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Improving my site performance

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  • Started 11 years ago by yannibmbr
  • Latest reply from Robo
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  1. Hello all,
    I have a site: http://theurbandater.com. In short, the performance of the site is pretty poor.

    Here's what I've done or will be doing:
    - I've used wp super cache and noticed a minimal performance boost. Currently I'm testing out a CDN and, still, my performance isn't what I'd like to see. Pages load at 7 seconds or more.
    - I've started going through the site and identifying images that I can optimize or make smaller.
    - Ran a DB repair and optimize.
    - Uninstalled unused plugins

    So, what else that I can check to try to improve my performance? Any suggestions you have or articles you can point me to that have other thigns to look at are appreciated.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  2. havent tried it yet, but i read something on the subject recently:

    http://return-true.com/2010/05/optimizing-wordpress-for-shared-hosting/

    and also this:

    http://www.speedingupwebsite.com/2010/01/26/statify-dynamic-images-from-timthumb/

    there seems to be a whole series of posts at speedingupwebsite that look promising on this subject

    Posted 11 years ago #
  3. Sounds like you're doing everything right so far.

    You can try the YSlow plugin for Firefox to see if there's any other optimizations you can do: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5369/

    You can try loading your Google scripts in the footer, rather than the top.

    You can load your scripts conditionally (Contact Form 7 doesn't need to be loaded on every page): http://wptheming.com/2009/12/optimize-plug-in-script-wordpress/

    You don't use the drop down menus, so those scripts could also be dropped.

    You have a few validation errors that might be worth fixing (http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Ftheurbandater.com.%2F)- especially the img ones.

    After that, you need to start looking at your hosting provider. Some hosts are just quicker.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  4. It's weird that the home page loads so quickly and the rest are so slow.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  5. Wow guys! Thank you SO much! I will check each and every one of your suggestions that you mentioned. I truly appreciate the help and observations!

    Posted 11 years ago #
  6. I came across a plugin called 'Parallel Loading System' http://wp-pls.joseairosa.com/. If you have a site relying on decent sized images, would something like this be beneficial?

    Posted 11 years ago #
  7. @lastraw It could be that the home page was already cached, and the others weren't yet.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  8. I meant the first time I went to the site the home page loaded quickly. It was when I clicked on the menu it was slow, so maybe that has something to do with it?

    Posted 11 years ago #
  9. yes, devins suggestions will help. definately strip the superfish scripts as they are not being used.
    http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/remove-thematic_head_scripts

    the home page did load straight away, the other pages take a time before cache, then all is fine

    Posted 11 years ago #
  10. I have the same issues on my website ( http://www.jacoblysgaard.com ), and have tried some of the tips from you guys.
    But how do I go about cleaning my database exactly? Plugins? Fancy MySQL programs?

    Posted 11 years ago #
  11. Thompson
    Member

    The 3 big ones are:
    1) Static cache as .html pages (W3 Total cache is my new favorite over WP Supercache b/c W3TC also includes CSS and JS compression, line removal, & minification)
    2) Enable gzip or deflate compression (can be done via W3TC or via you .htaccess file)
    3) Combine & minify CSS and JS. (can be done via W3TC too)

    --Put JS in footer and move all script tags into the footer or as close as you can. The problem with script tags, specifically, is they block the loading of the entire remainder of the page until that script is fully loaded, so moving to the footer helps a LOT.
    --Try FireFox's Yslow as Devin said. It ROCKS! I couldn't live without these days.
    --Try a litespeed host. I'm actually a big fan of HawkHost shared hosting, they use lightspeed and manage their servers VERY well, in my experience. I've only ever even needed the cheapest plan. It rocks and is as fast as any of the others.
    --Reduce HTTP requests by combining site design graphics into one image sprite (css-tricks.com has good how to's on this.)

    Oh and run your site through www.webpagetest.org too. It has excellent analysis and post any questions in their forum too b/c the owner of it is SUPER responsive and really knows his stuff too.

    Ah, my favorite topic! Obviously, the top 3 get you 85% of the way there anyway though.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  12. Robo
    Member

    I use W3 total cache on all my sites now. Seems really good.

    Posted 11 years ago #

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