In this article I’ll try to provide you an in-depth response related to speed problems on your site. You need to remember that not the theme is the cause for your slow website.
Quick steps to speed up your site
– Deactivate plugins that you don't really need
– Optimize your images ( Smush it plugin or any other )
– Use a caching plugin ( W3 Total Cache or any other )
– Use a CDN like Cloudflare, MAXCDN…
– Change to a better hosting plan or company ( wpengine, hostgator ) ( vpn, dedicated hosting, shared hosting for blogs and small sites )
Complete guide on speeding up your site
More details on what affects your site performance
Our theme it’s as light as we could built it but there is a big amount of factors which might make your site pages to load slowly.
Please notice that the overall loading time of your site is composed of:
– time spent by the server to process your content data and send it to the client browser
– time spent by your browser to load all the resource files ( css, js and image files )
– time spent by your browser to render and animate ( if is the case ) page elements
Additionally, using third party services or resources like external sharing tools or video iframes might increase the rendering time of your pages.
If you make a test with our theme activated and without using any additional plugins, or at maximum just using K-Elements & Visual Composer which are the only plugins highly recommended ( just for the ease of creating/manipulating your content using the drag&drop interface provided by Visual Composer ), you will be extremely surprised to find out that wordpress can deliver pages at such low loading times and with minimal impact on server resource usage.
It’s well known that WordPress itself it’s a software that is built between performance and ease of use, but the real thing that make is so heavier sometimes is it’s plugins, which are the main and the most important factor of influence in loading time.
The first thing which starts to put weight on your pages loading time will be the use of plugins, so that’s why you should enable only plugins that you absolutely need or use because each plugin that you activate increases the memory that your WordPress site needs to process your page.
For example, a clean instance of wordpress and Kleo, as I recommended you in the above test, it will require a maximum of 15-20 mb of ram of your hosting server to render a page.
This memory usage will drastically increase when you will start activating plugins as woocommerce, buddypress, bbpress or rtmedia and much more ( mainly plugins which offers ample/complex features ).
The memory amount consumed in a load page in the case where you have enabled all the plugins with which Kleo is fully integrated will get up to 70-80 mb ram and I have seen cases where this value passed of 128mb of ram per load.
This memory usage will also variate between hosting companies or hosting plans.
The most important thing regarding of hosting plans is that there are a lot of customers which tries to run a full platform ( ecommerce + community + forum ) on shared hosting which have very low resource limitations.
I want to point this out as much as I can because it’s the main reason of complaining regarding loading times.
Here are a few recommendations based on my personal experience:
– on a shared hosting you might create a simple presentation site or blog
– if you need to run a ecommerce, forum or community site you should at least upgrade your hosting plan to a VPS with moderate resources
– if you want to use all of this features at once, having them available in one single platform then you should at least consider a more serious hosting company and look for at least a VPS plan with high, dedicated resources.
Sure, you might use smaller hosting plans in case you don’t have any traffic, but once you increase the traffic of your site, you will also have to scale up the resources behind your site.
The other thing that might also put weight on your page rendering time will be the size of the images you use in the composition of your pages. If you end up inserting full-resolution images which are a few Mb in size each, please expect of an increased loading time. Also embedding remote content (youtube/vimeo/soundcloud) has a notable impact.
There are lots of way to optimize your site content, images, and loaded resources, but this task is not meant to be addressed by a theme, for this you can use several plugins to optimize your images, to minify your content source or to create cached versions of your pages so that it reduces resource usage of your hosting server. You should also take into consideration of using a CDN cache proxy for static caching stating resources.
If you will provide us more details about your issue, and provide us access to your site admin panel, we could try to investigate from where does the load comes and we can recommend you what to do to fix it.
You can also use the Query Monitor plugin by yourself to find out more about the resources used by your site.
( https://wordpress.org/plugins/query-monitor/ )