Finding the perfect balance between user experience and a quick Google Image Manipulation PageSpeed Insights score can be quite tricky. It took us weeks of work to reach our perfect score of 100/100. The formula for each website will be different - there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Be ready to break your site. Otherwise, you're probably not trying hard enough. Here are seven things we did to make it happen. Note: All of our testing was done on a staging/development site and then migrated to our live website. Our website is built using WordPress, running the latest version of WordPress with the Salient theme. Note: All of our testing was done on a staging/development Image Manipulation site and then migrated to our live website. Google page speed score 1.DNS _ We use Cloudflare but none of its speed optimizations. Advertising Continue reading below We found in our tests that it was slower. If you are in a shared hosting environment, Cloudflare will probably help you a lot.
But for us in particular, with a dedicated server, it was better with everything turned Image Manipulation off. If you don't have the skills or time to install Cloudflare as an alternative, you can use hosting providers such as WP-Engine, Presslabs, Pantheon.io. They come with built-in server cache and CDN setup. 2. Server Response Timeout The reference is 0.2 seconds. Anything over that and Google tags you. Our website runs on a high-end dedicated server with a handful of accounts. Most of what you read online will suggest you upgrade to a faster WordPress host (with affiliate links) which is the easiest way, but I wasn't ready to give up our own environment without at least try. Having Image Manipulation a lot of experience in server administration, I disabled all unnecessary services running on the server to increase the speed. However, it didn't make much difference. Advertising Continue reading below The biggest difference we noticed in reducing server response time was switching to PHP 7.
Not all web hosts support PHP 7, but luckily, since we host our own sites, we do. Mixed Image Manipulation reports online show a 20-50% speed increase when upgrading to PHP 7. Whatever the real percentage, we needed speed and wanted to test it. If you don't know which version of PHP you are using, install this plugin and you will see it in your “Overview” on your admin dashboard. Before going any further, you must verify that the site is compatible. Luckily, there's a PHP compatibility checker plugin you can download for WordPress that scans your code and identifies any problems switching to PHP 7. The results showed a few things to fix, which we quickly took care of. We were finally Image Manipulation ready to upgrade to PHP 7. To change, from WHM you access the “Multi PHP Manager”, select the site you want and change the PHP version. If you don't have access to WHM, ask your server admins, but be sure to do this in a test/development environment - breaking your production website is not recommended.
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