In these competitive times, speed is everything on the Internet.
For a long time now I have been concerned at how Head Rambles is very slow to load. Not only was it affecting visitors but I believe Google intend to penalise slow sites, if they aren’t doing so already.
My particular concern was the plugins in use. I had tried experimenting with these with little success as there are too many permutations and combinations.
Yesterday I came across a plugin that looked interesting – P3 Plugin Performance Profiler by GoDaddy. To say I was impressed was to put mildly. It very nicely loads the site into itself and gives a detailed breakdown of the load times of each plugin in use.
It instantly identified JetPack (by WordPress!) as a huge restriction. As I had only loaded it as an experiment, I removed it. I ran the tests again and it promptly threw up another – an Archive menu tool which I also removed. In total I have reduced load time by almost 2 seconds per page, which isn’t too bad. The only impact on the functionality of the site is that the archives aren’t quite so neatly presented.
I’m sure I will find a less resource hungry plugin somewhere, as a replacement!