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Introduction to Optimizing WordPress for Website Speed


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Google loves a speedy website, and well… your visitors like a speedy website too. This is not the dial-up days. Your content, plugins you run, and your host can be factors in slowing down your website.

I’m going to show you how to speed up your WordPress website using WordPress plugins, some services, and a little code. I’m also going to share what tools I like used in order to optimize website speed so that you can also use them too.

Presented at WordCamp Milwaukee 2015 & St. Louis WordPress Meetup

Published in: Technology

Introduction to Optimizing WordPress for Website Speed

  1. 1. Introduction to Optimizing WordPress for Website Speed Nile Flores @blondishnet
  2. 2. Objective A basic guide to help you to optimize WordPress for a better user experience.
  3. 3. Areas that this presentation will cover: ❏ General tips ❏ Plugins ❏ Themes ❏ Cache ❏ CDN ❏ Images ❏ Database
  4. 4. In the beginning... WordPress was slick when you first installed it, but adding a theme, plugins, and content just makes it slow down.
  5. 5. Updates are important! Keep WordPress core, themes, and plugins up- to-date. Some updates actually include speeding up certain areas of your site.
  6. 6. Optimization: Plugins
  7. 7. Plugins: Use what you need Deactivate plugins that you’re not using.
  8. 8. Use Plugins Responsibly You can use as many plugins as you want, but if it’ s breaking your website, or even slowing down your website, then perhaps it’s time for a plugin diet.
  9. 9. Plugin Organizer For those who can’t code, this allows you to control what plugins can run globally, or on specific post types (posts, pages, custom post types.)
  10. 10. Optimization: Themes
  11. 11. Theme Choosing ❏ Sometimes too many theme options may be a bad thing. ❏ Don’t forget to choose a responsive theme! ❏ Don’t be afraid to test the theme for speed on a beta or development site.
  12. 12. Website Speed Testers Pingdom - GTMetrix - Google PageSpeed - com/speed/pagespeed/ WebPagetest -
  13. 13. Cache Plugin W3 Total Cache - WP Super Cache - WPRocket (premium) - There are a lot more out there. Google “Recommended Settings…” to help set up your Cache Plugin
  14. 14. Wait... That last slide… please be careful. Most of the cache plugins shouldn’t be combined. #notallthethings
  15. 15. CDN ❏ Cloudflare - ❏ MaxCDN - A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers across the Internet. - Wikipedia
  16. 16. Optimization: Your Host Look for or ask if the web host has or offers: ❏ Memcache ❏ Varnish Cache ❏ APC/ OpCache ❏ “Website Booster”
  17. 17. Optimization: Images A CDN helps, but you may want to use a plugin like WP Smush to strip out all the extra stuff, and overall, reduces file size.
  18. 18. Optimization: Database WP-Optimize - ❏ Repair and Optimize Tables ❏ Remove extra revisions ❏ Remove trashed comments …. and much much more!
  19. 19. Wanna Optimize More? If you’re code savvy, or just want to learn more, here’s some great resources on Optimizing WordPress: ❏ Codex: WordPress Optimization - ❏ WordPress Optimization Guide - ❏ How to Optimize WordPress for Better Performance - http://bit. ly/1PwXwVY ❏ Battle of the Image Compression WordPress Plugins - http://bit. ly/1HUFQi5 ❏
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