You might have noticed your website’s speed is too slow sometimes, or maybe? Every time? This depends upon your Internet connection or your hosting provider. But your Internet connection can’t be wrong? Neither your statistic on losing your rank in search engines? In this article, we’re going to learn about possible factors affecting your website’s speed.
What Can Cause Website’s Speed To Be Slow?
From your hosting provider’s end, the lack of resources can often lead to increasing in time for your website to fully load. This can be due to insufficient or limited resources. If not resources, sometimes it can be poorly optimized themes that is too high for the visitor’s computer configuration. To optimize this, you can use the various online tool or built-in technology provided by your hosting provider. So let’s list down what may/does lack in resources that contributes to the factors affecting your website’s speed.
Factors Affecting Your Website’s Speed
1. Limited CPU Resources
When you put heavy themes on your website, your CPU’s resource is often exhausted with just two or more visitors visiting your website simultaneously. When a web page loads, the template is loaded in front of the visitor. The downloaded data from the website is the usage of your resources. In this scenario, due to multiple images being open, this issue can be caused. This can lead to Error 503 which means resources exhausted. To resolve this, you should contact your hosting provider to upgrade your CPU power. They may charge you more for the upgrade, but if they ask unreasonable price, I would recommend you to move to another provider.
2. I/O Usage
On a website where highly mechanized scripts are run to provide more efficiency, your scripts must work according to your resources. Such script processes data simultaneously to provide the best result at a time to the visitor. This can increase in usage of I/O or Input/Output unit resource on your shared hosting account.
3. Useless/Unnecessary Plugins
If you are running your website over platforms like WordPress, Drupal, Magento, WHMCS, MyBB and etc, you might have need of plugins often. Many times we leave plugins activated/installed on the website which can lead to the factors affecting website’s speed. It is recommended to disable/uninstall plugins that are not in use or is unnecessary.
4. Running out of storage
If you think that your website is static and you don’t store any data, you might be wrong. When you leave your website static for months or years, you will see an increase in your disk usage. This is because of logs and unapproved comments. Yes, you might be often targeted with the spam comments on your blog/website and those are sent to your “Comment” section, waiting for approval. Unless you approve/trash/mark as spam(it takes 15 days before deleted for spam), your unapproved comments are stored in your “Comment” section. Might think these comments in kilobytes/bytes can’t cause you to increase in space? Read it again. You left your website for years and you’re being targeted for spams. You didn’t approve comments so it is being increased every day which is causing the database to store them again and again. This means an increase in space.
This happens with the logs too. They’re stored and hence which leads to increase. To resolve this, you should delete your logs when not necessary or download them and store them somewhere else for archives.
5. Under Attack
Yes, this can be the reason. You might have competitors that are trying to ruin your business and take it down. To do this, they may hire hackers to take down your website. These hacks often try to scan your website externally through scripts like WPScan, Only WP Theme Detector and they analyze your website at every point. After finding the vulnerability, they execute the exploit and infect it with malicious scripts which slows down your website. Depending on the situation, they may harm your website too! To resolve this, you should ask your provider to provide you protection and if they fail/refuse to do so, there are many hosting providers that protects your website in default without any extra charges. So it’s better you move to them if your current provider does not agree.
Coming to the conclusion. The above-mentioned reasons are “possible” factors affecting your website’s speed. There might be other reason too, but the above mentioned are most regularly as per personal experience and other obvious logical reasons.