How to Make the Site Faster

Speed is important. You can test your webstie pagespeed here . Just add your site URL and hit the Analyze button.

Pagespeed insightsThe List of speed recommendations:

  • we recommend that you use WP Super Cache with this configuration.
  • you can also use the APC full page cache if you have a lot of ram on your server
  • make sure that you have compression enabled on your site for HTML/JS/CSS but not for images
Before you make any changes to your site, please backup the files on which you intend to apply the modifications. In this case, we’re going to modify the .htaccess file so I advise that you save a copy of the file on your hard-drive before you start modifying it, if something goes wrong you can use it to return to the previous state.

1. Enabling Gzip compression

This will compress the HTML and CSS and will improve the page loading speed and reduces bandwidth usage.

The setup is different from one server to another so you may have to look on your host instructions section to see how you can enable it on your site.

The theme pre-built websites server is set like this:

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
<filesMatch "\.(js|css|html|php)$">
SetOutputFilter DEFLATE
</filesMatch>
</IfModule>

2. Generate Critical CSS

tagDiv Critical Css Tool – generates the Critical CSS and automatically moves the non-critical one to the bottom of the page.
tagDiv CSS Analyzer

3. Optimize images

Images are one of the largest resources on your pages and the larger they are the longer it will take to download slowing the page loading speed.

To reduce their size and increase the page loading speed, image compression and optimization is required. There are plenty of guides our there on how you can optimize the images (using software like Photoshop or similar).

WebP format:

WebP Settings

4. Use a cache plugin (WP Super Cache)

The plugin installation and configuration is presented here – link

5. Use a Cloudflare or another CDN service

Follow this guide for the recommended settings.

Other optimizations:

  • Mobile Pages/Templates – import or create mobile version for your templates to increase the pagespeed results on mobile devices – Read More
  • Use an external plugin to optimize your site. We recommend Autoptimize, which works great in combination with WP Super Cache – Read More