5/7/2015 at 6:34 pm Burt
I am not sure if it is common or not, but on my pages like (www.veganfrontpage.com) I notice a painfully slow delay for the page to load occasionally. I know that pulling in the feeds slows things down, but i tried adding the batcache and WP super cache, reduced some of the feed counts in half, and still slow. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
B5/8/2015 at 7:14 am PROPER Web
It looks like it’s loading OK for me. I put it through a web speed test and, while it looks like you’re loading quite a few external resources, the test isn’t too bad:
What I am seeing on there is long wait times for the server you’re on. This is indicative, typically, of a slow host. You can see this kind of delay via the time between when you hit enter (or refresh) and when the page starts appearing. In Chrome, you’ll see this kind of spinner first, telling you it’s trying to make a connection:
The RSS feeds will slow things down but only occasionally. The top portion of your site will load first, then the blocks, when the cache is past its time (you can set that longer on the Advanced tab of the options page), will load individually.
I’m working on a post about performance for WP-Drudge and what you can do to improve it. In the meantime, if you’re able, it might be good to try out another host.5/9/2015 at 3:55 am Burt
Thanks for the reply Josh. I am using bluehost and it seems to work well for my other pages, but maybe not this one… I don’t know. As a side question, I am not sure about the cache plugins. Should I be using them both, one of them, none of them? On another page (with even slower load up) http://www.412nat.com I notice that my weather app does not seem to update regularly unless I hit delete cache, then delete expired on WP Super Cache. I wonder if it is not updating all items unless I do the same. So, should I be using those plugins?
Thanks again for the help.5/9/2015 at 9:01 pm PROPER Web
Caching plugins are tricky. Some work with some servers, some don’t, it’s just a matter of trying a few out and playing with the settings to get them to work right. I’ve had a great experience with WP Super Cache (it’s maintained by the same folks that run WordPress.com so you can be sure they know what they’re doing).
The weather app is probably generating on the page as HTML and getting cached like everything else. That at least tells you the plugin is working as it should. I don’t think you’re going to find one that does something different since that’s what they’re meant to do.
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