Don’t be overwhelmed by the table below; most optimizations can be easily achieved with an optimization plugin. I personally use the free Speed Optimization plugin that comes bundled with SiteGround’s Hosting plan. However, there are several other options, including W3 Total Cache (W3TC), WP Rocket, and FlyingPress.
2. Review the Report: GTmetrix will quickly generate a performance report, pinpointing each area that requires improvement.
3. Consult our table below to address the specific areas highlighted by GTmetrix. While GTmetrix often uses complex terminology, overcomplicates its instructions, and provides guidance for a broad spectrum of websites, we’ve streamlined and tailored their recommendations specifically for WordPress sites. With our clear and straightforward guidelines, you’ll find it much easier to understand and implement the necessary changes.
4. Re-test After Implementing Changes: After making a change, clear your website’s cache if it’s enabled. Re-test on GTmetrix to assess the impact of your adjustments. Using the new results, move on to the next suggested improvement and continue the process.
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Difficulty Level in Implementing this Optimization = Easy
Minimizing the use of multiple page redirects is crucial for optimization, as these redirects are the first thing your visitors encounter, even before your webpage loads.
URL redirects serve to establish a seamless connection between an old, possibly non-functional URL and a new, active one.
When a user tries to access the previous link, they are automatically redirected to the updated link, providing a seamless experience.
Although at times necessary, it is critical to restrict the use of redirects to enhance page load speed and improve overall page experience
Redirects start before different parts of the page even begin to load. They lengthen the network time for the initial request, as every request requires a corresponding server response. Multiple page redirects lead to several request-response cycles, which can substantially slow down the commencement of your page loading process. The long redirect chain seen here means that the user sees nothing (blank) for 0.3 seconds. Multiple page redirects may also be detrimental to your site performance in the following ways:
Redirects are sometimes unavoidable
There are many cases where URL redirects are unavoidable, such as website migration, https redirect, www to non-www, etc. There are numerous scenarios in which URL redirects cannot be avoided, including instances like website migrations, directing http traffic to https, or changing from www to non-www, among others.
When implementing server-side redirects, it’s usually better to perform them via the web server configuration, as this is often quicker than configuring them at the application level. Server-side redirects happen immediately and help visitors reach their final destination sooner.
As much as possible, steer clear of client-side redirects. They tend to be slower, cannot be cached, and may not come with default support in browsers.
Wherever possible, avoid landing page redirects; especially, the practice of executing separate, individual redirects for reasons such as protocol change, adding www, mobile-specific page, geo-location, and subdomain.
Always redirect to the preferred version of the URL, especially, when redirects are dynamically generated. This helps eliminate unnecessary redirects. For example, if a website possesses both site.com and www.site.com, arrange the redirect to directly transfer from http://site.com to the preferred https version of the new URL (in this case https://www.site.com). This allows you to bypass an unnecessary step in the redirect chain.
As a broad guideline, strive to confine the number of redirects to a single one wherever feasible.
Review the redirects in place from time to time to ensure that old and irrelevant redirects are removed.
To setup URL redirects, you’ll need to edit the .htaccess file as it allows overwriting of the central configuration at the directory level. We recommend that you create a backup of the original
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