Tweaking Ajax Search Pro for significant speed increase

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  • #38468
    wildguitars06
    wildguitars06
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    Hi Ernest,

    I hope you’re doing well, my friend! We are continuing to enjoy your wonderful plugin and fantastic support.

    Our website continues to suffer from a very slow search engine – we have over 3,000 products and several tags per product. Sometimes it takes over 20 seconds from the moment you hit “Enter” until the search results page loads.

    We discuss this briefly almost a year ago in the following thread: Link

    You checked out our website and I tried to make some tweaks but the results were unsatisfactory.

    Nobody knows your plugin better than you. I was hoping to receive a thorough support session with you, via Zoom/AnyDesk any other program of your choice. Although I happily pay the support every time I receive a payment request to renew it, I am happy to pay extra to have this issue sorted for good.

    Please let me know if you are able to lend me some of your time. The search engine is currently our website’s Achilles heel and we’ve been receiving complaints from our customers that I’d like to resolve.

    Thanks!
    Tom

    #38469
    Ernest Marcinko
    Ernest Marcinko
    Keymaster

    Hi Tom,

    I hope you are fine too! Thanks again for the details.

    I’m afraid this issue is completely unrelated to our plugin unfortunately. To simply test this, I deactivated the plugin programmatically (don’t worry nobody saw it), and did a search query without the plugin. The response time was exactly the same: https://i.imgur.com/gHOJU1M.png
    As you can see there is almost a 30 second delay when loading up that page. I choose a random query, so there are no results to display, so the built in search finishes quickly.

    These types of issues are very hard to get by. It can be a background process somewhere, which hangs up the server for too long. The search process should not take this long, even with the built in search, it is not possible.

    The best possible course of action to find the culprit is:
    – If you have any custom codes (custom php snippets on the server side), disable them one-by-one to see if that changes anything
    – Same with the plugins, disable them one by one to see if the speed increases at any given point.
    – If still nothing, switch the theme temporarily to see if that fixes the problem
    If you can’t do these on the live site, set up a staging site somewhere and copy everything exactly, and test there instead.

    I suspect, that somewhere along the way you will find the cause. It is usually a plugin (like almost every time), but definitely check any custom codes you have implemented. It can be anything minor, literally just a single line of code, that is why it’s very very hard to find the exact point.

    If none of these helps, then looking at the server might be a good idea too. I don’t think that is the problem, but if disabling everything does not help at all, then it is very likely something wrong on the server side. The database can be full, the memory can run out etc..

    Unfortunately I am not available for custom sessions, this is all I can give you about tweaking the issue.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #38475
    wildguitars06
    wildguitars06
    Participant

    Hi Ernest, thanks as always for your very prompt and very insightful reply – you really are the best.

    Please download the following video that I have recorded for you, demonstrating the search time on the live website using the default search (https://www.wildguitars.co.il/?s= ) vs. the Ajax Search Pro bar. This is with all plugins on and everything running normal.

    https://we.tl/t-PMpxHT8FYr

    Looking forward to your additional thoughts.

    Best regards,
    Tom

    #38478
    Ernest Marcinko
    Ernest Marcinko
    Keymaster

    Hi Tom,

    You are checking the wrong page in the video. That is the default results page, while the plugin is directed to the WooCommerce results page. If you try: https://www.wildguitars.co.il/?s=&post_type=product
    ..then the response time is going to be over 20 seconds – even if the plugin is disabled. The problem seems to be with the WooCommerce results page.

    If you change the search to redirect to the default results page, the response time will be fine.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #38498
    wildguitars06
    wildguitars06
    Participant

    Hi Ernest,

    Thank you for this important clarification. Indeed the URL you provided results in an extremely long search time. The odd thing is, that on our staging website the results are much faster – only a few seconds.

    Comparison:
    https://www.wildguitars.co.il/?s=metal&post_type=product
    https://dev2.wildguitars.co.il/?s=metal&post_type=product

    We are trying to figure out what is causing the difference.

    Best regards,
    Tom

    #38512
    Ernest Marcinko
    Ernest Marcinko
    Keymaster

    You are welcome. Yeah, there is a huge difference there, it is very much noticable.

    It looks like as if the server is waiting for something, and then continues execution. Definitely check WooCommerce related plugins, as it only happens in the woocommerce results page.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #38513
    wildguitars06
    wildguitars06
    Participant

    Hi Ernest, when you say WooCommerce related plugins, do you mean plugins that were developed by WooCommerce?

    #38514
    Ernest Marcinko
    Ernest Marcinko
    Keymaster

    I mean anything related to WooCoomerce, but this is just a tip to start off somewhere. I suspect the issue is related to something, that is related to WooCommerce, but I am just guessing. Doing the things step-by-step as I suggested earlier may reveal the issue.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #38516
    wildguitars06
    wildguitars06
    Participant

    Thanks, Ernest! I hope to resolve this issue soon.

    Best regards,
    Tom

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