This post assumes that you’ve already checked your internet speed, tried cache plugins and even disabled your plugins to check you haven’t got a faulty one. If you’ve done all that then read on…
I manage over ten WordPress based websites at work, plus my own, and spend most of my time logging in and out of one dashboard or the other.
I find WordPress a joy to use and will not hear a bad word spoken about it, but for the last three months it’s had me pulling my hair out*
For the last three months almost all of our WordPress installations have decided to slow down to such a degree that they are all but unusable. By unusable I mean it takes approx 3 – 4 minutes for each admin page to load and even then you have to keep refreshing the page to get it to load completely. I assumed it was our hosting, just not being up to the job.
When I decided to take some work home, I noticed that WordPress was super fast, there was literally no delay moving between pages. Initially I thought that my broadband at home was faster, and indeed it is, but not by enough to make a difference and even at work it’s plenty fast enough for WordPress (even out in the middle of a literal nowhere, we are getting 2Mbps).
Over the coming months, we tried everything to make it go faster, and NOTHING had any effect, I took my work PC home to see if it still ran slowly (if it did I knew the problem would be with the PC itself). It worked fine at home – so it must be something at work, something to do with the network. The work office PC’s are all networked together to a server, switch and router, we tested the network and everything checked out OK.
The really confusing thing was all other websites (with the exception of Facebook**) were absolutely fine.
We called in the big guns… our IT guy. After hours of testing, even he was stumped and couldn’t understand what was going on.[showmyads]
Then last week I discovered two unrelated*** solutions by accident.
One of our wordpress sites uses SSL, and we found if we added https:// to the URL it loaded immediately, and if we reverted back to http:// it slowed to a stop. Unfortunately for us, not all our sites have the https:// alternative – but for the ones that did worked perfectly.
We switched out the router and it worked!
Then I stumbled onto a forum post where some guy was having problems loading the BBC news website, a site I’d also had problems with in the past. Eventually, out of desperation this guy had contacted his ISP, who after trying numerous fixes, just gave up and sent him a new router …which fixed the problem.
So, we switched out the router and guess what… it worked! Our WordPress sites now load instantly. We were originally using a BT business hub, we have now swapped that for Netgear and all is well.
So if you’re suffering from slow WordPress dashboards try these tips, hopefully one of them will work for you…
1: If possible use https:// to log in (this also speeds up Facebook – especially if you’re logging into Facebook pages)
TRY A DIFFERENT ROUTER…
2: Try swapping your router, especially if you’re a BT customer.
Please let me know if you’ve had this problem and if either of these tips worked for you – or maybe you have a different solution.
If you know why this happens…please let me know, I’d love to find out!
* If I had any
** This solution worked for Facebook too!
*** They may be related – please let me know if they are!