Google have publicly declared that in 2010, page load time will be added as one of 200+ measurements that calculates Google search engine results page (SERP) ranking. So, page load time is now a calculative measurement in your search engine optimization (SEO) quest. Are you looking for higher traffic from Google and spending a lot of time building backliks? If you still never check your page load time or take any action to reduce load time, it is time to do so. Here is the list of widgets that I have deleted or disabled from Atniz.com
Any third party programs need to wait for the server to reply and it affect our load time. Having more widgets definitely looks nice but visitors need to wait to get it loaded. I have removed Twitter related plugins and slow widgets as this are the most dragging icons. I noticed removing Alexa widget saves 1s in load time. Disabling gravatar in comment section saves another 2-3 seconds as some of the blog post contains more than 30 comments. Loading each gravatar image for all 30 comments takes a lot of time. Recently, I have reduced the number of images used on the blog and always keep the sizes smaller using wordpress image editor. Here is another set of wordpress plugins that will help you to reduce load time.
This plugin is not available in wordpress above 2.6 versions. It helps to drop some load time
This plugin also helps to reduce load time but not that significant
This is one of my favorite plugin. There are some problems with this plugin. It can’t read Alexa and Twittercounter widget and you need to create a folder name “cache” manually in your hosting account. For example://atniz/wp-contents/plugins/wp-minify/cache This plugin alone saves me almost 4s time in load time. It is worth to go this hassle.
My previous load time for Atniz.com was 14s using T1 (1.44Mbps) and after page load optimization, it loads at 5.73s on T1 Internet connection line. Check your website or blog load time now. Here, you can get detailed objects and its load time on your blog. Now, you can identify and remove those widgets that drag your page load time easily. What is your current load time and after optimization load time?