I’ve read many posts on how to speed up, compress and optimise WordPress. However, I’ve found the one plugin that gives you the most impact is W3 Total Cache.
This plugin has a lot of options but once you’ve set the correct options, you’ll see a huge decrease in load times.
“Are you for real?” You may ask. So I’ve decided to run it against one of my other sites: http://mumsgiftguide.com.
So, here is a screenshot of MumsGiftGuide.com before any changes:
After I’ve installed W3 Total Cache, here are the results:
Only 5 seconds difference on a 14.4K connection after installation, but remember this is just a default install without any minify settings and compression of .css and .js files. Here is a screenshot of the report which states that these objects hasn’t been compressed:
So, once I’ve added the minify settings to compress .css and .js files, here are the results:
Notice the Download Times now from websiteoptimization.com? Original download time was 134 secs on a 14.4K connection. This has now dropped down to 53 secs after install W3 Total Cache and making the minify settings. A savings of 81 secs on a 14.4 connection! Also you can now see that the Page Objects (.js script files) are now also compressed.
Here is another test after the changes. This time by WebsiteGoodies.com. Originally Load Time was 1.2782 secs and now it’s 0.23 seconds.
And another Website Speed Test, this time from vertain.com. Originally Speed Load Time was 3.05 seconds and now it’s 1.34 seconds.
If you want to read about the setting changes I used in W3 Total Cache, you read about it in the next article.