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WordPress Performance Tuning

25/11/2015 Comments off

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WordPress is one of the most popular content publishing platform used by some of the very high traffic website. Beauty of the wordpress is in its simplicity. If you will setup your WordPress correctly then your website performance will be fantastic. In this article we will explore various aspect of the WordPress Performance Tuning. Before going further let me clear that why you need to optimize your WordPress website performance.

Why you should spend time on WordPress Performance Tuning ?

Performance tuning or Optimization is required due to following reason:

  1. If you will correctly optimize or tune your WordPress performance then your visitor experience will be better.
  2. Search engines are giving high preference to high speed website.  So your SEO will be improved.
  3. Sometime while doing your WordPress performance tuning you will analyzed and remove unwanted thing from your WordPress which reduce your server work. So your server will have less load.

Tool / Plugin / Stuff you need while WordPress Performance tuning

WordPress performance tuning does not mean to only changing some configuration of your WordPress. There are several area where you need to fine tune like apache(your webserver), Mysql etc. So before going further you need following tool/plugin

  1. Installation of plugin w3 total plugin.
  2. Firefox web browser with firebug tool.
  3. Google Page Speed Test  or GT Metrix.
  4. SSH connection to your server (only required if you want to tune Apache and MySQL performance).
  5. A good Internet speed.

Before going further for your WordPress Performance Tuning please arrange above written tool.

Analyze your WordPress Performance

Before going to optimize your WordPress Performance you need to analyze that whether your website performance is good or bad. Or in other word we can say that you need to check whether your website is served quickly or not. Following are the factor which mainly affect your website performance and you need to check.

  1. Time taken to load your web page
  2. Number of CSS, js and Images are getting downloaded on every request
  3. CSS and JS are placed correctly or not.

You can check your website performance in either Google Page Speed or Gtmetrix. I prefer to use Gtmetrix. Both tool will gives rating to your website Speed and suggestion to improve your website performance further. Gtmetrix will also provide you the timeline waterfall(what is repose time of your website and how many images, css , js or other resources are getting downloaded) of your website. I prefer Gtmetrix because of TimeLine waterfall feature.
You will get following type snapshot for your website in Gtmetrix
WordPress Performance Tuning

In above snapshot you can see the following 4 tab

  1. Page Speed : In this tab you can find your website performance analysis with GooglePageSpeed.
  2. YSlow : In this tab you can find your website performance analysis with YSlow.
  3. TimeLine : In this tab you can find your website page load water fall.
  4. History: In this tab you can find previous history of your website page speed test if you did the test in in future.

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