Millions of people use WordPress as a foundational platform for their websites and blogs. Oftentimes, users find that their WordPress website speed takes a dive which is cause for quite a bit of concern seeing that browse times, return visits and Google rankings are all affected by sluggish loading speeds. Of course, all these things directly affect your revenue, the ultimate cause of concern.
Various aspects can cause your WordPress website to slow down. Some of the culprits are even considered good tools that are necessary for improving viewer experience or ease of tweaking your website design and effectiveness. So, how do you know what is wrong and what needs to be corrected? To determine what the problem or problems are, you will need to do some troubleshooting. Following are some of the top contenders for system sluggishness where you can begin your search.
Check Your Plugins
Plugins are heralded as the solution to every problem and webmasters, especially beginners, grab and add plugins like the world is ending. However, these proclaimed solutions are very commonly the root of speed problems.
Plugins can present a number of speed bumps to page loading. They can be incompatible with your WordPress version, contain bad coding, or lose connection to a required external source.
In order to figure out which plugin or plugins are dragging down your speed, you will need to disable them all and then re-add them one at a time. However, if your system is still slow after disabling all of your plugins, there is another underlying problem that needs addressed before you resume plugin testing.
Regularly Make WordPress Upgrades and Repairs
Deleted and corrupted files are other detriments to site loading. Sometimes, this problem is a direct result of hackers who have infiltrated your files. Because files can become damaged, corrupted, or deleted unawares, routine upgrades and repairs should be completed.
The first step would be to ensure you are running the most current version of WordPress and to upgrade to that version. You can also check your plugins as described above which might do the trick. However, if you still experience loading problems then the best route would be to create a backup of all your files and then to totally recreate your website using the backed up files, checking for problems as you go.
Check Connections and ‘Go Turbo’
Sometimes, slow loading speed is a result of bad connections. You can run a connectivity check of your website and/or dashboard to determine if a problem lies in this area.
There are several ways to check your connectivity to the internet. If you are on a router, you can skip it and attempt to connect directly to the internet. ISP problems can be determined by using an anonymous browser to access the administrative panel. Another method is to try and connect directly to your ISP.
Those who have a WordPress version that allows the use of ‘go Turbo’ can initiate that option by clicking the link on your dashboard located in the upper right area. Turbo links you to a variety of special browser features through Google Gears which include compacting images, CSS files, and scripts into locally stored files that load directly from your site and bypass the server.