I have read every wordpress solution and tried them all (at least most), but I CAN NOT get my site to run faster. I am using the couponpress theme, which is a coupon listing theme where users can list different offers and coupons. I'm finished customizing it but I'm having real speed issue!
I included a query count and load time function in the footer of my site and the site runs 40-52 queries and loads in 4-8 seconds (depends on page), too many queries and too slow for comfort. I would like to get the speed to down to at least 2 seconds. I looked into the queries being ran and one in particular, the "wp_schedule_event," is generating an extremely large query, but not sure how to reduce it or eliminate it. I searched for any references to this function but I don't know what to do.
I have tried different plugins and either they don't work as expected or they crash my site.
Main plugins Ive tried:
- W3 Total Cache (Didn't work as expected)
- WP Super Cache (Didn't work as expected)
- Autoptimize (crashed)
- WP Minify (crashed)
W3 Total Cache had the best results, but I couldn't understand the cache settings and some of my changes to the site were not being applied, so I deactivated it. I know that I have to clear the cache for changes to take effect, but since users to my site will be always be adding new listing, I don't know if the cache settings will allow their listings to display properly or at all for that matter. WP Super Cache didn't crash my site at first, but when I changed some settings I did not see any increase in speed. The other two seemed promising but for one reason or another crashed my site. There are probably conflicts between plugins and with some existing code, but I can't pin point the cause.
Using firefox, I ran firebug and used the net console to see what processes are being ran on the different pages and the initial load to the domain is taking a long time to load, average 7-9 seconds. Most of this time is the "waiting" part of the process. I researched solutions to reducing this waiting time but can't increase the speed.
I really want to speed up my site and I need some major help with this. I have been struggling for the past week trying different options but nothing seems to make it faster. If you need to check out the site here it is.
Thanks a lot, I appreciate any advice with this.