Improve your Suffusion Blog Page Speed Rating
Raw HTML websites are easily customisable and very lean. However, they are high maintenance and can often lead the writer or developer to get bogged down in the nitty gritty of webpage optimisation. However, WordPress blog pages are even more easily customisable and suited to the novice who just wishes to get their stuff posted to the World Wide Web, however can be very bloated leading to slow page load times and page load conflicts and errors for some people using an outdated web browser.
allows users to identify and measure page load time and troubleshoot areas that may be hampering the user experience for people wishing to read their WordPress blog.
This blog, http://PeterHallam.com.au uses WordPress and the Suffusion Theme Template for display and ‘fancy stuff’. Suffusion is without doubt one of top 5 themes any blogger could wish to use. It is, front and foremost, FREE, has more options that I have yet to explore, and I mean Sayontan the developer / author really outdid himself with the feature set as it is nothing short of comprehensive, and also Suffusion is very customisable. Suffusion, in my option, is the best free WordPress template available. It even much better than many of the paid for templates.
Site Optimisation Conflicts
One problems I have had, which isn’t really even a problem, though is the Site Optimisation options included in Suffusion. I wanted more. Most templates do not even include Site Optimisation as an option, and the fact that Suffusion does is something Sayontan deserves credit for.
In comparison PeterHallam.com.au was only scoring an 82 or 83 / 100 depending on the webpage benchmarked.
W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin
W3 Total Cache also compresses and minifies the code on webpages, and adds expires values so that end users web browsers will cache pages and much much more.
It appears that the Site Optimisation used by W3 Total Cache conflicts with the included Site Optimisation Options of Suffusion. So, for those people wanting to step up their page load speed just that notch more and go too a dedicated WordPress caching plugin, I recommend disabling Suffusions Site Optimisation options.
By disabling the Site Optimisation options in Suffusion and moving to a dedicated plugin I now achieve a Firebug Page Speed score of 91/100, which I am happy with.
Suffusion is Still Tops
Please don’t think this is a black mark against Suffusion as it is the only WordPress Template I would consider recommending to anyone. Rather, when you start playing around with multiple plugins available for WordPress, of which there are literally thousands, you will undoubtedly come up with conflicts.
It is extremely difficult for WordPress Developers, Template Designers, and Plugin Developers to be across ‘every’ issue that may pop up. Most of them do it for free or by donation and bloggers like my self are grateful for their dedication to what they do.
The web site Tutorial 9 has heaps of comparisons and information on caching and why you should use it, what to look for, and how to go about it. I found it very useful as it has lots of highly recommended reading.