The first thing we are going to say is that we choose Divi because it is very fast loading, as one of its characteristics, but it may be the case that for some reason it slows down, it may be due to our hosting or other circumstances.
Speed is not all or finish all SEO and checking all the boxes on the speed pages, pingdom or gtmetrix does not guarantee a fast site or boost it in the eyes of Google.
We will see a series of tips that will serve you to make your website load faster in a simple way. Only by implementing any of these steps the error may already be corrected.
You can test the performance of your site and record the exact loading times of the page using one of the free speed test resources.
There are several online tools to test the loading speed of your website. Each of the tools provides a score so you can see the speed improvement progress of your efforts. They also provide information and information on what the problems are and how to solve them.
- GT Metrix
Choose The Fastest Hosting
Use accommodation with a plan that meets your needs. There are several types of hosting. Some are better for speed than others. Change to faster SSD based hosting if you have not already done so. This is quite key, since WordPress is extremely database intensive.
There are several types of hosting:
- Virtual Private Server (VPS): provides server resources dedicated only to your website and will not be shared with any other site. You have a server your own server.
- Shared: Your website shares server resources, such as space and bandwidth with other server websites. If, for example, another website receives a lot of traffic, those resources are not available for your website.
The hosting servers that we use and recommend the most are:
One of the causes that make our website load slow down, is the size of the images. .Png images are usually the most used since they have more quality than .jpeg, but they are heavier.
To solve this problem we have several solutions. The first would be to adjust the size of the images to our needs, for example, for a person module, we do not need to use an image of a size too large, with a width of 400px we would have left over, and thus we save on loading time, if We use an image with a width of 1080px, it will penalize the load.
Another solution is to reduce the weight of our images, for that we have tools such as TinyPng, one of the most used. You just have to upload your image, since it is an online tool, and they will be in charge of reducing its weight automatically.
Too Much Plugins
The most common mistake we make is having too many plugins, many times, we have several plugins that do the same, or something similar, or that we forgot to deactivate. Many plugins have several functions that cover our needs, and it helps us to have a plugin that makes us the function of three.
The excess of plugins is one of the main causes that cause the loading times of our website to be affected, but we do not take it into account. It has a deep cleaning and removes those plugins that you don’t really need.
Clear the cache
WordPress caching plugins will speed up your website by storing static HTML files on your website to load when your users request a page from your website. Without caching, your website will take time to process WordPress PHP files and access your database to generate HTML pages for your users.
There are several caching options on the market: WP Super Cache, which worked well with Divi but not as well as W3 Total Cache. Both are free.
Use a CDN (Content Delivery Network)
A CDN service places copies of your website on many servers around the world so that they are physically closer to their users when they access your website. This reduces the amount of time it takes for files to arrive from the server to your browser.
Many hosts, such as Siteground, have an easy activation in their cPanel, so it is very easy to activate your website in a CDN. But not all hosting have this option, so we will have to resort to external CDN services.
The most used worldwide are:
Don’t Forget Update
It may seem silly, but never forget to update, both Divi, as WordPress as the plugins you have installed. From time to time updates are released, not only to increase the features, but also to optimize both themes and plugins.