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Please implement Google speed guidelines

  • Google has advised that speed is becoming a factor in SEO. WordPress sites are typically a conglomeration of things and are also quite complex at the core.

    I’d like to request implementing Google’s speed recommendations (I can see those in their Page Speed plugin for Firebug) in core WordPress and as coding guidelines and hooks for plugins. These are things like deferred JavaScript loading, optimizing the order of CSS and scripts, enabling compression, minifying CSS & JS, specifying expiration for objects, combining JS & CSS where possible.

    Thank you,
    Gal

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  • Bravo! I second that opinion.

    +1

    Also check out Yahoo’s Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site

    This should be on the shoulders of the developer of your specific site.

    Get the wp-cache plugin, it converts your pages into flat html files.

    Sprites are ENTIRELY dependent on the theme, not an easy way to implement automatic sprites.

    Deferred javascript loading is entirely dependent on the theme.

    Compression is something server side that you can setup.
    http://www.askapache.com/htaccess/apache-speed-compression.html

    Expiration for objects can also be specified within your server configuration.
    http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_expires.html

    I agree though that some guidelines could be put in place to help ease some of this.

    Although many things are site-dependent, here are some ideas I’ve had:

    • Caching/compression/expiry can be integrated into core WordPress
    • Plugin developers can register their CSS and JS files instead of coding their inclusion. Then, a new WordPress loader could load everything that’s registered as one big happy file.
    • If Google Page Speed knows when an image can be optimized and sometimes offer an optimized version, so can WordPress
    • Currently, page expiration is set by WP-Super-Cache to “always revalidate”, but when items are changed, they could flag various things as updated and allow for page and object caching (in the new and improved WordPress cacher)

    I’m sure the mighty WordPress team knows a lot more about these things than I do and can come up with lots of other ideas. I’m just trying to get them to have a look in that direction.

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

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