Squeeze more speed out of your wordpress blog!By Thomas Fjordside
Page speed is all the rage right now. And although wordpress is a fast blogging platform, it can get really bloated, really quick. With all the free plugins and themes using a lot of requests. Here are some tips to get a faster loading wordpress blog.
First Grab yourself some tools to measure the speed
Get yourself some tools to test your speed.
Yahoo’s Yslow, Firebug firefox extension, google pagespeed are just some of the speed tools out there. Try them out to see which one you like.
Make yourself a backup of all your WordPress files and you database. Just to be save 🙂
And lets get on with it.
Compress your images to the right format and the right size
Getting your images down to the right size and getting them properly compressed isn’t as hard as you might think. Use photoshop if you have it or try something like SmushIt. And If you are using photoshop you can read about compression and save for web here.
Optimize your SQL database
Go into your phpMyAdmin, Select all tables, click repair and then click optimize. This can work wonders and takes very little work. You can even get and extension for it here from Yoast.
Leverage GZip if you have access to your servers
GZip will compress your content before sending it to your users. It is a bit technical and you will need some server knowhow to do it.
Save on http requests with CSS sprites
Try putting your graphics in a sprite image to save http requests, It helps a lot on graphic heavy sites. Here’s a in-depth explanation on how to use CSS sprites.
Hardcoding your wordpress header, sidebar and footer to cut down on the php calls
Hardcode as many of the php calls in your theme as you can. It’ll cut your loadtime in half if you have a lot of them. Thanks to Justin Parks for the tip.
Cache your pages
Caching your pages will make a static copy of your pages on your server which will load faster than a normal wordpress page. There are some good wordpress extensions for this. The most popular are WP-Cache or WP-Super-Cache.
Watch how long your analytics code takes to load, it can be a killer. If you are using google analytics, switch to the new asynchronous tracking code. Read about it here. It can save a small amount of loading.
That’s all the tips I have for now. Happy Holidays everyone!Tweet