Speed Optimization for WordPress
In the following course, we aim to teach you the tricks of the trade from our speed optimization service to allow you to speed up your site yourself. All the value of our speed optimization service, for a fraction of the price. Of course it will mean that you are responsible yourself for the optimization of the site, which can be time consuming.
If time isn’t on your side, then our speed optimization service is still the most convenient way to speed up your site in a matter days whilst you focus on something else.
In this course, we cover the following topics:
- How to test site speed
- Image Optimization for the Web
- WordPress Optimization Plugins
- CDN Networks
- Real Case Study Examples
Why Site Speed Matters
A survey from Google concluded that users want to see your site load in less than 3-4 seconds, if it doesn’t, it’s likely they are going to go somewhere else. Kissmetrics backs this up with data suggesting that 40% of users will leave your site if it doesn’t load in less than 3 seconds.
These numbers are even more true for mobile users. If you don’t have a mobile responsive site that loads fast, it’s time to update your website, or accept the consequences. Balancing site speed and great user experience has always been troublesome for photographers, due to a heavy load of images that they obviously want to upload in high resolution (so it looks perfect on a 4k screen).
Speed is also important for site usability and SEO. Google introduced site speed as a signal for SEO back in 2010. Most recently they’ve highlighted the importance of site speed for mobile devices, as Google moves towards a more mobile friendly web.
With that said, let’s get into the first section, learning how you can effectively test your site for speed.
How to Test Site Speed
In the following section we show you how to use GT Metrix for testing Site Speed and why it's the best free tool for providing you with free optimization advice.
Most Common site Speed Issues and How to Fix Them
In the following section we will show you how to install plugins that will allow you to improve your website speed greatly. These will include caching, minification and compression plugins. We also offer you an all in one solution with WP Rocket Cache if you’d prefer to use just one plugin for this. It is a premium paid plugin though, starting at $39.
In the following section we will show you 2 real examples of users who have optimized their site using the free methods above.
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