One of the things that I do on a regular basis is check the page load speed of my site to see how well it is doing with loading. Page load speed is becoming more and more important each & every day. While search engines are beginning to place more emphasis on the load speed of a site for SEO purposes, it’s also becoming more important as the number of consumers visiting a website via a mobile device or tablet is growing rapidly.
One of the ways that I like to check my page speed is by using a site called pingdom. It will run all sorts of test on your site & show you how the site performs, how long it takes for something to load, and also shares what items take the longest to load on your site.
During a recent test of my site, I found that one of the plugins I used to use to display a way for visitors to share my content to Twitter was slowing down the entire load time of my site by over two seconds, a simple change from that plugin to a different Twitter plugin and I shaved over two seconds off the time my site loaded.
By doing these tests, not only do I learn what works better for my site, but I then know which plugins are better performers for my clients. Needless to say, I never install that Twitter plugin anymore when building a custom WordPress site for someone.