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  • Hello,

    I have a very simple blog with just a few posts, and no plugins loaded and my page load times are very slow – especially slow for the the main page loading. Sometimes it takes 15 – 20 seconds… sometimes it goes to 30 seconds and times out.

    I initially created the site using then did a “5 minute install” with Godaddy and imported the site into the self hosted environment. I’m still new with using wordpress and am sure this should be faster. Other content from this hosting account loads very fast. The blog is set up in a subdomain on the hosted site and points to the directory the WP install is located in.

    Initially I did have a Poll Daddy plugin, but I have disabled it. Also I installed the P3 (plugin performance profiler) from Godaddy to see if it would shed any light on the slowness. This plugin seems to think my page load times are about 1-2 seconds, which is confusing to me.

    I’m not sure what to look at or test to move forward at this point. Maybe I’m wrong, but I would expect a new clean WP install with under 10 posts to be very fast.

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  • If you post a link to the site, you’ll probably get more responses. It’s hard to help if we can’t see the site.

    You can try some external site-speed analyzers, too like GTMetrix or WebSiteOptimization.

    The site link is:

    When I look at GTMetrix (or Pingdom tools) it just shows a long span of waiting in the beginning, then the page loads in a few seconds after the initial long wait.

    The first time I tried to load it, it took 35 seconds. I pinged it and got this:

    ping -c 3
    PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
    64 bytes from ( icmp_req=1 ttl=113 time=43.5 ms
    64 bytes from ( icmp_req=2 ttl=113 time=46.9 ms
    64 bytes from ( icmp_req=3 ttl=113 time=55.5 ms
    --- ping statistics ---
    3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2000ms
    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 43.579/48.693/55.564/5.051 ms

    which looks fine.

    I tried loading it again, and the site came up so fast I couldn’t time it. A few more tries had it loading in about 2 seconds.

    I don’t think it’s you. I think there may be an intermittent issue with the web host or with the internet between you and them. My machine isn’t haveing trouble connecting to the server, it just has to wait before the server responds with the page, which makes me think it’s a server issue rather than something between you and the server. If you continue to have problems, I’d say get in touch with GoDaddy and tell them what’s happening. Of course, if they’re like most web hosts, the first thing they’ll do is blame you, so you may have to be persistent.

    Of course, once you have the site up and running you should consider adding a caching plugin to speed things up, but during development, given the speed it has when it’s working, I seriously doubt that’s the issue.

    Thank you linux4me2 for the helpful information.

    On some level I had suspicions that there may be something going on with the Godaddy server, but without any kind of intelligible reasoning, I was hesitant to get them involved.

    I know exactly what you mean.

    It’s usually “blame the user” time when you bring such things up with most web hosts. : )

    I have a related question and hope you might help. I am right now on and considering moving to with bluehost, as .com slowness in loading has become a critical problem. The question is, will moving to self-host solve it, and for this I don’t find any good information. A particular issue involves a regular and very important reader of the blog who has reported extreme slowness and stalling out when he tries, particularly, to load the reply field. He advises that he sees a google ad in the crawl as the reply box is trying to load, then it stalls out. (He’s been sending his comments by e-mail, that’s how bad it is.) I’m told that self-hosting may solve this, as no ads will be part of the load, but I find nothing to confirm this. Neither my IT person nor I can duplicate the problem at my end, so I’m just at a loss as to what to do. Here’s the blog site, if useful:

    I tried to load your page and it was very slow for me too. I can’t really answer your questions with much experience. I do know that my blog has no ads what-so-ever, so that I can tell you for sure. Also, there are caching plugins that may help your issues. Also, there are WP dedicated hosts that handle the caching for you and have their servers and systems optimized for WP, so you might have luck with one of them, such as What I’m learning about WP is that there is so much ability to customize, that every situation is different and issues can take some persistence to figure out. Good luck…

    @prufrocksdilemma, your site is loading:

    • google-analytics

    in addition to scripts from A slowdown on any of those servers could affect your loading speed. When I load your page, the delays appear to come from itself and primarily. It is awfully slow, but you are loading a lot of blog entries on your home page, and you aren’t using excerpts, but what appears to be the entire blog for each post. Limiting the number of blogs displayed on the home page and using the excerpt feature in each blog would go a long way to speed up your home page loading time.

    Before you give up on hosting, you should post on their support forum and ask for suggestions to speed up the blog. I have only used self-hosting with WordPress, so I can’t be of much help, but what I’ve read about is that they go a long way to optimize and distribute the server load, so it should be very fast.

    Kirk & Linux: I can’t thank you both enough for taking the time to respond. I had written to, but received no response after several days. You have, however, among other things, given me ideas about a better way to frame the question–and not only that but gave me some .com 101 tips that I’d failed to figure out (blog entries loading on home page & excerpts), both of which I’ve instituted, and I can already see an improvement. So, thank you so much for educating me and setting me on the trail of possible solutions. You’ve made my holiday bright, indeed!


    Not sure if anyone can help but I am creating a new website and am using the Avada Premium WordPress theme from Themeforest. I uploaded the theme and have been working with it for some time. The URL for my site is:

    The site seems to be taking a long time to load and I plan to contact godaddy to ask but if anyone has any ideas – please let me know.



    Hey cmckinne.

    Your page loads very fast. Are you still with godaddy, or did you change servers?

    I’m using Avada theme too, and I thought that was the cause of my slow loading site:

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