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How I optimized a WordPress website and got it to load almost twice as quickly.

Today, I optimized a WordPress website and got it to load almost twice as quickly.

One of the services offered by Bridge Web Dev is WordPress maintenance and support. This means that we manage the hosting, do regular backups, update the plugins, and generally ensure that the website is optimized to keep performing optimally.

Recently, I worked on a website that had some preliminary work done on it, and I decided to test its performance using GTMetrix.com.

Even though the website was using WP Super Cache and running through the Cloudflare CDN, the report showed that improvements were certainly possible. After doing a little bit of digging, I implemented browser caching, implemented image optimization with reSmush.it, and added Autoptimize to combine, minify, and cache scripts and styles.

The result was a dramatic improvement in website performance:

I believe it will be worthwhile to implement the same steps on all of our WordPress websites to improve their performance.

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Olivier Bridgeman

I'm co-founder of Bridge Media and I lead Bridge Web Dev, the programming department, where I've assembled a small band of programmers that are true-blue computer scientist geeks at heart.

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