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I found a theme that is highly rated and people seem to be pleased with. It is responsive using the Gantry framework and K2. I've gotten pretty far with creating the site content. The problem is that it is extremely slow loading the pages - 28 secs!! It's on a Window's Server and our Network Administrator has been trying to help with the problem. I have searched forums and contacted the developer of the theme and so far can't find an answer. I'm going to load a new Joomla site without Gantry framework to see if it is the cause. I have a couple of Wordpress sites that load very quickly on the same server.

Questions. Has anyone experienced slow loading site with Gantry? Also I was curious if I should start turning off the extensions and plugins to see if any of those could be the cause. But would turning off K2 where content is erase the work I put into it?

BTW - the site is only viewable on our college network so I can't send anyone there to look at it.

TIA,
Patricia

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Wednesday, February 27 2013, 07:17 AM - #permalink
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Hey Patricia,

Yes, Gantry has a well known large footprint. It is also very possible to have a quick loading site using Gantry. You have to be very careful your site doesn't get unnecessarily bloated.

Some tips:

1. Make sure you are joining and minifying your files (JavaScript and CSS). This can be done from the back end. Lots of database calls can often be the main bottleneck in Joomla or any other CMS.

2. Make sure your images on the front end are very optimized. Also CSS image sprites can help a lot for load times.

3. Don't use any extensions you don't absolutely need. Use the core functionality as much as possible.

4. Take advantage of cacheing in the Joomla core.

There are a ton of other things to consider, but start there. Also, I would say disabling extensions to see if one of them is causing a greater than normal lag is a good idea. I wouldn't uninstall K2. If you want to unpublish the menu items that use K2 you could do that. Don't trash any Items or anything though.

As always...take backups before you do anything!
  • Patricia Davidson
    more than a month ago
    Thanks so much for the great tips Robert! I'll see what I can do.
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    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 10:38 AM - #permalink
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    No problem Patricia, let us know how it goes.

    As Les mentions, there are some great speed test sites out there that will give you a good idea of what exactly is taking so long, but if your site is not publicly accessible, it probably isn't possible to use them. You might be able to just use the Chrome browser tools to see what is loading and how long it's taking. This could help you a lot.
    • Patricia Davidson
      more than a month ago
      We've been using the Chrome browser tools for speed tests. Appreciate the help!
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    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 10:31 AM - #permalink
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    Patricia, Robert gave you all the great technical explanations but I'm going to add one more from my own experience. Many times I have seen my own sites just drag on when it loads. I have posted the site and other people here have pulled it up very quickly. Feel free to post your site here and we will give you feedback on the speed.
    • Patricia Davidson
      more than a month ago
      Thanks so much Robert! The site is only displayed on our local network.
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