How to torture impatient mobile visitors.

WordPress Mobile Speed

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Apply the 10 big boo-boos decimating mobile WordPress speed.

  1. Use fancy decorative Google fonts. Don’t use a mobile font stack.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/zero-latency-fonts-for-mobile-speed-system-ui-font/

  1. Use a slider on your home page. And just for giggles add another but different slider to your product pages.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/sliders-always-slow-down-a-page-load-and-they-are-proven-ineffective-for-navigation-and-seo/

  1. Use lots of metric-type plugins including HotJar and Google Analytics.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/how-does-google-analytics-affect-mobile-page-speed/

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/hotjar-adds-500-milliseconds-to-mobile-speed/

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/use-faster-and-simpler-koko-analytics-for-speed-instead-of-slow-and-complicated-google-analytics/

  1. Choose a host from a biased affiliate review site. Don’t test TTFB of the server before signing up.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/find-out-what-your-server-ttfb-really-is/

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/hosting-master-v3.3-opt.pdf

  1. Add any Live Chat plugin or service.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/dumping-livechat-for-speed/

  1. Put in a heavy globally-loading form plugin.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/do-lightweight-form-plugins-even-exist/

  1. Add a heavy and popular security plugin that writes frequently to the server htaccess file.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/free-discrete-plugins-replace-bloated-security-plugins/

  1. Use a pagebuilder — any pagebuilder.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/imitate-elementor-with-gutenberg-block-editor-and-be-faster/

  1. Use a heavy theme like Divi.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/switch-from-divi-theme-to-astra-for-best-speed/

  1. Add popups.

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/top-hello-bar-knockoff-plugins-for-speed/

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/faster-and-free-alternative-to-optinmonster-wordpress-plugin/

Anyone can ruin mobile user experience with lack of discipline.

Before adding plugins to your site, ask yourself, will this cool plugin make me rich or famous?

Godspeed-

Steve Teare
performance engineer
October 2021

 

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