Speed is Everything

Optimize your website speed for a better experience.

Nobody wants to wait. One of the growing concerns for websites is how long your site takes to load, and ss everything around us becomes more immediate, users don't want to wait around to see if a website will load. Websites will have to be fast and efficient, or face being left behind.

There are plenty of factors that can lead to a slow page load time. Website hosting, loads of images or videos that are not scaled, clutter of content, unneccessary scripts running on pages are just some factors that can slow your site down. Listed below are some websites which you can use to test your site speed for improvements, as well as some WordPress plugins you can use to help optimize your site speed.

Testing Websites

Use these websites to help find your issues.
  • Pingdom - Pingdom is the first place to check your speed. Gives you the basics of how you grade.
  • GTMetrix - GTmetrix can help you develop a faster, more efficient, and all-around improved website experience for your users.
  • How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website - Use this fantastic article by Marcus Taylor of Smashing Magazine as the blueprint to speed up your site. Remember: a good host, a good theme, compressing images and setting dimensions, compressing website files, browser caching, and minifying css and javascript can go a long way towards fast speed.
  • Improve the Speed of Your WordPress Site - The ultimate guide to improving the speed of your WordPress-powered website by Kevin Muldoon.
  • First Site Guide - Website Speed - a helfpul little article written by our friends at firstsiteguide.com dealing with website speed tips.

W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

WP Super Cache

A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

Cache Enabler

A lightweight caching plugin for WordPress that makes your website faster by generating static HTML files plus WebP support.

Better WordPress Minify

Allows you to combine and minify your CSS and JS files to improve page load time.

WP Minify Fix

This plugin uses the Minify engine to combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time.

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize will work to get rid of all that database clutter you have laying around. Sorts through what you need and what you don't.

WP Smush

Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.

BJ Lazy Load

Lazy loading makes your site load faster and saves bandwidth. Loads only the content your users will see first.

Plugin Organizer

Use P3 to identify plugin use, then Plugin Organizer to only load the necessary plugins, rather than all of them at once.