Slow load speed

We have found that this website has become very slow to load. I have made changes to it to help the load speed and GTMetrix is saying it’s loading within 6 seconds, but it seems slow to load sometimes.

It was originally 13 seconds but making some changes to the home page I have managed to reduce it to the 6 seconds above.

I have spoken to the company that host it and they say that their servers are fine - but I’m not sure, I think it may be a server issue?

Does anyone have any advice on how to speed it up and does it look like a server speed issue?

(I’m not sure if this was in the correct category so understand if it’s moved)

Thank you in advance

A couple points, where I’d start with:

  1. Some 30% of your page size is loaded fonts. Are they really worth it?
  2. Some 37% of your page size is Javascript/JQuery, and frankly I’m not sure I see anything on the page that needs it. Is it really worth it?
  3. You don’t seem to be lazy-loading images, so while you’ve optimized their size, the whole page load time includes waiting for many off-page (“below the fold”) images

I can tell you’ve been working on it, and it’s usually never an easy fix, but the above places are where I’d be focused.

You may be correct.

Using Pingdom Tools (link), I have compared the download time of your home page with Tesco’s home page. Taking into account total file sizes, your server seems to be about one-fifth of the speed of Tesco’s server. But that was just one test.

Enable your browser’s caching, that could enhance your speed.

Is your answer generated by AI (like ChatGPT, Bing AI, etc)? Because it really sounds like it, they aren’t allowed here.

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This is really useful thank you - they’re google fonts- may change that then * How would I disable JS or JQ?

I’m going to use a lazy load plugin as well thank you

Ok thank you - would you expect Tesco to be extremely quick though due to the money they can spend on a server? I will give pingdom a go though appreciate your help

Well you’d have to go through and change code, to keep the site working. You can certainly just disable Javascript in your browser to see the brute force effect of shutting it off, but your site wouldn’t work. Many of the sections in your browser are displayed as a result of some JS code - my point is that I can’t see a reason why it couldn’t be plain html/css that does the same thing. I could be missing some subtlety, but by in large it sure looks like a lot of the JS functionality could be replaced with css (transitions, etc).

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