Although I can access the front pages of the website fairly quickly and easily, the response times are notable slower when I go into the admin pages or to the Simple Press flat-chat.com.au/forum/ and start clicking on the Forum items. Is there any obvious reason for this and, if so, is there an obvious cure?
I will also be asking my ISP the same question but it would be great if you could check anything at your end that you think might be slowing the process, such as having too many posts on the Forum (22,000).
I'm coming to you guys as the Simple Press Forum is the whole point of this website's existence and I am already seeing a dramatic drop in visitor numbers
are you sure cloudflare is configured right? misconfiguration can cause horrible load times... also saw it waiting for couple external requests...
you could also try turning on the forum combines js and css caches on forum - options - general settings... but wont make a huge diff...
took about 4 seconds for me which is indeed a bit slow... but was on par with the load time for the main page as well...
Update from ISP:
"You may need to have your developer look into this one for you. When opening the forum it's causing the load on the server to spike up significantly to the point where flat-chat.com.au is using up all of it's allocated CPU usage. You'll need to have your developer or software provider take a look and see why it's using up so many resources."
Sadly, there is no developer. Just me.
if you use a caching plugin, you will need to disable it on the wp page the forum is displayed on it... it will likely believe that wp page is static and cache it when in reality, its dynamic content using standard wp hooks and filters...
I have just got up here in the UK and have been trying your site before I read all this and I am seeing minimal difference between forum and non-forum page load times. None of then great but none a disaster either.
As to SSL have you double checked that
- Both URLs in the WP Admin Settings > General are set to https?
- The forum permalink at admin > forum > Page and Permalink is updated correctly to https?
Some plugins that try and take over https loading seem to not set these correctly.