BACKHow to improve the performance of a self-hosted WordPress website – Part 2
Published on Monday, April 23, 2012 Comment(s): 0
Part two of our guide on how to improve the performance of a self-hosted WordPress website.
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What is involved in setting up CloudFlare for your WordPress website?
The whole process of setting up and configuring CloudFlare is usually a five minute task, but it is waiting for your name servers to be updated, to use CloudFlare's servers which takes time. So once you've setup your account and have configured your domain name servers, you will then have to wait up to 72 hours for the changes to take effect, but usually it is 24 hours or less, which is standard for name server updates.
Here are the steps involved:
- Sign-up to CloudFlare via www.cloudflare.com
- Follow the CloudFlare instructions for your domain.
- As instructed by CloudFlare change the name servers for your domain with your DNS provider, to the ones CloudFlare provides.
- If you are running a WP cache, then check for additional configuration options for that cache, to work more smoothly with CloudFlare.
Everyone wants to have a WordPress theme that compliments and properly presents the content to the website visitor, but some do hinder website performance, and can negatively impact areas such as search engine ranking, visitor bounce rate and server performance. So it is important that your WordPress theme is optimised to load quickly. It is true that cache solutions can help, but the original core files of a WordPress theme should already be optimised for improved performance.
Optimise the CSS code
Each WordPress theme has CSS code that covers areas such as content positioning, styling and colours. You can run CSS code through a CSS optimiser to help reduce the size of the CSS file, as well as remove redundant entries, by merging code. It is important before your modify the CSS code, you make a backup of the original CSS file, as the optimised code is often hard to work with and modify.
Optimise theme images
Often the images within WordPress themes can be optimised to load faster. Essentially you can take an image file and reduce the amount of colours used within the image or increase the compression used in the image file. However there is a fine line between reducing the quality of an image file, and creating an image that is not presentable. In many instances you won't be able to reduce the compression or colours in an image, but perhaps you can change its file type? For example bmp or png to jpg.
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