Last Updated on: June 20th, 2016
Making your site as fast and as user-friendly as possible is the goal of many serious bloggers. Today I’m going to show you a few tools you can use to help you achieve this goal.
I’m also going to refer you to someone who can help you, because, if you are anything like me, you’d rather not do this techie stuff yourself.
Tip #1: Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly
Back in April 2015, Google made some changes to how websites will be ranked in the search engines. If your site is not mobile-friendly, chances are your rankings will drop. No one wants that!
For the last few months, I’ve been slowly and steadily making changes to the overall look and function of Wording Well. I even had some work done on my site during the first week of May 2015, from the 4th to the 6th.
I hired Vinay Kachhara (Harleena Singh’s husband) from Aha!NOW to help me do this.
After reading his post How to Increase Website Speed and Make Your Blog Load Faster, I asked if he was available for hire. He was.
He now offers his services to everyone… for a small fee.
Because I dislike doing technical work such as this (and sometimes don’t know HOW to do it myself), I decided to invest a few bucks into improving the speed of Wording Well.
My site was already mobile-friendly. Test your site here.
Tip #2: Use Page Speed Insights
Using the page speed insights, I tested the speed and user experience of Wording Well.
I’m proud to say the user experiences originally rated 99 out of 100. Vinay made it perfect. Look at the top left corner of this screenshot to see 100 out of 100:
However, my initial speed rated only a 45 out of 100. Ugh! I knew I had to fix this right away. But how?
AFTER Vinay performed his magic, my score increased to 74 out of 100. This is significantly better!
Then, I did some more work on my home page, and my score actually dropped to 63. Ugh!
So I did some MORE work on it…
Tip #3: Use Pingdom Testing
The Pingdom test yielded a “before” score of 80, and an “after” score of 85.
Because I made more changes to my site, it dropped to 80 again.
Tip #4: Use GTMetrix Testing
I tested my site with GTMetrix, which measures a few things. Wording Well scored a B and a C. Here are the results:
I was very pleased with the improvements to my site.
Here are the overall results reported to me by Vinay (he included screenshots too, as proof):
User Experience –
Before – 99% ; After – 100%
Google PSI Tool Test –
a) Mobile – 45 to 74
b) Desktop – 54 to 80
GTMetrix Test –
3.38 sec to 1.17 sec
1.40MB to 487 kb
112 requests to 28 requests
a) PageSpeed – 76 (C) to 94 (A)
b) YSlow 65 (D) to 87 (B)
Pingdom Test –
a) Grade – 80 to 85
b) Request – 88 to 79
c) Load time – 1.62s to 705ms
d) Page size – 1.4 MB to 1.2 MB
a) Grades – BAFFF to BAADC
b) Time – 9.2 sec to 4.8 sec
c) Requests – 54 to 29
d) Page Bytes – 897 to 357
In addition to doing improving my scores, Vinay also made many recommendations to me regarding my plugins, my theme, theme managament, and theme optimization.
Tip #5: Reduce the Amount of Plugins You Use OR Consider Using Cloudflare
Because I didn’t want to give up the use of any of my plugins (the more you have, the slower your site), Vinay and I also hooked up my site to Cloudflare. Cloudflare is a content delivery network (CDN) that is used by many other bloggers.
Once Cloudflare was in place, my rankings improved almost IMMEDIATELY! And dramatically, too!
Look at the blue line in this image:
Tip #6: Don’t Do It All Yourself…
It’s tough to do techie things yourself… especially if you are not very technologically adept.
The solution? Get Vinay to help you. I promise you won’t regret it!Hire Vinay to help you improve your website’s speed and mobile-friendliness!
How Fast Is YOUR Site?
Have you checked to see how fast your site is?
Are you going to make improvements to it?
Do you have any other tips to add to these six?
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