Web Design and Development
Recently, we had the great pleasure of diagnosing some mysterious issues which cropped up in a WordPress website that we had developed. While the frontend of the website was fine, the admin area had suddenly decided to slow down. In fact, the admin panel was so slow that pages would often take minutes to load! What was the error?
Well, we will tell you at the end of the article, but first, here are some ways to troubleshoot your slow-loading WP admin panel.
Sometimes plugins are the root of the problem, especially if they are incomplete, incompatible with your version, or rely on external data. In the latter case, they may cause sluggish behavior if the external data source becomes inaccessible.
To fix this, disable all plugins and see if your website speeds up. But sometimes, the admin panel is running TOO slow to allow access. In this case, you can disable your plugins by accessing your plugins folder located at
and renaming it.
Finally, if your website returns to normal during this process, go back and activate the plugins one-by-one to figure out which one was causing you problems.
If the problem truly seemed to come out of nowhere, it could be your web host. Sometimes hosts are performing some maintenance, or may even change some configuration settings on your server. Or in some cases, if you are on a shared server, you might be being affected by other customers who are exceeding their resource limits.
In most cases like this, just waiting a while can solve the problem. However, if the server configuration was updated, you might need to seek out and chat with the support provided by your webhost.
One other potential cause for a slow-loading website is if some necessary files have been corrupted or deleted. Or even worse, your WordPress installation might have been compromised by enterprising hackers. To fix this problem, simply upgrade.
Before upgrading, be sure to backup all files and verify that your current theme and plugins are compatible.
Perhaps your database is causing the problem. To fix this issue, you can use a handy plugin WP-DBManager to help fix any database errors and optimize it for best performance.
In some odd cases, a slow admin panel might be related to an internet-connectivity issue. To test for this, you can do one of the following things:
Depending on which version of WordPress you use, you might have the option to go Turbo. (You should see a link on the upper right hand panel in your admin area.)
Turbo takes advantage of Google Gears, which adds special features to your browser. Once you install and enable Gears, your WordPress admin panel will be faster because all of the the bulky scripts, images, and CSS files will be stored locally on your computer.
Now back to our issue, what was the problem with the website that we were troubleshooting? Plugins.
When we navigated to the plugin page, we noticed that additional plugins had been installed. The problem was that these plugins were incompatible with the version of WordPress that the site was using. And in one case, not all plugin files were present. But upon upgrade of all plugins, the admin panel speed was restored.Tags: load time, WordPress