Finally, I did it. After several days of tweaking my blog, I have finally managed to score “A” on GTMetrix Speed Test. I got 90% score on page speed grade and 93% on YSlow grade with page load time of 4.73s (without using CDN). On Google’s PageSpeed Insights, dululainsekaranglain.com scores 84% on mobile and 89% on desktop speed test.
Of course, the post page speed still needs improvement but at least I have achieved one of the targets that I set for my blog in 2015.
I hope to do more in the near future.
Why Am I So Concerned About My Blog’s Speed?
I think I have explained in my previous posting (How to create a good blog) that slow performing website/blog will frustrate users, thus sending them elsewhere.
That’s not good right? You want them to come and read and not keep them waiting for your blog to fully load.
Another reason is for SEO.
Google has announced they are using page speed in their ranking algorithm. Ok, it may not be the main factor, but still it is good to adhere to their advice.
How To Speed Up Your Blog?
Basically I had to remove a few things and install thesis framework to make it work. Since I don’t use CDN, I also had to minimize the use of plugins and install WP Super Cache, Use Google Libraries and WP Smush.it plugins to optimize my blog.
Ok, now is your turn to speed up your blog. Anyone wants to take the challenge? How about beating my 90% score on page speed? Anyone?