How to Minify and Combine CSS and JS with Autoptimize
Understand Caching with WordPress Transients API
Computer performance revolves, in large part, around the idea of caching: “storing something in a more-ready and quicker-to-access state,” so that you can more quickly deliver the final result. The WordPress Transients API is a tool for caching, and an important way to improve performance in WordPress.
Lazy Loading for Faster WordPress: Slow and Lazy Wins the Race
David wrote a really good article on WordPress site speed a few weeks ago. He also, casually, made WPShout a lot faster—up to an 89% desktop score on PageSpeed Insights, which is about as high as I’ve ever seen a WordPress site score.
Speed-Up WordPress: How I Optimized Site Performance on WPShout
Here’s what I learned about making our site even faster.
A Primer on Scaling WordPress Sites from WordPress at Scale
If you’ve ever needed to scale a WordPress site and not known how, here’s a website that will at least explain your ignorance to you, if not actually remove it all at once.
Free E-Book: “Speed Matters: 21 Expert Tips to an Ultra-Fast WordPress Site”
SiteGround, our longtime favorite host ever (see our SiteGround review here), just published a free e-book on WordPress site speed. I’ve looked through it, and it’s wonderful advice. “Avoid Bloated Themes,” in particular, is a great mantra for a WordPress developer—not only because of site speed. Very worth checking out!
WordPress Caching: The Six Different Things People May Mean
“Caching” is, generally, the solution you hear offered for most performance problems a WordPress site has. For things other than WordPress sites, too, caching is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase performance of software without investing in new hardware. (Using the exact same software on hardware that is significantly faster is easier, but probably not cheaper…)
Blazing-Fast Dynamic Caching for WordPress: Interview with SiteGround’s Hristo Pandjarov
This week, we interview Hristo Pandjarov from SiteGround. Hristo is helping lead the development of SiteGround’s CachePress caching plugin (want to know how to use that? We explain here)—part of an innovative dynamic caching solution that uses Nginx as a reverse proxy to serve full pages from the server memory.