Make your site faster
This post was kindly submitted by Mo Jones. It was originally posted at the previous Webcomics.com site, but it didn’t get included in the transfer. I’m posting it here so members will be able to access the information going forward.
I’ve been obsessed with page-load speeds for years, and I’ve learned quite a bit in that time – although I am by no means an expert. Page-load speed isn’t just a user experience issue – although it is certainly that – it can also affect your Google page rank.
Useful tools for monitoring and analysing your page load speed are pingdom.com and a the pagespeed Firefox plugin (yslow is also handy, but it hates Wibya, and will mark you down for using it). Pingdom tests your site from a server in Europe, so if your host is in the US it might show slower results than if you tested with Webpagetest with its multitude of locations to choose from – but Pingdom is useful as a benchmark.
I’m using a WordPress/Comicpress install, because that’s what I started with five years ago. There is an argument that says if speed is your priority, you shouldn’t use WordPress at all – and that’s a fair point. WP is great, but it’s big. If there is a leaner system out there that does everything I need and is secure, I’ll switch to it.