With over 60% of the websites in the world running on the WordPress platform, you’d think Google would build their PageSpeed tool to accommodate the WordPress platform. Unfortunately, they haven’t. However, there are many tools that can help you speed up your WP website. Here’s a very short list:
- W3 Total Cache Plugin
- Auto Optimize Plugin
- Aysync JS Plugin
- Add deflate and expire code to your .htaccess file
- TinyPNG image compression
- And there are many more.
What you need to know is the PageSpeed tool, and the actual speed of your site loading are two separate things. If your site loads in 1 to 3 seconds, your site is loading fast for any “human” that views it. On the other hand, 1-3 seconds can be way too slow for Googles PageSpeed tool. Honestly, if your site loads fast (at least in human terms), and you can get a score of 70 and up in Google’s PageSpeed tool, then you’re doing just fine. You’re not going to be able to get to 100% with a WordPress website, so it’s time to move on and just be happy with a 70 or 80. I’ll post more on this subject in the future.