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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:

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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)

                        power-higher-than-medium

                                Performance(Good)

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                                    WP Super Cache

                                    Price(Free)

                                    power-higher-than-medium

                                            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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                                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                      Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                      There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                      Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                      It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                      Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                      1. OmniFocus

                                                      This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        2. Forest

                                                        Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          3. Things

                                                          Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            4. 30/30

                                                            Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                            , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              5. Any.Do

                                                              A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                                This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  7. Asana

                                                                  We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                                  , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                                  Download it here.

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                                                                    8. ToDoist

                                                                    This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      9. FlowTasks

                                                                      From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        10. Calendars 5

                                                                        This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                          A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            12. Due

                                                                            A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              13. Checkmark 2

                                                                              I use this app

                                                                              for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                14. TeuxDeux

                                                                                Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  15. Wunderlist 

                                                                                  Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                                  Download it here.

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                                                                                    16. Nirvana

                                                                                    For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      17. Priorities

                                                                                      An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                        18. Productive

                                                                                        With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                          You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            20. Streaks

                                                                                            This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                              Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                22. Day One Journal

                                                                                                When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                                  23. Evernote

                                                                                                  Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    24. Pocket

                                                                                                    You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                                                      25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                      This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        26. Droplr

                                                                                                        One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          27. Dropbox

                                                                                                          Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            28. iDolly 

                                                                                                            In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                            Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              29. Soulver

                                                                                                              It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                                30. Captio

                                                                                                                A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  31. Drafts

                                                                                                                  A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                    This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                                                                      33. Doodle

                                                                                                                      This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                        I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                          A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                            36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                            This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                              Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                                38. 1Password

                                                                                                                                There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                                  You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                                  All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                    40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                    Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                      There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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