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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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                                                      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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                                                      Published on September 20, 2018

                                                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                                      Minimizing Tabs

                                                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                                      Incognito Mode

                                                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                                                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                                      Play Media Files

                                                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                                      Stay Focus(e)d

                                                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                                                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                                      Grammarly for Editing

                                                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                                      Loom

                                                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                                                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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