WordPress running slow on GoDaddy Hosting? It is a common issue for those using GoDaddy shared hosting. Sometimes a website becomes too slow that Google may warn about this. Many discussions have been done on this issue on various online forums. But, no suitable solution can be found anywhere. Many people switched their hosting company just because of this unbearable problem. As a victim of the same issue I have experimented a lot of trial and errors to overcome this problem. At last, I have found an effective way.
Slow loading depends on various factors. It may be due to not properly cached pages-databases, not properly optimized databases, sizes of the media files inserted, plugins we use etc. We have to concentrate on every possible reasons and go ahead step by step.
Use of Plugins as less as possible
Plugins are the ornaments of a WordPress blog or website. WordPress is blessed with plenty of Plugins to supercharge our blog or website. But, we can not effort a lot of Plugins in a single site which will make the database as well as pages heavier and will slow down the entire site. Though it is a tedious job, but we can customize our template for improvement of some functionality to get rid of the requirement of some simple Plugins. Some necessary Plugins are listed here : Must have Plugins for WordPress
Control over the Post Revisions
During the time of writing a new post or updating an old one, post revisions are automatically stored making the database heavier. We should try to control these post revisions to get rid of the slow loading issue. There is an awesome plugin named ‘Revision Control‘, using which we can set how many revisions for a post should be stored. It will automatically delete all previous revisions after exceeding the limit.
Setting up a Cache Plugin
Reducing size of Images
Website loading speed depends upon the loading time of the images the pages contain. We need to reduce the size of images to overcome the slow loading issue. It is a tedious job to reduce image size manually. But, a smart plugin named ‘WP Smush.it‘ can help reducing the size of images automatically.
We need a Database Optimizer
Due to post revisions, auto drafting of posts, spam and unapproved comments, and some other elements the database size becomes heavier. In order to speed up the website we have to optimize these database tables. WP-Optimize is the best plugin available for this purpose. With a single click one can delete the unwanted post revisions, auto draft posts, unapproved and spam comments etc. Even it is possible to remove transient options, orphaned post meta, ping backs, and track backs with the help of this plugin.
Final Step : Set up a Content Delivery Network
Content Delivery Network allows a website to load the static contents from cloud servers rather than the default shared hosting server. It speeds up a website by improving server load time. W3 Total Cache plugin provides this CDN integration. For better performance it is advisable to use MaxCDN integration on W3 Total Cache. But, if you are searching for a reliable but free CDN, then it is good to try CloudFlare.
For a successful blogging career, loading time of the site plays a vital role. Due to slow loading issue you may lose a lot of traffic. It also increases the bounce rate of the site. Your site may be penalized by Google and other major search engines. It influences the overall ranking of your site. Therefore, it is always a great idea to take care of the slow loading issue.