How To Increase Divi Theme Page Speed

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What is the best plugin to increase DIVI theme page speed when loading? My WORDPRESS website hosted with NAMECHEAP Shared Hosting is very slow. I am using Divi WordPress Theme. I deactivated all plugins and still it doesn’t have any impact with the page speed load time!

What plugin technique available to speed up Divi Theme WordPress website?

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aliakkas38 1 year 13 Answers 0

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  1. Faster web hosting resolves 80-90% of all page loading speed problems. Image optimization resolves 5% to 10% more. And then minification and compression can do most of the rest. Often adding plugins increases page load times unnecessarily.
    First step is fast hosting. WP Rocket with Cloudflare works great.

    And avoid external URLs – an outsourcer added an awesome fonts icon page load speed died a death. But then a decent developer would know not to do that. I am sure we have all seen those sites that reference a gazillion others (ads, analytics etc etc etc) which slow overall page load seed to a halt.

    WordPress speed optimization checklist:

    • Get a good hosting provider.
    • Use the right image sizes on the lowest acceptable quality.
    • Only use png’s with transparency otherwise jpg and svg when you can.
    • Optimize them before upload…Don’t use huge plugins (like jetpack) you don’t need.

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    WP Rocket is the easiest and fastest solution on a shared hosting set up. WP Rocket is so beginner friendly and easy to setup and works without breaking wordpress websites.

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    When VPS then use nginX in combo with varnish and do not use any php caching system. NGINX and VARNISH Cache combo works best for the VPS.

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  2. The Ultimate Guide to Speeding Up Your Divi Website:

    It bugs me when folks keep their methods secret – there’s no way they got where they are by themselves, so let’s all help each other and share – it’s more about if you want to learn and can be bothered to make it better than stealing somebody else’s good ideas to “beat” them (insecurity issues?!)

    Anyhow – first off, there is no silver bullet that’ll just “fix” things and make it go green, as some factors depend on hosting and some depend on site content, but yes, some do depend on Divi itself – and from what I’ve read it does look like they’re looking at improving this.

    The Divi Theme CSS is a big one, it’d be lovely to see that adapted dynamically depending on modules and features used but that might be a big ask!

    This is what I do myself, although I’ve not got a complete method yet – usually gets me into amber on mobile….

    Inside Divi settings, make sure the following switches are set:
    Enqueue Google Maps Script – Off (if you’re not using a map)
    Use Google Fonts – Probably On, but if you can turn it off it’ll help
    Enable Responsive Images – On
    Minify and Combine Javascript Files – On
    Minify and Combine CSS Files – On
    In the Builder > Advanced Tab:
    Static CSS File Generation – On and click clear.

    Use the Smush Plugin or ideally Smush Pro to compress images
    Use Lazy Load settings in there or a Lazy Load plugin

    Use the Hummingbird Plugin or Pro if you can
    Lots of config in there is hosting and server specific.
    Things you’re looking at here is:
    Caching
    Compression
    Asset Optimisation (here lie dragons!)

    AMP for mobile is something I’ve yet to play with, but may also help, although seems to load even more plugins and resources!

    My hosts use Litespeed Cache – in the Advanced settings in there there’s lots of settings that help.
    And http2 as well which seems to be switched on by default.

    Use Cloudflare or some other CDN and again work through the settings in there gradually turning things on

    Crank your PHP version up to 7.2 (if your plugins will work with it) and be sure your site has enough memory to run nicely.

    Generally try to avoid two plugins doing the same job (eg compress or minify) and work through gradually turning things off and experimenting thoroughly to make sure the site still works as expected – ideally do regular backups so you can restore the state.

    That’s far from a complete list, like I say, gets me generally into 80s for mobile and high 90s for desktop – it’s probably a bit unrealistic to aim for 100 although my OCD forces me to keep trying to improve this!!

  3. It’s no different to a car. The build, the platform, and the driver. Decide what’s important from the bottom and tweak. It’s a process.

    With a car people suggest things like Tyre pressure or changing the oil. That is once it’s built but this process is never as good as beginning with a good design.

    In my experience tweaking rarely improves much performance. I’m sure that it’s DIVI Theme is irrelevant.

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    DIVI theme is not an issue in most of the  cases. Although I always use and recommend GeneratePress Theme for any kinds of wordpress website That depends on the hosting server. If you’re using Managed WordPress Hosting, you may not have that flexibility. I happen to know that with Kinsta, the only one you can use is WP Rocket. I suggest you look at how your hosting is set up before you start looking at using WP Fastest Cache Premium or W3 Total Cache Premium or others.

  4. Plugins help, but hosting helps more. My 3 go-to are Siteground, Flywheel, and WPEngine. If you’ve already selected an adequate host, you could try any of the most popular caching plugins, you could try minification, add a CDN, and make sure you’re images are optimized.

    I’m on Siteground hosting with there site optimizers which enables memcache and dynamic, WP-Rocket to deal with css and javascript and above-the-fold, lazyload and the CDN77, it’s been the best setup I’ve found without using loads of other add-ons … this is my biggest page load result. Hope it helps

     

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    Further to the above advice I recommend good hosting, CDN like Cloudflare and check out Google pagespeed insights, etc.. IF you then use plugin WP Rocket.. but.. most the time for me its been the size of my images. I recommend either https://imagify.io or https://shortpixel.com to reduce image size. Linked to this you should have SSL in place and linked to image imports to your media library .. I have used Better Search Replace & SSL Insecure Content Fixer to fixed mixed http/https content.. to get the green padlock back.  hope this helps. If not send me a PM. Have a great day all.

  5. I tried several plugins, including WP Fastest Cache, Autoptimizer, W3 Total Cache, etc – they all broke one of my sites, and continue to have an influence! The only thing that worked was CLOUDFLARE. I think the problems were due to do the complexity of this one site as well as incompatibility issues with other plugins.

  6. My preference is hosting with litespeed web server. From there I use LSCache plugin plus Cloudflare. Otherwise, I use WP Rocket with MaxCDN plus an image optimizing plugin.

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    Good hosting, optimized images, and scripts gzip compression and plugin for cache control will speed up DIVI websites.

  7. How to Speed up Your Divi and WordPress Website?

    Check out your hosting, don’t use CDN instead enable http2, avoid external script loading, load it from your server with https, if you have a more than 2.50Euro per month available for 1CPU 2GB 20GB SSD and 20 TB traffic then use two separate ones, Pack your Database on one of them and your side on another. If that is in the cloud you can even expand it depending on your needs. If you want still speed up things use a storage space i.e. 100GB 1TB traffic (external / Internal Free) 10 concurrent connections – it’s enough! will cost you about 3 Euro, so summa sumarum you have invested 8 Euro in that setup – tons of space, lots of security as you split up your stuff on three places and each space can have free ideal for backup your storage data and the database and website server can have even daily backups, automated from your whole server!

    But that is not all now invest in another 2.50 Euro Cloud server as mentioned above and pack a proxy on it i.e. Nginx – no need anymore to have cloudflare. Until now you still process all your data on 4 locations but inside the same data organization and data centers (internal traffic is free (at least here) – check it before you start something like that). Now you can serve your scripts from one of your servers i.e. the website server while the website itself gets served by the proxy and MySQL on a separate server will not slow down that process.

    Avoid having any chat, mail or another resource-intensive stuff served from those servers, simply set up another cheap server for doing that and serve it from there and it won’t interfere. Don’t host your mail on the same servers – best use a professional Mail provider and user SMTP to send out emails.

    This is a great setup also concerning GDPR and you can avoid having sites served from the US.

    If you want to have a bit more security too and something like better uptime right now is no real way around services like Cloudflare etc. unless you clone your servers on multiple locations around the world and set up a script which directs to the best location for the visitor.

    You would need at least 3 more “Proxies” on a different location.

    In other words for 10 Euro a month you could have all that up and be running in more or less no time even and we love the 24/7 availability and fast support we receive too.

    If that still is enough then tweaks like Divi Nitro SWIFT (very good) – no need real need for Nitro ( OK Nitro has some DIVI specific settings, but did not bring much here ).

    For such a setup you can use cloud spaces like Digital Ocean or Linode etc or like us we are with Hetzner.de (they have server locations inside the EU and are GDPR compliant – even DSGVO (German already stronger enforced GDPR).

  8. Try bumping the memory to 256mb (or some servers even allow 512mb). 256 definitely sped up most of my DIVI installations.

    add this to wp-config
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘256M’);

    I deleted the Classic Editor for Divi Backend editing and now use either the front end visual builder or the Wire Frame Builder and the speed has improved on all browsers. Wire Frame builder is like an updated Classic Divi Builder in a new layout.

    Enable “new divi experience”, and disable “use classic editor”. You will notice huge impact

  9. Don’t use bigger images than needed. I resize them by hand before uploading and use resmush.it plugin to do the rest. Additionally you should use a speed optimizer as it saves a lot of time and they became quite good in the last years. If you don’t want to spend the money on wprocket you can use wp fastest cache. I used it on my last three projects with divi and it works like a charm.

  10. I don’t see a point in installing optimizing plugins, which in the end optimize themselves, while plugins may slow down site from time to time. I encourage to identify problem with the speed and then optimize manually.

    Assets cleanup, cache enabler (creates static HTML pages), Autoptimize with StackPath cdn enabled. Remove all the plugins that remove bloat and put it manually into function.php, disable heartbeat and XMLRPC but depends on the setup. Make sure preload CSS that’s needed and load the rest later. Make sure using preconnect.

    As others have said make sure your hosting is as good as it can be, Web Hosting is much more important than any plugin which papers over the cracks, and make sure it is using the latest version of PHP, preferably 7.2, it makes a huge difference to a site still on 5.6. I had real world page load times of 3s on average, went down to 1.5s after upgrading PHP last year

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