We all want to have fast, speedy blogs for our readers (and to make Google happy) but even after implementing many changes, it’s still not giving you the numbers. Here’s one small change you can make right now to increase blog speed.
Increase Blog Speed Immediately
Hat tip to Stacie for giving me the heads up!
Tools used to check site speed:
For fun and games, click one (or all three) and enter in your blog. Let’s test our site speed performance now, shall we?
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So how did I do it? What’s this fast fix to improve blog speed?
Turn Off Gravatar.
Yeah, that’s it. Seriously.
Here are my page speed results for The Bewitchin’ Kitchen.
I typically only use Google PageSpeed and Pingdom, each tool gives off different numbers so don’t freak out. For this demonstration, I’ll use Pingdom.
Before turning off Gravatar on WordPress
My load time was 6.07s.
After turning off Gravatar in the WordPress dashboard
The after is much better! My first initial test was just over 3 seconds, and my performance grade went up to a B and a higher number of 80. However, I do see that changes and I have to be honest, I don’t know enough about it to comment. I’m not worried about it.
I tested this again today (a few days later) and my numbers are about the same.
How to Turn Off Gravatar in WordPress
This is super easy!
- Scroll down and deselect show Avatars.
That’s it. It took all of 5 seconds to speed your site up.
Next up, I recommend clearing our cache and giving it a few minutes, then test your site speed.
In addition to this change to increase site speed, I also have done the following that has helped.
- Changed hosts (I use Flywheel and that knocked six seconds off)
- Downloaded an image optimize Plugin. I use Imagify.
- Get rid of any unnecessary plugins: any plugins that have duplicate purposes, I recently got rid of Pub Exchange, and anything that can take away from the user experience. Search for similar plugins that do the same thing but take up less room. Lite versions are great too! If all else fails, ask your developer or ask around!
- Exported my images using Photoshop as a compressed save for web version. We cover this in the Editing Courses.
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