test results please help

I have attached a snap shot of my test results

Please help


website: www.thetechnicaltake.com

FYI, the test result URLs are permanent and meant for sharing. Here is a test that I just ran: http://www.webpagetest.org/result/111027_35_578e6fff48a412d4fb5f47dbd085ecb6/

If you click on each of the grades it tells you exactly which resources need TLC. i.e. for the image compression: http://www.webpagetest.org/result/111027_35_578e6fff48a412d4fb5f47dbd085ecb6/1/performance_optimization/#compress_images

474.0 KB total in images, target size = 276.1 KB - potential savings = 197.9 KB

FAILED - (68.7 KB, compressed = 23.7 KB - savings of 45.0 KB) - http://www.arladvisers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/StrategicBalancedTargeted3.jpg
FAILED - (63.1 KB, compressed = 21.2 KB - savings of 42.0 KB) - http://www.arladvisers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/BroadMarketPortfolio1.jpg
FAILED - (79.8 KB, compressed = 42.5 KB - savings of 37.4 KB) - http://www.thetechnicaltake.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Tools-to-time-Market-v3.jpg
FAILED - (55.0 KB, compressed = 18.0 KB - savings of 37.0 KB) - http://www.arladvisers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ConservativePortfolio2.jpg
FAILED - (52.9 KB, compressed = 16.3 KB - savings of 36.6 KB) - http://www.arladvisers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/AggressivePortfolio2.jpg

That said, with 218 requests and some pretty heavy CPU utilization, there is a LOT of work that needs to be done if you want to improve the 20+ second page load time.

67 javascript files for 400+KB of compressed data is exceptionally high: http://www.webpagetest.org/result/111027_35_578e6fff48a412d4fb5f47dbd085ecb6/1/breakdown/

I don’t see anything on the page that should require that level of complexity. Did you put the site together or did you have someone else do it? To get it performing well is going to take quite a bit of work by a developer (and large portions of the site may be easier to just re-write).


Thanks for the time and input; yes, speeding up my blog is a new facet for me in terms of maintaining a blog; I purchased a template/ blog design and I have basically done the rest of the work on that skeleton

  1. in terms of sharing results, I don’t mind doing that at all


  3. where do you suggest I start? I just went and compressed (Smush.IT) those images; the rest I am a bit unsure

thanks again

Sorry, yes

For the images that need better compression you need to re-compress the jpeg images at a lower quality setting. Smush.it will only do losless image compression and won’t help with these. Basically just load them into photoshop (or another image editor) and save them with the lowest quality level you are comfortable with where the image still looks good. In Photoshop it is usually safe to do a quality level of 50 in “save for web” mode. In most other tools a quality level of 75-85 is usually safe (the quality levels are not on the same scale between tools).

Beyond the images, I’d try setting up a bare test site that JUST uses the template that you purchased to see how the template itself performs and then start adding the plugins and modules on your main site one at a time to see which the more painful ones are.

Setting up a mirror sounds painful; don’t have the time or energy although that statement isn’t meant to minimize what you do or I am trying to accomplish; there are times you just hit a wall

Yep, understood.

Improving the performance of your site is going to require some time from a developer that knows what they are doing (no offense intended, I am assuming you’re not a software developer). If it’s just something you’re experimenting with or a side project it may not be worth the effort. A good developer would be able to get the same content loading in a few seconds (1-3) instead of 20+ but it’s not always easy to justify the expense.

It is a shame that the wordpress ecosystem isn’t just faster by itself. Hopefully it will get there eventually but as things are right now it’s very easy to build a very slow site on top of wordpress (and it’s not necessarily the fault of the platform itself).

I will look around locally for a developer or someone who understands these issues; I would ask that you suggest someone or some service that might be of help, but my preference is to work with someone local

this is a good place to start


There is a “help needed” area on the forum (though I don’t know if it gets a lot of activity). There are also a list of consultants that have been working with WebPagetest for quite a while here: https://sites.google.com/a/webpagetest.org/docs/other-resources/optimization-resources

Not sure where “local” is but it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone.

Do you want someone to fix all the problems, or someone who can tell you what needs to be fixed?

either or, I can do mostly everything.

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