Optimizing the speed of your website is important for a variety of reasons
- Increased user satisfaction would be at the top of the list.
- You are following Google guidelines – On their philosophy page item #3 states “Fast Is Better Than Slow”
- Site speed affects search results. Checkout the Lifehacker post on “Site Speed Now A Factor In Google Rankings“
How Do You Test Your Website Speed?
There are a variety of ways. The site I like best is Alertra. Another is Google’s Developers Tool. I tested my site today at Alerta. And got the following results. This result is before I installed either of the plugins I discuss below. I then went on to install W3 Total Cache which I had set as inactive for some reason. I got quite an improvement, as you can see below.
So What Can You Do To Improve Your Website Speed?
As of this writing there are over 25,000 plugins on the WordPress Repository Two of the more Popular Plugins used To Improve Site Speed on your WordPress Website Are W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. I have had problems with WP Super Cache in the past. So I stick with W3 Total Cache.
How To Set Up W3 Total Cache
There are a lot of setting and changes and options you can make in W3Total Cache. I did a search for “w3 total cache settings“. I looked at two different posts, the 1st of which was from Inspire To Rise. I started following the steps but was not satisfied. So I went back to my search and found as post by DIYWPBlog.com I followed their set up and got the great results as I describe above. So I would definitely recommend going with DIYWPBlog.com The image at the top of this post is from StockPhotosForFree.com