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Transients Slowing Down Site

Posted: February 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm


February 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

I’m currently trying to troubleshoot extremely slow performance on a client’s site and the issue appears to be be related to the transients being stored. I’m seeing page speeds increase in load time by 300-800% based on the number of existing transients in my wp_options table.

The site is adding ~4 transients per front end page load (regardless of the page). The majority of the transients showing up in the options table are:

  • transient_timeout_ee
  • transient_ee_ssn
  • transient_ee_shc
  • transient_timeout_ee

I’ve read a few other posts on this issue mention bots or issues with wp-cron not running. I don’t believe this is an issue with bots hitting the site as my logs appear to show legitimate usage of the site. I will be further investigating whether the cron job is running but I’m not 100% sure on how to verify the proper behavior.

The site performance can be temporarily fixed by running a delete in the wp_options table for option_name like (‘%\_transient\_%’) so it would make sense to me if there’s some task to clean out the transients that’s currently not working properly.

I would love some pointers on how to troubleshoot this. Thanks!


  • Support Staff

February 9, 2018 at 5:32 am

Hi bld_espresso,

You can update to the current version of Event Espresso 4 and that will help reduce the number of new transients added to the database.

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