Site Speed (4 posts)

  1. monk3
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Our site has been slowing down lately and a speed test indicates we need to apply compression to a list of files the test provided. Since the test is not specific to WordPress, are there any files we should not be compressing?
    Or, put another way, which files should we be compressing?

  2. asarosenberg
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The size of core WordPress files does not affect your sites speed in any significant way and I don't see any reason to compress any of them. If you think size is an issue have a look at your WordPress theme files and make sure it's not using any unnecessary image/css/javascript.

    I would guess though if you are having performance issues it's more likely related to the database.

  3. Jose Castaneda
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Most common files that are compressed are CSS and javascript files. You can also do image files but often times that can have an effect that may be undesired by some. Like dotnordic said though it could also be database related since WordPress relies on that for dynamic content.

  4. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Slowness/high CPU usage:
    - a poor or memory intensive theme
    - poor or memory intensive plugins
    - your hosts' server is slow

    Start with reading this article (and follow the links):
    - http://www.wptavern.com/determining-which-plugins-are-slowing-your-site-down
    - http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/656/is-there-a-way-to-measure-server-resource-cpu-usage-by-wp-plugins/799#799
    - view this WP tv tutorial: http://wordpress.tv/2013/02/28/vinay-paudel-optimizing-and-speeding-up-a-wordpress-site/

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