May 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm #40142
I’m using a Genesis Child Theme and when checking my site speed via GTmetrix, my score is being hurt badly by:
Is their a plug-in I should be using, or can I add some custom CSS to solve this problem. I have like 10 pics per post, in total there are over 5k images in my library. I upload the recipe photos to exactly 639 x 426 so they shouldn’t be getting scaled down unless they are being used in a thumbnail I suppose.
Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks!http://www.livelovepasta.com/May 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm #40148
When i inspect your images using Firebug, the HTML includes the image sizes but not in the source code:
<img class="size-full wp-image-14023 alignnone" alt="Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe pictures" src="http://i2.wp.com/www.livelovepasta.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Thai-Chicken-Lettuce-Wraps-7.jpg?resize=639%2C426" title="Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps photo" width="639" height="426">
It loads in about 3 seconds in the U.S but a lot slower in Europe.
I see you’re using a CDN so that’s pretty fast if you’re on shared hosting.
My sites loads between 0.5 and 1.5 seconds in the U.S and i have around 8000 images.
No CDN or caching plugins.
Not sure if this will help on your server http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-smushit/
May 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm #40149
I’m not sure if you meant to say “Not” using a CDN? Either way, I am still just using Bluehost shared server, was thinking about Cloudfare CDN or Google PageSpeed Services though. I am also using WP Super Cache and WP Minify, but there is something with the images that I am getting a bad score with.
I’m not sure if CSS Sprites would help on my site or not, but there has got to be a way to: Serve scaled images & Optimize images possibly through customized CSS code or wp-smushit (which I have installed and am trying to use the bulk feature for old images.)May 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm #40169
Looks like you’re using Photon in Jetpack http://jetpack.me/support/photon/
I think you’re doing well considering you’re on shared servers.
The only way to get faster would be managed servers.
I went form BlueHost standard to Pro to VPS level 3 then 4 and it did nothing until I moved to managed.
May 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm #40170
Thanks braddalton, yes, I forgot to mention I am using Jetpack as well. Didn’t realize that plugin was doing anything to my images.
Can you recommend a managed server? I’m not sure we can justify it with our current income off the blog but maybe. If by us being throttled down by the shared server is affecting our page rank on Google and user experience then I would for sure consider it.May 10, 2013 at 8:03 am #40283
Here’s an article that you might find interesting http://yoast.com/synthesis-managed-wordpress-hosting/
I don’t use this host because i am very happy with the speed my site loads, but if i wasn’t, i wouldn’t go back to unmanaged VPS or Grid hosting. I’d try another managed host like Synthesis.
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