Improving Site Performance
If you are interested in optimizing your site, I’d recommend going through Syed Balhki’s SlideShare presentation. There is a lot of great advice in there and it applies to any CMS. I plan on putting a lot of it to use on one of my Drupal sites.
- W3 Total Cache is the preferred site optimizer for WordPress. I’ve used cache software on other platforms, but haven’t used this. It seems to do it all and I’ve already turned it on for this blog.
- Although I use PhotoShop to optimize images for the web, Sayed recommend using Smush.it as an alternative. It looks as if Smush.it has been wrapped up into Yahoo’s YSlow service, but you can follow the link to get everything you need. There is also a web-hosted version of Smush.it that does not require an install.
- Optimize and repair database at least monthly. This is something I’ve not been in the habit of doing and the links below will help make it easier.
- Watch Syed’s SlideShare for instructions on disabling, modifying or removing old post revisions in order to speed up performance. If you have a lot of posts on your site this is worth the effort as it clogs up your database and hurts performance.
- You can check your own site performance at the following sites:
Syed’s wpbeginner looks like it’s worth visiting, as well, for information on all-things WordPress.