So I’ve come a long way. Just a few months ago I had hundreds of Google Search Console errors and a terrible gtmetrix score of like 17 or 23.
I’ve worked long and hard to learn and clear these errors out to help improve my SEO, as it was getting clobbered because of the GSC errors & low GT score.
I’m currently using Wordpress on a VPN and everything is all up to date.
I am also using Apex’s X Theme Pro for my theme and seem to be pretty happy with it overall, - as long as I can clear the rest of these theme related errors out.
Recently I found out about WPMU DEV’s Smush Pro & Hummingbird Pro plugins to help optimize images, CSS & java etc.
I’ve only recently really figured out how to utilize them and optimize my site as best as I can. Their support team has been a tremendous help.
My gtmetrix score is now up to 96% with a YSlow score of 76%!
No doubt the PageSpeed score is finally a really great score, but I know it can be improved and optimized even more. And after the hell I’ve gone through the last 2 years of getting crappy Google SEO results, I really want to push everything as close to 100% optimized as I can.
So after digging deep with the WPMU DEV support, we’ve come to the conclusion on the last few issues that need to be ironed out:
- There are a bunch of Google font api errors that are external files and can’t be optimized by hummingbird - If I find out which plugin is loading the css then I can download the css and use the downloaded file instead of direct link and then use minify option
Now I’m using a few plugins that are using something google such as a Youtube, Analytics & Maps.
I’m going to assume most of the errors are related to the Maps.
So how and where can I find and download these Google Fonts (and upload them to where exactly) so I can clear these errors from the test?
- Leverage Browser Caching
These are the 3 errors that are coming up and hitting the score:
https://chimpstatic.com/mcjs-connected/js/users/76380418c772a8e678a78354a/7856ee1f49d82d4e3591519ef.js (3 minutes 58 seconds)
https://maps.google.com/maps/api/js?libraries=places&key=AIzaSyCwqawdhXEUkljXlngrbSeB_8YEW-ab7_c&callback=w2dc_load_maps_api (30 minutes)
I’m going to assume the Chimptastic is from the Pop-up Modal I’m using to collect emails directly to my Mailchimp account I have linked.
The Maps is related to the W2DC Directory plugin that I’m using to list my Doctors & Dispensaries.
Google Analytics obviously.
Is there anything I can do to these files so they’re not hurting the website speed?
I assume the Pop-Up Modal & Analytics need to stay in the Header and therefore affect the page speed, but is there anything else I can do to them to increase the speed?
I’m going to speak to the developer of the W2DC Directory plugin to see if he has any suggestions on how to Defer the Google Maps error that’s coming up.
Google Maps is only need on 2 main pages, so I don’t want this to blanket the entire website and slow the speed.
Any help, guidance and insight to help clear any of these errors up, is GREATLY appreciated!!