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  • I designed my site and had it coded by a PSD to HTML service and it’s being hosted on Dreamhost.

    Site had very slow page loads – often 8 to 30+ seconds. Dreamhost is blaming coding company while coding company is blaming the hosting.

    I’ve got some efficiency issues (demonstrated by poor site grades) and the coding company suggested installing w3-total-cache and wp-minify. These are either “broken” or “not enough data” so haven’t tried those yet.

    Dreamhost didn’t suggest any detailed solutions but suggested I try their VPS service. I tried that for a few days but improvements were not obvious.

    I’m not a coding expert so am looking for a fairly simple solution… if there is such a thing. Currently my traffic is small since it’s a fairly new site.

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  • Your home page loading time is clocking in at 3-4 seconds for me. Not good but not that terrible. Looking at your GTmetrix report, there is no single point of failure – just lots of smaller things, many of which could be remedied with W3TC.

    Thanks, vancoder. W3TC appears to be broken for 3.5.1. Does disabling broken plugins return site to original condition or is there a risk of permanent damage?

    The best thing to do with W3TC problems is delete that plugin entirely and reinstall. It won’t hurt your site content 🙂

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