WordPress Speed Tip#5: Common Sense goes a long way…
A few things that are not-so-common sense would be to try to use your judgement and think about the following:
- Less is more; and content is King Kong; we all like Google Analytics, Quantserv, mint, blogroll, Flash based Tag Clouds, and the whole moon. But Too much content at once can be overwhelming, for both your reader, and your server.
- Go easy on plugins; you don’t have to be a minimalist but try to find that balance between too much and not enough.
- Look at each widget on your site, is it really useful? How many tag clouds have you clicked on? I truly wonder about their importance. After each post, showing the tags is great, because they are relevant. A cloud does give one an instance impression about your site, but I don’t think alot of people have realized that. If your audience isn’t the least bit tech savvy, I kinda doubt they’d even know what it means.
- Don’t ignore the point about widgets above. I know for a fact that the Google analytics widget that shows a page count, adds 15 seconds to the loading time, per widget. YES, two widgets == 28 Seconds load time. Widgets matter.
- Avoid too many ads. Don’t get greedy, more ads usually means less $$ anyway. Esp Google Ads, the more ads you have a click value is divided by the number of ads on a page (Ok not exactly but the click value is negatively effected. This is exactly why google tells you to put ads everywhere, as click costs don’t change.) That’s a larger spread for google, but I digress, don’t smear ads everywhere unless you know exactly what you are doing.
- Avoid “spammy” ads. I quite using ad brite a long time ago, some of their advertisers sneak code through the ads and a bad user experience on your site drives away traffic like the plague. These weird ad scripts can also slow your page down, like the ones that underline links everywhere. Those are the worst! I hate waiting on a page to load while it’s slowly loading ads all over it. I’m sure I’m not alone!
- K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple Stupid, Don’t over complicate things by installing the first plugin you see. Look for alternative plugins that are better written or have better functionality, chances are If your not happy with it, then someone else isn’t either, and maybe they made a better one.