[Support request] Page speeds slowing down

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  • #1100530
    Christine

    Hey GP crew,

    I’ve been speaking with a lot of different parties, trying to identify why my page speeds have been having issues. Everyone seems to be passing the blame onto someone else. Our hosting says it’s the ads, our ad provider says it’s the plugin (Beaver Builder) / theme (GeneratePress), Beaver Builder says it’s got nothing to do with their plugin. So I guess I was wondering if you could take a quick peak to see if there are any obvious conflicts with the theme?
    This is one of our most popular posts, so it’s the one most affected by the speed issues: https://www.dontforgettomove.com/swim-with-whale-sharks-in-cebu-oslob/

    Thanks a lot,
    Jules

    #1100544
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    Everyone seems to be passing the blame onto someone else.

    Likely because no one can tell what the actual issue is.

    The easiest way to test is to disable all plugins except GP Premium and do a speed test.

    If the issue no longer exists, then reactivate the plugins one by one until you identify the problem.

    Let me know if this helps 🙂

    #1101407
    Christine

    Thanks Leo. I’ve got started on that. I’m also finding that my First Byte and Start Render times have dropped recently, so that has to be on the hosting side. Is there any obvious code that you can see from the GeneratePress side that code be slowing it down? Does using GP + GP Premium + Beaver Builder combine for a good combo?

    Thanks

    #1101414
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Nothing from GP would cause this for sure – we pay very close attention to speed for any code/options we add.

    And yes GP and BB is a very good combo but keep in mind that any page builders would slow your site speed.

    #1101422
    Christine

    Ok thanks. The response from BB was:

    The only way to add feature rich elements to a page is to have wrapping elements that are then controlled with theme/builder options, otherwise there is no way to add control. Each beaver module div has wrapper divs for this purpose. GeneratePress will do the same. If you want things on the page with no extra divs then you are going to have to code them yourself and create your own minimal theme.

    Does that make sense? Cause it doesn’t to me haha.

    So I’m going to go back to the hosting and ask them to clarify specifically why the byte and render times are dropping. Best to start there.

    Thanks

    #1101427
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    I’m not sure what question you asked but their answer is basically saying that there is no way around it unless you create your own theme.

    #1101430
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    You could also try a Facebook group called WordPress Speed Up.

    I’ve heard it being mentioned from time to time.

    #1101432
    Christine

    Sorry, no original context. I have all my replies confused. Was basically asking about the DOM elements and duplicate CSS selectors that a recent Dareboost speed test report was referring to. These are two high priority items that they say are limiting my page speeds. Figured it was a code issue someone between GP or BB. Does that make more sense?

    #1101439
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Have you done the test of disabling plugins first?

    That should really be the first step.

    #1101458
    Christine

    I’m working on it, and also continuing to speak with the hosting development team. I’ll be in touch with further news if I get it. Thanks a lot.

    #1101475
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support
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