5 Things I Did To Speed Up My Blog

Earlier this week I did a test on Page Speed Insights, and I tested at 24. Yes. 24 out of 100 (you want to aim for as close to 100 as you can get). 

I knew my page was miserably slow, but I had no idea it was THAT slow.

Here’s the thing: for SEO, you really want to get your site loading as fast as you can. And SEO is one thing I’m working very hard at right now.

So, I knew I needed to get to work.

1. Optimized Images

After I did the initial test, I added a couple of recommended plugins:

Autoptimize and Shortpixel

These both help to optimize images on your blog so they don’t slow down your site speed and they give you the option to “lazy load” your images (meaning that the images open up as the visitor scrolls down your site instead of opening everything up all at once).

2. Got rid of unnecessary plugins

When I looked at my plugins, I realize that I had redundant plugins and deactivated pluginss.  I went through and deleted absolutely everything I wasn’t using or didn’t really need.

If you don’t need it, delete it!

Aim for as few plugins as possible. They can be fun, but they can also slow your site down…and they are often hacked. So fewer plugins also help to secure your site better.

3. Replaced heavier plugins with lighter ones

Listen, if you have Jetpack, get rid of it. Even if you don’t have all of the features activated. The plugin itself is heavy.

I also replaced Askismet with Antispam Bee (a lighter version) and chose to use Studiopress’ Simple Social Icon plugin instead of the one I had (Ultimate Social Media Icons).

4. Deleted Old Images

If you’re like me, you’ve deleted blog posts, redesigned your site, and replaced old images with new ones. But have you ever gone through and deleted old images that you’re not using?

If you go to your media library, you can choose to view “unattached image” – these are images that aren’t attached to blog posts.

Now, before you delete them all, remember that sometimes an image will show up as unattached, but is being used someplace else (like your header), so be careful.

You can choose “bulk select” to select a bunch of images to delete.

5. Serving freebies and digital products from Dropbox

PDF files with mulitple pages (like ebooks) are really heavy files and can weigh your site down. So, I decided to delete those files and serve them from Dropbox. 

Why not? All those files were already in drop box, why have them in multiple locations?

While I know that WooCommerce is a plugin that slows down your site speed, it is free and is the most economic solution for me right now. So, I chose to do the next best thing, serve all of my digital products from Dropbox.

If you don’t have Dropbox Plus, I highly recommend it. I use it for all of my computer files, and I am happy that they are securely in a cloud so if I need to access them from another device or if my computer crashes, I still have all of my files.

With Dropbox Plus you get 1 TB of space – which is amazing!

You can check it out here: Dropbox

When you use Dropbox to serve digital files sold through WooCommerce, be sure to check out this post so that your customers can access their digital orders: Sell Large Digital Files Using WooCommerce & Dropbox

So, do you want to know what my site speed was when I finished?