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WP home page takes 1.49s to load. Would straight HTML be faster/better?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Apposl, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Apposl

    Apposl Power Member

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    The reason I ask is because I'm addicted to speed and lowering the time it takes to load.

    Right now, there is nothing on the home page that really uses any WordPress functionality. No widgets or 'recent posts' or anything. It's basically a landing page with a slider, content, footer, links to log in, register, and share. The WordPress theme also offers an alternate straight HTML version (I'd have to buy again) as well which makes me wonder.

    I do plan on adding the blog page soon, and I am running things like All-in-One SEO and Google Sitemaps and the basic good stuff... So I don't want to lose all that functionality, but I'm wondering if I should instead have the front page HTML, and the blog on xxx.com/blog be WordPress.

    Would that be better? Would that cause any issues or problems or difficulty having them 'disconnected' like that?

    Or would the performance increase be marginal and not worth the effort? Which it would be, I'm very much a newbie so it would take me several days when I could be doing something else with my ready to go landing page already.

    Thanks so much for any advice!
     
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    1.49 sec. to load its a good time.
     
  3. Apposl

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    Thank you. That's via the Pingdom Tool so I'm not sure how accurate or reputable that is, but it's easy and what I use to get a general idea.

    I've ran it several times over the past couple weeks and tend to be between 1.25s and a high of 3.54 (one time, ugh).
     
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    Dont worry about that speed, thats very good.

    Add a cache plugin if you haven't already done so, maybe even place your site on cloudflare if your using
    shared resources server.
     
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  6. nachozz

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    There's a plugin you can use to check what exactly causes delay in your wordpress... it's called: P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
    Well, I guess it only checks your plugins but it might come in handy for a speedfreak like yourself.Can't post url's so you will have to google the rest for yourself.
     
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    Well basically Wordpress hosts millions of websites on its servers meaning there's quite a lot really. 1.49 seconds is fast in any case really. Just don't add any widgets that have no use on your site. BTW if you are planning on making money on your site, then I suggest you do affiliate marketing on your site. You could earn tons of money if you use it correctly. Visit my site if you want to know more ways of making money. Email me if you want to know my site link because I cannot post it on here.
     
  8. borrein

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    That's actually a pretty good loading time, but there are ways to make it load faster. If you have access to root on the server, install APC and set it up (google it for your servers OS on how to set that up). If you don't, that's fine. Try using setting up your domain with CloudFlare, if that's not available, Jetpack's Photon will suffice for images, CloudFlare is preferred because it caches a lot more static content than just images (such as your JS files and even HTML). CF will also minify your JS, HTML and CSS files for you as well as GZIP content that can be GZIPped so you don't have to have your server do it directly.

    Now the next option would be to make sure your WordPress theme is using a CSS sprite, if it's not, you can use Spriteme.(ORG) to aid you in generating the css sprite. If you're not sure how to deal with CSS sprites or if it's confusing for you, try looking for a more minimal theme. You may also wish to use the WordPress plugin that uses DropBox as a CDN.

    Next, reduce the number of posts that appear on your home page to 3 at most and use widget to show either the calendar or the archive, either or works and couple that with the recent posts widget. Preferably, also make sure you have your posts showing as excerpts on the home page showing 150 characters of each post.

    Did I make you weak in the knee's yet?

    [EDIT] BTW, just take whatever you need from the details above depending if you're actually going to use your WordPress install as an actual blog anytime soon or not. The details are still usable even if you're just using it as a landing page.
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm actually using W3 Total Cache right now. I will look at Quick Cache.

    @borrein - Great post, thanks. The third bit doesn't really apply to me, I have no use for archives or recent posts and the like, but I am looking into CloudFlare, APC and CSS sprites now.
     
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    Thanks, looks great, tried to use it and it said my site returned a 403 Forbidden Error, LOL. Weird.
     
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    Remember that all pages will have to be loading quickly to retain visitors.
    I think you should keep WP for it's functionality, but optimize it to the max.

    Are all of your images optimized?
    By scaling all of my images to the size they show in my WP,
    and by decreasing their file size to the lowest acceptable quality,
    I dropped 700ms...., my homepage has alot of pics, and sliders need optimal sizing.
     
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    I will definitely have to go to Fiverr and find someone reputable to optimize my slider. I feel like there's a couple hundredths in there but I'm not good with jquery or javascript...if I was, my stupid message box would work too, lol.

    My images are pretty small in size, is there a program you'd suggest 'running them through' for optimization?
     
  16. borrein

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    smush.it is a great wordpress plugin for automatically doing image optimization in a lossless manner. However, if you edit the files yourself, you can use tools like RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) and you'd be surprised how (after doing your own shrinking and cropping) a lossy image compress will work wonders and not kill quality of images. Just preview the image and make sure you're not overcompressing using the lossy way or you're images will look like crap.
     
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    borrein: Wow, smush.it is a GREAT website. And combined with Pixlr.com, really powerful image optimization and creation software even for a beginner like me!

    Images optimized.
     
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    use w3c w/ sever-side or cdn (amazon, super cheap).

    check speed with yslow chrome extension

    use thesis 2.0
     
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    You'd advise using Amazon instead of Cloudflare?

    Thanks, running yslow and loving that utility!

    Never liked Thesis, thank you!
     
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    I use amazon for a year now. never an issue. I haven't use cloudfare.
    thesis 2.0 takes sometime to learn, they join the css and scripts, I noticed speed up to A from C just switching themes