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Wordpress Blog loading very slow

Category: Wordpress

2011-10-19 12:00 pm EST

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Hi, I recently installed a wordpress blog using Fantastico Deluxe and am in the beginning phase of reformatting. I've established a mySQL database for this blog and all is up and running fine - except for the blog's load times.

The load times for the blog are horrendous, sometimes taking upward of 10 seconds to load fully - and this is without any posts on the index page so far.

My site is

I've enable WP Super-Cache as well as WP Minify to aid in pushing cached versions of the blog to my visitors but the initial visit is still taking way too long.

Could it be my current theme is too resource heavy or maybe the database is too slow?

If anyone can offer any guidance or tips I would really appreciate it.


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5,399 Points
2011-10-20 8:48 am EST
Hi habitat2050,

I just wanted to touch base to see if you've been able to make any progress on this issue?

<strong>Which pages specifically are slow?</strong>
You stated that your website is Is your entire site loading slowly for you, or is it only certain pages? If certain pages, which ones?

<strong>Try testing the default theme</strong>
A common troubleshooting step with WordPress is to switch to the default theme and test again. Please try changing to the default WordPress theme, and let us know if this resolves the slow issues. If it does, then it may be a problem with the theme you are using.

<strong>Try disabling any plugins</strong>
Another common reason for slow WordPress sites is a bad plugin. You may want to disable all your plugins to see if one of them are causing the issue. If disabling the plugins resolves the issue, enable them one by one again until you find the one that causes the issue.

<strong>Flickr API</strong>
I also noticed that has quite a few images loading on it, and from my status bar I see that it is waiting on a response from If this is the page with the issue, the numerous calls to flickr may be apart of the problem.

<strong>Connection issues / latency</strong>
As Tim mentioned, the site was (and still is) loading rather quickly for us. If you're still having the problem, it could be with a connection issue. <a href='' target='_new'>Running a ping and traceroute test</a> is the best way to diagnose any connection issues.

As you can see, there can be numerous items that can be causing the problem. I hope we've been able to point you in the right direction. Feel free to post in the comments with any additional information and we'll be more than happy to assist.

- Brad

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Tim S
13,821 Points
2011-10-19 12:23 pm EST
Hi habitat2050,

Thanks for posting your question. I'm sorry you are having issues with load times. I have loaded the link that you have provided and it loaded without delay for me. I would suggest doing a ping/ traceroute test to determine if there's any latency in your routing. Here's a link with instructions on how to perform those tests:

<a href=""> How to run a ping and traceroute test </a>

Once you have ran the tests, our support department will need to review them further. To do so, email

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us.

Thank you!

Tim S.

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