable all plugins except for WooCommerce and PayPal Powered by Braintree, switch the theme to Twenty Seventeen, and make sure you can still replicate the problem
    3. Create a ticket via and please include a reference to this thread, a copy of the system status report, and both admin and FTP credentials for the staging site. I’m asking for all of this now, as you’ve already done quite a bit of troubleshooting and we’d like to make sure we have all of the right tools available. For the login, please make sure it’s an administrator user, using, and send the password through a link.

    We’ll do our best to help you get this sorted out!

    Plugin Support RK


    We haven’t heard back from you in a while, so I’m going to mark this as resolved – if you have any further questions, you can start a new thread.

    Hey @clang777 how did you solve this issue?

    @clang777 do you solve?? I have the same problem

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by cashismatt.

    Try to deactivate Jetpack. This is causing a lag after clicking place order in my case.

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