Zach Browne

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Guide to WordPress Performance

Here are the best ways for speeding up your WordPress.

80% of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. Most of this time is tied up in downloading all the components in the page: images, stylesheets, scripts, Flash, etc. Reducing the number of components in turn reduces the number of HTTP requests required to render the page. This is the key to faster pages.

One way to reduce the number of components in the page is to simplify the page's design. But is there a way to build pages with richer content while also achieving fast response times? Here are some techniques for reducing the number of HTTP requests, while still supporting rich page designs. Combined files are a way to reduce the number of HTTP requests by combining all scripts into a single script, and similarly combining all CSS into a single stylesheet. Combining files is more challenging when the scripts and stylesheets vary from page to page, but making this part of your release process improves response times.

CSS Sprites are the preferred method for reducing the number of image requests. Combine your background images into a single image and use the CSS background-image and background-position properties to display the desired image segment.

Image maps combine multiple images into a single image. The overall size is about the same, but reducing the number of HTTP requests speeds up the page. Image maps only work if the images are contiguous in the page, such as a navigation bar. Defining the coordinates of image maps can be tedious and error prone. Using image maps for navigation is not accessible too, so it's not recommended.

How to switch your DNS to SETT

On Sett

Using a domain is very easy with SETT. All you have to do is tell SETT which domain is yours, and then point that domain to SETT.

SETT Settings

On the SETT side, just go to Blog Settings and enter in the domain name. You should not include 'www'. Once you hit save settings, SETT will start checking several times an hour to see if the domain has started pointing to it, and automatically switch from sett.com/yourblogname to the domain.

Domain Registrar Settings

You must point the root of your domain to SETT's IP address, which is 54.85.95.5, using an A record. The way you do this varies by registrar.

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