How You Can Troubleshoot, Fix, and Speed Up Slow WordPress Admin Panel

by | Feb 7, 2018 | WP Speed |

The Ultimate Step By Step Guide in Speeding Up Slow WordPress Admin Dashboard

Use these steps to fix slow wordpress Backend Panel On Your Own

Struggling with slow WordPress admin backend? Having a WordPress dashboard that is really slow and annoying? Well read on..

Who is this guide meant for? This guide is meant for website owners, developers, and wordpress maintenance service agencies experiencing very slow WordPress admin portal (Dashboard) and would like to troubleshoot and fix the wordpress admin (wp-admin) loading speed for better performance.

In this guide, we will show you how speed up your WordPress admin panel in not more than 10 steps. We understand how frustrating a website with a very slow backend can be.

A slow WordPress admin dashboard is a likely indication of a slow frontend.

Worries aside, we will start fixing that slow WordPress portal together.

Think how frustrated your website visitors are when they come to find information or even buy a product, but the website can’t load fast enough.

We also know how annoying it becomes when you are trying to work on your wordpress backend but loading a single administration page seems to take forever. At SmartWPFix, WordPress Speed optimization service, we are approached by people struggling with these issues every time.

This is why we have invested quite a number hours to show you exactly what you need to do to make your wordpress backend load faster. In Short, this is your DIY Kit for fixing slow wordpress dashboards.

NOTE – If yours is a WordPress website with high traffic and you are still using a small shared hosting space, the issue with slow wordpress admin might be because you are using a slow server to host your wordpress.

Using various tests in this article, we will help you identify if it is your server that is a problem or it is your website that is not well optimized.

We won’t make you switch servers if you don’t have to.

What if I don’t want to fix it myself and I  want to hire a professional to speed up my wordpress admin panel? 

Well, we got you covered, you can purchase a one time wordpress speed optimization by clicking here (We will fix everything for $100 only) or you can click here to choose a maintenance plan where WordPress experts handle everything from security to speed optimization (Our care plans start at $40 only per month).

Ready to start fixing slow admin panel for your WordPress site? Use the table below to navigate through different stages of of the speeding up process.

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How Will This Guide Help Me?


We will be showing you a number of solutions to slow wordpress admin. They have worked for others and we hope they will work for you. Use the table of contents below to navigate though this guide.

1. Upgrading Your Server Hardware or Getting a Better Host. 

As pointed above, most issues with slow WordPress backend always end up to be server related. If your WordPress website putting a lot of stress on your server resources, your site won’t be able to execute various comands fast.  This is the first thing a professional WordPress expert will assess. There are various tests that you can use to determine if you are working on a slow server. Let look at some of them:

Using Google Speed Insights: You can use google speed insights to check on the server response time. You will be required to input the URL of your website and submit for testing. If ‘Reduce server response time‘ shows up, guess what, it is time to upgrade to a better hosting service.

 

What To Do If your Server Is Slow?

If your server is slow, you should contact your host or better migrate to a faster hosting service. Why would you pay for a hosting service that is slow?

Chat with us for a see a list of Smart WP Fix Expert recommended hosting services that we work with. This list is handpicked and their services integrate seamlessly with ours.

A faster hosting service will definitely make a big difference in your conversions and hence the sales. It is better to pay high for a hosting service than lose income as hosting is only a fraction of the income that you would get if you upgraded to a managed wordpress.

Slow wordpress website is bad for business. You actually don’t know how much and resources you are losing just by running a slow and poorly optimized website.

If you want to try other fixes, lets go ahead and explore other ways to fix your slow wordpress admin.

2. Disable Object and Database Cache

If you are using “W3- total-cache” you might want to disable “Object Cache”. We have found this to be the culprit to slow wordpress admin panels in many websites. We have also done a comprehensive w3 total cache settings guide due to demand from our visitors. “W3- total-cache is one of the most used caching plugin used in WordPress but it has so many options and configurations and if you are not a techie, you might end up getting confused on what to activate and what to leave out. When setting up W3 total cache, do not activate all caching as shown below.

toggle-caching

Most WordPress website owners will activate that option and the bulk of their problems will start there. The problem with using this option is that you are activating all the available caching methods provided by this plugin including “Object Cache” and “Database Cache” which are meant for speed optimization in servers with high memory. This means that if you activate these two caching methods in a server with limited memory, you will be doing more harm than good. You will actually be putting more stress on your server resources, an action that will adversly affect your website speed.  To disable object and database cache go to the W3 total cache, then to General settings and uncheck both options as shown in the image below:

After you save the changes, test if the WordPress admin is still slow. If there are no improvements, we will use the options listed below to troubleshoot the settings, plugins, or theme that is making your wordpress admin slow. I know this is overwhelming, but you have to understand that resolving the issue with Slow WordPress backend is not easy and involves a set of trials until you find the issue and fix it.

3. Install and Configure WP Disable Plugin:

WP-Disable is a WordPress plugin that allows you to disable unnecessary WordPress settings that are putting stress on your server resources consequently slowing your WordPress admin and probably the frontend. WP-disable is paramount in helping reduce the number of http requests that are made to your server, disable embeds, and other things that will help to speed up wordpress admin panel. All you have to do it to go through all the following WordPress settings: (Requests, Tags, Admin, SEO, Others, and Rest API)

We have uploaded the images below to guide you with WP-Disable plugin optimization. To access the plugin settings, check and click on the left admin menu for “Optimisation.io” Once you are there you will get to a page with various headers ( (Requests, Tags, Admin, SEO, Others, and Rest API) Click on each image to speed up your slow wordpress admin.

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4. Use P3 Profiler To Find Remove High CPU Plugins   

Many people use various WordPress plugins without investigating how much CPU these plugins will be using. High CPU usage plugins are the second biggest culprit of slow wordpress dashboard panels to an extent causing the “white screen of death”. When this happens, you will have to find an expert to fix it for you. To detect the plugins using high CPU causing slow wordpress admin loading speed, we will use a plugin called: P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin. Use the directions provided to weed out plugins slowing down your website.

I have installed the plugin, now what? From your wordpress dashboard, navigate to Tools Menu, p3, Scan Now, Start Scan, Auto Scan.  See the image below to get a rough how your scan results will be.

find resource intensive plugins

Some High CPU Plugins Includes

  • – Broken link checker
  • – Constant Contact Widget and SumoMe
  • – Comment systems like – Disqus
  • – WordPress website builders & Sliders
  • – WooCommerce
  • – WPML

Don’t keep a plugin that you are not using.

General Advice

If you want your site to be fast, only keep the important plugins. Plugins that run continuously will not only affect the speed of your wordpress backend but also can break the frontend of your site. Avoid high resource plugins- Sitemaps, wordpress website page builders, chat, statistics, and image sliders.  At an advanced level, you can use Query Monitor plugin to disable high resource usage requests

5. Remove Unused Plugins and Themes:

If you have installed plugins and themes that you don’t use, there is no point of keeping them installed on your WordPress website. Why? because every WordPress plugin or theme that you install on your site will save some configurations on your database. This will slow your website considerably.

Most Professional WordPress security monitoring services have also noted that most unused plugins and themes are rarely updated hence creating a doors for malicious people to inject malware and viruses.

NB: Avoid starking unused themes and plugins: Apart from making your website slow, they will also give malicious people a chance to try hacking or actually hacking your website. Once hacked, you will need professional help to fix a hacked wordpress website.

How to Uninstall / Delete Unused WordPress Themes and Why You Should

For maximum speed in your WordPress admin panel, always ensure that you only keep the items (plugins and themes) that you are using.

All active and inactive themes and plugins must be constantly updated.

Deleting Inactive Plugins/ Themes

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6. Fixing Cloudflare & CDN To Speed Up WP Admin Panel

Although we have done a lengthy guide on how to speed up WordPress website load times, it doesn’t hurt to talk a little bit about CDN (content delivery networks) and how their will speed up the whole of your WordPress site (Admin and Front). Let us do this in two parts: CDN Guide and disabling cloudflare for wordpress admin area using page rules.

Setting Cloudflare Or MaxCDN

A CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a critical component in speeding up any website.Whether you are building a website using WordPress or not, you need a CDN for faster content delivery to your website visitors. How does MaxCDNor Cloudflare works? Both of these services works the same way by hosting your images, js, and css on a number of datacentres only and when a a visitor want to visit your site, they will served the offloaded resources by a datacenter near them (geographicaly). WordPress speed optimization services recommends the use of CDN in speeding content delivery and also reducing your server’s bandwidth usage.

MaxCDN or Cloudflare?

Both MaxCDN and Cloudflare will provide great content delivery networks. The key difference between the two services is that Cloudflare is free but with paid addons while MaxCDN is a paid CDN offering the best support when setting up. You don’t have to pay someone to set it up for you! If you are stuck, their support team will guide you through the process. It is amazing, Right? MaxCDN will only cost you $90 per year. It is a super deal given all the support you will get.

Exclude WP-Admin Using Cloudflare Page Rules

This if for those site owners using Cloudfare. There are 3 features you can use to speed up slow WordPress admin dashboard. These includes (SG Railgun , Rocket Loader, Hotlink Protection, and Page Rules to bypass CDN.

Hotlink Protection – If you enable this option, people won’t be able to use your site images on their sites. This is important because when other website owners load images from your website on their sites or blogs, it will increase bandwidth usage and hence make your website to slow down.

Using Page Rules to exclude WP-Admin: Cloudflare recommends that you bypass the wordpress admin (backend) as some optimization features might break your site or lead to slow speeds.  Set page rules as shown in the images below: (Click on each image to zoom) Click here to see the Cloudflare configuration images

Unlike Cloudflare, with MaxCDN, you don’t have to point your nameservers to them. All you have to do is install a caching plugin and you are set. It is up to you to choose the right CDN to speed your wordpress website.

7. Optimizing The WordPress Database Tables

Once you have done all the steps above, you need to optimize your wordpress database. The best way to do this is by using wordpress plugins. The two free plugins that we would recommend are WP-Optimize and Transients Manager plugin. You can download and install them the normal way using your wordpress website backend as shown below: (Image is shown for WP-Optimize plugin, use the prodedure if you prefer to use the Transients Manager plugin to fix your slow wordpress dashboard)

Is Your Issue With Slow WordPress Website Admin Panel Fixed Now?

This marks the end of our professional guide on fixing slow Admin dashboard in WordPress websites. We have tried our best to include as many key points as possible. If these steps didn’t fix your slow wordpress site backend, you only have two options:

1. Get a Better Hosting Service or if your budget is flexible, go for the best managed wordpress hosting services like Kinsta and WP Engine.

2. Select a WordPress Website Maintenance Plan and we will take care of the rest.

Remember that if you are still using a shared hosting that you started with and one of the fixes has worked in speeding up the WordPress administration panel for your site or blog, it is only a matter of time before it happens again.

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I am Eric Roberts, and I Fix Slow WordPress Websites here at SmartWPFix

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