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Make Your WordPress Load Faster In 11 Easy Steps

Over a year ago, I wrote one our most popular posts on the WP-Tonic website about the importance of page speed and performance when it comes to your WordPress-powered website. This article looked at website page speed and how it affects usability, and how page speed influences how Google ranks your website in SEO (search engine optimization).

In this podcast episode, we talk about 11 things you can do to make your WordPress site load faster. A lot of this is based on a 3500+ word article that I published, but we further extrapolate the ideas and techniques in that article during this episode of the WP-Tonic podcast.

Here’s the article we are discussing:

https://www.wp-tonic.com/blog/speed-up-wordpress-site/

Show Table of Contents:

[0:00] Intros
[2:06] Reviewing the 11 steps to making your WordPress site faster
[2:59] Page speed testing tools
[3:23] Google Page Speed Insights
[3:48] Time to first byte is an SEO factor
[4:05] Why large sites spend so much time on page speed
[4:44] The waterfall view of browser resources
[5:28] Chrome Developer Tools to see the waterfall view
[5:50] How to find the time to first byte for your website
[6:26] DNS and page speed performance
[8:28] How hosting affects page speed
[9:03] You will never have a fast website with shared hosting
[10:29] Why managed WordPress hosting is superior to general hosting
[11:52] The near-future: PHP7 and HTTP/2
[12:23] What is better? nginx or Apache?
[13:00] The biggest performance difference between general hosts and managed hosting
[15:40] External calls and HTTP requests can affect page speed
[17:20] How caching can reduce HTTP requests and improve page speed
1[17:52] Why you need to talk to a consultant before buying a base theme
[18:35] The dirty secret about how 85% of web shops pick WordPress themes
[20:40] Visual builders based on shortcodes are terrible for performance
[21:38] Page speed affects your marketing efforts
[23:25] You get what you pay for
[24:28] The quality and number of plugins can affect page speed
[28:20] How caching helps your page speed
[31:04] Web fonts: how much does this affect page speed?
[31:55] A short history of web fonts
[33:21] The down side of using web fonts
[36:07] Image optimization, and how easy it is to add tons of page weight without knowing it
[37:21] A short history of web images
[37:59] A huge problem with modern web design and website performance
[40:35] Image compression tools like Kraken.io
[41:50] CDNs: What are they, and how do they help page speed?
[42:30] How CDNs work
[45:40] General tips for learning more about improving page speed
[47:45] Outrosand some news

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