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  • Hi all, I upgrade to wordpress 3.6.1 and my site has instantly gone from 0.6 seconds to load to around 20 seconds. Any way to fix this? I would like to go back to wordpress 3.5 to get things going again but dont want to mess around with the hosting side of things.

    Hope for a bit of help


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  • Have you tried:

    – deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    – switching to the default theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    – re-uploading all files & folders – except the wp-content folder and wp-config.php & root .htaccess files – from a fresh download of WordPress. Make sure that you delete the old copies of files & folder before uploading the new ones.

    To be honest no I havent tried deactivating all my plugins but I would rather leave that and some of the other things you have said as a last resort (especially cause I have no idea how to do the last two). My hope was that since I know it was the wordpress update that did it someone might have had a similar issue and found a way to resolve it without hours worth of work and down time.

    Thanks though, I will try a coup[le of the plugins which are the usual suspects and the theme change

    Try checking your website in an online tool like GTMetrix. It will return recommendations for speeding up your WordPress site.

    I’ve also heard good things about Cloudflare.

    Hey Lorenzo,

    Before wordpress 3.6.1 my site was loading in 0.6 seconds. The problem is with whatever has changed in this update.

    GTmetrix used to say 0.6 now anything from 12 to 30 seconds.

    Gotta be the update, and I saw other people have had the same issue but no answers to them yet

    but I would rather leave that and some of the other things you have said as a last resort

    There is no magic bullet in these situations. This is just the start of basic troubleshooting and is a process of elimination deliberately designed to locate the root cause as quickly as possible by first removing the most obvious and common culprits via a series of (often) temporary steps.

    Do you want to locate and, hopefully, fix the problem on your site? If “yes”, then please help us to help you and carry out the changes that we suggest.

    Your theme & plugin settings are saved in your database and should be retained for future use. And there should be absolutely no issues with WP 3.6.1. It was purely a bug fix and security upgrade. So this is something specific to your site.

    I was kinda hoping that someone else might have had similar issues and that would be the “magic bullet”. I don’t think it is purely specific to my site as I have sen others with a similar issue (google search), just no result.

    The problem is not just not wanting to put the work in, but also my limited knowledge of the hosting and database side of things, I am predominantly a designer and as such rely on the ease of use that wordpress offers to be able to focus on design.

    That being said, if I can figure out what you meant on those last two suggestions I would be happy to give it a go.


    I was kinda hoping that someone else might have had similar issues and that would be the “magic bullet”.

    That rarely happens. Every site is very different. Different themes, plugins, servers etc etc. The only times we really see matching issues being reported here is if a major plugin release is borked or there’s a multiple host attack ongoing.

    Slow sites are totally site/server specific and it’s only by a process of elimination that you can hope to find out exactly where the issue is.

    FWIW, I’m seeing the same things with my site after upgrading to 3.6.1. Very discouraging for someone with not a ton of troubleshooting experience. Tried with plugins disabled and default theme but still exceptionally slow. Have a support ticket in with DreamHost but wanted to add support to the thread; this only happened after the 3.6.1 update.

    Hmm, I was wondering if it was bluehost as I checked a few sites I know use bluehost and they were all slow. Unfortunately they had all been updated to the latest wordpress as well so I couldn’t tell which was the culprit. But if you are with dreamhost that rules out the hosting as the issue (unless of course both companies are having slow down at the same time). So again, it must be wordpress 3.6.1.

    would be interested to hear what dreamhost have to say. It is so disappointing to go from a 0.6 second load to 20+ seconds!

    Here’s a thread where someone with DreamHost got their implementation moved to a different data center and it solved the problem. *shrug*

    Okay, in my case it was a server issue that just happened to start right after the 3.6.1 update. From DreamHost support: “Thank you for contacting us and I apologize for the problems you’ve been having with your sites. I noticed that your apache service wasn’t responding properly. I have closed the hung processes then restarted your apache service and now your sites are working well again.”

    Sites are flying again. False alarm as far as 3.6.1 goes (unless somehow it mucked up Apache). 🙂

    Seems unlikely that we would both (as well as others on the net) would suddenly have speed problems at the same time if it wasn’t connected to the update. Glad you sorted it out. I will email bluehost and see what they think about the apache thing.

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