Need for Speed - Gear Up Your WordPress


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Need for Speed - Gear Up Your WordPress

  1. 1. Need for Speed Gear up Your WordPress
  2. 2. Hristo Pandjarov @pandjarov Work at SiteGround doing: WordPress Tutorials WordPress Themes WordPress Plugins WordPress Optimization Trying not to look ridiculous in front of people
  3. 3. Why bother optimizing Better user experience Better rankings Lower hosting expenses
  4. 4. Make a plan … and follow it! Benchmark loading times Pinpoint performance issues Prioritise problems Start optimizing
  5. 5. Benchmark and find issues
  6. 6. Common problems … completely unordered! Too many posts on the homepage Too many Social widgets Too many external fonts used Large/unoptimized Images Themes with too many unused features Too much CSS/JS No static content compression No caching No CDN
  7. 7. Prioritise problems Sort performance issues by their severity Sort them by the time you need to fix them Cross-reference the two lists
  8. 8. Page size … matters! Make a scroll map test ( ) Reduce the number of posts per page Progressive page loading (infinite scroll)
  9. 9. Social media widgets/plugins … use them wisely! Avoid using iframes Try not to use “Share on 100 social networks” services Avoid using more than one social plugin
  10. 10. External fonts … trust me, you don’t need 8 fonts on your site! Include only fonts you use, on the pages you use them Put fonts on your local server and include locally Sacrifice the usage of a font for a better site performance
  11. 11. Images … the right size and the right quality Use images with the right size and specify their dimensions Smush your images: Use sprites in your themes
  12. 12. Avoid bloated themes … really, cut the fat! Avoid themes that support every possible website idea Don’t use all theme features on the same page Make sure that the JavaScript and CSS is loaded only when needed
  13. 13. Minify your CSS and JS … the smaller the size, the better! Try using WP Minify: If you’re already using it, enable minify options in W3 Total Cache
  14. 14. Enable gZIP compression … for HTML, CSS and JavaScript! Use .htaccess rules instead of plugins:
  15. 15. Leverage browser caching … whatever that means! The .htaccess rules: leverage-browser-caching/
  16. 16. Use a CDN service … but do it wisely! Measure if your site is working faster Even local business can take advantage by the CDN Bonus: “Always Online ” service
  17. 17. Cache your content … if you don’t cache your content that’s bad and you should feel bad! Use opcode caching - АPC, xCache Use Memcached object caching Use reverse proxies like Varnish, nGinx
  18. 18. Thank you! @pandjarov / Read this presentation on SlideShare:
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