Recently I installed Google Analytics on my site and got a result of 3 areas that need improvement.
Optimize images Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data.
Leverage browser caching Setting an expiry date or a maximum age in the HTTP headers for static resources instructs the browser to load previously downloaded resources from local disk rather than over the network.
What’s the best way of going about doing this? I’ve heard good things about W3 total cache and Supercache and wanted to get you guys opinion on them. Also, what files can I safely edit to aid in the site speed up process?
I have used both W3TC and Supercache. I personally prefer W3TC in combination with Cloudflare. As for images, you can have a look at the ‘Smush it’ plugin for WordPress by Yahoo! which will also decrease your image sizes if they are below 1MB.
For me these combined increased my site speed by about 35%.
thanks for sharing
Hi Roelf, Any idea about quickcache.
@Narender … https://www.dashboardjunkie.com/test-of-wp-caching-plugins-w3-total-cache-vs-wp-super-cache-vs-quick-cache
Thank You so much Henk.
Thanks Roelf and Hank! I’ll be trying these methods out and will report my findings.
Ok I used the recommended combination of Smush it! and Supercache. I was able to losslessly compress all of my pictures and cache my web pages using the easy setting. There is noticeable improvement, but it seems like my slider (cyclone slider 2) makes my homepage take a brief time to fully come up (it’s usually the last thing to load.
Also, how can I leverage browser caching? Can I do this through Supercache as well? Any help GREATLY appreciated! Thanks.
if you are serious about speeding your page up, I love this site: https://gtmetrix.com/
gives you all kinds of info once it inspects your site and gives you ideas. SIte is priceless in my opinion.
FYI I have no affiliation with that site, it’s one of the few “website tools” i have found truly useful.
Thanks for the tips. Personally, I also prefer W3TC because full package that permit to perform with CDN. Google Page Speed Insight give really good clues about what to optimize and what
Thanks for sharing
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