speeding up my wordpress site

I would like to know how to figure out what is slowing down my site, so I know what to concentrate on fixing.

I am using DIVI as a theme; and am using several plugins to accomplish everything I need for my member website (including WP-Client and Toolset). I use a VPS through JustHost - and I know that if I had an unlimited budget I could do better - but I don't have an unlimited budget because I work for a very small not-for-profit organization with a staff of 2. My website is http://www.nmi.org

Any suggestions and tips you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Elise

  • Alex Stine
    • System Administrator

    Hello,
    Hope you are well.

    Have you tried out our new plugin Hummingbird yet? It will scan and optimize your site, then provide a list of recommendations and how to fix and implement each one.
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wp-hummingbird/

    I think WP Smush Pro could help you out on reducing your image sizes and in result, make your site load faster.
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wp-smush-pro/

    You can use the GTMetrix site to generate a report of how fast your site loads, here is your report.
    https://gtmetrix.com/reports/nmi.org/wfjmG98r
    Then it offers suggestions on how to improve.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,
    Alex :smiley:

  • KrazySage
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Hi Elise,

    WP-Hummingbird and WP-Smush Pro. These are brilliant tools to reduce and mange website speeds. They really take off a lot of stress and manage so much. Plus installing the WP-defender allows you to track the uptime and response time of the site. This is a great tool too.

    You may also want to activate CDN[read through wpmu blogs - they have covered this extensively] , go through the CPanel provided by your hosting provider. Most of the times they give some tools to optimise speed. You haven't mentioned the specs of your VPS, that may also have an impact on speed

    To check plugin performance you can download the P3 plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/p3-profiler/

    That ll give you an idea of the plugin performances.

    If you don't need somethings on your Wordpress site then delete or dump it. Keep your site lean and only the things you need on it. Like unused demo pages, demo images, posts.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    KrazySage

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