Eps 17: Optimizing WordPress

WordPress Optimization

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Child Themify WordPress Plugin

  • allows for easy coding without actually changing the original theme
  • starts with only the css file but you can add any file that you want.

robots.txt

  • the code for this file is in the show notes
  • makes your site more accessible to search engine crawling/indexing
  • if you use google dev tools you can see what your website looks like when it’s crawled by the google wizards. 1 of my sites looked completely broken. The images weren’t showing up and the content was a bit misplaced. When I added the robots.txt file and looked at it again the site looked as it should. Images were there and it looked like a complete website.

P3 Profiler WordPress plugin by GoDaddy, the hosting company

  • several different breakdowns of page load speed and how fast your plugins are loading

Optimize your images

  • Stay away from pngs if you can help it
  • use JPG, smaller file size by default. Can be optimized in Photoshop to become smaller

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