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5 Simple Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

5 Simple Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

WordPress is a great CMS platform that offers nearly endless capabilities for web designers and developers. However, every great tool has its drawbacks. Although WordPress tackles most of the issues pretty well, there is still one main concern – the speed.

It can be tempting to install all great plugins to offer the best possible experience to the users. However, most of these plugins come at a performance cost, mainly resulting in a website speed decrease.

As a result of tests carried out by Amazon, their revenue increased by 1% every time they’ve improved the speed by 100ms. To translate this into maths, Amazon’s average annual revenue is $100 billion, and therefore, 100ms of their website speed can cost or gain around $1 billion/year. That’s simply incredible.

Few month ago, we carried out a significant performance optimisation for our website. This work has resulted in decreased website speed (2.85 seconds to 900ms), considering that we’ve redesigned the site that led to an increase in page size (870KB to 1.7MB).

Let’s look at the comparison:

Before

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    After

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        Now, let’s go through 5 simple ways to speed up your WordPress site.

        1. Make use of the Caching Plugin

        A caching plugin creates static (cached) versions of the site to deliver to users. So, instead of loading all of the scripts, images and files when users hit “refresh”, a caching plugin would serve a cached version of the site, which results in a faster load time.

        Caching Plugins also come with some powerful functionalities that help to improve the load speed even further.

        These include:

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        • CSS, Javascript & HTML Minification and Concatenation
        • Object & Browser Caching
        • GZIP Compression
        • CDN Integration
        • Image LazyLoad
        • DNS Prefetching and more.

        We recommend using one of the following plugins:

        W3 Total Cache

        Price(Free)

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                Configuration(Hard)

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                  Performance(Good)

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                      WP-Rocket

                      Price($39)

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                        Configuration(Easy)

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                                Performance(Good)

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                                    WP Super Cache

                                    Price(Free)

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                                            Configuration(Easy)

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                                                    Performance(Medium)

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                                                      2. Optimise & Rescale Images

                                                      In most cases, images take the most space on a website. That said, this is a relatively easy task to accomplish. Plugins like WP Smush It, Imagify or EWWW Image Optimizer will compress your images automatically without decreasing the quality.

                                                      If you wish to optimise images manually, we would suggest using TinyPNG or Compressor.

                                                      Rescaling images can also decrease the load time. If you intend to use 500px by 500px image, avoid uploading 1000px by 1000px image and resizing it within WordPress.

                                                      3. Minify and Combine CSS & JavaScript Files

                                                      Script minification includes the reduction of the file by eliminating unnecessary characters, comments and white space. Wed Developers often leave a lot of notes when writing scripts, which can eventually increase the file size.

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                                                      As well as minifying, try to combine external scripts into as few files as possible. So, instead of using 10 individual JavaScript files, try to combine these into 2-3 files.

                                                      Sounds technical? The good news is that most caching plugins would have the option to do this automatically.

                                                      4. Avoid Massive Plugins

                                                      Poorly written plugins are usually one of the main sources of website delays. So, try to use as few plugins as possible, and delete the ones that you no longer need. Not only they create delays but also сan put your site under the security threat.

                                                      You can use plugins like P3 to identify the plugins that are slowing down your site.

                                                      5. Use CDN (Content Delivery Network)

                                                      The primary function of a CDN is to load your website’s files from the nearest server to the user. So, instead of hosting all of your images, CSS & JavaScript files on your web server, CDN would load the files from their servers. This can significantly improve the loading speed for visitors outside of your primary web server location.

                                                      We recommend using one of the following CDNs:

                                                      To Conclude

                                                      There are many more factors that can affect your website performance, but these 5 points above should give you a solid foundation.

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                                                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                                      Joe’s Goals

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                                                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                        Daytum

                                                          Daytum

                                                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                          Excel or Numbers

                                                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                            Evernote

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                                                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                              Access or Bento

                                                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                                Conclusion

                                                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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