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Sample GTmetrix results before and after - performance rating from F to A, from 44% to 99%, from 9.5 second upload to 1.8, from 6.6 megabytes to 1.77

When we bring a new client onboard for a site cleanup we use the excellent GTMetrix tool to assess site performance before we begin and after we’ve worked on it.  We’re always proud when we can see results like this.

This client came to us with an “orphan website,” one that their previous developer had mostly finished and then disappeared.  The site was built using the resource-intensive DIVI theme, hosted on a middle-of-the-road shared-hosting server.

What we did in this case, in addition to “loading down their site” with security-monitoring and SEO plugins was…

  • Add and configure a good caching plugin
  • Optimized all the images so they’d download faster
  • Cleaned up and optimized the database to reduce query times
  • Replaced a number of crusty, slow-performing plugins with newer, much more efficient ones
  • Hand-resized some of the images to better fit the page (reducing some image sizes by more than 90%)
  • “Minified” and consolidated helper files (css, javascript) to reduce the total number of files downloaded from 114 to a respectable 34T

We’re pretty happy with the results before and after: Changing the performance rating from F to A, the PageSpeed score from 44% to 99%, the page load time from 9.5 second upload to 1.8, and the page size from 6.6 megabytes to 1.77.

You can do most of those things yourself with the right high-quality, open-source plugins from the WordPress repository.  Or get in touch if you’d rather we do it for you!

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David Innes, RealBasics.com

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981.