13 MAY 2011 2
Google has recently announced the release of the online version of PageSpeed, the Firefox extension that analyzes the performance of a web page. There is already a much better tool, called GTMetrix, that was already doing a great job, as well as YSlow Firefox extension from Yahoo.
General service sites:
These are some random picks from my bookmarks – some noteworthy Wordpress blogs and some popular forums in the industry. I left out the dime-a-dozen blogs on purpose, the self-appointed specialists that will “teach” you how to make piles of money with their $19.95 ebooks, as well as websites that have no connection with the online industry.
I’m mainly writing this for newcomers. It’s usually not enough to put up a Wordpress blog on your hosting account, pick a good-looking theme and get on with installing some essential plugins. You will also have to work quite a bit on the technical side. If your blog loads in two minutes because you have 150 articles on the front page you will lose all of your visitors.
It’s mostly some common sense configurations that will make the difference.
If your site must handle large traffic volumes (i.e. in the range of 100,000 hits a day or more), here is a good article on the Wordpress Codex site: High Traffic Tips For WordPress.