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  • Hi Everyone,

    I am hoping someone can help me out. At the end of last week (Friday), I noticed our websites were loading extremely slow. After a couple hours of this slowness, the pages started to time out and my browser stated something about database errors. I called our hosting provider (GoDaddy) and they did some tests. They eventually came back to me and said other sites were having some problems and that we would be back up soon. Saturday morning we were back up, but the sites have been insanely slow compared to where they used to be. Even my WordPress dashboard loads incredibly slow.

    The main site I am concerned about is The only big change I made to the site last week was on Monday, 10/8 when I added the Discus plug-in to my website. Other than that, it has been business as usual — editing/adding/delete pages and posts. Everything is super slow now — dashboard and website.

    The smaller concern is at Every page except the home page gave me a 404 error this morning. So, I called GoDaddy and they had me change my permalinks to something else, then change them back to my setting. The links now work, but the site is still dreadfully slow. No changes had been made to this site for a couple weeks.

    I am not sure what to do. Before the end of the week last week, our sites moved very quickly between pages and was a very smooth site.

    Thank you for your time!!

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  • Doing a quick run of the developer tools in Google Chrome, you’re having an issue with something called “ga_social_tracking.js” (“_ga is not defined” is the error message) and you have TONS of errors with whatever you’re using to connect to Facebook with. (“”, line 416, is what’s pulling in and causing these errors)

    From what I can see, these two items are what’s slowing down your site *incredibly*.

    Whatever that “ga_social_tracking” thing is, I’d remove it.

    I have checked your script execution time, and apparently page generation takes up most of the time.

    Possible reasons:

    1) You have a plugin that tries to connect to some third-party server on each page load. Try disabling ALL plugins and re-test.


    2) Your webhosting is very slow. In this case you need to contact them again 🙂

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