• Quick Tips to Boost Your WordPress Website’s Speed: Further & Better Optimization

    Great article by    Barış Ünvero

     

    This post is part of a series called Quick Tips to Boost Your WordPress Website’s Speed.

    Quick Tips to Boost Your WordPress Website’s Speed

    In the previous article, we discussed the importance of speed in web and reviewed some basic tips on speeding up WordPress. In this article, we’re going to go over five more tips to optimize your website even further.

    Without any more introduction, let’s dive in to the next set of performance tips!

    How to Boost Your WordPress Website’s Speed Even Further

    Here are some more tips on boosting your website’s speed:

    Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for Your Assets

    When you want to show the world your video playing the piano while skateboarding, it’s a smarter option to upload it to YouTube rather than uploading to your own server. So why not do the same for images, or even CSS and JavaScript files?

    CDNs, or “content delivery networks” serve this purpose. And by their nature, they’re usually faster than your server because of all that cloud magic. Plus, getting files from two servers is faster than getting them from one server from the browser’s perspective.

     

    While the CDN market is dominated by paid services like Amazon CloudFront, MaxCDN and many, many more, there are free services as well. I suggest you try it out and see how CDNs work by installing Jetpack from WordPress.com and activate the “Photon” module. If you need more power and customization, you can migrate to paid services without losing anything.

    Optimize Your Images Automatically With Plugins

    Images are important to your web pages because they’re usually the most attractive parts of the page. But using many images may double, triple or quadruple your page’s weight, and it could make your pages take longer to finish loading.

    If you can use fewer images, that’s just another part of speed optimization (“common sense”) but if it’s a better idea to keep big images, you can try to optimize those images so they take less space and less time to load.

    In other tutorials about speeding up WordPress across the internet, everyone seems to be suggesting WP Smush.it and it does the job pretty well, but I’m going to go ahead and suggest EWWW Image Optimizer. It has a funny name but I think it’s a better alternative to WP Smush.it because it can compress more file types and has more options to play with. Try each one out and decide for yourself.

    Use a Mobile Theme for an Even Faster Mobile Experience

    Showing a mobile user the exact same page that a desktop user sees is so 2010. These days, everybody is using “responsive web design”, which rearranges and changes the design for different screen sizes so that users can see the page more easily. 

    But doing that usually means taking the same page (with the same weight) and just changing the design until it fits in mobile devices’ screens, and mobile users with mobile internet connection speeds don’t appreciate waiting for 10 seconds for a page to load. How awesome would it be if instead of changing the design dynamically for mobile devices, we could show a completely different, cleaner design?

    Turns out, there are plugins for that as well. The previously-mentioned Jetpack by WordPress.com has a module named “Mobile Theme” that lays out a simple mobile theme for you without any hassle. If you want more control, you can check out WPTouch Mobile Plugin, which is free but also has a “pro” version that offers more mobile themes than the free version.

    Use a Simpler Theme for Better UX and Better Speed

    Have you ever evaluated the performance of your theme? If you haven’t, you’re not alone: People tend to “fall in love” with a theme and overlook the fact that it has way too many images, doesn’t have an optimized CSS file, has terrible HTML output, or makes hundreds of queries on each page. We’re only human, of course, and we can get distracted by a beautifully designed theme… but remember: Beautifully designed but horribly coded themes will harm your website more than a not-so-sexy theme with a solid code foundation.

    Check your website’s speed score from PageSpeed, and install the Admin Bar Queries plugin to evaluate your theme’s performance. If you see that the theme is slowing down your website, you should try out a different theme that is simpler than what you’re using right now.

    Remember: Good design doesn’t necessarily have to be flooded with graphics. Sometimes less is more—especially in the “flat design” era we’re living in!

    Be Cautious Using WordPress Plugins

    I know, plugins are awesome. You can never get enough functionality and features provided by plugins that enrich your website. A post view count plugin over here, a comment voting mechanism over there… and soon you’ll wonder why the server waits for six seconds before loading the page.

    You may say I’m talking like a hypocrite because I already suggested lots of plugins in this article. Be assured that I’m not being a hypocrite: using lots of plugins doesn’t slow down your website, but using many plugins that interact with the front-end does. Especially the ones that alter database fields on each page view.

    Ironically, you can test which plugins slow down your website by installing another plugin. The P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin runs tests through your pages and measures the time cost of each plugin, giving you an idea of which plugins slow down the website the most.

    Conclusion

    As I said at the beginning of this series, speed always matters. You need to keep an eye out for it constantly, so these articles aren’t “do these just once and you’re good to go” kind of tutorials. I’m not saying that you should bookmark these tutorials, but, you should bookmark these tutorials.

    Do you have anything to add to this series? Tell us what you think by commenting below. And if you liked the article, don’t forget to share it with your friends!


  • 9 Awesome and Obscure WordPress Features You Didn’t Know Existed

    From – WPMU DEV. A great article

     

     

    At the rate WordPress is growing, it’s impossible to promote all of the awesome little bits and pieces it contains, which means that some features get overlooked.

    In this post, I hope to show you at least a few things you don’t know about everyone’s favorite CMS. Get ready for awesome!

    1. Paste to Make a Link

    This one blows everyone away because so few people seem to know about it. When in visual mode in the post editor, you can select some text and paste to make the selected text a link. Usually, you would expect the selected text to be replaced with a link but not so in WordPress.

    Time savings ahead!

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    Copy and paste to make a link

    2. Delete the Post Name to Regenerate It

    If you rename a post before it is published, you’ll generally want to edit the link to make sure the post name follows the post title. If you click edit and just delete the whole thing the post name will be regenerated based on the current title.

     

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  • How to Optimize Your WordPress Robots.txt for SEO

    Do you want to optimize your WordPress robots.txt file? Not sure why and how robots.txt file is important for your SEO? We have got you covered. In this article, we will show you how to optimize your WordPress robots.txt for SEO and help you understand the importance of robots.txt file.

    Recently, a user asked us if they need a robots.txt file and what is the importance of it? Your site’s robots.txt file play an important role in your site’s overall SEO performance. It basically allows you to communicate with search engines and let them know which parts of your site they should index.

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    Do I Really Need a Robots.txt File?

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  • THE BEST FREE WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR MOBILE WEBSITES

    THE BEST FREE WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR MOBILE WEBSITES

    BY EZEQUIEL BRUNI · WORDPRESS · APR 21, 2015

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    If there’s anything that’s been well-established over the past few years, it’s the importance of catering to mobile users. They browse, they buy things, they’re just as important as any other user.

    Making a website that works well for all screens large and small is, if not easy, certainly within the realm of possibility for those of us with the know-how. The problem is, not all WordPress users are front-end developers. Many are business owners, hobbyists, or even just regular bloggers — you know, blogging? That thing WordPress was designed for in the first place? Programmers built a tool that almost everyone could use, so people went and used it. Now those same people might need a little help making their site look good on as many screens as possible. Well, help has arrived, in the form of WordPress plugins.

    That’s right people, this month’s WordPress plugins article has a real theme: We’re going to talk about how to get your site looking good on phones, tablets, and bigger stuff too, with as little code as possible.

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