Optimize Google Web Fonts

There are a couple of ways to add Google Fonts to your WordPress site. But everything has its cost. And so it is important to understand that adding Google Fonts to your WordPress site affects speed and performance.

CommonMark for WordPress

Markdown provides an efficient way to create formatted content for the web in plain text. Unlike a WYSIWYG editor, you use special characters to indicate which words and phrases should look different. Markdown syntax was designed to be readable and unobtrusive, so the content in Markdown files can be read even if it isn’t rendered.

Defer Disqus Plugin Loading

The Disqus for WordPress plugin lets site owners easily add Disqus to their sites, replacing the default WordPress comment system. On each page view, Disqus loads multiple javascript files. There is no need to load all of those resources on every page. Ideally, Disqus should only load when it’s required.

WP-Cron using Linux’s Cron

The WordPress default system “virtual” cron requires visitors to execute events. During each page load, it checks the database if there are any scheduled tasks to run. Without visitors, cron will not be prompted. This method is very inefficient and adds additional resource usage to your server. This tutorial will help walk you through replacing WordPress cron with a Linux cron job.

Speed Testing GeneratePress

The time it takes your website to load influences how successful it will be. Optimizing your website is no longer an option. With search engines placing so much importance on the speed of web pages, it is vital to your website’s success to have fast loading web pages.  I suggest and recommend GeneratePress. It can serve as a solid base for any website.