my site is too slow. 8-12 seconds in pingdom test :(

Posted November 22, 2014 6.1k views

i m having very slow page speed for my site. i have installed w3tc plugin and using cloudflare as CDN but still my page speed is around 8 to 12 second in pingdom pagespeed. i also made speedtest with google pagespeed insight and my site scores 70 for mobile and 88 for desktop which i think fair enough to load a site fast.

but its really loading too slow. is there any issue in DO for singapore servers? is my site address

its on apache with ubuntu 14.04

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I did a speedtest of your site on webpagetest to get a complete overview, results -

The problem is with too many CSS/JS files loading in the <head> section. First disable Cloudflare and set the IP of the Droplet as the A record.

Before you do any of the following backup your website’s files and its MySQL database.

Go to WP-Admin > Performance > Minify and uncheck Enable in the JS section. Then go to WP-Admin > Performance > General Settings and enable Minify in Auto mode.

Save the settings and check if the frontend loads properly. Then do a speedtest.

  • HI,
    thanks for reply

    First disable Cloudflare and set the IP of the Droplet as the A record.

    did u mean to add A record in cloudflare or in digitalocean DNS?

  • Sorry to detrail,

    Did you migrate your site from shared hosting to DO?

  • no. its a fresh install on do

  • @newbie After logging into CloudFlare just click on the orange cloud icon next to the A record to make it gray. In an hour (after DNS propagation) all requests will go directly to your Droplet.

    Compression of CSS/JS should also be enabled -

    • Go to WP-Admin > Performance > General Settings and enable Browser Cache.
    • Go to WP-Admin > Performance > Browser Cache, under the CSS & JS section check Enable HTTP (gzip) compression.

Take a look at the following tutorial to speed up your Wordpress site: How To Use WP Super Cache and Jetpack Photon To Optimize WordPress Performance on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean. You’ll need to start from scratch and use nginx instead of Apache but that’s not an issue if it’s a fresh install with nothing on it yet.

by Mitchell Anicas
In this tutorial, we will teach you how to optimize WordPress performance by using the WP Super Cache and Jetpack Photon plugins, and Nginx as the web server. With this setup, your WordPress site can greatly increase its concurrent user capacity by employing caching techniques that the aforementioned plugins will provide.
  • Actually OP’s website serves a lot of CSS/JS files in the <head> section increasing time taken for even the first image to appear. That article does a great deal in reducing TTFB (Time To First Byte) but without reducing the number of HTTP requests the page load time will be slow.

    Google Page Speed Insights