View Full Version : Extremly slow page load confuses me

11-05-2012, 02:47 PM

I am building a e-commerce solution at http://skaugsport.effektivhjemmeside.no and the loading time is way to long. I have no idea why the load time is so long, and i am not experienced enough to solve the issue eighter. I am using wordpress and the "Boutique"-theme from Elegant Themes, as well as the WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin (both in there newest version as of this writing).

As a comparisson you could check my site against the demo-site for the theme at Elegant themes: http://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/Boutique/

I have tried using various addons to check speed issues, and get informed with the usual: Images could be optimized to save a few kb, Add all background-images togheter using CSS Sprites, Combine Javascript etc. All that is a given, but it should not make my site take over 1015 second to load at all times on my 15 mbps connection. Something must be very, very wrong, since it is this slow, and i would appreciate any help in finding that problem!

Thanks in advance,

11-05-2012, 04:04 PM
It loaded in perhaps 10 seconds for me, which wasn't too bad (My connection isn't the fastest). Opera Dragonfly detected a Javascript error: Unhandled DOMException: INVALID_CHARACTER_ERR in the file "http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js?ver=3.4.2". I'm no Javascript wizz, maybe someone else could tell you if that's a bad problem (Or, you could try disabling whatever is using that file and see if it helps). You might have to consider that it's just the server you're running on, especially if every page seems to be slow.

11-05-2012, 05:41 PM
I would like to suggest a tools offered by Google-Google Page Speed.
Please check your page speed by entering the url of your page. according to page speed Google suggest some html and css changes which increase your page speed.

11-05-2012, 06:13 PM
your page is slow becuase you have way too many http requests going on at page load. you have a total of 19 external javascripts, 18 external stylesheets and 26 images!

( some of these I beleive are the mutliple .woff custom fonts you are using)
also you are using a lot of individual images for things like navigation, It may be time to look at using css sprites for some of that.

Also since you are using several external sources for things like custom fonts, you are hobbled by the download speed of the servers you are pulling those external files from.

how did I get this much info? I used Firefox with the Firebug and Yslow extensions, very very useful