Of course this is a loaded question since this isn’t always the case.
Many new users of WordPress often run into this problem though.
And there are a few common reasons for this.
Here I will list the top four reasons you could be having speed problems with your site.
In addition for a full in depth tutorial on how to speed up your slow WordPress website check out my WordPress Speed: The Ultimate Guide post.
Slow WordPress Web Hosting
The number one reason why a WordPress website is slow is the web hosting that is being used.
99% percent of the time, even if you have a horribly designed website that breaks all of the rules, if your web host is top notch you will still have good speeds.
My top recommendation for great, fast WordPress hosting company is SiteGround.
The second most common issue comes from the images you are using.
As an illustration non-optimized images will bring your page load times to a screeching halt.
The key here is to resize and optimize the images you use.
A great plugin that I like to use to optimize images for the web is one by ShortPixel.
Slow WordPress Plugins
The third biggest culprit of a slow WordPress site are the plugins you are using.
Now this is counter-intuitive since plugins are supposed to improve your site.
But a badly coded plugin will use up way too many of your server resources and hinder your site’s performance.
The last item on our short list of things that slow down your WordPress site relates to cache.
I go into a fuller description of what cache is in my What is WordPress Cache? post.
For the purposes of this article though just know that you should be caching your WordPress site with a plugin like WP Rocket to improve your site’s speed performance.
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