WordPress dashboard access super slow since enabling Cloudflare

Hi everyone,
Hope you are all staying well and healthy.

I setup the Cloudflare account for my client this last weekend. I wanted to make several changes to the website (live) but have had endless issues trying to access various pages in the Wordpress dashboard. I have had 3 long support chats with my hosting company (Hostgator) but still don’t have a solution. They told me to talk to Cloudflare.

For instance, I’m trying to add a new plugin to test it and when I search for the plugin it starts the search but never finds the plugin in the WordPress repository. It stays like that for ages.

The one time I received the Error 524 - a timeout occurred.

A second time, I was trying to update a page and it caused a fatal crash and WordPress sent an email detailing the cause. Let me know if I should paste the contents here please.

Please assist as I can’t make the one update to the Contact Us page and currently the live site is sitting without an email form which is not great.

The website is www.drjslabbert.co.za

Appreciate your assistance,

Best regards,

Please help…anyone?

What details did it show?

I really don’t know why Hostgator pushes clients off to Cloudflare for their frequent problems.

There are some 404 errors for some @2x images, but that’s not unheard of. The main page is a little slow, but it could just hosted far away from me.

If there’s a fatal crash, Hostgator should be able to figure that one out. They’re the only ones who have any insight into your site’s performance.

Thanks for taking the time,

Here is the email copy from WordPress:


Since WordPress 5.2 there is a built-in feature that detects when a plugin or theme causes a fatal error on your site, and notifies you with this automated email.

In this case, WordPress caught an error with your theme, Rocket Builder.

First, visit your website (http://www.drjslabbert.co.za/) and check for any visible issues. Next, visit the page where the error was caught (http://www.drjslabbert.co.za/wp-admin/post.php) and check for any visible issues.

Please contact your host for assistance with investigating this issue further.

If your site appears broken and you can’t access your dashboard normally, WordPress now has a special “recovery mode”. This lets you safely login to your dashboard and investigate further.


To keep your site safe, this link will expire in 1 day. Don’t worry about that, though: a new link will be emailed to you if the error occurs again after it expires.

When seeking help with this issue, you may be asked for some of the following information:
WordPress version 5.4.1
Current theme: Rocket Builder (version 1.2)
Current plugin: (version )
PHP version 7.1.24

Error Details

An error of type E_ERROR was caused in line 888 of the file /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-content/themes/rocketbuilder_wl/functions/builder/back.php. Error message: Uncaught Error: operator not supported for strings in /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-content/themes/rocketbuilder_wl/functions/builder/back.php:888
Stack trace:
#0 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-content/themes/rocketbuilder_wl/functions/meta-portfolio.php(429): mfn_builder_save(12)
#1 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(289): mfn_portfolio_save_data(12)
#2 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(311): WP_Hook->apply_filters(NULL, Array)
#3 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php(478): WP_Hook->do_action(Array)
#4 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-includes/post.php(4153): do_action(‘save_post’, 12, Object(WP_Post), true)
#5 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-includes/post.php(4244): wp_insert_post(Array, false)
#6 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-admin/includes/post.php(409): wp_update_post(Array)
#7 /home1/drjslabbzkx/public_html/wp-admin/post.php(227): edit_post()
#8 {main}

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