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W3 Total Cache: score higher in PageSpeed and YSlow for your wordpress blog

On previous posts, I talked about enabling gzip compression and image compression on-the-fly for your WordPress blog. These two tips will reduce your blog size and eventually speeding up your blog page load time. In result, your blog will score higher in Google Page Speed and Yahoo YSlow scoring.
By installing W3 Total Cache plugin, you’ll achieve higher score. I can see that this plugin put some nice .htaccess settings for your blog that will make your blog score higher. W3 Total Cache tweaks some valuation components in Page Speed and YSlow valuation such as: minify CSS, JS and HTML; enabling gzip compression, ETag, Vary: Accept-Encoding header and specify cache validator.

Ahosto.net score result after implementing those three tips:

ahowto reduce page size

Reduce page size

ahowto score

Score higher!

Even slimmer WordPress Blog using WP Smush.it

In my previous post about enabling Gzip compression in your site via control panel, the trick will slimming down your wordpress blog size and eventually speeding up your site load time. Faster page load time means higher score in Page Speed and YSlow!

Here’s another step to make your wordpress blog slimmer: install WP Smush.it

After installing and activating the plugin, you can access it via wordpress menu “Media–>Library

This plugin will trimming down your image size based on Yahoo Smush.it technology. WP Smush.it will work on-the-fly when you are successfully uploading an image. Wp Smush.it also can work on-demand, means you can manually “smush” your images. By accessing menu “Media–>Library”, you can see how much space WP Smush.it save you per-image basis.

wp smush.it result

There’s a lot of saving in PNG image format (more than 20% saving) and basically below 10% saving for JPG image format (JPG format is already compressed and lossy, so, this is normal).

Reduce your image size on-the-fly, save hard disk space and gain faster page load time FOR FREE! How can you miss this offer.

Enable gzip compression via CPanel

As you know, improving user experience when accessing your site/blog by speeding up your website load time is important. Smaller website size (not screen size but size as in file size) will deliver much faster website load time. To achieve smaller website size, you need to activate gzip compression on your server. Basically, your web server will “zip” your content before deliver it to visitors. Visitor’s browser will then decompress and show the original content to your visitor on the fly!

Gzip compression also had great weight in Google PageSpeed and Yahoo YSlow valuation. So, make sure you enable this on your website server to achieve high grade on both test platform.

If you are on shared server with CPanel as your web hosting control panel, you no need to bother meddling with web server (such as Apache) configuration. Most of shared web hosting server already had gzip compression enabled on the server scope. BUT the effect is per-site basis and it is not enabled by default for each website. You need to activate it manually. Here’s an easy way to activate gzip compression for your website via CPanel.

  • Login to your CPanel, obviously. 😛
  • Access “Optimize Website” menu under “Software/Service” icon group.

cpanel software/service icon group

  • Choose “Compress all content” then click “Update Settings” .. you are done.

cpanel optimize website command feature

You can re-test your website performance on Page Speed and YSlow, you will  find that your score on “Enable gzip compression”(Page Speed) / “Compress components with gzip”(YSlow) will increase.

pagespeed gzip compression score

WordPress blogging in Android

WordPress.org team is really something. Not only they provide the best open source blogging platform, they also provide WordPress client application for Android for FREE!
Try searching using “wordpress.org” in Android market. You will not miss this one.
From within application you can manage your wordpress.com blog or self hosted wordpress blog. You can even create a new wordpress.com blog directly from the app.


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Posting a photo is not an issue. You post a photo from gallery or taking it from your camera like I just did.
In order to do all this, you need to enable XMLRPC on your wordpress writing settings.
One thing for sure, I need Android device with bigger screen..:-P

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