QuestionsElementor page speed
John asked 11 months ago

I am looking for an: easy to use page builder; with great features; integrates well with 3rd party apps, to help the end user develop stylish, sales driven web pages, that “load quickly”.

Elementor appears to be a great solution in most areas, especially with its incredibly stylish form builder.

However having read an article that advised it can: significantly slow load times, reducing the user experience; increasing bounce rates off your site and damaging google ranking, I am concerned.

The article emphasises an issue with ‘Font Awesome', an icon font as well as a few other issues.

This is the link to the article.

I understand you use Elementor as well as Beaverbuilder.

However having typed this sites domain into the URL it took a very long time to load. Well over 6 seconds, i wasn't timing but it was very slow.

I also tried to check the theme this site is using on and got an error message stating:

“Connection to timed out.
The site may be currently overloaded. Try again later.”

All this information suggests there may be a real issue with page speeds using these page builders and themes.

Would you be kind enough to give your view on the article, my experience with the speed of this site, and also recommend any work arounds, as I would like to be able to use these products or some alternatives.

Many thanks, Mark.

2 Answers
Adam @ WPCrafter Staff answered 11 months ago

That article has been debunked in many Facebook groups. Sure using anything other then hand coding is going to lead to a larger page size.  If a few extra kilobytes bother someone, then they should not even use WordPress because the biggest cause of a slow site is not a few kilobytes, its that WordPress itself is dependent on a database. That is where any issues with page load time come into play.

My website loads fine and is always under 2 seconds unless it is tested in Australia or an Eastern European data center.

My website is not a typical WordPress website, there is a ton going on and a ton of traffic, it is a very fluid environment because of all the moving parts.

Ron answered 3 months ago

In my case, it doubled load time. I built a custom head layout using Elementor & OceanWP (premium extensions used). Nothing was added that wasn't in the original OWP theme, just a different layout. After finishing, I checked the site at GTmetrix, site loaded at an average 5.1 seconds after three tries. It was loading at an average of 2.5 seconds! Deactivated Elementor, it back to 2.5. I then reread at the docs to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong, no, just added bloat. I've read several articles, some which did speed test Elementor, and they found excessive load times too. I'm sure this is greatly diminished when using fast hosting, but it appears most people using Elementor, are not.

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