How to Fix a WordPress Website that’s Not Loading

A WordPress website that doesn’t load can be an irritating experience, especially if you’re trying to go about your day-to-day life. The following are some tips on how you can diagnose and fix the issues so that your site loads fast and smoothly:

1. Check Your Network And Server Speed

One of the first things you should do is to check your network speed using a tool like Google’s Page Speed. Most fast-loading websites are built with speed in mind, and it shows. When someone visits a poorly performing website, they usually leave quickly because they perceive that the site is slow. However, the site might still be performing admirably on the backend (server side) which the client (your visitor) doesn’t experience due to a slow network connection.

You can use the HTTP headers inspection tool built into Chrome to check out the status of a web page’s performance as well. This method is more convenient because it shows the page’s performance without having to refresh the page. You can click the three bars in the top right corner to inspect the request headers, response headers, and the HTML code of the page.

You can also use the Pingdom tool to monitor changes to a website’s performance over time. This is helpful for identifying areas of improvement and getting a sense of how well your site is doing overall. As you make changes to improve the performance of your site, you can use Pingdom to track the results.

2. Minify JavaScript And CSS

The single biggest factor that slows down a website is the inclusion of large amounts of Javascript and CSS. These are the two primary sources of bloat on a typical website, and they can really bog it down. Minifying these resources reduces the bandwidth required to download them and improves the performance of your site.

There are a few different WordPress plugins that you can use to minify your website’s javascript and CSS. Some of the more popular ones are:

  • Minify CSS
  • Minify JS
  • Minify HTML
  • Reduce HTTP Requests
  • Optimize Images
  • Collapse Long Menus

Each of these plugins handles minification in a different way, but they have in common the ability to clean up bloated code and combine multiple CSS and Javascript files into a single file. You should look into these plugins because they can really help improve the performance of your site without having to delve into big changes to how you’ve built it or to its content.

3. Cache Your Website

There are a few different ways in which you can cache your website. The simplest is to use a free caching service like Cloudflare like you would use for your social media accounts. The benefit of this is that it allows you to cache static content (HTML, CSS, Javascript, and images) for quick delivery to your visitors, especially when you make significant changes to your website’s design. This content is then available to be served up to your visitors without having to download it from your server again.

When you use a free caching service, there is no limit to how much content you can cache. The disadvantage is that you have to trust the provider not to sell or abuse your data. You can always move to a paid service at any time. Cloudflare’s privacy policy also states that they may disclose your data if they are required to do so by law. For now, though, this is the simplest and most convenient solution.

4. Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a group of servers used to deliver and cache content, primarily web content, which is then made available to visitors from any region in the world. A CDN is beneficial because it reduces the load placed on your own servers, and it also speeds up the download and caching of content for your visitors. It does this by placing copies of your content in multiple servers located around the globe.

You can use a CDN to reduce the load time for your site’s content, especially if you have a lot of unique or large images that you want to make available to your visitors. For best results, you should look to integrate a CDN into your website’s architecture. Some popular CDNs include:

  • Amazon CloudFront
  • Level 3
  • DreamHost Custom Plans
  • HoneyComb
  • Akamai
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Oberlo

Not only will a CDN speed up the delivery of your content, but it will also give you the ability to control the caching of your content. You can set expiration dates on your content, so if there is one particular piece of content that you don’t want cached, you can specify that it shouldn’t be stored on the CDN. You can then direct your visitors to another location on your server where the content can be found. This way, you maintain complete control over what is cached and when it is cached.

5. Use a Content Management System (CMS)

A Content Management System (CMS) is a type of website management software that lets you easily create and edit websites and webpages from a single interface. Some of the more popular CMSs include:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Nimble
  • Drupal
  • Shopify

Using a CMS allows you to create and edit pages and posts quickly and easily, which in turn speeds up the development and deployment of your site. A CMS also makes it much easier to maintain your site’s content, as all of the back-end (database) work is done for you. Some of the benefits of a CMS include:

  • Speed
  • Convenience
  • Flexibility
  • Security

6. Use a Load Balancer

A load balancer is a device or software application that transparently distributes incoming traffic among a set of backend servers (i.e., web servers or other networking devices) so that each server is assigned a roughly equal amount of load. This is beneficial because it reduces any one server’s response time to an incoming request, thus improving the performance of your site.

You can use a load balancer to split up the load placed on your servers so that they are not overburdened. It does this by creating “virtual servers” that appear to your visitors as if they are physically attached to your web server. This reduces the response time for your server and makes it appear faster to your visitors. Some of the more popular load balancers include:

  • HAProxy
  • NGINX
  • Squid
  • Litespeed

7. Use Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is a type of web hosting that provides you with the hardware and software to run and manage your website, as well as the bandwidth and storage space to put up your content. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to worry about maintaining a physical server or installing and using software to manage your site. You can simply upload and download your content to use as you see fit.

There are a few different types of cloud hosting. For example, you can get a standard Linux-based hosting plan or sign up for a premium plan that provides you with more storage space, a dedicated IP address, and other perks.

8. Use HTTPS

Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol is a web standard that provides a secure method for transferring data (e.g., website traffic and login credentials) between a server and a browser via a TLS (Transport Layer Security) secure socket layer connection. (This technique is also referred to as “HTTPS.”) HTTPS ensures that the data is transmitted securely and that it can’t be read by anyone in the middle, including network administrators, service providers, or hackers. Some of the more popular browsers that support HTTPS include: