Hello again!

When I go into Site Manager and check my PageSpeed Insights I realized that my pages are very slow. They are all in red. I scored a 15 out of 100 on the PageSpeed Insights page. How can I speed them up? I'm not very tech-savvy and I'm not sure what any of the insights mean or how to fix them.

For example, in the image below.... it seems I'm supposed to do something to all the images once they're in WordPress? And I don't know what render-blocking resources are etc. The explanations are very technical.

Is there a plugin you recommend for helping with images and page speed? I gotta start somewhere.


*Update: It seems others can learn from my ignorance on this topic as well so I'll make an update.

I started at a PageSpeed of 15/100.

Taken from the suggestions of the community I went into SiteManager clicked on Details and changed my SiteSpeed from Accelerated to Extreme. This lifted my score to 19/100.

Next, I uploaded the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin and used the Bulk Optimizer. This lifted my score to 26/100.

More updates to come! Thank you!

- Ok, I just deleted some plugins that were redundant (Kraken, PHP, EWWW), and I added Smush as my image optimizer and I ran the Bulk Optimization again. I'm up to 67/100! Thanks, Michael!

- I followed another person's instructions below (be sure to give all these amazing people that have helped me a follow!). I added the plugin Async-Javascript and Atuoptimizer. There are more detailed step-by-step instructions in Phil's comment. Now I have reached 81/100 and I can see a difference when I go to my homepage:)

Thank you all so much!



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countrylife Premium
Hey I am Lula.
i still didn't get to this stage but I am learning from your experience I hope you do not mind.
Wishing you a terrific day.
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NicoleIvy Premium
Hi Lula,
I'm glad that we're all learning this together:)

I will continue to add updates to my original post so we can all see what will increase our PageSpeed.

Have a good one!
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TheCatherine Premium Plus
Your biggest problem is your images
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NicoleIvy Premium
Thank you, Catherine! I think this was exactly what I was looking for:)
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NicoleIvy Premium
This brought my PageSpeed from 19 to 26 :)
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TheCatherine Premium Plus
Glad to be of assistance
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lesabre Premium
Hi Nicole, I am sure these speeds can be changed with a few alterations. First of all how many plugins are you using and what are they. Second would be looking at your theme. Once this information we can work on speeding up your site speeds.

All the best,

Michael
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NicoleIvy Premium
Hi Michael,
I'm using the Divi Theme. And I just added EWWW Image Optimizer as suggested by Catherine so would it be okay to delete the Kraken one? I know too many plugins will slow things down. These are all of my plugins:
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lesabre Premium
Hi Nicole,
Looking at your plugins you really are not using that many. However, they could be conflicting with each other.

I consider Catherine with great respect and she is extremely knowledgeable.

On your screenshot, I see both EWWW and Kraken installed. EWWW was replaced several months ago when there was an update done to word press. Kraken became the new image optimizer.

I personally would de-activate both and try the Smush plugin due to the fact it comes with Lazy load which helps with video compression and image compression.

You really do not have any control over PHP and that is a plugin I would delete.

Next is the Updraft back-up and restore plugin. What I have found with this plugin is that you can do a backup of your website and when it is completed de-activate it. The backup will be there when and if you need to do a restore of your site, all you would need to do is re-activate it. Use as needed, also I would recommend using it anytime you do any major changes to your site.

As far as the Divi theme is concerned I would have to do more research on it. I personally use a Generate Press theme.
Check the details on the Divi theme to see when was the last time it was updated and how mobile-friendly it is.

Would appreciate it if you keep me up to date as to how you are making out as there are further optimizations that can be done.

Also in site details make sure you have set the speed to extreme

All the best,

Michael
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NicoleIvy Premium
Thank you, Michael!

I have uploaded Smush and did the Bulk optimization. I deleted Kraken, PHP, EWWW, and I'm up to 67/100!

Amazing! This really made a big difference and I appreciate it. I will continue to update:)
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lesabre Premium
Hi Nicole, great I see you have reached speeds of 81 that is a nice jump from 26.
Are these mobile or desktop speeds. Either way, it is great news.

Michael
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NicoleIvy Premium
Thanks for the question, Michael.
I didn't realize that the whole time I was only looking at the mobile score. Right now mobile is 84 and desktop is 95! I'm very happy with that.
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lesabre Premium
That is great Nicole. Awesome job.

Michael
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feigner Premium
owch..that hurts on the images....
you need reduce the size of those ...ideally before you upload
i tend to use paint to reduce the size to 320 pixel x by whatever hte y turns out to be
they should turn out to be in the order of 50kb.....
for the other stuff then try async-javascript and autoptimize...
have fun
phil
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NicoleIvy Premium
Hi Phil,
Are async-javascript and autoptimize plugins?
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feigner Premium
yes they are
here's an answer i replied to some one else on adding these plugins

click on activate on async-javascript....
and you will be taken to the installed plugins page...
click on settings for async- javascript.
at the top tick enable async javascript
and click the apply defer button below it (image 2)
then click save settings at the bottom
click on plugins
activate autoptimize
scroll down and click on settings for autoptimize
tick
optimize javascript
tick optimize css
tick optimize html
scroll down andclick save changes
click on the images tab
tick the optimize images
and the lazy load
click save changes
click on the extra tab
and select the third option in google fonts
Combine and link in head (fonts load fast but are render-blocking), includes
tick remove emojis
tick remove query strings
and save changes.....
this now may have improved your sitespeed - you will need to run sitespeed twice to see any changes....
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NicoleIvy Premium
Thank you, Phil!

I have followed your instructions and now I have gone from a 67/100 to an 81/100!

I really appreciate it! I can see the difference when I go to my page now. Amazing! :)
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feigner Premium
glad it worked for you Nicole
ideally now all you need t od ois to reduce the size of your images and it will be in the 90's....
a lot of my sites are high 90's
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NicoleIvy Premium
Thank you, I will work on that too:)
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jfbmarketing Premium
Hi Nicole,

What is your speed set at? It would be the first thing I would do. You have it on Extreme. You will find all of this information under the tab Websites, then click on Site Manager, and you should see this information once you click on details.

The other thing I notice is your images could be too large; use a tool to optimize your images' size. I use the plugin Imagify.

I hope this helps Nicole.
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NicoleIvy Premium
Thank you! I changed it to Extreme and now I'm up to 19 out of 100 instead of 15/100.
I just uploaded an image-optimizing plugin too so we'll see how that helps.
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