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How do I get my WordPress site to load faster

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  • You are loading 6-7 pretty large images. You can try optimizing those.

    You are also loading a number of smaller images. You could look into using sprites.

    Chrome thinks you are needing 59 requests to download 1.77MB of javascript so maybe consider whether or not you actually need all of that Javascript.

    Thanks for taking a look,
    Even though I have been using WordPress for awhile, I’m not sure what you mean by “sprites” and how do I figure out how much Java script I need?
    Reducing the size of images is something I can do.
    The site has been up for many months(with most of the large images) and loading has always been fast. That’s why I am asking about the problem now. As an aside, do you like using chrome more than Firefox?
    Thanks, Jeff

    If you look at this analysis of your website, you will see a ten second delay before your site even starts loading. This would suggest you need a better server or provider.

    You also have an excessive number of scripts attached to your page. If you don’t need them, strip them.

    Have a look at CloudFlare (www.cloudflare.com) – they provide an excellent free service to speed up your website with minimal effort on your behalf.

    See what results you get here:
    http://pagespeed.googlelabs.com/

    What really is puzzling, is that I have made no changes to the site recently and this sluggishness has set in?
    I will look in to cloudFlare. I will be changing hosts this week from Godaddy to Bluehost and wondering if I will see the speed increase by making the move?
    I appreciate all the input. I will use pagespeed after I finish this post.
    Jeff

    “Sprites” are a way to combine images into a single image, thus reducing the numbers of requests needed to load the images. It isn’t WordPress specific. Take a look at some of these pages.

    Can I please get your opinion on the best cache plugin for wordpress, or are they all pretty good?
    Thanks, Jeff

    I can’t answer your question about caching but I can say that cahing could help with some of the problems listed above but it may not help (much) if the problem is as TheWebAtom suggested, a problem (underpowered? bad connectivity? something) with the server itself.

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