There are many websites out there that teach you how to optimize and speed up WordPress blog for faster response times and prepare it for the Digg effect. Today, I will spare you the details and will not go through all those things again. Instead, I am going to recommend to you a WordPress plugin that can quickly and easily speed up your WordPress site and improve your blog’s response time without too much effort on your side.
PHP Speedy is a WordPress plugin that cleans up and compresses your code so that it can load faster. There are few technical configurations that you need to make, but it is definitely manageable, even when you don’t have any coding knowledge
What PHP Speedy does is:
- Minifies and compresses the combined file and saves it to the cache.
With PHP Speedy, your site now makes less HTTP requests and serve a smaller compressed version of the file to your reader. I have used it on my site together with the SuperCache plugin. The result has been impressive. I am able to shave three seconds off the loading time, and that is a whopping 40% improvement.
Installing and configuring PHP Speedy
The PHP Speedy plugin is not found in the WordPress plugins repository, so you have to download it from the developer’s site.
Install the plugin just like any other plugins.
On the plugin setting page, there are several options that you can configure.
This is the part where you specify whether PHP Speedy should minify your file. As before, it is better to choose Yes for all.
I would strongly recommend you to use the htaccess or the WP-SuperCache plugin to activate the compression function for your server.
The Expires header informs the server that the content is still fresh and the clients (browsers) should load the files directly from the cache. There is no need to retrieve the files again from the database.
While PHP Speedy is very useful, there are some issues that it cannot solve:
- PHP Speedy only sets the expiration for your CSS and JS files. It doesn’t (yet) handle the images, which would further reduce the site’s loading time.
- If you are using @import syntax in your CSS file, PHP Speedy won’t be able to support it.
If you can live with the above limitations, then I am sure PHP Speedy will be very handy to you.
What other plugins do you use to improve the performance and speed up WordPress blog?