Joomla websites can be slow, especially if you have a lot of extensions installed. Slow page speeds drive customers away from your website. Furthermore, since Google might consider page speed in its ranking, it’s more important than ever to have fast page speeds. JCH Optimize, a plugin for Joomla, is a fast, free, and easy way to speed up your site immediately.
A client called me and asked it I could optimize his site for speed. I checked out his site and found that it seemed to load pretty fast, or as least as fast as the dozens of different sites I visit every week. But to get a more quantitative measure of the site speed, I installed Google Page Speed and tested his site. The site speed score was 75. Then I tested my site and the page speed was 67. Speed scores are like grading curves and 67 is failing.
After some quick research, I found JCH Optimize, a Joomla plugin whose purpose is to speed up your site. Once I installed and configured JCH Optimize, my page speed rank went immediately from 67 to 78, an 11 point improvement. A 78 puts brings my site up to a passing grade. Certainly not the fastest site, but not the slowest either.
In fact, I did some page speed tests on other high-profile sites and after that I felt more comfortable with my improved page speed.
Note: All page speed scores are for the home page only. Often, sub pages are much faster since they don’t have as much media and images as the home page.
- writenowdesign.com – 78
- Apple.com – 68
- Joomla.org – 74
- Macworld.com – 71
- Microsoft.com – 79
- nytimes.com – 64
Keep in mind that the more information you have on a page, the lower your page speed. Add movies, flash, AJAX, and lots of nice images, and your page speed will go down. Also, database driven websites like Joomla and WordPress are inherently slower that static web pages.
JCH Optimize speeds up your site by doing the following:
- Combines css files into one file.
- Gzips the combined css files.
- In addition, it can minimize all of your html output, but I did not use this feature.
I highly recommend this plugin if you want to instantly speed up your Joomla Website. Thanks to the developer of this GREAT plugin: Samuel Marshall.
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