Using CSS sprites on your website

March 13th, 2010

I mentioned CSS sprites, as a way to cut down the load time, of your website in my speed up your wordpress blog post. I would like to elaborate a little on that and share more reasons to use css sprites.

What is CSS sprites?

CSS sprites is a way to combine all your decorative graphics elements in to one file and positioning them using css. It’s a technique that has been used by game designers for a long long time. The main goal is to save load size for your user, to get your site to load faster. Here are two links on how to do it. CSS Tricks: CSS sprites and A List Apart: CSS Sprites Now let’s talk a little about when to use it and when not to.
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Squeeze more speed out of your wordpress blog!

December 25th, 2009

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.

Backup everything!

Make yourself a backup of all your WordPress files and you database. Just to be save 🙂

And lets get on with it.
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