Google PageSpeed and How I Learned To Love The mod

I’ve spent a lot of time fighting against plugins and WordPress in general in attempt to get my Google PageSpeed over 90. I had basically given up on getting into the high 90s due to my reliance on some external resources that don’t set long expire times or, in at least 2 cases, sheer laziness in not wanting to combine and minify external CSS or JS resources myself.

Over the last week, however, I decided to give site optimizations one last go and finally got my PageSpeed over 90 — to 93 on my front page to be exact. I also managed to get YSlow up to a B — it’s an A if I use the “small blog or site” ruleset.

How’d I do it? Read below the fold for the step-by-step.
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How to Make WordPress Run Faster

If you’re running a site that aims to be more than just a small journal or hub for your close friends to go to, you run into the problem of making sure that the site loads quickly and correctly for any visitor.

By “correctly”, I mean that it looks the same in all browsers.  This is the easier of the two problems, since if you a platform such as WordPress, most of the available themes solve that problem for you.

Now, serving pages quickly can be tricky.

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