Check how fast your site loads

I am not a fan of websites that take forever to load. When I started my website and my blog, I wanted to make sure that they loaded quickly. I use a bunch of different plug-ins on my WordPress blog to help make sure that it loads fast.

WP-HTML-Compression – Combining HTML “minification” with cache and HTTP compression (WP Super Cache, or similar) will cut down your bandwidth and ensure near-immediate content delivery.

WP Minify – This plugin helps you easily integrate the Minify engine into your WordPress blog. Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time.

WP – Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the API in WordPress.

WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.

My internet here at home isn’t the best so I can’t always tell if my sites are loading quickly or not. So to check my sites, I use the following website speed test sites:

Web Page Speed Report – Enter you URL to calculate page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time.

Is My Blog Working – Enter your blog address to check your server status, RSS feed, markup, security, and performance.

I like the 2nd one better as it is a little more user-friendly. It explains a bit of the information. The 1st is a bunch of numbers and I think you have to be a little more experienced to make some of it out. But I do like that it tells you what you can do to make your site faster.

Let me know what plug-ins and sites you use to make sure your website and blog load quickly!

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