5 Weirder Speed Tips #1852

WordPress Mobile Speed

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OFFLOADING

1. Maps offloading

2. Contact offloading

Note: This may allow not using the popup plugin causing JS conflicts.

MEDIA LIBRARY

1. Theme produces too many thumbnails 4X the size of library. Makes backup and restore difficult. Days not hours. See list below*

2. Used “Exclude Image Thumbnails From UpdraftPlus Backups” and ”

Regenerate Thumbnails” to make transfer of clone site. Took two days of babysitting to get it done.

3. Automating optimization with plugins did not yield satisfactory results. Humans have to intercede and find bad images. Example: Comparison of /home/nonns-menomonee-falls-map-1.2sec.jpg loading on home page. Size before: 243k After: 82k. That was without resizing physical dimensions. Scaling to 674px wide: 33k.

THEME

1. The ENFOLD theme kills TTFB even after transfer to a fast shared server. 800 to 1000 ms TTFB. Server overhead. Even with Contact Form 7, BackupBuddy, and All-in-One SEO Pack disabled. Attachments: front-end illustration of scripts comparison two sites. Moving to another host willnot cure the TTFB problem. It is baked-in by design.

*Thumbnail Sizes List

Normally, there would be 4 WordPress default image sizes created: original, large, medium, and thumbnail. Every time an image is uploaded these are placed on the server. Server space is not the issue. Resource consumption during backup and restore is a present and future problem.

These are all the theme thumbnail sizes that are currently registered:

thumbnail: 80×80 pixels (cropped to fit)

medium: 300×300 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

medium_large: 768×0 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

large: 1030×1030 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

1536×1536: 1536×1536 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

2048×2048: 2048×2048 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

widget: 36×36 pixels (cropped to fit)

square: 180×180 pixels (cropped to fit)

featured: 1500×430 pixels (cropped to fit)

featured_large: 1500×630 pixels (cropped to fit)

extra_large: 1500×1500 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

portfolio: 495×400 pixels (cropped to fit)

portfolio_small: 260×185 pixels (cropped to fit)

gallery: 845×684 pixels (cropped to fit)

magazine: 710×375 pixels (cropped to fit)

masonry: 705×705 pixels (proportionally resized to fit inside dimensions)

entry_with_sidebar: 845×321 pixels (cropped to fit)

entry_without_sidebar: 1210×423 pixels (cropped to fit)

2. Reduction Used “Exclude Image Thumbnails From UpdraftPlus Backups” and “Regenerate Thumbnails” plugins to make transfer of clone site. Took two days of babysitting to get it done.

3. Automating optimization with plugins didn’t yield satisfactory results. Humans have to intercede to find and repair bad images.

Example: Comparison of map.jpg loading on home page. Size before: 243k. After > 82k. That was without resizing physical dimensions. Scaling to 674px wide > 33k.

Godspeed-

Steve Teare
performance engineer

 

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