If you are operating a WordPress site which is currently slow then there are usually some common reasons which are most probably contributing to the lack of load speed of your website.
The power and flexibility of WordPress like the hood, whereas a blogging and CMS platform, it easily caters for customizations to be made in a programmatic way via themes and plugins.
However, this flexibility can a cause for some of the reasons why your site might be running slow or has progressively become slower as time has gone from your site.
There are also numerous other factors which also play a role in your site’s speed (or lack thereof), so let’s take a look at them.
After doing troubleshooting work on hundreds of customer sites over the years, I have found that the following few factors contribute to a WordPress site being too slow:
- Using lots of poorly coded plugins
- Using poorly coded and bloated theme
- Using a bad hosting provider
Using Lots of Poorly Coded Plugins
Due to the open-source of WordPress, the variety of plugin functionality available is immense but so is the variety of plugin coding quality.
The fact that you can quite often obtain a free plugin which will perform a crucial task for your website is immensely exciting, but this also requires the need to beware of which plugins you choose to use on your site.
How a plugin is coded can mean the difference in whether your pages load in a fraction of a second versus 5 seconds or more . WordPress generally has a best coding practices criteria for plugin developers but quite often these are ignored by a lot of programmers , in some cases because these programmers are new to the technology Therefore you will often find plugins which have been coded in such a way where the programmer has either not been cognizant of performance impacts or not taken into account possible conflicts which their code might have on other core functionality of WordPress in general or the functionality of other plugins or themes.
There are many factors which determine the quality of a plugin’s coding and this topic can fill another series of articles, but for our intensive purposes as website owners, we should be full knowledge with which plugins we choose to use.
There are a few of easy checks you can make when choosing either a free or paid plugin.
For instance, if you are searching in wordpress.org for plugins, you can check things such as the number of downloads for the plugin and also how well it is supported.
You will find with the more quality plugins that the developer quite often stands behind their work and they demonstrate this by giving some support and regular updates .
Using Poorly Coded Themes
Your Hosting Solution is Not Very Good
Your hosting provider is another crucial factor which can affect the performance of your site
A lot of the “cheap” and “free” providers are cheap and free for a reason. These hosting providers are usually under-resourced in terms of hardware and the features they provide a system. Also, this type of hosting plan is important and which plan you choose is based on how much traffic you are getting to your website.
Shared hosting is the most common plan and will usually suffice for most WordPress sites provided that the hosting provider is reliable. In this type of solution your site shares the server’s resources with a number of other sites.
If your hosting provider puts you on an overcrowded shared server system then it will affect your site speed. For higher traffic scenarios, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a dedicated server solution is usually required because this provides you with more dedicated CPU and RAM Memory resources which will keep the page load time optimum under high traffic zone .