Your site speed can be affected by a number of things, including your connection, plugins, and even your theme. Here are a few things you can look at to narrow down why your site speed is slower than normal.
Run a site speed test
Go to www.webpagetest.org and load the URL you would like to test. This report will show you how many requests your browser has to load before your page loads. The more requests, the longer it takes.
Review your plugins
We recommend updating your plugins regularly, and deleting plugins you no longer use. Outdated plugins can cause page load and security issues, even if they aren't in active use!
If you don't have a caching and optimization plugin installed, you should definitely do so. Two great options:
- WP Rocket - this paid plugin provides both caching and optimization in one spot
If you have a lot of content on your site that is dynamic to individual users (e.g. membership plugins, ecommerce tools) then a caching plugin may not provide as much benefit across the board... but is still useful!
See what your users are seeing
If you are logged into your website as an admin, log out and reload. This can give you an idea of how fast your page loads for your users, which is usually much faster than what you see as an admin! Another way to see how fast your site loads for your users, is to load your website in an incognito, or private browsing window. When you are logged in, your browser bypasses any cached information and loads all of your website.
If you find that you need help with any of the above, or you've poked around and feel a little lost, feel free to Contact support. We do this detective work all the time.
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