How to Speed Up Your Divi Website (in 5 Steps)

by | Oct 16, 2019 | Divi Tutorials | 76 comments

Yesterday I went LIVE again to Facebook and YouTube in another Divi LIVE Quick Tip!

In this video: How to Speed Up Your Divi Website!

We all want our websites to load fast, and your visitors (and Google!) do too! Learn 5 steps that you can do TODAY to speed up your website! Plus, a bonus tip on making the Visual Builder run more smoothly as you’re building websites!

Want to be notified when I go live again? Subscribe to the Divi Life channel on YouTube, then click the Bell Icon which will tell YouTube to send you an email when I’m LIVE or posting a new video! You can also Follow the Divi Life Facebook page, and Facebook will send you a notifcation when the live stream begins. There’s a lot more LIVE tutorials coming your way!

You can also watch the tutorial on Facebook, if you prefer.

If you have questions, or have requests on what you’d like to see covered, please leave a comment below, or on YouTube or Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

76 Comments

  1. Nick

    Thank you very much.

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    • Brian Lessard

      Replay

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      • Tim Strifler

        Thanks for watching Brian ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Tim Strifler

      Yeah WP Rocket is a solid plugin for sure, and the fact that they went out of there way to stay compatible with WP Engine and Flywheel is awesome. Yes, I should have mentioned the testing tools. Thanks for adding them here!

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  2. Ben W

    Watching the replay

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  3. John Graden

    replay

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  4. Rob Hill

    Google’s Squoosh.app is one of the best image compression tools. Set the compression to 70% and the resulting images are of excellent quality and are very small.

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hey Rob, thanks for watching. Squoosh.app looks pretty cool. The only bummer is it’s not a WP plugin. Maybe someone will make one if they have an API. But what I love about the WP plugins that do image compression is they’re more of a “set it and forget it” type of thing that does it for you automatically with each new image upload.

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  5. Sean

    Replay

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    • Tim Strifler

      Thanks for watching Sean ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Matt Clifton

    This was very informative, thank you! Very clear audio and visual presentation.

    I rebuilt my site in Divi having started it in Elegant Themes’ Extra. It’s a great platform. I have WPMUDev so use most of their plugins, but Hummingbird was not working well for me and I switched it out for WP Rocket.

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    • Tim Strifler

      Awesome, thank you for the feedback, Matt! I’m glad the quality was good. That’s very important to me ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, WPMUdev is a great company with great products. That’s a bummer Hummingbird didn’t work out for you. That’s the tricky thing about caching plugins, is making them work well with everything else (your hosting, other plugins, etc)

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  7. Mitch

    Replay.

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  8. Samantha

    Replay

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    • Tim Strifler

      Great, thank you Samantha for watching!

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  9. Yasmin B

    Thank you great video, speed is usually the main issue with Divi. Thank you for this

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    • Tim Strifler

      Thanks Yasmin, and you’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Quentin

    Watching replay on youtube. Thanks

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  11. Steve Brinkey

    Replay

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  12. Bec B

    Replay – thank you for the great tips

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  13. john proud

    Hi watching replay on youtube in uk

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  14. Martin Lloyd

    I watched the reply and enjoyed it. You have just answered a couple of questions where I was sitting on the fence. Thank you, Tim.

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    • Tim Strifler

      Great, thank you Aaron!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Kristi Richard

    Watching a replay after getting the email notification of this video!

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    • Tim Strifler

      Awesome, thank you Kristi! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Lilly

    Replay! Another great Quick Tip episode, Tim, thank you!

    Question for you: How do you handle the cost of the premium plugins for client sites? Do you itemize it on a proposal, noting it’s an annual cost?

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hi Lilly, glad you liked it!! If the premium plugins are already unlimited licenses that I own, such as plugins I use on most sites (Gravity Forms, etc.), then I don’t charge extra but ONLY if they are on my yearly maintenance plan. If I need a specific plugin for just their website, then I add that to the cost of their yearly maintenance fee. If they’re not on my maintenance plan (which is rare these days) then I require them to buy all of their own licenses for everything. This is a big perk of being on the maintenance plan. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Lilly

        Thanks so much, Tim, super helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m starting a new project and the client has elected not to do a maintenance plan (I know, right?), so your insight is appreciated!

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        • Tim Strifler

          You’re welcome, Lilly! I’m glad that was helpful. Yes, some clients are stubborn when it comes to the annual maintenance fees.

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  17. Chris V

    Hey Tim! Hope you’re doing awesome. Watching the Replay.

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  18. Jeremy

    Replay.
    Hi Tim, nice stuff here, thx! Especially as you seem to have covered pretty much 1:1 all the tips I found out for myself over the past months since becoming a user (GIYF).
    One thing I’m a little disappointed with tho -sorry!- is that you don’t mention how to easily keep the dreaded DOM-object items from gowi g too big. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this sometime.
    Also, on the subject of sharing, how about upping your WP Robot JSON file?
    Keep ’em coming!

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hey Jeremy, thanks for watching and for your feedback! I appreciate the suggestions, and I’ll definitely add them to the list. This video was intended to be more of a high level beginner tutorial. I’d love to circle back and do more advanced things like you’re suggesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. kathy

    replay

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  20. Aleshia Bonilla

    watching on divilife

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    • Tim Strifler

      Awesome, thanks Aleshia ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Jeferson Lelis

    Very Good!

    wp fastes cache is very good plugin to cache website and has cloudflare integration.

    Regards

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    • Tim Strifler

      Thanks for the comment, Jeferson. I know WP Fastest Cache has been around forever, I just personally have never used it. I’m glad it works well for you though. I’ll keep that in mind!

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  22. Laura Wheaton-Werle

    Hi, Tim.

    I watched the replay of your “speed tip.” You said that Site Ground is the only shared hosting company you would recommend. However, aren’t WP Engine and FlyWheel shared hosting companies? We’re currently using Site Ground, and it seems slow. I don’t know if changing hosting companies would improve our speed or not. Thoughts?

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hi Laura,

      So Flywheel is more like a VPS (virtual private server). All resources and everything is isolated and separate. WP Engine has shared hosting (technically) although it’s very different than traditional shared hosting, and doesn’t have the same drawbacks that most shared hosting has. Personally, I’m on a dedicated server with WP Engine. I’m sorry to hear your site is slow on Siteground. I would definitely recommend looking into what is specifically making it slow. You can use tools like GTMetrix or Pingdom to run page speed tests. Then you can look at the waterfall to see what is taking a long time to load. Additionally, you may be able to reach out to their support for guidance on the slow page speed. But my bet is there’s something happening that is making it slow, and not an issue with the hosting itself.

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  23. Rob Hill

    So Tim,

    I posted a comment on using Google’s Squoosh.app but it wasn’t approved.
    Why?
    I would appreciate hearing from you to understand what was inadmissible about my posting.
    It was on topic and offered good advice.
    I’m left puzzled.
    Thank you.

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hey Rob, your first comment was published and replied to already. There’s been a lot of comments on this post, so it’s easy to miss ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. Elias

    Hi Tim, I just saw the replay. What about the webp-Image Format? Do you use it? Should we use it in order to make the images even lighter?
    Great info you share with us. Thanks.

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hi Elias,

      Absolutely! WebP is a great way to improve load times. If my list was 10 steps, that would definitely be on it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. Sharon Mathews

    Watched on Replay. Looking forward to your Cloudflare tutorial.

    Question – do you use any other security plugins on top of what Cloudflare provides?

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    • Tim Strifler

      Great, thanks for watching Sharon! WP Engine has a lot of security built in at the server level. Beyond that I use iThemes Security Pro (but not all the settings).

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  26. Alina

    Great! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  27. Michael

    replay….again =)

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  28. Michael

    Do deactivated PlugIns also weigh down performance, or only activated ones?

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  29. Michael

    Disregard, sorry! You just answered me that deactivated plugins may occasionally also affect load times….you really do a great job, Tim! keep it up!!

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  30. Sharon

    Replay! Thanks for this.

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    • Tim Strifler

      You’re welcome, thanks for watching!

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  31. Kenny McLEan

    I”m watching on replay just now and have a question.
    Is using a CDN important if I’m only interested in local traffic?

    I’m targetting central Scotland and don’t care about overseas visitors?

    That will change when I start selling online, I know.

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hi Kenny, excellent question! It’s definitely more important to use a CDN if you have national or international traffic, however, there’s definitely still benefits of using a CDN for localized traffic. The main reason is offloading images/CSS/Js files to the CDN. This will give you better load times by having the heavy files be loaded by the super optimized CDN servers. This may or not be worth the cost of the CDN but for a high traffic site, it’s definitely worth considering. You could always test it and see if the speed improvements are noticeable.

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  32. Sascha Krรผger

    Few months ago I discovered that all the stuff I made with DIVI Overlays was actually in the source code of each single page, not only the pages on which the overlays were placed. As I had dozens of overlays of congress speakers, that would only be needed on the program page, this added tons of useless code to each single page of my website, which is of course not really best practice coding. As said, this was months ago and I didn’t use it ever since, but maybe you can tell if you solved this and Overlays now loads code only on pages on which it is needed?

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    • Tim Strifler

      Hi Sascha,

      Divi Overlays allows you to choose what page(s) you want the Overlays to be on, and the overlay content will only be in the source code of the pages you select. If you choose ‘All Pages’ then yes, it will do as you described and all the overlay content will be on all pages which is not ideal for what you’re describing. You simply need to select just the page you actually need the Overlays on and that problem will be resolved. Please reach out to our support team if you need assistance with this.

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      • Sascha Krรผger

        Perfect, thanks for that, either I haven’t seen it, or in the very early stages of the plugin this option hasn’t been included. Great, speed issue solved ๐Ÿ™‚

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