How I Tweaked My Blog And Increased Page Speed By 89%
Well, Google loves mobile friendly sites we all know that, but one important factor SERPS consider is the page load speed.
Faster pages both rank and convert better says SEO experts from MOZ
Google is known to change it’s ranking algorithms all the times, but one thing that has never changed is the priority the algorithm gives to page speed and page score whether it is a penguin or panda :-).
So in this blog post, I wish to share all the steps that I applied and tweaked my blog, to optimize it for better page speed and rankings.
I followed a 3 step procedure which is simple to follow and gives result, while one should understand that every website and theme is different the results may vary drastically, but the hope is that it will definitely help you in the long run.
Step 1: Uninstalling unnecessary plugins
Holly Dolly, Jetpack, Akismet Sounds familiar?
These are the plugins which are by default present in the WordPress CMS, ask an expert and he will tell you that these plugins are not important anymore.
for example, Akismet plugin protects your blog from blog spam, but in reality, experts consider to remove the traditional comment section after the post and replace it with a plugin like Disqus or Facebook comment plugin.
My blog has about 22 blog post and all the majority comments I have received are blog spam or blog commenting by SEO Experts for SEO juice.
And for beginners every plugin is a trial, in the journey of blogging you will come across hell lot off plugins, some useful and some are not, these get piled up on your server causing a decrease in site speed.
While one must remember the difference between page speed and site speed.
As you can see here are some of the plugins that remained piled up in my blog, but I make it a point to check them at least once a month and delete them permanently.
Step 2: Smush all your images
Well, this step comes under the compression category, but trust me works like a charm, I smushed my images using the free wpsmush plugin and notices drastic changes
Here are the before and after speed comparison tests
Pros: You can see the page size comes down to 1.93 MB from 2.2 MB, trust me that is a lot of change in the eyes of Google.
Cons: the free plugin, does not smush images larger than 1 MB
Step 3: The Good old cache plugin
The importance of caching in WordPress cannot be neglected, I personally use wp super cache, you can use the w3 total cache as well.
caching your sites will create static pages on your site which are rendered easily by browser, thus indirectly optimizing website for speed.
THE FINAL RESULT
So if do the math right after result optimization – that’s a whopping 89.4 percent improvement.
but as you can see, there is still more room for optimizations, I will keep you guys updated and post another article with results soon
Let me know of any possible optimizations i can make , share this post 🙂