I decided to optimize the page and found that the following actions can be taken to decrease the load time.
- Reduce the number of requests
First of all, I opened up my theme’s stylesheet and found several unused classes with image backgrounds and bullets. I removed those classes and removed all references to non-existant files.
- Reduce the total download size
- Cache files client side
# Cache all files for the next 3 hours ExpiresActive On ExpiresDefault "access plus 3 hours"
The final result was great. The homepage size got reduced to 159 KB, which was less than half of the original size. The page load time also reduced to 19.3 seconds from about 32 seconds.
The load time and page size were calculated using the Web Page Speed Report tool from www.websiteoptimization.com.
Make sure you backup your current .htaccess file before trying the above code. So that you can revert back if something goes wrong.
This is a topic that I was interested in as well, if you want check my article here http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/webmaster-essentials-checklist
This is a great article Joyce…thanks for your comment in DP forum for my blog review…I do notice a lot of unvalidated html in my blog but haven’t the time to do it…I’ve check out Vladimir post as well..great post for both of you…
Happy to know that you liked my post. All the best with your blog.
I look for this for a log time. I got stress with the 100KB of prototype 😛
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