Speeding Up Your Website

Jordan and Jason of WPChurch Team talk about Jordan’s blog, 3 Steps to a Faster Loading Church Website. Then, they do some live site speed checks with two of the best-rated church websites so we know how to get a site speed baseline for our own church website. But what’s problem identification without solution assistance? So, J&J show us two easy tools for quick improvements. J&J also discuss how website hosting options have a significant impact on site speed, as well as how to improve caching. The finish is a quick review, more about caching, and a ‘sneak preview’ of the next video to come.

What’s in the Session

Why WordPress? (and a little bit about Jordan and Jason) (02:25)

What is CMS? (02:57)

The challenge of site speed (04:00)

Why site speed is important (04:56)

Practical ways to improve site speed: plugins and images (06:05)

Image file extensions (07:45)

Practical ways to improve site speed: caching plugin (10:40)

Getting a site speed baseline (18:36)

Improving site speed:

  • Image optimization (22:00)
  • Caching plugin (24:18)
  • Hosting options (26:50)

Review to-now (28:05)

More about caching (30:53)

‘Sneak preview’ of things to come (33:30)

Show Notes & Resources Mentioned

GTmetrix
WP Smush
WP Super Cache
W3 Total Cache

3 Instant Takeaways

1. Choosing the incorrect image file extension quickly bloats your website and reduces your site speed. In general, we recommend JPEG for photos and PNG for logos and diagrams.

2. Before you start tinkering around with your website to improve site speed, get an accurate baseline. You want to make sure that you are moving in an effective direction.

3. Caching is an important way to up your site speed. Make sure your website has a good caching plugin installed.

 

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