Boost WordPress Performance with WP Performance Pack

Posted OnAug 22, 2014     CategoryPlugins     Comments1 comment

In this article we will show you how to install and configure the WP Performance Pack plugin to boost the performance of your website.

The WP Performance Pack plugin is used to speed up your WordPress installation.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the left-hand menu of the Admin Panel, click to select Plugins -> Add New.

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Step 3) In the Search text box enter WP Performance Pack. Click the Search Plugins button to locate this plugin.

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Step 4) From the Search Results page, click the Install Now hyperlink. When prompted to install the plugin, click the OK button to continue with the installation.

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Step 5) Click the Activate Plugin hyperlink.

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Step 6) From the left menu of the Admin Panel, click to select Settings -> Performance Pack.

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WP Performance Pack – Simple View

Step 7) The Improve Localization Performance area offers you the following options:

A. Custom This option allows you to set your own custom performance settings. To configure this option, click the Switch to Advanced View hyperlink. Navigate to Step 8) for additional details.
B. Speed This option offers the fastest performance possible. If any problems occur after activating, switch to the Stable setting.
C. Stable This option offers safe performance settings that should work with any WordPress installation. We recommend this option.
D. Off This option turns off localization completely.

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Simple View – Improve Image Handling (CDN)

CDN stands for Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution Network. Basically, it’s an option that offers huge performance improvements for image handling.

A. Custom This option allows you to set your own custom image handling settings, click the Switch to Advanced View hyperlink. View Step 8) for additional details.
B. Webspace This option offers faster upload / thumbnail creation creation and reduced space usage. If this option is selected, an additional plugin is required (see notes on right side). In addition, it is recommended that Without CDN not be selected for production sites. (See image below for available options).
C. Speed This option offers faster image upload and thumbnail creation. However, thumbnails may differ from actual image depending on EXIF thumbnail.
D. Stable This option offers faster image upload. Improved upload performance due to dynamically created intermediate images.
E. Off This option turns off image handling improvements completely.

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None CDN support is disabled. You will need to select a CDN provider to activate.
CoralCDN CoralCDN provides a free network of servers to help website owners easily offload resources to improve the performance of the site. This option does not require any additional settings.
MaxCDN To use this option, you will be required to sign up here and there is a fee associated with this option.
Custom When you select this option, a text box appears where you can enter a custom URL. This URL will be used to substitute the host name in image links.

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Click the Save Changes button to confirm any changes made above.

Advanced View – Improve Image Handling

Step 8) From the WP Performance Pack screen, click the Switch to advanced view hyperlink.

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Advanced View – Improve Localization Performance

A. Use gettext When enabled, the php gettext extension is used, and in most cases, is the fastest way to localize your blog.
B. Use Alternative MO Reader If this option is enabled, alternative MO reader uses on demand translation and loading of localization files (.mo). This is much faster and uses less memory than the default WordPress implementation.

Use Caching
If this option contains a check mark, an additional plugin will need to be installed and activated. Click here for a list of plugins.

C. Use JIT Localize Enabling this option allows for Just in time localization of scripts.
D. Disable Back End Localization Disabling this option will disable localization of back end texts.

Allow User Override
If this option contains a check mark, users will be allowed to reactivate back end localization in their profile settings.

Default User Language
Click the appropriate radio button to set the back end language for new and existing users, who haven’t updated their profile yet.

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Advanced View – Improve Image Handling

A. Dynamic Image Resizing When enabled, intermediate images are created on demand, not on upload. If you deactivate this option after some time of usage you may need to recreate thumbnails using a plugin such as Regenerate Thumbnails.

Use EXIF Thumbnail
If this option contains a check mark, and if available, use EXIF thumbnail to create image sizes smaller than the EXIF thumbnail. Note that, depending on image editing software, the EXIF thumbnail might differ from the actual image.

Don’t save intermediate images to disc
If this option contains a check mark, images are created dynamically on each request.

Use Caching
If this option contains a check mark, an additional plugin will need to be installed and activated. Click here for a list of available plugins.

B. Image Quallity Click on the % located directly below the slider bar to select the image quality you prefer. Note: the lower the %, the lower the image quality. The default is set to 80%.
C. Regenerate Thumbnails Integration In order to enable this option, an appropriate plugin shown below will need to be installed and activated.

Force delete of all potential thumbnails
If this option contains a check mark, all potential intermediate images will be deleted (i.e. those matching the pattern “imagefilename-*x*.ext”) while regenerating. Use with care as this option might delete files that are not thumbnails.

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Advanced View – CDN Support

A. Select CDN Provider Details on this option can be found in Step 8) above.
B. Use CDN for Images Click the appropriate radio button to determine if CDN should be used for front end, back end or both. You can deactivate the front end to avoid any possible CDN conflicts with any other CDN plugin.
C. Dynamic Image Linking If Enabled is selected, instead of inserting fixed image urls into posts, urls get build dynamically when displaying the content. Highly recommended when using a CDN for front end images.

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Advanced View – Debugging

A. Debug Panel If this option is enabled, the Debug Bar plugin will to be installed and activated.

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Step 9) Click the Save Changes button to confirm any changes made above.

 


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