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  • @ben Pearson thanks for the reply, im doing the same thing for now of turning off caching while developing, annoying but it does work.

    I completely agree that Elliot and ACF are two of the best things to happen to wordpress, makes my life so much easier !

    A bit disappointed in WP Engine over this, but hopefully something will be done….

  • awesome thread, really helped me out, has anyone heard back from WP Engine with an update on the issue? I’m about to open a ticket now just to keep them on their toes, dont see why admin content needs to be cached….

  • same here, happened just prior to 3.7.1 update from 3.6.1, after the update the menu is still not showing up…

  • just keeping the thread updated and marking it as solved. Elliot’s solution worked perfectly. I just set the field to apply to the custom template i made, exported, uncommented the include for repeater, and it shows up upon creation of a new sub-site AND its uneditable by the end user which is perfect. Thanks E!!

  • yes that sounds like it is just what i am looking for, i will try it out, thank you !

  • oh, i totally missed the dev part sorry…

    and hmm…the amount of images is large but not insanely large. maybe try finding a really small image and use that in the ACF instead just to see if it is still taking forever. if it does still take a long time than you can rule out the image/s size as the problem. if it speeds up your load time than it would seem the problem is with the image sizes. in my experience, ACF, even coded poorly doesnt take an enormous time to run. sorry if this isnt much help….i know how much of a headache slow loading time can be.

  • the first thing that comes to mind is how large is the image/images that are in the slider? if they are really big that could be causing your problems. I would hesitate to blame the repeater field as i have had nested repeater fields with hundreds of inner-fields on sites and never noticed a slow down.

    one thing that really helped me solve the slowness is to use the Network section of the Developer Tools (Chrome, but firebug for firefox does the same if not more). I was able to locate what exact files that were causing the lag and then adjusted/shrank them down to help. another great resource is

    another option is to contact your hosting provider and see if there is anything they can do. i had one site with average load time was almost ten seconds! one weekend the hosting company did server maintenance and did some resets etc. and my site was back down to average load time of 1-2 seconds, even with php/sql heavy templates.

  • ya i know…ive been working on this performance issue for the last three weeks…definitely worth a shot to disable all plugins and see where that gets me. thank you greatly for sticking with me and giving me all of these suggestions (ironically, none of which had to do with ACF lol), they have been a help to narrow down my focus, i will leave this thread open so that if i can find the root of the problem i will post it for anyone who finds this thread to use as reference. thank you emcniece !

  • i did and there didnt seem to be any major differences. the main thing that is stumping me is that ALL of my pages whether large or small have a long html/text load time. I have pages with custom templates with a small amount of php, templates with tons of php/sql queries, pages with lots of shortcodes, and pages with nothing more than a paragraph of plain text on them and yet, regardless of size or complexity, they all seem to be taking around the same amount of time for the server to send over (~3-4 sec). with something like this it would seem that there is issues with the database, i ran database optimizers and clean-ups and they all say that the db is in tip top shape…could there be something more fundamentally wrong?

  • i finally had a chance to test out your methods, thank you ! switching to TwentyTwelve theme reduced my average load time by about half, but is still around 3 seconds. Using the Network and analysis tools it seems about 90% of the load time is waiting for the initial html/text (roughly 2-2.5 seconds). I have tested other sites that we have on the same server and they all load in under half a second so i dont think server speed is what is slowing down my site…

  • thanks for the reply ! its about the end of my work day but i will definitely try out all of these strategies next week when i come back in and keep you posted as to what i learn !

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