How To BBQ Blog Load Time To Fall Under 999ms
This is so simple.
Just a few options checked + something installed + A/B testing and yours blog load time is totally under 1 second or 999ms.
That’s one simple hack you gotta do with the options checked.
I tried it today and it totally helped me.
I will share some facts in form of the screenshots to back my statement.
But please note that this tutorial (kind of) I am writing is totally based on my personal experience to achieve the below 999ms blog load time.
And I conduct test attempt on Pingdom + New York City (as test server location)
The blog load time?
What the hell is that?
Why do I need to do that?
I don’t know if I need that on my blog.
I’m all up for writing, why should I care about blog load time?
.. and about the same questions may arise in your mind.
But my dearest friend, we gotta deal with the blog load time whether we are technical enough or not… We get to deal with it.
Now you need it, right?
Yes, you do need it and for sure.
People love landing on the fast loading websites than those opening in bunches of the seconds.
So the Google loves. The faster opening speed.
Google announced the “site speed” a signal as part of the ranking factor on Friday, April 09, 2010.
You may have heard that here at Google we’re obsessed with speed, in our products and on the web. As part of that effort, today we’re including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed. Site speed reflects how quickly a website responds to web requests.
So, Google definitely loves the faster sites.
What’s needed to make the BBQ?
Just the main food items to make the delicious blog load time BBQ.
All you need are these:
- Web Hosting
- Blog Posts’ Show Number
- Image Optimization
- Number of plugins
1- Web Hosting
Web hosting is the major one.
And for this, you cannot evaluate what kind of web hosting you need in the early stage of your blog.
You first gotta find the audience where it comes from.
Now, let me clear it up a bit.
You have a blog and audience coming from Asia.
But you have the server located in North America.
So, let’s assume a visitor accessing your site from India will have a delay in opening the blog than a visitor accessing your blog in the USA.
For the visitor opening your site from the USA will have it opened instantly than the Indian one.
To correct this one, identify the general location of the audience whether it is Asia, Europe or North or South America and then try finding the good web hoster from the closest region as your audience.
In my case, I have mostly the audience from Asia and North America and my host server’s location is North America.
Keep the simple and cleaner one.
The more good theme you have, it offers the inbuilt features which can drastically save you installing lots of plugins.
I am using FocusBlog from Thrive Themes.
3- Blog Post’s Show Number
This did the good magic.
After I adjusted it (I will tell the number I am using now in a few), it reduced my blog page’s size from 2.3 MB to 1.5 MB
I used to have 5 blog posts show on my main page since the beginning.
Then I played with the numbers and adjusted it to two (at least use two posts)
And voila! It showed the good magic!
How can you adjust the blog posts’ show number?
Go to WP Admin > Settings > Reading > Set “2” from Blog pages show at most
But please check to make sure that the widgets you used on the posts’ level, they are fitting with the size of all of the widgets to not break the formatting, you know.
Just up to you if you show 2 or 3 posts but go for at least 2 and not more than 3 posts.
Guys… So many tutorials are provided to fine tune W3 Total Cache (W3TC) plugin.
The ones I mostly relate to when checking/double checking my installation of W3TC time to time, are as following:
- How to Install and Setup W3 Total Cache Plugin and MaxCDN
- Best LightWeight W3 total cache settings For Shared Hosting
- The Advanced Guide to W3 Total Cache (WordPress Caching Simplified)
- The Total Beginner’s Guide to W3 Total Cache
- The Ultimate Guide to W3 Total Cache: How to Set it Up
- How to Install and Setup W3 Total Cache for Beginners
- WordPress W3 Total Cache Configuration for Optimal Performance
5- Image Optimization
Too important the task to keep the blog load time at low and to not increase the page size.
And you can definitely break up the size of the images you use from MBs to few KBs.
Imma not joking at all… Seriously I am not.
First get your image you want to use for your content.
Once you get it, find its size.
If the size is in, let’s say 1500 KB or 1.5 MB, you ain’t to just use that fine image being overweight in the size.
You must have to trim it down and shred it further.
For this, you’re going to use Optimizilla.com
Just plug in your image (try to get the .PNG format) and set it according to your own liking.
But, but and but….
Let me give you a live demonstration as to what I just tested.
See this screenshot:
See the holy golly difference?
5.29 MB image turned into 1.4 MB and with the minimal graphical loss.
Might notice the quality?
What do you say?
But I’d suggest (in a personal way) to keep your images size to somewhere between 2 MB to 1 MB before trying it on Optimizilla.
And I also use the WordPress plugin “EWWW Image Optimizer“.
I wrote a nice detailed article on Optimizilla awhile ago:
Oh gosh…. You’d come to hear my voice there as well. 🙂
6- Number of Plugins
It is always the winner.
The more you add the functionalities in terms of plugins, you will lose the speed.
Just remove the unused plugins which you don’t use often.
Like first I said that try the theme which has more inbuilt features who can replace the need of using more plugins.
So, go check them out which you don’t use and remove them.
Is your BBQ ready yet?
Nope, it is not.
You got to go through a final round.
And now, mix all of them + marinate them + cook them + give a proper heat…
The BBQ is ready for you!
Enjoy the faster blog load time! 🙂
My BBQ dish 🙂
How was it, my buddy? 🙂