One of the best things you can do to improve your blog is to optimize the page load speed. Optimizing your website will help to make it load faster. Web pages that load faster give a better user experience, and will improve your search engine rankings.
You can measure how long it takes your WordPress blog to load in a browser, by using the YSlow Firefox plugin.
YSlow will tell you how long it takes a page to load. It will also grade your site and give it an overall performance sore.
The YSlow report reminds me of a report card, like I used to bring home from school. It is similar because it divides the report into 14 different categories or subjects, and tell you how you can make your WordPress blog load faster.
- Make fewer HTTP requests
- Compress components with gzip
- Put CSS at top
- Avoid CSS expressions
- Reduce DNS lookups
- Avoid URL redirects
- Reduce the number of DOM elements
- Avoid HTTP 404 (Not Found) error
- Avoid AlphaImageLoader filter
- Do not scale images in HTML
- Make favicon small and cacheable
YSlow will grade your page on each subject individually, and will also give you suggestions on what you can do to help your WordPress Blog load faster.
If your site takes to long to load there are several WordPress cache plugins you can use that will improve your blogs performance, and optimize it’s page load speed.
Optimize Your WordPress Blog
I now use WP Super Cache to optimize my WordPress blog. My YSlow report card has improved from a “C” grade to an “A” with an overall performance score in the high 90’s. WP Super Cache will improve your blogs performance, and provide a better user experience by caching your site, compressing the css and java-script files.
I have also started using a CDN service called CloudFlare to speed up and protect my site. It is absolutely free to use and I highly recommend it.
Optimize The Images Of Your WordPress Blog
The amount of graphics, images and photos that you add to your WordPress blog will also affect your sites page load speed.
I use a WordPress plugin called WP Smush.it to optimize the images I use in my posts, it operates in the background and automatically optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality.