I have recently been spending some time looking at ways of improving page load time for WordPress websites. This has the twin benefits of improving user experience whilst at the same time improving Google ranking.
In this article I will look at some practical ways in which I am seeking to improve the page load time on this website.
Benchmarking is critical when seeking to bring about measurable, quantifiable improvements in page speed. One possible test model would involve measuring page load speed on a clean default installation of WordPress and then again after adding individual plugins, or replacing templates. However, some results would be more relevant when performed on a site containing a representative sample of content.
This blog, started in 2008 and subject to repeated and prolonged periods of neglect since then, is as good a place to start as any.