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page load speed measureBlog Page Load Speed is one of my personal obsessions πŸ™‚ And not only because Google have decided to use it as one of the ranking factors but also because I KNOW that it impacts how your blog manages to retain the readers.

Obviously it helps if content on your blog also presents some information useful to your readers but hey, that is non-technical aspect I will not be talking about right now! What I’m concerned with is how to Decrease Your Blog Page Load Speed using technology and still retain functionality!

Improving Page Load Speed

While there are many ways to get the job done, and I have described a few options in my previous posts:

Today I want to talk about One Nifty plugin that will have dramatic impact on your blog.

Autoptimize WordPress Plugin

It does one thing and it does it very well:

It concatenates all scripts and styles, minifies and compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head, and scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight.

I like the fact that it works exceptionally well with WP-Super-Cache plugin making optimization of your entire blog a lot simpler process, while still retaining your functionality and if necessary dynamic nature of it!

There are a few other good options I have considered but at the end chosen not to use that perform similar functions, in some cases a lot more extensively!

Other Plugins To Improve Page Load Speed

I have tested some of the plugins listed and only read about others, so please use your best judgment if you choose to implement any of them, as my personal preference right now is on combination of “WP Super Cache + Autoptimize” plugins:

W3 Total Cache

This plugin is actually a complete caching system for your blog and should be used by itself as it provides pretty much every optimization to improve your blog speed that you need.Β  I have to admit that I have attempted to use it but then gave up.

W3 Total Cache was not designed to run on server combination we have chosen to use on our sites: nginx+php-fpm.

Granted I could spend more time and based on initial tests – this plugin have outperformed WP-Super-Cache by at least twice with very little configuration but I was simply too short on time and settled for what I know works, as good enough! We are still in process of learning all the complex re-write rules we need for nginx and this plugin requires quite a few of them to run properly, which is a non-issue if you use standard Apache webserver!

WP Minify

Created by one of my favorite plugin coders Thaya Kareeson WP Minify allows you to integrate minify engine into your blog. And no, don’t worry – minify installation is extremely simple and can be done on shared hosting πŸ™‚ So there is nothing to stop you from using it!

How Does it Work?

WP Minify grabs JS/CSS files in your generated WordPress page and passes that list to the Minify engine. The Minify engine then returns a consolidated, minified, and compressed script or style for WP Minify to reference in the WordPress header.

Both of the alternative plugins I have provided require just a bit more involvement with your blog and additional steps but I think they return HUGE benefits if you take the time to do it. Just please read the instructions they come with and you will be rewarded!

but for those of you looking for simplicity of click and activate – combination I use right now on this blog: WP Super Cache + Autoptimize cuts down Page Load Speed in half!