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WordPress Optimization Bible. Update: Automate and simplify many things outlined in this article for free using ManageWP.

WordPress Optimization Bible

This WordPress optimization tutorial is the most comprehensive guide to WordPress optimization created with the intention of helping you troubleshoot performance related issues and provide you with guidelines on how to speed up your WordPress site.. If you ever experienced slow WordPress admin panel, "MySQL server has gone away" message, pages taking forever to load or you want to prepare your site for a major increase in traffic (for example Digg front page) this is the guide for you. 1. Check the Site stats Most commonly the problem with slow loading sites is just the sheer size of the page.

If you want to start dealing with this issue seriously you need to get Firefox browser, Firebug extension and Yslow plugin. Yslow module will allow you to get a performance score from 0-100. Try to keep your page size under 100KB. Learn about ways to improve the page loading speed. 2. Top CDN Services to Make Your WordPress Site Blazingly Fast (and More Reliable) If you’re serious about speeding up your site and you’ve optimized the bejesus out of it (smushed image, minified CSS and Javascript, set up a caching plugin…), it’s time to think about signing up to a content delivery network, or CDN.

Top CDN Services to Make Your WordPress Site Blazingly Fast (and More Reliable)

A CDN will drastically reduce server lag by storing static resources on a network of fast loading servers. Choosing a CDN can be tricky since there are many options available. Finding the right one depends entirely on your needs and the popularity of your site. In this post we’ll look at some of the more popular CDNs available for websites, big and small. I’ve deliberately excluded some CDN companies, such as Akamai and Level 3, which are better suited to large-scale enterprise sites. What is a CDN and Why Use One? A CDN is a network of servers, usually located at various sites around the world, which cache the static content of a site, such as image, CSS and JavaScript files.

For a visual look at how this works, check out this handy graphic from GTmetrix: Cost. WordPress Optimization. Languages: English • 日本語 • (Add your language) Whether you run a high traffic WordPress installation or a small blog on a low cost shared host, you should optimize WordPress and your server to run as efficiently as possible.

WordPress Optimization

This article provides a broad overview of WordPress optimization with specific recommended approaches. However, it's not a detailed technical explanation of each aspect. If you need a quick fix now, go straight to the Caching section, you'll get the biggest benefit for the smallest hassle there. If you want to get started on a more thorough optimization process immediately, go to How Do You Improve Performance in WordPress. A broad overview of the topic of performance is included below in What Affects Performance and How Do You Measure Performance. What Affects Performance Hosting. WP Super Cache — WordPress Plugins. This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog.

WP Super Cache — WordPress Plugins

After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users, but because a user's details are displayed in the comment form after they leave a comment those requests are handled by the legacy caching engine. Static files are served to: Users who are not logged in.Users who have not left a comment on your blog.Or users who have not viewed a password protected post. 99% of your visitors will be served static html files.

If for some reason "supercaching" doesn't work on your server then don't worry. The plugin serves cached files in 3 ways (ranked by speed): Mod_Rewrite. If you're new to caching use PHP caching. Recommended Settings.

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WordPress WP Smush Pro Plugin. To Get Started: Start by reading the Installing Plugins section in our comprehensive WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual if you are new to WordPress.

WordPress WP Smush Pro Plugin

Note: If you have the free version installed presently, please uninstall that first before installing the Pro version, to avoid conflicts between the two versions. WPMU DEV API Services This plugin requires an ongoing WPMU DEV membership for access to the Pro features. See API Access for more information. Meet WP Smush Pro To use WP Smush Pro, you must also install the WPMU DEV Dashboard to access our Smush server. Once you’ve got our Dashboard plugin and WP Smush Pro installed on your site, you’ll see a new submenu item in the “Media” menu: By navigating to: Media -> WP Smush.

WordPress Hummingbird Plugin. WP Hummingbird helps keep your site running fast and efficiently.

WordPress Hummingbird Plugin

With a few simple steps, you can find the weak points in your site’s performance and develop a plan to improve. Let’s dig in. New to WordPress? The Installing Plugins section or our comprehensive WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual will guide you through installing your first plugin. Once WP Hummingbird is installed, your first stop is the plugin’s dashboard, which you’ll find under Hummingbird in your WP Admin menu. Lazy Load.