Just installed WordPress and then CiviCRM on my Hostmonster.com hosted website. CiviCRM runs too slow to be useful. Is there w way to make it run without 1-2 minutes for each option selected, with timeout errors (504). Is there a fix?

  • Is there a better engine than WordPress that I should consider to get better performance from CiviCRM?
    – Tom Reiff
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 22:10

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The problem isn't WordPress, but Hostmonster. Shared hosting makes its money on sites that don't need any CPU or memory - simple WordPress sites, for instance.

CiviCRM is a much more resource-intensive program than your typical CMS (like WordPress). If you have good shared hosting - which is hard to come by! - then you can sometimes run a very small CiviCRM instance. Say, 500 contacts.

Consider a VPS instead. Hostmonster offers a VPS service, but there are cheaper VPS vendors available. If you're committed to shared hosting, there's a list of hosting providers available - but if you have the resources to support a VPS, you'll be much happier.

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    To make it explicit - I've run CiviCRM on WordPress, Drupal, Backdrop, and even a little bit of Joomla. While you can have a badly configured slow site with any CMS, I've never considered one over another based on performance. Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 2:35

Upon advice from Jon G, I moved from Hostmonster to Siteground hosting. CiviCRM runs great, now. Thanks for the assist! Tom R

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