So I am taking WordPress.com’s Blogging 201 course.
Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.
After having written a How-To book about WordPress, I want to have a site whose posts build upon and expand beyond the book. So that is goal number one. I have been posting a lot more often about WordPress so I feel like I am achieving that goal.
Two, I want to build a following for my site. Within twelve months I would like to have at least 500 readers to my site.
If you think your site is slow, it probably is. But to really tell, you need to do some testing. And to test it right you need to vary up how it is access and where so that you have an idea if it is you, your site, or your hosting provider that is slow. The last one is the hardest one to prove without disabling everything and running WordPress in its most stripped down form to see if it still tests slow. When you are done, you may want to read Part 1 and Part 3 is on its way.
After you get your API entered, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Save Options & Check Pages”. This will take a while if your site has some size to it but you can proceed to do other things while this happens in the background.
Go to the Report List inside Google Page Insights Plugin settings (Under Tools) to see the results. And the results are in.
To see which pages are the worst, visit the Report Summary tab. In the lower right corner you see “Lowest Scoring Pages”
In the upper right corner you see graphs that show what are the biggest offenders to our speed.
All we can do is roll up our sleeves and being trying to figure out what slowed our site down so much.
If we click on our slowest page in “Lowest Scoring Pages” it will give a score for that page and a breakdown of what made it so slow.
In Part 3, we tear this all down and find the culprits and optimize what we thought we had already optimized.