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 ;)

Karen Woodham

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Editor-in-Chief at Blazing Minds
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and bona fide journalist of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles in The Daily Post Newspaper, Inside Flintshire as well as other publications.
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  • http://www.iblogzone.com DiTesco

    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 :)

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      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 ;)

      • http://blog.estavamorioka.com Estava Morioka

        I’ve been battling about whether or not I should remove my wibiya tool bar. It doesnt really get many clicks but I like the way it looks. plus it allows me to be nosey and see how many people are currently on the blog

        • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

          I would remove it, if I were you, it will improve the overall speed of your blog ;)

  • http://www.techwork.dk Thomas

    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?

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      I’m just in the middle of adding the Google +1 button as I type ;)

      • http://www.techwork.dk Thomas

        I just gave it a + :-)

        • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

          Much appreciated ;)

  • http://bodynsoil.com/blog/ bodynsoil

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

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      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 ;)

      • http://bodynsoil.com/blog/ bodynsoil

        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.

        • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

          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 ;)

  • athenagreek

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

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      Glad to be of some help sharing my thoughts and pobders ;)

  • Amanda Gordon

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

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      Thanks Amanda, it’s certainly a vast improvement ;)

  • Andrew Walker

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

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, hope you found the post helpful ;)

  • Evan Griffin

    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!!!

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      Hi Evan, glad you found my post useful ;)

  • http://ronleyba.com Ron

    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?

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      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 ;)

      • http://ronleyba.com Ron

        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.

        • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

          Yep, it was caused by Jetpack, should be ok now ;)

  • http://bodynsoil.com/blog/ bodynsoil

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

  • Jean

    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.


    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      Thanks Jean ;)

    • http://www.bestelectricpolechainsaws.com Danny

      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.

  • http://georgia-kids.com/ jandelaria

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

  • http://jymtarrant.com Jym

    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 :)

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      Hi Jym. I seem to be doing a lot of tweaking at the moment, just did a little more by removing some graphics ;)

  • http://www.cravingtech.com Michael Aulia

    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

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      It really wasn’t getting any worthwhile clicks in my point of view, so why keep something that really isn’t needed ;)

      • http://www.CravingTech.com Michael Aulia

        Well it does get a few clicks for random posts, top posts, translations, bookmark, and also the search :( I don’t feel like parting with it at this stage *sigh*..

  • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

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

  • http://authopublisher.com Ivin

    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.

  • Ryan Macalandag

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

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen

      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.