How To Speed Up Your WordPress Based Blog [If You Have WPStats Installed]

by on March 15, 2011

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WordPressFor the longest time I’ve been tinkering with how to speed up my WordPress based blog. (IE WordPress.org) I’ve been looking at where to place the CSS code, when to call handles, etc, etc. I’ve also taken to minimizing various features and pulling off some other awesome little tricks that I’ve hit on and I’m pretty sure not too many have tried yet. (Nope, mum’s the word on these sneaky bits) But what I will share with you is how I noticeably sped up my blog. The trick (prerequisite) to this process though, is if you have ‘WordPress.com Stats‘ plugin installed.

I’ve been having a bit of a bog-down of late and though I’ve done things that should have improved my site’s speed, it just wasn’t happening. It’s not horrible, but it’s been slightly annoying. I want to make sure you folks, my visitors, have the best potential experience when you get here.

So I had an idea… I have the plugin ‘WordPress.com Stats‘ installed. I know that it interacts with WordPress.com to get its numbers. When I went over to that site to look at my stats there, I noticed that it too lagged at about the same rate that my own site lagged.

That’s when I thought to myself, “Self. Huh?

So I tried the following bit:

I deactivated the plugin on my site. Doing that brought the speed back up to a very acceptable level for my personal requirements. It seemed to at least double the speed in which the website loaded.

I’m not bagging on the plugin, it just so happens that my site was interacting with the plugin to pull up or lodge numbers. I had heard this said before, that it slows down a blog somewhat, but I didn’t realize just how much it does.

UPDATE 3-16-11: It would seem that I need to have the plugin activated to track visitor behavior from my WordPress.com account. Grr.

And if You Don’t Have a WordPress.com Account:

Some time back I had set up an account for myself under WordPress.com. In it I added my websites to the “My Blogs” section under my control panel. Doing that then enables you to track your website statistics. It’s these stats that the plugin reported. (When you sign up and start looking at the numbers, make sure you read the footer about the site stat numbers. That’s sort of important when looking at the overall picture.)

Once you’ve set up your WordPress.com account and added your website, you can start tracking your live web traffic from your control panel. The interface there is much better looking than the one that WAS in my blog and having it over on WordPress.com does not require you to log into your blog to see the numbers. That’s a nice kudo for those of us who have day jobs and SHOULD NOT be logging in to our blogs from work. For some reason there’s always some twit or roadblock that just doesn’t like that you have a day-job / career. But that’s OK, employers should be able to expect your full attention to the job they pay you for and the twits may be just spiteful jealous little people. Right?

And now I realize that pulling the plugin off of my site sped it up just a bit for everyone involved. Now if I was a self hosted, single server kind of site, I can’t say if the plugin would impact my load times like it does at the time of this article, where I’m on a shared server. But that’s for another day. And by the way, I’m hosted by HostGator and they are the coolest folks around as far as I’m concerned and I use the incredibly agile and SEO tuned Thesis theme. I count myself lucky someone helped fund my way into these two avenues. If you’re a blogger looking to break out, the combination of these two entities together and maybe even with the help of Scribe, they are pretty awesome tools!

Hope this helps a bit!

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