How to Speed Up a Blog
Posted on 26/01/2011 by Lilium. Share post on 1 3 1
This was a question from the Muhammad, he asked:
What do you think is the best way to speed up a website? Do I need to change my blog theme or to do something else? I use a WordPress as my blogging platform.
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Thank you Mohammad for question, and here I will answer you how to “really” speed up your own blog. Of course, all these tips might work on any other WordPress installation, and all things can be applied to any website.
There is NO only one way!
It is important to know there is no one-way or a single thing that might improve your website speed. A successful speed is based upon the following things:
Below, I will describe and tell you how to successfully apply any of these five things that might drastically improve your blog speed.
- Using optimized theme layouts (frameworks);
- Use some content delivery systems (CDN) to reduce load on your server;
- Make your blog work better with a cached files.
- Optimization of your blog images and file compression
Optimize your CSS and JS Files
- They may have a large size… much larger than your HTML elements;
- Can cause you to use a lot more bandwidth than necessary
Optimization is quite easy, and we have some specialized online tools that might do this work for you completely for free:
Optimized theme Frameworks
Most professional blogs on internet already use some kind of advanced and fully-optimized frameworks for their themes.
Probably the most popular and the most effective professional WordPress theme frameworks are these two:
Through they are paid frameworks, you would need to purchase them to install them on your own blog. And additionally pay some designer to do your theme design for these above frameworks.
A Theme framework is a Theme designed to be a flexible foundation for quicker WordPress development, usually serving as a robust Parent Theme for Child Themes. Some Theme frameworks can also make theme development more accessible, removing the need for programming or design knowledge with options pages. (source)
It is clear you would need to spend a lot of money if you want a top-quality theme frameworks. You would need to pay them for a framework, and additionally pay some designer to convert and optimize your theme.
But, fortunately, we have also some additional free frameworks. Which are less-quality than these professional ones, but certainly can work to drastically improve and optimize your blog theme layout:
- Twenty Ten – A very good and fast free theme framework. Official theme from WordPress team. Though have some compatibility issues on Internet Explorer web browsers. This blog is based on this framework.
- Ashford Framework – A very good theme framework for a modern WordPress blog. Have some very good features and options.
- The Buffet Framework – Designed not only for the theme developers who will be using the theme actions and filters to create the child themes, but also for the end users who would be able to add and remove what they want.
Theme frameworks are not developed for an absolute beginners. To edit them the way you want requires a lot of web codding work and knowledge in most cases.
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