We have a WordPress-based membership website which has gradually become unbearably slow, with pages taking 5-10 seconds to even begin loading, then another few seconds to load completely.
The site typically has fewer than 30 concurrent users and is running on a powerful CloudWays DigitalOcean VPS, so it seems like it should be possible to have the site be speedy. But something about our plugins, theme and/or database seem to be causing a logjam.
Details of the main plugins and scale of data are below.
We're looking for someone with experience in speed optimisation for WordPress-based membership sites to come in, audit what's going on to cause the slow speed, advise on fixes, and potentially carry out that work for us too.
The first thing we're keen to know is whether the speed issue is stemming from plugin/theme PHP usage (i.e. CPU) or database queries, some misconfiguration or inefficient setup of the webserver/database, a combination of these, or something else. In your application please give a brief overview of how you would approach finding the answer to that initial question. We're open to all possible solutions - but since this is a live site with fairly complex setup, we also want to reduce the fixes down to the smallest set of most impactful changes.
The more specific skills and experience you have related to this particular kind of project, the better. So please include this information in your application.
- Cloudways DigitalOcean VPS: 32GB RAM, SSD, 8 Core CPU
- PHP 7.0
- MySQL (~2GB database size)
- WordPress 5.7.3
- Custom child theme of "Custom Community 2.0"
- 172 Pages, 21,919 Registered Users, 56 Forums, 7,731 Topics, 139,649 Replies, 215 LearnDash Modules, 367 Quizzes
- bbPress, BuddyPress, LearnDash and BadgeOS, all used extensively
- iMember360 plugin used to integrate with Infusionsoft CRM
- Custom plugin providing some additional functionality for our theme
20 freelanceria on tarjonnut keskimäärin $225 tähän työhön
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