This blog loads faster than 97% of all websites tested by Pingdom’s Website Speed Test as you can see in the report above. It wasn’t just naturally this fast, it took some effort. To save you time and help you speed up your WordPress site, I’ve outlined 19 specific ways you can do this on any WordPress driven web site. Some of these items will not be options if your web host doesn’t accommodate them, but most of them will be relevant regardless of your web host.
Sometimes it’s better not to minify your files, so test the load time with Pingdom’s Website speed test before and after enabling it, to determine whether or not it makes sense for your site. This is particularly true if you have a lot of CSS files being loaded, as one big group they can take a lot longer to load than they would separately.
Ideally you’ll be able to just bulk “smush” all your images. Yahoo’s Smush.it service tends to be a bit unreliable however. If it’s not working at the time, you can always run a GTmetrix report on your site and manually download the compressed version of the images it reports as not being optimized.
Why use a CDN on your Blog?
For example if you had the script prettyphoto being included as follows:
Test your load time before following this guide. Once you have fully implemented these techniques, please share your results in the comments! Also, if you have any further recommendations I’d love to hear those too!
Andy Forsberg is a digital marketer in Minneapolis, MN and has been developing profitable websites for over 16 years. He started his professional career as founder of a major online music network of web properties. Andy is an expert at digital marketing and front-end web development. He is known for his Google Analytics, Salesforce, SEO & WordPress expertise.
Hey there. Great post, thanks for sharing the tips. I’ve used the pingdom tool and I can already see that I have a lot of room for improvement with my site speed. My window tinting company website is here: http://www.alphatinting.com. I’m not exceptional with the technical side of speeding up my site. I’ve used caching plugins and minifying plugins before, but sometimes I notice it breaks certain parts of my site. Is this something that you offer as a service? If not, is there a place where I can hire someone for a one-time optimization for site speed?
Validation errors are not important at all in the whole scheme of things. So long as your site renders properly on the important browsers and for the various mobile resolutions they’re essentially irrelevant and fruitless to bother fixing. If I spent my time worrying about them above more important things (i.e. content, seo, load time, mobile rendering, etc.) then my site probably wouldn’t be one of the top 45,000 most visited websites in the world.
A note about jpg vs. png. Each type of image is different, so sometimes even gif is better if it is images like line drawings using only 256 colors. png is also sometimes better depending on the actual image. jpg filetypes are always best with photos. png is great for icons, and both png and gif support transparency but jpg images don’t.
Andy, do you provide site and page load optimization as a service? If so, please contact me at http://www.21stsoft.com. Much appreciated.