How To Speed Up Your Slow Elementor Website And Pass Core Web Vitals In 24 Steps [A 2023 Straightforward Tutorial]

Slow elementor website

This is a comprehensive list of Elementor speed optimizations.

Before starting this tutorial, I highly recommend testing your site in the Chrome Dev Tools Network reportKeyCDN’s Performance Test. These tell you whether your Elementor site is slow from CSS/JavaScript, images, fonts, or TTFB (which is also 40% of LCP in core web vitals).

Experiments are covered in steps 1-4, fonts are covered in steps 3-6, CSS/JavaScript in 7-14, images in 15-17, and TTFB/memory usage are mainly related to hosting/CDN in steps 18-20.

It’s true, Elementor adds more CSS/JavaScript than Gutenberg. But this usually only becomes an issue when you install extra Elementor plugins and don’t properly optimize your site. Then you check your coverage report and see this. A slow host/CDN/cache plugin won’t help either.

Since this is a blog about WordPress speed, I replaced Elementor with GeneratePress which is more lightweight. However, I’m not here to convince you to do that. You can still get excellent PageSpeed scores with Elementor, it just requires extra steps and knowing what to look out for.

Hope this helps (lmk if you have questions).


1. Activate Elementor Experiments

Head to Elementor → Settings → Experiments, then activate the following:

Elementor experiments 2

Inline Font Icons – font icons (i.e. Font Awesome + eicons) will load inline as SVGs without loading the entire library. This means less CSS requests and render-blocking CSS issues in PSI.

Lazy Load Background Images – you originally had to use an optimization plugin that came with a “lazy-bg” helper class (or similar) and add it to your background images. This is easier.

Optimized DOM Output – addresses avoid an excessive DOM size item in PSI by removing unnecessary div wrappers (elementor-inner, elementor-row, and elementor-column-wrap).

Improved Asset Loading – only loads lightbox and screenful libraries, the dialog library, and share links library when they’re being used on a page, resulting in less JavaScript on your site.

Improved CSS Loading – only loads widget CSS and animations where they’re being used (while loading them inline), resulting in less CSS and render-blocking resources on your site.

Usage Data Sharing – sharing data with plugin developers requires a small amount of server resources which are used to send the data. Therefore, I recommend disabling this in all plugins.

Elementor with without experiments font optimization
This test was done before “lazy load background images” was released (which reduces image requests)


2. Change CSS Print Method To “External File”

While there are pros & cons for each, external CSS files can be cached and they don’t increase the size of HTML. You can test the results for your site, but I generally recommend external file.

Elementor css print method


3. Disable Default Fonts/Icons

In the next couple steps, we’re going to only load fonts you need (locally using woff2) while preloading them. And the first step is to disable both Google Fonts and Font Awesome icons.

Elementor disable google fonts font awesome

Disable default fonts elementor

When changing font/CSS settings, you should regenerate CSS & data in Elementor’s Tools settings, then test results in a Waterfall chart like GTmetrix or Chrome Dev Tools. You can immediately tell if fonts are hosted locally, using the faster woff2 format, and the brown bar in GTmetrix indicates blocking time which can be reduced via preloading.

Fonts gtmetrix waterfall chart


4. Host Fonts Locally Using woff2

If or other third-party fonts load on your site, host them locally instead.

Step 1: Go to the Google Fonts website (or another font site) and download your fonts. Make sure you only select the weights you need since too many weights will increase the file size.

Step 2: Convert them to woff2 using CloudConvert (woff2 files are smaller than .ttf).

Step 3: Upload the fonts as custom fonts (Tony Teaches Tech has a video tutorial). If you’re not using Elementor Pro, OMGF downloads them automatically when you click “save & optimize” in the settings. It can also load fonts early (preloading them) or you can choose not to load them at all [screenshot]. Web Squadron has another video tutorial if you need more clarification on this.

Elementor custom font types


5. Preload Fonts

The final step is to preload fonts loading above the fold.

Copy their files names, then preload them which you can do in most optimization plugins. You should also preload eicons and Font Awesome Icons if you use them. Once fonts are preloaded, you should see blocking time decrease (which is shown as the brown bar in the Waterfall chart).

Elementor eicons

Check your Console report for errors since preloading unused fonts decreases performance.

Chrome dev tools preload error


6. Leave Google Fonts Load As “Swap” (If Using Google Fonts)

Setting Google Fonts Load to “swap” fixes ensure text remains visible during webfont load. However, Font Awesome recommends font-display: block since it makes them non render-blocking. You can also change font-display property in Elementor Pro’s custom fonts. Zach Leatherman has a detailed analysis if you want to dive into definitions and pros/cons of each.

Elementor google fonts load swap

To add font-display: swap manually, find your font’s CSS file or search for the font using String Locator if you’re not sure where it’s located. Then simply add font-display: swap to the font face.

@font-face {
font-family: "Lato Regular";
font-weight: 300;
font-style: normal;
src: url("fonts/Lato-Regular-BasicLatin.woff2") format("woff2");
font-display: swap;


7. Disable Gutenberg’s wp-block-library

Since you’re using Elementor, you can disable Gutenberg which adds an extra CSS file to your site (/wp-includes/css/dist/block-library/style.min.css). You can find this in your source code:

Gutenberg wp block library css 1

You can use the Disable Gutenberg plugin or the script manager in Perfmatters. If you’re only using Gutenberg in certain sections of your site, both options let you control where it’s loaded.

Disable gutenberg plugin


8. Remove Unused CSS With Elementor Exclusions

The fastest way to remove unused CSS is with FlyingPress, Perfmatters, or LiteSpeed Cache.

WP Rocket’s is slower because it loads used CSS inline instead of a separate file. This is bad because it increases HTML size and can’t be cached. While nearly every single optimization plugin and “speed expert” agrees separate file is better (including Vikas Sharma who is very active in Facebook Groups), WP Rocket seems more interested in scores over browsing speed.

Wp rocket used css

Regardless of which plugin you use, you’ll need to add Elementor exclusions.

Exclude Flexbox container stylesheets:


Exclude sticky menu selectors:


This is what it looks like in Perfmatters. For used CSS method, file is worse for scores, but faster for visitors. For stylesheet behavior, remove is fastest but you’ll need to exclude files/selectors if they break your site. And if “remove” is causing too many issues, “delay” is the next best setting.

Remove unused css elementor

Some plugins like WP Rocket have documentation on how remove unused CSS works with specific settings, but there are no Elementor-specific exclusions. If something on your site is breaking, right click it and inspect it in Chrome Dev Tools. Find the file (or CSS selector) and exclude it. You can also do this when delaying JavaScript in step #11.


9. Use Transform + Translate In Animations

Not that I endorse animations, but use transform + translate to prevent layout shifts (CLS).

You can use Happy Addons to add these. CSS transform lets you change the width/height of animations while CSS translate lets you move elements around without causing layout shifts.

Css transform translate elementor


Since your header/footer load across your entire site, they should be lightweight, especially your header because it loads at the top. CSS is much more lightweight than Elementor’s code. After doing this, “Elementor” appeared about 150 times in my source code (compared to 2,008).

Elementor source code

I hired WP Johnny to do this, but he’s a busy guy. My developer (Pronaya) can also do this who you can hire through his freelancer profile. I’ve worked with him for 10 years so yes, he’s legit. He lives in Bangladesh so there’s a time change, but his communication has always been 100%.

Pronaya wordpress speed optimizer

This is also part of Vikas’ recommendations:

Speed up elementor tips


11. Delay JavaScript With Elementor Exclusions

When using WP Rocket or the “delay all JavaScript” setting in plugins like Perfmatters and FlyingPress, you’ll usually need to exclude Elementor files or it could break your site. You can also use Flying Scripts to add JavaScript files manually, but “delay all” is usually more powerful.

Perfmatters has an exclusion list and so does WP Rocket. Check the plugin’s documentation since “delay all” doesn’t play nicely with Elementor unless you exclude files. Perfmatters also says it “might vary slightly based on the elements and templates you’re using in Elementor. If you’re not using a lot of animations, you might not need any exclusions for Elementor at all.”



Elementor search:


Elementor Pro


This is what it looks like in Perfmatters:

Delay javascript elementor

If you want to add JS files manually, open your “third-party code” and “remove unused JavaScript” reports in PageSpeed Insights and start there. I also have a list of JS files to delay.

You can use both defer/delay JavaScript at the same time, but just like you need to exclude files in other steps, you may need to do the same when deferring JavaScript while also excluding jQuery. Check your Console report in Chrome Dev Tools for errors.


12. Test Plugins For CSS, JS, High Memory Usage

This is the “trap” I was talking about.

Install the wrong plugin and it can add a ridiculous amount of CSS/JavaScript which you can check in the Chrome Dev Tools coverage report (or Perfmatters script manager). While most of these files are related to DethemeKit, even Elementor Pro adds quite a bit of CSS/JavaScript.

Elementor css javascript

Plugins running ongoing background tasks aren’t good since they increase memory usage. This is common with security, image optimization, analytics, backup, and some SEO plugins. Even Elementor increases memory usage (that’s why I don’t suggest using it on shared hosting).

WP Hive is great for telling you whether a plugin increases memory usage. Just install the Chrome Extension, browse the WordPress plugin repo, and it will tell you on the right side. However, take “minimal impact on PageSpeed” with a grain of salt since it seems to only test plugins out of the box. But once you start adding content with Elementor, it does impact scores.

Wp hive high memory usage plugins

Pretty much every Elementor plugin also uses jQuery. You can see this by enabling display dependencies in Perfmatters, view the script manager, and scroll down to Misc → jQuery:

Elementor jquery plugin

There’s also Query Monitor and my list of slow plugins.

Plugin Category Memory Impact PageSpeed Impact
All In One SEO SEO x x
Broken Link Checker SEO x
Disqus Comments x
Divi Builder Page Builder x x
Elementor Page Builder x x
Elementor Premium Addons Page Builder x
Elementor Pro Page Builder x x
Elementor Ultimate Addons Page Builder x
JetElements Page Builder x x
Jetpack Security x x
NextGEN Gallery Gallery x x
Popup Builder Popup x x
Site Kit by Google Analytics x
Slider Revolution Slider x x
Social Media Share Buttons Social Sharing x
WooCommerce WooCommerce x x
Wordfence Security x
wpDiscuz Comments x x
WPML Translate x x
Yoast SEO SEO x


13. Disable Plugins Where They’re Not Used

Elementor plugins are notorious for loading across the entire site.

If you only need them on specific pages/posts, you can reduce CSS/JavaScript by unloading them in Perfmatters or Asset CleanUp. I use Perfmatters since it has a lot more optimizations.

Once you’ve enabled the script manager (Settings → Perfmatters → Extras → Script Manager), go to the script manager settings and enable testing mode. This lets you test the script manager without it breaking your site, but remember to disable it when you’re ready to publish changes.

Perfmatters test mode

View the script manager and unload plugins where they’re not used (everywhere but pages, posts, current URL, Regex, etc). This obviously depends on which plugins you use and where.

Disable elementor plugins perfmatters
Disable Elementor plugins if they’re not used in certain areas of your site
Disable plugins perfmatters
Do the same with other plugins


14. Use Less Elementor Widgets/Columns

This video by Oooh Boi has some great tips for using less Elementor widgets/columns which results in less code. Definitely worth watching the full 15 minutes if you haven’t seen it already.

Elementor layout

Main part starts at 3:23.

Elementor also has a video on this:


15. Upload Images In WebP

The reason you want to upload WebP images manually is to avoid using plugins (which taxes the server) and because image CDNs like Cloudflare Polish don’t always serve WebP images. Even when Cloudflare must have thought the savings weren’t high enough and didn’t convert them, I found converting them manually generally resulted in a file size reduction of over 50%.

You can check if images are  being served in WebP using Chrome Dev Tools:

Test webp images chrome dev tools


16. Use Optimole (Or An Image CDN) To Optimize Images

Optimole does a better job than other plugins, and Cloudflare Mirage/Polish are even better.

While most plugins compress images and convert them to WebP, not all of them support AVIF, mobile image resizing, or viewport/network-based optimizations (such as downgrading image quality on slow connections). So if you must use an image optimization, I recommend Optimole.

Image CDNs are preferred because they don’t use server resources or take up storage. Instead, images are optimized on the fly (by your CDN, not your server) without needing to take backups.

Imagify ShortPixel Optimole SiteGround CDN Bunny Optimizer Cloudflare Mirage/Polish
WebP Via plugin
Mobile resizing x SP Adaptive Images x
AVIF support x x x
Serve images from CDN x SP Adaptive Images Cloudfront
CDN locations 450 176 114 285
No server use x x x x
No bloat x x Offloading x
Plugin rating 4.4/5 4.5/5 4.8/5
Price Free 20MB/mo or $9.99/mo Free 100 credits/mo or $3.99/mo Free 5,000 visits/mo or $19.08/mo $14.99/mo $9.5/mo or $.03/GB w/ FlyingCDN Varies on Cloudflare Enterprise

To address these, I crop/resize images and upload them in WebP. Besides optimizing above the fold images in the step 17, everything is done by my cache plugin/CDN. Just make sure you add image dimensions in Elementor’s Layout tab or you may get the ‘explicit width/height’ warning.

I have a full tutorial on optimizing images if you still need help:

Optimize images in wordpress


17. Preload Viewport Images And Exclude Them From Lazy Load

Above the fold images should be excluded from lazy load or it adds resource load delay and hurts LCP. They should also be preloaded to make them high priority which also improves LCP.

The easiest way is preloading critical images in Perfmatters or FlyingPress. Just set the number of images that usually load above the fold (usually 2-3) and both are done automatically. Other plugins make you exclude images by URL or class, then manually preload  images which can be time consuming. There are plugins to help, but it’s still more work than Perfmatters/FlyingPress.

LiteSpeed Cache and WP Rocket make it relatively easy to exclude images from lazy load, but won’t preload them. You could also use a plugin to add classes to Elementor to make this easier.

Above the fold images
Above the fold images should be excluded from lazy load and preloaded


18. Use LiteSpeed With NVMe SSDs For Shared Hosting

Mainstream hosts like SiteGround, Hostinger, WPX, and SlowDaddy don’t live up to the hype. They use slow SATA SSDs, no Redis, and skimp on CPU/RAM/inodes (causing CPU issues and forced upgrades). It gets more expensive with renewals, add-ons, price increases, and wasted time dealing with incidents like SiteGround’s DNS causing 2M sites to get deindexed in Google. The only reason you see “glowing reviews” is because SiteGround threatens people who write bad reviews, controls Facebook groups, and untruthful affiliates. Hostinger writes fake reviews and scams people, so don’t believe “unlimited” storage/websites/bandwidth on their website. WPX isn’t ideal for dynamic/international sites (they literally say they target a TTFB of <400ms). Slow technology + limited resources + prices + incidents + poor support… these aren’t worth it:

SiteGround GrowBig Hostinger Business WP GoDaddy Managed WP Deluxe Bluehost Choice Plus WPX Business Plan
Type Shared Shared Shared Shared Shared
Server Apache + Nginx Apache + Nginx Apache + Nginx Apache + Nginx LiteSpeed
Cores/RAM Not listed 2 cores/1.5GB 2 cores/1GB Not listed 1 core/1GB
Database MySQL MariaDB MySQL MySQL MariaDB
Object cache Memcached Memcached Memcached x x
Data centers 10 8 9 6 3
Cache plugin SG Optimizer (view chart) LiteSpeed Cache x x W3TC or LSC
CDN SiteGround CDN ($14.99/mo) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) GoDaddy CDN Cloudflare XDN
CDN locations 176 81 Not listed 285 36
Full page caching x x x
Control panel Site Tools hPanel cPanel cPanel WPX Panel
Email storage 10GB 1GB 10GB Adjustable Not listed but frequent issues
Inodes 400,000 600,000 250,000 200,000 Not listed
Incidents TTFB, DNS, CPU issues, controls Facebook groups Downtimes, scams, fake reviews, bad poll Malware, breaches. I/O Downtimes, Sitelock scams Global outage (no redundancy system)
Migrations $30/site Unlimited (but with mistakes) Paid “Qualified” accounts only 5 free
Support C F D D B
TrustPilot rating 4.6/5 4.6/5 (fake) 4.7/5 3.8/5 4.9/5
Monthly price $3.99 (1 year) $3.99 (1-4 years) $10.49 (2 years) $5.45 (1 year) $20.83 (1 year)
Renewals $24.99/mo $8.99-$14.99 $14.99/mo $19.99/mo $20.83
 Siteground cpu dance your faultSiteground to cloudways dns issueSiteground slow ttfb leaveSiteground affiliate payoutHostinger is the worst
 Siteground membership cpu limits fastcometSiteground renewal pricesMove on from siteground messSiteground bluehost godaddy ttfb affiliateHostinger banned from facebook groups

Siteground no value

Look into a host who uses LiteSpeed with NVMe storage which are faster and use CPU efficiently. FastComet is budget-friendly, NameHero is good for US sites, ChemiCloud is similar to NameHero but has more NVMe-powered data centers and scalability, or Scala for US sites on a shared/cloud hybrid plan with guaranteed resources. You’ll install free LiteSpeed Cache plugin which does a great job with core web vitals, then configure the settings. This includes connecting Redis (or Memcached) and’s CDN, ideally the standard plan which has 81 PoPs + HTML caching to improve TTFB. When all is said and done, it’s usually faster, more CPU efficient, and cheaper with higher quality hosts.

FastComet FastCloud Extra NameHero Turbo WordPress ChemiCloud WordPress Turbo Scala Entry WP Cloud
Type Shared Shared Shared Hybrid
Cores/RAM 6 cores/6GB 3 cores/3GB 3 cores/3GB (scalable to 6/6) No limits
Storage type 35GB SATA Unlimited NVMe (US data center) 40GB NVMe (9/11 data centers) 50GB NVMe (US data center)
Database MySQL MariaDB MariaDB MariaDB
Object cache Memcached Redis Memcached Redis
Data centers 11 2 (US + EU) 11 3 (US + EU)
Server LiteSpeed LiteSpeed LiteSpeed LiteSpeed
Cache plugin LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache
CDN ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits) ($.02-.08/GB w/ monthly credits)
Full page caching
Control panel cPanel cPanel cPanel sPanel
Email storage 2.048GB Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable
Inodes 500,000 500,000 500,000 Unlimited
Incidents 2022 DDoS attack on 3 data centers 2011 2-day node outage None None
Migrations 3 free 1 free 200 cPanel + 10 non-cPanel Unlimited free
Support B B B A
TrustPilot rating 4.9/5 4.6/5 4.9/5 4.9/5
Monthly price $5.49 (1-3 years) $9.98 (3 years) $5.99 (3 years) $14.95 (3 years)
Renewals $21.95/mo $19.95/mo $19.95/mo $24.95/mo
 Which web server do you use recommendLitespeed cache litespeed serverLitespeed litespeed cache quic. CloudLitespeed apache cpu usage testLitespeed pagespeed scoresNamehero vs siteground feedbackSiteground to namehero support feedbackDivi with nameheroChemicloud gtmetrix report
 Which web server do you useLitespeed on litespeed serverLitespeed cache vs. Wp rocketScala hosting gtmetrix reportDivi litespeedNamehero vs bluehost feedbackNamehero reviewSiteground to namehero scoresChemicloud vs sitegroundChemicloud pro feedbackChemicloud speed ui supportSiteground vs chemicloud comparison


19. Use + Cloudflare Enterprise (100ms Global TTFB)

If you understand how TTFB works (and that your hosting/CDN are the 2 biggest factors), with their free Cloudflare Enterprise is a no-brainer. I’ve already used Cloudways Vultr HF, SiteGround cloud, and tried Kinsta/WPE/WPX. None of these have a ~100ms global TTFB because they use inferior hardware/software/CDNs which you’ll see in the table below.

Plus, they usually end up costing more. Especially between price increases, upgrades from CPU/PHP worker limits, half-ass CDN integrations charged as add-ons, and paid migrations. doesn’t charge for add-ons (or do any of this) and support makes Kinsta look like SiteGround. From sign up to launch, they handled everything with unlimited free migrations.

It makes no sense… why pay more for a worse TTFB/support? Just because they’re “less popular” since they launched in 2020 and don’t do aggressive marketing? So I joined their affiliate program (which pays the exact same as my previous 2 hosts) and started changing hosting recommendations. Since then, they’ve been getting excellent feedback in Facebook groups and TrustPilot. And for me personally, it’s satisfying seeing people’s migration results.

Average ttfb speedvitals

10 things to know about TTFB:

  1. Hosting/CDN are the 2 biggest TTFB factors.
  2. TTFB is 40% of LCP and also part of FCP/INP.
  3. Which means it impacts 4/6 user metrics in PSI.
  4. SpeedVitals measures TTFB in 40 global locations.
  5. Test your site 3 times in SpeedVitals for accurate numbers.
  6. Doing this ensures your caching/CDN are working properly.
  7. Check your average TTFB of all 40 locations in your 3rd test.
  8. PSI + GTmetrix only test TTFB in 1 location (use SpeedVitals or KeyCDN).
  9. Google flags your TTFB if it’s over 600ms, but 100-200ms is obviously better.
  10. WP Hosting Benchmark also tests hosting performance (here are my results).

SiteGround Cloud Jump Start Plan Kinsta Starter Plan Cloudways Vultr HF (2GB) Starter Plan
Type Cloud Cloud (shared containers) Cloud Private cloud
Server Apache + Nginx Apache + Nginx Apache + Nginx Apache + Nginx
Nginx reverse proxy $50/mo
Cores/RAM 4 cores/8GB 12 cores/8GB 1 core/2GB 32 cores/128GB
Storage 40GB SATA 10GB SATA 64GB NVMe 10GB NVMe
Object cache Memcached $100/mo Redis Redis Pro Redis (Redis Pro on Business plan)
PHP processor FastCGI FastCGI FPM LiteSpeed
PHP workers Not listed, but common CPU limits 2 No limit No limit
Memory limit Adjustable 256MB Adjustable 1GB
Database MySQL MySQL MariaDB MariaDB
Bandwidth + visits 5TB/mo 25k/mo 2TB/mo 50GB + 250k/mo
CDN $14.99/mo SiteGround CDN Cloudflare APO + firewall rules (read) $5/mo Cloudflare Enterprise + challenge pages Free Cloudflare Enterprise (details)
CDN locations 176 285 285 285
Full page caching x
Smart routing Anycast x Argo Argo
Image optimization Limited x Mirage/Polish Mirage/Polish
DNS Blocked by Google (4 days) Amazon Route 53 $5/mo DNS Made Easy Cloudflare
Cache plugin SG Optimizer Use FlyingPress Breeze Use FlyingPress
Data centers 10 35 44 Served from Cloudflare’s edge
Control panel Site Tools MyKinsta Custom (difficult) Mission Control
Email hosting x x x
Support C B C A
Migrations $30/site Unlimited free 1 free + $25/site Unlimited free
TrustPilot rating 4.6/5 4.2/5 4.5/5 4.9/5
How it starts costing more High initial price, CPU limits, CDN, price increases, internal incidents PHP workers, add-ons, monthly visits, bandwidth, price increases CPU limits, CDN, backups, price increases Bandwidth
Monthly price $100 + CDN $29 when paying yearly + add-ons $30 + CDN $25 when paying yearly (no add-ons)

*Here’s another table comparing vs WP Engine, WPX, and Flywheel.


  • CDN integrations – most hosts do incomplete CDN integrations and forget key features like image optimization or full page caching on Cloudways + WPX. Or they replace Cloudflare with their own “better” CDN. Cloudflare Enterprise is not only a TTFB powerhouse with it’s massive network/features, but Rocket has the closest thing to true Cloudflare Enterprise thanks to Ben’s experience as StackPath’s Chief Product Officer. It’s free and works automatically the minute your site is launched.
  • LiteSpeed PHP – not to be confused with LiteSpeed servers, but LiteSpeed’s PHP is “similar to FCGI, but is more efficient” according to the official website.
  • Mirage/Polish – automatically optimize images (compression, WebP, etc) using Cloudflare without adding bloat or using resources like plugins do (1 less plugin).
  • WooCommerce optimized – is specifically good for WooCommerce with Redis Object Cache Pro‘s Relay integration, APO, Argo Smart Routing, NVMe SSDs, no PHP worker limits, and smart caching uses less resources when purging.
  • DNS – uses Cloudflare’s DNS which is consistently a top performer on SiteGround’s CDN makes you use their internal DNS which caused 2 million domains to be blocked by Google. Kinsta uses Amazon Route 53 DNS (and Cloudways charges for DNS Made Easy) which are both slower than Cloudflare’s.
  • Does a close data center matter? – with a 100ms global TTFB, not really. If you use a CDN without features like full page caching and smart routing, then it does.
  • Pricing – has lower bandwidth, but they often cost less after taking into account paid add-ons and upgrade schemes with other cloud hosts. My blog uses about 200GB bandwidth/mo, so the $100/mo Business plan is suitable and less than I would pay at SiteGround/Cloudways/Kinsta/WP Engine. It’s transparent usage-based pricing without charging for add-ons, hidden fees, or resource limits.

My Experience

  • SiteGround Cloud (2 years) – upgraded from the GoGeek plan but ran into CPU limits and 503 errors until I was paying $180/mo, which seems to be a common theme. I eventually moved to Cloudways which cut load times and billing in half.
  • Cloudways (2 years) – moved to DigitalOcean then Vultr HF. Thought it was great until I discovered Unlike Cloudways, their Cloudflare Enterprise is free, supports APO, and doesn’t serve annoying challenge pages. They give you access to more cores/RAM and use faster LiteSpeed PHP. CW was recently acquired by DigitalOcean who raised prices when scaling on Cloudways was already expensive.
  • (current) – 1st thing I noticed was support is night and day (they’ve never sent me instructions to do something myself) and my website/support were much more responsive. Been using them since 2022 and don’t see myself moving.
  • Kinsta (tested) – I was always skeptical because of how much marketing I saw. Come to find out, it was a marketing company that got into hosting. I tested them but never moved my site because I kept finding awful limitations hidden on inner pages on top of the low visits/PHP worker limits. The Cloudflare integration isn’t close to Enterprise and their TrustPilot rating sank. Quit ripping people off Kinsta!
  • WPX (tested) – targets a 400ms international TTFB, so that should already tell you something. I was skeptical because out of nowhere, Matthew W dubbed them the fastest host when it’s shared hosting and a CDN that only has 36 locations without full page caching. Again, it seems like the CEO is more into marketing than hosting.
  • WP Engine (avoided) – similar limits as Kinsta, incomplete Cloudflare integration, expensive overcharges, and overpriced. Haven’t used them for years but if you see affiliates recommending them it’s because they pay out $200 for each commission.
  • Elementor Cloud (avoided) – get your hosting from a hosting company, not page builder. Pretty much everything I’ve heard about Elementor Cloud is that it’s slow.

Rocket. Net top tier wordpress hosting benchmarks was top tier in Kevin Ohashi’s WP Hosting Benchmarks

I got to interview Ben Gabler (’s CEO) where he talks about Cloudflare Enterprise, TTFB, WooCommerce, and their platform. Ben is one of the smartest people in hosting and the 45 minutes it takes to watch this is definitely worth it. He also did an interview with Admin Bar.

Aside from my biased opinions, you can read Ben’s AMA or search for feedback in Facebook groups. Sure, they have all 5/5 star TrustPilot reviews, but you’ll also see many people moving from other cloud hosts to Rocket and not the other way around (even if you search SG’s 11,000 TrustPilot reviews). You can see more migration results by searching their TrustPilot for “TTFB.”

Move to rocket. Net from sitegroundSiteground cloud cpu usage upgrades
Kinsta to rocket. Net resultsRocket. Net vs cloudways cpu usageRocket. Net no competitionRocket. Net trustpilot review
Siteground to cloudways to rocket. Net 2Rocket. Net vs siteground commentMoved to rocket. Net vs sitegroundSiteground cloud hosting bad reviewKinsta to rocket. Net ttfb redisRocket. Net vs kinstaRocket. Net vs kinsta priceRocket. Net faster than cloudwaysRocket. Net vs. Cloudways comparisonBluehost to cloudways to rocket. NetSiteground to rocket. Net post 2Rocket. Net vs cloudways vultr hf trustpilot review

Rocket. Net woocommerce elementor

They let you try them for $1 your 1st month with free migrations. Or reach out to Ben and schedule a demo if you want to check them out beforehand. Rocket’s dashboard is easy and Cloudflare Enterprise works automatically, so the only thing I had to do initially was upgrade PHP versions, ask support to install Redis, then remove old CDN/image optimization plugins.


20. Use Full Page Caching

Whether you take my hosting/CDN recommendations, you should be using full page caching.

I recommend Cloudflare APO (or better, Cloudflare Enterprise) or QUIC. SiteGround’s CDN supports full page caching but I have no clue why you would use it instead of APO which has more PoPs and is $5/mo, other than SiteGround wants you to pay them instead of Cloudflare.

RocketCDN SiteGround CDN FlyingCDN By FlyingPress FlyingProxy Cloudflare Enterprise Cloudways Cloudflare Enterprise Cloudflare Enterprise
CDN StackPath Google Cloud BunnyCDN Cloudflare Cloudflare Cloudflare
Tbps 100 Not listed 80 192 192 192
Locations 73 176 114 285 285 285
Full page cache x x APO x APO
Brotli x
Smart routing x Anycast SmartEdge x Argo Argo
Priority routing x x x
Load balancing x
Image optimization x Very limited Bunny Optimizer Mirage/Polish Mirage/Polish Mirage/Polish
Compression x
WebP x x
Mobile resizing x x
Firewall x x
Anti-DDoS x x
Bandwidth Not unlimited as advertised Unmetered Unlimited 100GB 100GB Determined by hosting plan
Price $8.99/mo $14.99/mo $.03/GB $10/mo $5/mo Free w/ hosting

Cloudflare apo impact on ttfb fcp si

21. Configure Hosting Settings

Some of these are found under Elementor → System Info, but you’ll want to open up your hosting dashboard and configure the following (obviously some of them depend on your host):

  • PHP Version – higher versions are faster, but make sure plugins are compatible.
  • Memory limit – Elementor recommends 768 MB for best performance. Some hosts like Cloudways use PHP-FPM and let you change PHP-FPM memory limits.
  • Redis/Memcached – Redis has advantages, and Redis Object Cache Pro is even better. Once enabled in your hosting account, you may need to connect it using your cache plugin (LSC/W3TC) or a Redis plugin. See your host’s documentation.
  • OPcache – improves PHP performance and can also reduce CPU usage, so use it.
  • Caching layers – if they have something like Varnish or Nginx caching, use it.
  • Brotli – not many hosts support Brotli (most use Gzip), but it’s a bonus if they do.
  • Cron Jobs – replace wp-cron with a real cron job (most hosts have documentation on this). Aim for 5 or 10 minute intervals since something like “60 minutes” means all scheduled tasks in the past hour will run at the same and can cause CPU spikes.
  • Hotlink protection – stops people from copying your images onto their website when they’re still hosted on your server (can be enabled in your host/Cloudflare).
  • TLS – if your host has TLS settings, use TLS 1.3 and set minimum version to 1.2.
  • Resource usage – just a reminder to keep an eye on resource usage & errors logs.

Wp hosting benchmark tool
WP Hosting Benchmark is good for measuring certain aspects of hosting performance


22. Rethink Your Optimization Plugin

Use LiteSpeed Cache if you’re on a LiteSpeed server, FlyingPress in all other cases.

WP Rocket only released 1 new feature after 2020 if you check their changelog, lacks many important features, and RocketCDN/Imagify also lack features. They’ve basically gone “stale.” I used WP Rocket before FlyingPress and immediately noticed my site was faster after switching.

SiteGround Optimizer is fine for caching, but it’s one of the worst plugins for core web vitals. I usually recommend disabling all settings (except dynamic caching + Memcached, then use FlyingPress or Perfmatters for everything else. Plus, it’s loaded with compatibility issues their support (Hristo) likes to blame on third-party themes/plugins if you check the support forums.

SG Optimizer WP Rocket FlyingPress LiteSpeed Cache
Server-side caching x x
Object cache integration x x
Delay JavaScript x
Remove unused CSS x Inline Separate file Separate file
Critical CSS x
Preload critical images x x x
Exclude above the fold images By class/type By URL/class Automatic Automatic
Lazy load background images x Inline HTML lazy-bg class x
Add missing image dimensions x
Lazy load iframes x
YouTube iframe preview image x
Self-host YouTube placeholder x x x
Host fonts locally x x
Font-display: swap x
Preload links x
Bloat removal (beyond Heartbeat) x x (read details) x
Lazy render HTML elements x x
Guest Mode x x x
Advanced cache control x x x
Gravatar cache x x x
Limit post revisions Delete all Delete all Delete all Keep some
CDN Google Cloud StackPath BunnyCDN
CDN PoPs 176 73 114 80
Full page caching x x
CDN geo-replication x x x
CDN image optimization x x
CDN image resizing for mobile x x x
CDN DDoS protection x x
CDN bandwidth Unmetered Very limited Unlimited Unlimited
Documented APO compatibility x x x
Documentation Not detailed Good Not detailed Good
New features Infrequent Infrequent Frequent Frequent
Facebook group Join Join Join Join
CDN price $14.99/mo $8.99/mo $.03/GB $.02-.08/GB
Plugin price Free $59/year $60/year Free
Renewal price Free $59/year $42/year Free
View tutorial View tutorial View tutorial View tutorial

Omm switches to flyingpress


23. Lazy Render Elementor Sections

You’ll need FlyingPress or LiteSpeed Cache to do this.

Lazy render is like lazy loading images only for any element on the page using CSS selectors. While #footer and #comments are both common, you can also lazy render Elementor sections.

View your site, then right click the Elementor section you want to lazy render. Inspect it in Chrome Dev Tools, right click the code, copy the CSS selector, and paste it into FlyingPress/LSC.

Copy elementor section css selector
Copy the CSS selector of the Elementor section you want to lazy render
Lazy render elementor section
Paste it into FlyingPress or LiteSpeed Cache

Follow Gijo’s video tutorial, only do it with Elementor sections below the fold.


24. Remove Bloat, Database Bloat, Unused Modules

Here’s a summary:

  • Remove bloat using Perfmatters’ general settings or Debloat.
  • Use the Disable WooCommerce bloat plugin for WooCommerce.
  • Remove database bloat (including unused tables) with WP-Optimize.
  • Disable all unused modules/settings in plugins if you don’t use them.
  • Only allow Heartbeat when editing pages/posts (source: Perfmatters).

Your Perfmatters general settings should look something like this:

Perfmatters general settings with page builders 1

The problem with cleaning your database with cache plugins is they don’t take backups (WP-Optimize takes them via UpdraftPlus), they delete all post revisions (WP-Optimize can keep a few), and they don’t remove unused tables left behind by old plugins (while WP-Optimize does).

Wp optimize unused database tables

Ultimate Addons, Premium Addons, Rank Math, and many other plugins are module-based, meaning you can deactivate features you don’t use. WP Johnny also found Ultimate Adds For Elementor and uses too many autoloads, so again, you gotta be careful which plugins you use.

Disable unused modules


Conclusion: Elementor Is Slow, Your Site Doesn’t Have To Be

This blog is all about speed so I use GeneratePress (Elementor wouldn’t make sense for me).

Fastest wordpress theme starter templates
I ran a test on the fastest WordPress themes using different starter templates/layouts

Another post by Vikas in case I didn’t cover everything (from 2011, but still relevant):

Elementor speed tips

Why is my Elementor website slow?

Elementor adds extra CSS, JavaScript, fonts, and div wrappers to your site. Elementor plugins don't help either, including Elementor Pro which adds even more CSS/JavaScript.

How can I speed up my Elementor site?

You can speed Elementor by activating the performance settings and disabling unused fonts, font icons, and Gutenberg. There are Elementor-specific exclusions when removing unused CSS and delaying JavaScript in cache plugins, both of which can help significantly.

Why is the Elementor Editor slow?

High memory usage slows down the Elementor editor. Besides upgrading memory, a common reason for high memory usage is plugins running ongoing background tasks.

Why is Elementor slow on mobile?

If your Elementor mobile site is slow, try using mobile caching, resize images for mobile with your image optimization plugin or CDN, and reduce latency with a faster DNS/CDN.

Why is WooCommerce slow on Elementor?

Elementor and WooCommerce both add extra CSS/JavaScript while increasing memory usage. Using a sufficient host with object caching (i.e. Redis) along with full page caching and CDN features like Argo Smart Routing can speed up the delivery of dynamic content.


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  1. I am new to Blogging and created my site with Elementor. I joined a WP Meet Up site and one of the participants recommended switching to GenerateBlock / Press. Says site will run much faster. I see from comments above, you are switching to GeneratePress. Wanted to know how difficult it is to switch from Elelmentor to GeneratePress?
    Note: been doing some you tube surfing on topic, but have not found anything detailed enough to chance “blowing up my site”.

    • Not overly difficult but obviously required quite a bit of work. I only have a few pages though, the rest are blog posts. Designed my site by looking at GenerateBlocks ( then going off those templates. Probably took 1 month to complete but I also spent several extra months rewriting a bunch of content.


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