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The Need For Mobile Speed

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Improving Mobile Speed

mobile speedMobile Speed is important! As much as it pains me to say this, if we want to get more traffic we need to keep Google happy. Failing this would cause us to lose our standing in the search engine causing a huge drop in traffic resulting in less income. And we don’t want that do we.

I’ve written several posts on how to boost the speed of your WordPress blog. One of the later ones was when I moved to Inmotion Hosting a VPS host because a shared hosting was just too slow. That post was called WassupBlog Now Hosted On A VPS Host. Yeah, I come up with some killer titles :tongue_laugh_ee:

I followed that post with How To Optimize Your WordPress Blog. Although I would have been more than happy to leave it at that I happened to come across one of Mitch’s Mobile Friendly vs Mobile-Speed post. I already knew my blogs are mobile friendly because I use Flexsqueeze. I assumed that the mobile speed would be the same as the desktop speed but alas, this is not the case.

This post is about increasing the mobile speed of my Best Online Sports Betting blog. Unfortunately I didn’t take a screen shot of the results before I started updating the mobile speed of that blog but I did leave a comment on Mitch’s post and it was 60. The image below shows the current speed after all my tweaking.

need for speed mobile

Pretty good huh? You can see how your site scores by clicking this link.

How To Improve Your Mobile Speed

The first thing you need to do is to find out what Google thinks is hampering your mobile speed. You do this by using Google’s Page Speed Insight tool. That will score your site as well as tell you what’s wrong with it and what you need to do to make it better. The order you tackle that is up to you. I decided to tackle the easy things first.

Optimize Images

This came under the ‘Consider Fixing’ category. I was surprised to see that because I thought all my images were optimized because I use the EWWW Image Optimizer
plugin.

The good thing about Googles Speed Insight tool is that it actually shows you what needs to be fixed. In the case of the images it gives you actual links to those images. A lot of my images were images used in my theme. I downloaded one directory at a time, optimized all the images in that directory using TinyPNG and then uploaded it back to the server. That increased my mobile speed a little.

Unfortunately a lot of those images were from my affiliate sites which I had  no control over. Why they don’t use optimized images is beyond me. I decided to host all those images myself  and my speed increased a little more once I optimized them.

Leverage Browser Caching

Once I fixed the Optimize images problem I tackled the the leverage browser caching issue. I thought that was being handled by my Comet my caching plugin but it seemed it was falling somewhat short so I decided to try a different one. Enter WP Fastest Cache. That improved it a little more but created a .css issue. Still, the speed was improved. They had a paid premium version with a mobile function so I decided what the heck and bought it. Another speed increase.

Again some of the stuff was out of my control because they were being caused externally via affiliate links etc. Wherever I could I tried to resolve those issues resulting in another speed increase.

Minify JavaScript

Where the caching plugin could fix the JavaScript found on my blog it can’t fix external JavaScript which once again was coming from affiliate links. They use JavaScript in order to keep a record of stats. I decided speed was more important than stats so I opted for simple affiliate links.

Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content: A lot of this was taken care of by WP Fastest Cache but like I said earlier it created a couple of internal .css issued. The solution was installing another plugin, Autoptimize. After a lot of tweaking of that plugin I got the results you see in the image above.

The only things I couldn’t resolve were under the leverage browser caching;

http://w.sharethis.com/button/st_insights.js (expiration not specified)
http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js (20 minutes)
http://www.google-analytics.com/ga.js (2 hours)

I could easily fix the first two by removing the Simple Share Button Adder but I decided the potential shares were more important than the small speed increase. As for the Google analytics issue, you would have thought that Google would have chosen to ignore that seeing as how they were causing it in the first place right? :wallbash_tb:

Google Fonts issue: My issue with Google Fonts, which is apparently built into WP, was a bit of a pain. Luckily Autoptimize was able to resolve that for me as well.

WP Speed and .htaccess: In your search for mobile speed you will probably come across a lot of sites that tell you to change your .htaccess file to allow for gzip compression or whatever. Your caching plugin should do that for you. I didn’t have to change mine at all.

As I said at the beginning of the post, all this came about because of my mate Mitch. I linked to the first of his quest for speed in the beginning of this post. You may also like to read The Quest For  Mobile-Speed Two and the Quest For Mobile-Speed Three.

What’s the mobile speed of your site like?

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Should I Join Facebook Friday Funnies #131

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I got this in an email today which I thought was really quite clever. It was titled…

Should I Join Facebook?

Read it all the way through! It’s a good laugh AND really quite true!!
A good laugh for people in the over 70 group!

When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter.

I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, my 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation.

I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Bluetooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean, the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating.” You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then, if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship…

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, checking bathrooms, and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me.

They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store.

You would think they could settle on something themselves, but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” Every time I check out, just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.

Now I toss it back to them.

When they ask me, “Paper or plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look.

P.S. I know some of you are not over 70. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are. I figured your sense of humor could handle it….

We senior citizens don’t need any more gadgets, even my new washer/dryer has a digital panel!!!!!!!

Yeah it must be pretty hard for those of us not born in the digital age.

You’ve probably seen this video but it really proves my point about the older generation.

Finally, I’ve discovered something that I could add to my bucket list  :tongue_laugh_ee:

Facebook bucket list

That’s it for todays Friday Funnies. Remember, sharing is caring :wink_ee:

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All About Balance Humour Friday Funnies #230

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In life a lot of things have to do with balance. I found this story about balance to be really funny.

Balance In The Creation Of The World

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.

He inquired,  — “Where have you been?”

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds,—-  “Look, Michael. Look what I’ve made.”

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said,   —- “What is it?”

It’s a planet,”  — replied God,   — and I’ve put life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a place to test ‘Balance.‘”

Balance?” —   inquired Michael, —- “I’m still confused.”

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth.

For example,northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor.
Over here I’ve placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things...”

God continued pointing to different countries.  —  “This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”

The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land area and said,   —  “What’s that one?”

That’s the Sunshine Coast, Australia, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful trees and gardens, a beautiful river, and days filled with sunshine. The people from the Sunshine Coast are going to be handsome,
modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world.  They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things.”

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked,   —  “But what about balance, God? You said there would be ‘balance.‘”

God smiled,  — “I will create Canberra, Wait till you see the idiots I’ll put there.”

Most Aussies would understand that joke. If you’re not an Aussie and don’t get it just leave me a comment  :tongue_laugh_ee:  all about balance

I’m sure a lot of women out there would love to see a lot more balance in the world. I could just imagine some of the changes they would make if they were in charge of the world. Like that image over there on the left for example.

This reminds me of a post I did ages ago, way back in 2010, called If Women Controlled The Earth.

To keep with the theme about balance I thought I would use the Creator to make my own little image.

about balance

Finally, one last image from The Creator :wink_ee:

balance sucks

Remember, caring is sharing.  :smile:

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