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  • Hello everyone,

    I’ve been having a lot of problems with regards to site speed. I’ve tried everything I can think, including constantly enquiring with my webhost to see if it has to do with anything on their end.

    I’ve tried disabling all plugins to see if something is hogging resources. I’ve tried caching plugins, different optimising techniques such as Cloudflare. I’ve tried all of the basic techniques that one would immediately suggest on the wordpress forums and still..

    ..I just can’t seem to get a grip on the problem, and it has been getting progressively worse. My site does pull a fair amount of traffic considering it’s just getting going, but I shouldn’t think it is too much traffic at this point.

    Also, as I have posted elsewhere over the past few months I’ve started receiving an increasing amount of 505 errors when trying to load a page or when updating a page I sometimes get 404 errors (even though the page does exist). These errors tend to coincide with an extremely slow loading time.

    Anyway, I’m at the point now where I am absolutely befuddled.

    (Interestingly, while writing this I tested site speed via pingdom: it ran up to 60 seconds the first time(essentially timedout), then 7.6 the second and then 60 again the third. These results seem to affirm the general instability of the site speed).

    My webhost says it’s not them, and now I am wondering if I should upgrade to VPS. But I don’t want to if I don’t have to.

    Any thoughts, analysis, ideas?

    Thanks so much

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  • catacaustic


    very awesome

    It’s a very tough call because to answer that well you need to be running some sort of reporting system on the server that can monitor the server load and processes. Without that everything that we can say or suggest is just (at best) an educated guess. So, take everything that’s said with a grain of salt and remember that it might and might not make a difference.

    Having said that, when the loading times vary wildly like that it’s a good indication that the shared server that your site is on is being overloaded by something. This may or may nto be your site. It could also be any other site on the server that’s hogging the resources by running some big CRON job or something similar. I’ve seen clients kicked off shared servers because they use to many resources and it slows down the server for other users, so this does happen and it’s not as hard to do as you’d think.

    If you have the funds and the ability I’d say yes, try a VPS and see if it makes a differnce. The up side is that you’ll have complete control over the server and you’ll be able to see what’s going on – and you won’t be sharing the server with anyone else so if anything goes wrong you’ll know that it’s your site. The downside is that you’ll need to learn some server admin skills to really get everything that you’ll need.

    Thanks for the feedback, Cata.

    You’re right in that because the loading times range so widely, it’s really difficult to nail things down and get an understanding of what the problem is. I’ve received advice from so many people and one general consensus is as you suggest: resources. Either someone on the server is hogging resources or the site, for whatever reason, started being resource heavy.

    At this point, I am feeling more and more convinced that it is a server related problem as opposed to a wordpress one. I could be wrong, but all signs seem to suggest that the inconsistent load times coupled with random 505, 503 and 404 errors are server related (especially considering that these errors seem to occur when the site is at its most slow). The strange thing about these errors is that they’re not permanent. Moreover, if I refresh the page they go away which I find really strange.

    The other thing I had thought of however is that it could be the result of some sort of incompatibility between plugins and my custom theme or something along those lines. Perhaps I will have one last look at this before I decide to try an upgrade to VPS.

    That said, I have zero server admin skills. Do you think this is something I can learn as I go along? Also, would 300mb ram be sufficient?

    Thanks kindly

    Also, I’ve recently started getting an error when trying to create a new page/post that says: ‘Connection lost. Saving has been disabled until you’re reconnected. We’re backing up this post in your browser, just in case.’

    I wonder if this is connected in anyway? I did an inspect element and this is what I came up with:

    <p><span class="spinner"></span> <strong>Connection lost.</strong> Saving has been disabled until you’re reconnected.	<span class="hide-if-no-sessionstorage">We’re backing up this post in your browser, just in case.</span>

    Could this be a plugin issue?



    If you have the money to go to a VPS, then spend the money and use these guys instead:

    They are amazing and will do the WordPress upgrades for you if you want. They don’t update plugins, but they’ll update the core. They also notify you of flaws in your install (bad plugins that cause security problems). WELL worth the money… and lightning fast websites.

    Plus… you don’t need server admin skills. Though they do come in handy for many other reasons 🙂

    P.S. your error message sounds like a server connection problem, not a plugin issue. WordPress 3.6 implemented a much better way of auto saving your work. This message you see means that WordPress can’t auto save to the database, so it’s saving your work as a cookie in your browser to be accessible next time you connect to the server, so you don’t lose any work.

    To be honest, I’m starting to think that it is perhaps theme related.

    Could the (false) 404 errors, the 505 and 500 errors which usually happen when trying to update a page/post be a result of corrupt code?

    I tried again to deactivate all plugins and reactivate one by one to see if they were the cause of the problem..

    ..Now, the site has gone completely crazy. The sidebar is missing, the footer is distorted and the nav menu isn’t functioning properly.

    Another thought: could the range of issues described above be the result of a database problem (perhaps even corruption) or corrupted code? I just read a few posts that described similar symptoms as what my site is experiencing.

    Try optimizing your database and overhead using phpmyadmin . Get rid of plugins you are not using .

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