WordPress Optimization

Speed GraphIf you read my earlier article describing modifications to a WordPress installation’s .htaccess file in order to enhance a website’s rendering speed, you know that many search engines use page loading speeds as one of the factors for result ranking. With this in mind, it becomes necessary to consider as many factors as possible in order to help our websites render as quickly as possible.

After my last article describing many of the code snippets that can be used in order to modify a website’s .htaccess file to help increase loading speed, I received several emails from readers who were intimidated by the procedure. Luckily, if your website is constructed using a WordPress framework, there is a very easy way to accomplish the same task for WordPress Optimization.

I recently ran across an amazing plugin for WordPress called W3 Total Cache. The plugin takes care of modifying your WordPress site’s .htaccess file to enable Page, Browser, Object, and Database caching as well as allowing one to integrate a Content Delivery Network (CDN) or utilize the CloudFlare CDN system. There are quite a few settings available through this plugin and it can be very beneficial to experiment with them in order to determine what works best for a particular website.

Here are the options that I have found work best for my Powers Fine Art Studio website. Since I am utilizing a shared Go Daddy server environment, many of the settings might not be optimal for those using a dedicated server.

General Settings

  • In the Page Cache area, click Enable.
  • From the Page Cache Method list, select Disk: Enhanced.
  • In the Minify area, click Enable.
  • For the Minify mode select Auto. [This had to be set to Manual for it to work on my Powers Home Beer Brewing website]
  • From the HTML minified list, select Default.
  • From the JS minified list, select JSMin (default).
  • From the CSS minifier list, select Default.
  • In the Database Cache area, click Enable.
  • From the Database Cache Method list, select Disk.
  • In the Object Cache area, click Enable.
  • From the Object Cache Method list, select Disk.
  • In the Browser Cache area, click Enable.
  • In the Miscellaneous area, click Optimize disk enhanced page and minify caching for NFS.
  • Click Save all settings.

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Comments (1)
  • Tommy Aster October 17, 2013

    Just a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate the information in this article. Way to go man!!

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