How To Fix Slow WordPress Site On Bluehost Hosting

NOT UNLIMITED. I just received the mail from #Bluehost >>> It has come to our attention that your site is using an excessive number of files stored on your #bluehost account. This is causing performance problems on your website as well as for other customers that are on this server. It can cause our servers to crash and cause additional downtime. Our reseach shows that server performance degrades when accounts have over 50,000 files. In order to ensure optimal performance for your account and the others in your shared hosting environment, we request that you reduce the number of files on your account to under 50,000 by 06/10/2009. you can set up Only 50000 files!!@@

If your WordPress site is running slow on Bluehost hosting, I’ll help you speed it up using caching, CloudFlare, MaxCDN, image optimization and other ways to improve site speed.

1. Benchmark Your GTmetrix Scores 2:06
2. Delete Unused Plugins 3:13
3. Diagnose Slow Plugins And Find Alternatives 3:44
4. Resize Images 6:18
5. Specify Image Dimensions 7:30
6. Losslessly Compress Images With Imagify 9:02
7. Install A Cache Plugin 10:23
8. Setup MaxCDN 12:16 coupon link:
9. Setup CloudFlare 16:00
10. Run WP-Optimize 20:25
11. Retest GTmetrix
12. Additional WordPress Speed Tips 21:52
-Use a lightweight theme (eg. from StudioPress)
-Minimize redirects
-Lazy load pages/videos
-Defer parsing of JavaScript
-Add expires headers
-Disable trackbacks/pingbacks
-Enable WordPress heartbeat control
-Update WordPress core, theme, plugins
13. Upgrade Your WordPress Hosting
14. Hire A WordPress Speed Optimizer

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Bluehost has been around longer but they don’t compare to the speed, support, and reliability you get with SiteGround (just do the research and you’ll see). If you need help choosing a SiteGround plan, see this post which explains the difference between StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek:

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Comment if you have questions!

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  • Romain Rouiller
    Posted at 10:49h, 09 September

    hey ! cool 5 sec faster !, thanks for that, but about the "Defer parsing of JavaScript" , i added the code in the "function.php", and it doesnt seem to work, i still have a grade of 80% on gtmetrix for the defer parsing, some ideas ? thanks

  • Elevating WP
    Posted at 01:26h, 13 December

    FYI Bluehost is one of the worst hosts out there, check this Facebook poll:

    SiteGround was rated #1 and is who I use. If you go through this tutorial and your site is still slow, they have much faster speed technology and will migrate you for free. Yes I'm an affiliate of their but Bluehost is definitely not good and also gives you internal server errors, DNS connection failures, other server errors.

  • MrPhotografix
    Posted at 16:04h, 15 December

    Thanks for this tutorial, I'm just starting to work through it. I notice the P3 plugin has not been updated for 2 years, should I be concerned?

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