Took Too Long to Respond error

Hello People. This article discusses about the “took too long to respond error”. Sometimes you might encounter the ‘website took too long to respond’ error when you try to access a particular website. This error indicates that there is a communication problem between the target server and the client. In this case your web browser. It must be understood that the targeted server is taking a long time to send a response to the client. The error appears if the client cannot get a response within 30 seconds. The connection attempt is then terminated.

Reasons for the ‘took too long to respond’ error?

Here are the reasons.

Internet connection problem

If you do not have an internet connection, this error occurs. Check that your device is connected to internet via a LAN or Wi-Fi. If you use a LAN, you need to check your LAN settings. You also need to make sure that your TCP/ipv4 protocols are correctly configured.

Much load on the server

If you are using shared hosting, there is a possibility that there is not enough memory to allow for a connection between your client and server. When using shared hosting, memory allocation is not equally distributed. There might be sites that use a lot of memory, leaving others with little memory available. Contact your service provider about your memory limit. If you are using WordPress, you can check your memory limit in the ‘Site Health Tool’ on your dashboard.

You may also want to change your hosting plan to a VPS (Virtual Private Server) package, where memory is shared equally among users.

There are also other reasons that may cause your site to be overwhelmed. Increase in site traffic, or code and scripts that have not been deferred to load only after your site fully loads.


Took Too Long to Respond error

Antivirus is blocking site access

Sometimes Your antivirus might block access to some sites or even all of them. You may need to temporarily disable it and see whether the ‘taking too long’ error is resolved.

DNS cache

The DNS (Domain Name System) is what converts domain names to IP addresses. DNS results are usually cached in order to make sure that subsequent requests are handled faster. If there was a communication problem between client and server, it may be cached, resulting in the ‘website took too long to respond’ error. Clearing the DNS cache should solve the error.

Outdated extensions

Extensions may not be as frequently updated for compatibility with web browsers. On Chrome, virus scanning extensions, for example, Symantec, outdated or not, tend to be ‘heavy’, which slows down your browser.

Browsing history

Stored data from browsing sessions such as saved passwords, cookies, site names, and URLs, as well as cache can contribute to client-server communication problems.

Chrome’s default profile folder issues

There is always a folder named ‘Default’ on your local machine which store’s your ‘Chrome Profile’ (your bookmarks, saved passwords, apps, browser settings, and extensions). If there is corrupted content in the folder, it may affect communication between client and server. You may need to edit or rename this file in order to fix ‘taking too long’ issues.

Windows hosts file

The hosts file is what maps domains to IP addresses. If you want to see for example how your site would look if you hosted on a different server, you would need to edit the hosts file.  If you have blocked website URLs or IP addresses in your hosts file, they might cause other sites to be blocked too, resulting in the page taking too long to load error.

The network adapter is not installed or is out of date

Drivers are very important for seamless communication between software and hardware. If your network driver is not up to date it may result in broken client-server communication.

Your browser contains corrupted files

Your browser may contain corrupted files. By reinstalling the web browser might solve this problem.

Theme incompatibility

If you are using WordPress, your theme incompatibility issues could be the reason for the ‘took too long to respond’ error. The only way to know whether it is your theme that is causing the issues is to change it to a default theme. If the error gets fixed, then you need to reinstall your theme.

Too much data in your database

If your database contains a lot of data, your site may take too long to retrieve all that data from your site.

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