18 Jan Steps to increase PageSpeed
Our new website was performing terribly. At (https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/), we scored 51/100! I was already using TimThumb to compress the images and serve them up, but this was not good enough.
Google recommended that we turn on file compression.
- Page Speed Before: 51/100
- Page Speed After: 88/100
Turning on Resource Compression
- Located in cPanel
- Go to the section Software / Services
- Click on Optimize Website
- Choose the radio button ‘Compress all Content’
That is still not good enough. The next step was to try a faster image optimization and delivery solution. I am using it with the Justified Image Grid Gallery from CodeCanyon. I have TimThumb activated. This uses php to on-the-fly optimize the image and cache it.
Google recommended that we optimize our images more and reduce the php scripts. That would mean eliminating TimThumb.
- Page Speed Before: 88/100
- Page Speed After: 90/100
Turning on Photon Image Acceleration from WordPress
- Install the plugin JetPack
- You need to login to WordPress services
- Find Photon under JetPack and click ‘activate’
- Wait a few minutes
- Confirm that your image locations have now changed. The new location may be something like… http://i1.wp.com/<your domain and path to image>h=255
The page speed result jumped to 90/100! Great.
Still too slow!
However it’s still too slow. Anyone know how to speed up your server response time?
I installed the WordPress W3 Total Cache plugin to minify my html, css, and scripts and provide some more caching. This increased my speed slightly.
- Page Speed Before: 90/100
- Page Speed After: 92/100