Speeding Up The Blog! It’s Been Tweaking Time Again!


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A lot of you who follow me around the net will have seen the Guest Post I wrote on CommentLuv titled “Keep An Eye On Those WordPress Plugins“, shortly after this I came back to the blog and started work tweaking it to help improve its performance.

Those of you that do read the blog a lot will have noticed some changes to some areas on the blog.

For starters, I’ve removed the toolbar, although this was CPU hungry it did make the blog a fraction slower, so now I have opted for the social buttons to continue in the “author bio” at the bottom of a post.

Also WP125 has been removed, as this can all be done without a plugin, why have a plugin when you can do it yourself just as easily ;)

Along with several other plugins that were of no use any more or were just used to make the blog look better, speed and reliability wins with regards to the blog.

So I’m hoping that this slight changes will speed the blog up and make it more enjoyable for people to stop by and comment on not only my blog posts, but also those of the superb Guest Bloggers that have opted to post here on Blazing Minds.

Anyone, thanks to everyone for stopping by, commenting and sharing the blog posts, it’s much appreciated, in the meantime, is there a social network button that is missing that you think should be included? Please let me know ;)

About Karen Woodham

Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds blog an avid blogger of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies and is a bit of a local celebrity, a new generation of online journalist. Follow Karen Woodham on Twitter, Facebook and
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38 Responses to Speeding Up The Blog! It’s Been Tweaking Time Again!

  1. DiTesco says:

    Believe it or not but I already noticed a big improvement just by you taking that footer out. Was that Wibiya? I have to admit that I never did see much of usefulness for that one. Loading up nicely now :)

    • Karen says:

      It was a means to sharing, but it’s lack of clicks was it’s downfall and as you say, it’s removal has improved the speed of the blog ;)

  2. Thomas says:

    Hi Karen
    After reading your post at Commentluv.com I also did some cleaning up on my own blog. Sometimes a plugin just need to be removed. Thank you for the reminder.

    What about the Google + 1 social network button. Don’t you want to add that one?

  3. bodynsoil says:

    The changes look fantastic Karen! I really like the widget you have in the upper right that shows the following of facebook and twitter.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, as I had removed the toolbar, I thought it was a good idea to have Facebook and Twitter somewhere that was visible and useful, now if I can just tweet the like button in the author bio so that it works a little better ;)

      • bodynsoil says:

        Which widget are you using to do this? I removed Wibiya a month ago and use Shareaholic now but would like something more streamlined like this one, sometimes less is more.

        • Karen says:

          The buttons in the author box are added via coding them in myself, the facebook and twitter widget in the top right is also HTML via facebook and twitter, so no plugins, saves on the CPU again ;)

  4. athenagreek says:

    It’s good there are this kind of tips to simply make blogs effective. Great to share it with us.

  5. The speed is definitely much better now. The light footer probably played its part.

  6. Hi Karen.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    It’s a very useful tips.

  7. Evan Griffin says:

    Hi Karen…This is a lot of information for me because I have learned from your blog…I did some cleaning on my blog too…Thanks!!!

  8. Ron says:

    Wow, your site loads much faster now than before. I guess its the footer toolbar that is eliminated.

    About the social buttons, are you missing the Facebook “like” or “recommend” button (per post)? Or is it just me who don’t see it?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ron, thank you, I’m working on the facebook “like” buttons at the moment, I added them earlier but they had a slight issue, so I’ll be working on them again over the next few days ;)

      • Ron says:

        Now there you have it! The Like button! Hmmm. May I ask, why you prefer it to be “LIKE” button than the “RECOMMEND” button?

        And oh, by the way, when I checked the commentluv checkbox below, it returns this kind of error:

        Error. Parsing JSON Request failed.

  9. bodynsoil says:

    I was tweeking my blog this afternoon and now it is defunct.. dislike.. :(

  10. Jean says:

    Load speed is pretty good on the site so far. By the way, check out webpagetest dot org it was even suggested by Google, its pretty good to mix up with the plugin tests.


    • Danny says:

      I did not know about that website. I’m using it right now.

      OT: You are so right, if it is not getting you many clicks and it slows down your site then get rid of it.
      I try cleaning up my plugins every once in a while as well.
      I always look at what the plugin adds when it is updated, it might overlap with another plugin which would be a waste.

  11. jandelaria says:

    Removing plugins because I can do it by myself.. Hmm.. I would do it right away i was not so lazy.. :D

  12. Jym says:

    Hi Karen, finally made it to Blazing Minds after noticing your Flame-Haired Avatar again again again throughout the blogging communities…

    Nice to see your in optimization mode, seems pretty quick to me – Wibiya’s slowed down a lot of blogs from what I hear though I never tried it.

    All these little tweaks and twiddles are worth the effort to improve the user experience I feel, not to mention pleasing the almighty G…

    Cheers :)

  13. I’m still in love with my Wibiya Toolbar but if it can really speed things up, I’m considering to throw it away :(

    I have to re-check the stats again to make sure it’s worth throwing it to the bin. thanks for the reminder to clean up our site

  14. Karen says:

    Thanks Steve and the speed benefits are a big improvement ;)

  15. Ivin says:

    Yes, much faster on my end too! My blog is under maintenance today to get Cloudflare set up. read so much about it and the last time I tried had a redirect loop so it bombed my blog completely. Hopefully after this exercise my blog will perform much better.

  16. Ryan Macalandag says:

    I’m having problems with my commentluv…displays error json request failed. :(

    • Karen says:

      I had the same issue, it’s down to the memory your server allows, you probably have 32MB and one of your plugins is bleeding it, try removing plugins that you don’t really need.

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