How to reduce the server response time on my WordPress blog.

Posted July 8, 2020 2.7k views
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I am using wordpress on my blog MyTechTalky on a $20/month plan.

The configuration I used my server is as follows: Centos7 + NGINX Server + Redis Cache + PHP 7 PHP-FPM + WP Rocket (For Caching and minify HTML, JS, and CSS).

Still, my server is taking a lot more time to load as of the result stats of GtMetrix and Google Pagespeed and I have no idea what else to do now.

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Blog -
OS - CentOS7
CMS - WordPress
Panel - VestaCP

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Hi @MyTechTalky,

Usually, the Server Response time is influenced by the optimization of the website as well as the server optimization.

Looking at your setup, it does look quite nice, I do have one question do, are you sure you’ve actually configured your website to use redis as well? Usually, there are plugins that can help you do so.

Additionally, I’ve tested your website on a few tools such as GTmetrix and Google Pagespeed, everything looks to be as best as possible. Yes, the Fully loaded time says to be 1.2 seconds however these tools always give higher times than usual. For instance, I was able to load the website in 0.5 seconds which is pretty good!

What you can try and do is add Opcache to your Droplet to setup a server object caching.


  • Hello,

    I know that the server response time depends on both the server optimization as well as website optimization.

    So, I tried to optimize both of them.

    For the server, I am using PHP 7.4.7 with Zend OPcache v7.4.7.

    As for the Redis, I followed various guides available on Google and setup it accordingly. I also installed the Redis Object Cache plugin for Wordpress on my blog MyTechTalky a.nd it shows connected as well.

    Redis Version: Redis server v=3.2.12

    Is there anything else I can try.

    • Hi @MyTechTalky,

      Thanks for the Redis confirmation, it’s exactly what I meant.

      I can’t see anything else that could be optimized. You already are scoring 100%/A grades everywhere.