How To Make Your WordPress Site Ready For The Mobile Speed Competition
I personally believe that we should. With the staggering growth in mobile internet usage, it is about time for developers and digital marketers to take a look at the mobile aspects of websites to get into the race.
So before you circle the drain, try to take a look at your mobile speed and improve your page performance. So let's start.
So now that you have tested your mobile site speed, let to take a look at some things we can do to improve performance.
How to improve loading speed?
If you don't want to delete them as they are important to your website, you have an option to compress and optimize these images. You can compress images through Photoshop or you can simply use a plugin like Imagify to automatically optimize images.
Responsive images also help your website load faster. With Wordpress version 4.4, your images are automatically made responsive, so you don't have to worry about that.
Optimize plugin and themes
You may also want to perform a series to test to figure out if the cause of your slow loading speed is indeed plugins or themes. Using a staging or clone website, you can deactivate plugin or switch themes until you can find the cause.
You can do this by either manually coding, or you can use WP Rocket as caching plugin to automatically create the coding for you.
Install and activate WP Rocket from their website and it will do the work for you. It will automatically set expiry date for your files and will modify your .htaccess file using the standard rules for caching, see example below. Hence, minimizing the time you have to spend when coding manually.
Your choice of web host matters
Set up an AMP
- AMP for WP – Accelerated Mobile Pages by Ahmed Kaludi, Mohammed Kaludi
- AMP for WordPress by Automattic
- Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP by Joost de Valk
- Better AMP – WordPress Complete AMP by Better Studio
Particularly, we use AMP for WP – Accelerated Mobile Pages for our blogs. This plugin enables us to customize our AMP pages design. It allows the use of four different themes and also allows customization of CSS particularly for AMP pages only. In terms of structured data markup, this plugin automatically imposes the structured data as it creates the AMP pages.
Serve different mobile content
Use a content delivery network
With a content delivery network, you can avoid the delays in transversing the content across regions. CDN will cache your content on your visitor's location server and will serve them the content instead.
There are various ways to enable CDN depending on your CDN Network Services. Some of these are:
- Cloudflare - Free/Paid
- MAXCDN - Paid
- Fastly - Paid
- Akamai - Paid
Restrict hotlinking and leeching
You can disable hotlinking and leeching by adding this code in your root.
Avoid SEO mistakes
Go to the Google Search Console to find SEO issues you need to fix. Check your redirects, broken links or anything which could affect your mobile website performance. Also make sure that your website and its elements are legible on mobile and lastly, don't forget to track and update your progress.
The rise of mobile usage seems to have no stop, and as it continues to grow, you don't have any other option to keep up with its pace. As more and more users shift to mobile, the competition is getting tougher and tougher. So if you want to stay in the race, you have no other choice but to speed up.
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Truly informative. My website speed is quiet satisfactory.
I am not sure about the mobile speed because Google page speed tool does not tell me that. However, I tried it with the chrome developer tools. It is around 12 seconds.
What do you think about it?
I do not want to use AMP with no reason adjoined. I am using wordpress jetpack's paid plan where I get an image CDN for free.
Do I need to use AMP? is it necessary?
Mark J Rowles
I don't use AMP either. I'm purposely not touching it because I know that on a personal level I find the AMP links I visit on news sites really frustrating. It becomes difficult to share the news article/blogpost and I often have to copy the link then go back into facebook/twitter and paste it in to a new post to share it.
2nd reason i'm avoiding it is because there's not enough data available to confirm whether it improves or degrades user experience and my users come first. There's a lot more to user experience than just fast loading pages. That's my 2 cents!
Yeah, User experience is must. I also avoid using AMP. Most people these days come from mobiles and it becomes fruitless if I use AMP.
Well, nice insightful post Mark.
It’s a great share. However, the given points are very basic one but each of them has its own value and importance in search engine optimization and ranking Which I suppose every blogger or online businessman should know.