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Hybrid-News CSS mods--first WordPress blog (9 posts)

  1. jmorrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Okay, I also get annoyed when someone says it's their first website or blog, then you click the link and it looks like was made by a professional theme designer. So, don't worry, you won't experience that when you visit my site: Supplement Updates

    I would appreciate feedback on things that I could improve. I'm new to CSS editing. The original theme is Hybrid-News from Justin Tadlock.

    Thanks

  2. armstead
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It looks fine, but it takes an awful long time to load.

  3. jmorrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey thanks for the feedback on load time.

    I have decent hosting, so I don't think that's the issue. I've reduced images in the css and added W3 Total Cache.

    The Technorati Media ads that I recently added seem to have severely slowed my load time.

    I tried the Webo plugin. It shaved my load time from Pingdom down from 9 seconds back to 7. Then it crashed and the interface doesn't work anymore, so I had to disable it.

    Without the Technorati Media ads, my site loads in about 5 seconds (Pingdom). Maybe I should drop them until I can find a way to speed up my site.

  4. jmorrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also, the Hybrid theme framework doesn't play nicely with WP Total Cache. I can't minify my CSS/JS without getting errors. For some reason, YSLOW says that I should gzip files that should already be Gzipped.

  5. armstead
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I just tried it again, and this time it popped up almost instantly. I don't know if you changed something, but much quicker.

  6. jmorrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey, thanks for checking again.

    Actually, I switched from WP Total Cache to Webo Site SpeedUp. It appears to have decreased my site's load time about 3.5 seconds from Pingdom.

    Here's the plugin: Webo.

    *** I had some problems with getting the advanced settings to work properly (either created bugs or slowed down site [CSS Sprites]). The optimized version with a few extra options checked worked best for me.

  7. jmorrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hm, ran into CHMOD problems with WEBO again. I deleted it to try another re-installation. Now, I see that Webo Site Speedup is no longer listed as a plugin at wordpress.org?

  8. armstead
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Loading time is really tricky. It can depend on a lot of things. I've been using WP Super Cache on my site ( http://jtgallery.net ) and knock on wood so far so good.

    I go by the theory that the simpler the better, few widgets and plug ins cause less potential slowdowns.

    But sometimes, it's just what mood the server is in.

  9. jmorrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yeah, I've gone to great lengths to simplify my site.

    I used to have background images for the blog/footer, and widget titles that I've removed.

    I've also removed a number of plugins.

    Unfortunately, some very good additions are the worst offenders for slow page load times. I find that the Facebook Like widget along with Digg/Digg widget (Tweetmeme in particular) are brutal for slowing down page load times.

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