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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  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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  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. 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.

  5. 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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