So far the blogging tips have covered some basics with images and then some more technical stuff with compression. This time we’ll dial it back a bit and do some more basic stuff that anyone can do regardless of your choice of blogging platform.
Regardless of the name it’s known by, be it add-ons, plugins, modules, or something else, every platform has a way of adding in extra functionality that isn’t available out of the box. Like kids playing with a new toy, often when we begin blogging we set up a bunch of these. Oh, this will be awesome and That’s so cool. Next thing you know you have a ton of these add-ons installed.
The problem with having too many of these is simply that they take up space, make your site larger and in turn slower. Every now and then you need to evaluate the extras you have installed and ask yourself if you really need them all. I did this with my blog last week and disabled and removed a handful of plugins I really do not need. I can’t recall the exact size on my site I saved in doing so but I believe it was around 50KB. Not a huge savings in size on its own but as I keep saying, it adds up, not to mention speeds up the site. This puts me at the 750KB mark on file size saved with the previous methods mentioned in part 1 and part 2.
The next part in this series will get a bit more technical again but something I feel most people can do on their own if they like to tinker or are serious about maximizing their site’s speed.