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Website Speed Optimization Case Study – aquabluetec.com

Wordpress Site Speed Optimization Case Study on http://www.aquabluetec.comNext in the series of our case studies was www.aquabluetec.com. The website was hosted on an easy and flexible server environment supported by WP Engine Hosting. We personally like their hosting environment because it gives us enough space to tweak the configurations for achieving high speed site performance.

This site was developed by none other than one of our best Project Manager and SEO Analyst Charissa de Scande Lotter. You may even go through her site development case study on Aqua Blue Tec to learn how she developed this website. In her case study, she presents a detailed walk through by explaining her site development process in detail.

The website was brought on the fast track after going through a couple of site optimization steps at our end. Let us take a detailed walk-through to understand what was done to optimize this case study website for speed.

Step 1 : Website Speed Optimization Case Study Diagnosis

The site was already running at a good speed from a general perspective, but we knew that some further scope for speed improvement was left open for us, based on our technical perspective. The site was diagnosed and analysed to find out the limiting factors which were pulling down the website on website speed optimization performance reports.

Most of the things were already in place although we analysed the scope of Quick Cache plugin to speed up this website. Before moving any further on our website speed optimization case study, let us go through some of the most prominent speed test reports and understand the current speed status of the website.


Let us have a look at GTmetrix Report

Wordpress website speed optimization case study www.aquabluetec.com

Page Speed Grade:(91%) A

YSlow Grade: (82%) B

Page load time: 1.25 s

Total page size: 708 KB

Total number of requests: 30


Let us have a look at Pingdom Test Report

Website speet optimization case study report on pingdomPage size : 720.1 kB

Load time : 1.45 s

Requests : 31

Perf. grade : 86/100

Your website is faster than 81% of all tested websites


Let us have a look at Webpagetest Report

website speed optimization case study test reportFirst Byte Time – D
Keep-alive Enabled – A

Compress Transfer – A
Compress Images – A

Progressive JPEGs – B
Cache static content – F
Effective use of CDN – X

Step 2 : Quick Cache Plugin for Website Speed Optimization

Quick Cache plugin was installed and activated. It took some time for us to make optimum configuration for quick cache plugin. We tweaked the best configurations for this quick cache plugin and tested the website speed results. Everything seemed to be good, but some tweaking in .htaccess file was required.

Step 3 : Configuration Tweaking in WordPress .htaccess file

We looked at the existing .htaccess file and analysed its code. It was good, but needed some tweaking. .htaccess file was edited to make it look like the following:

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
<IfModule mod_filter.c>
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain text/html application/x-httpd-php-source
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml application/xml application/xhtml+xml application/xml-dtd
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rdf+xml application/rss+xml application/atom+xml image/svg+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css text/javascript application/javascript application/x-javascript
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/truetype application/x-font-ttf font/opentype application/x-font-otf
</IfModule>
</IfModule>

After tweaking .htaccess file, we were done with our website speed optimization case study. Now, let us go through a comparative website speed optimization analysis to study and analyse the improvements achieved.

A Comparative Study to Analyse WebSite Speed Optimization Results

We checked the website once again on different website speed tools including GTmetrix, Pingdom and Webpagetest.

WebSite Speed Optimization Case study Test Report at GTmetrix.

Website speed optimization case study www.aquabluetec.com

Factor Before Optimization After Optimization Result Gain
Page Speed Grade 91% (A) 95% (A) Improved 5%
YSlow Grade 82% (A) 90% (A) Improved 10%
Page load time 1.25 s 1.05 s Improved 16%
Total page size 708 kB 708 kB Neutral NA
Total number of requests 30 30 Neutral NA

We achieved an overall improvement in Page Speed Grade, YSlow Grade and Page load time.

WebSite Speed Optimization Case study Test Report at Pingdom.

Website speed optimization case study www.aquabluetec.com at Pingdom

Factor Before Optimization After Optimization Result Gain
Page Size 720.1 kB 719.4 kB Improved 0.10%
Load time 1.45 s 921 ms Improved 37%
Requests 31 31 Neutral NA
Perf. Grade 86/100 94/100 Improved 9%

Your website is faster than 91% of all tested websites. (Earlier it was 81%) – Improved (Gain of 12%)  

We got substantial reduction in page load time from 1.45 s to 921 ms, 37% improvement in load time performance.

WebSite Speed Optimization Case study Test Report at Webpagetest.

Website speed optimization case study webpage test www.aquabluetec.com

Factor Before Optimization After Optimization Result
First Byte Time D A Improved
Keep-alive Enabled A A Neutral
Compress Transfer A A Neutral
Compress Images A A Neutral
Progressive JPEGs B A Improved
Cache static content F A Improved
Effective use of CDN X X Neutral

We have achieved substantial improvement in First Byte Time, Progressive JPEGs and Cache static content.

WebSite Speed Optimization Case study Test Report at Webhostinghero.

Website speed optimization case study report webshostinghero

Conclusion

Optimizing this case study website was not as easy as it may look like from the above reports, but Mark de Scande did some super tweaking to achieve high speed performance levels. He never compromises with the speed. Irrespective of the theme or host, speeding and optimizing any WordPress website is his expertise.

According to Mark, using a fast host such as WP Engine Host offers him much more configuration and tweaking flexibility in order to gain speed on any WordPress website. An optimized WordPress theme or a theme flexible for optimization such as MySiteMyWayTheme is always preferred by Mark de Scande. On this WordPress website speed optimization case study, he used Quick Cache Lite Version plugin. He configured the plugin by tweaking all the speed performance factors to get the best site speed performance.

Mark de Scande got website page load speed time reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second, an average of 50% improvement on a relative performance scale.

Website Speed Optimization Case Study Details
Website – www.aquabluetec.com
Web Host Server – WP Engine
Site Speed Optimizer – +Mark de Scande
Editor – +Ashutosh Kasera

Author 


WordPress Site Speed Expert, Speeding up WordPress sites across the Globe

I am the fuel behind the high speed of innumerable fast running wordpress websites hosted either on a cheap server or a dedicated server.
Today, Speed is a matter of great concern, and I don't only optimize but re-energize. I am also a lifetime WPMU Dev member.


One of the largest free blogging websites BlogLines in South Africa is my baby. I not only conceived the idea of free blogging in South Africa, but also implemented it with an objective of adding a new dimension to the world of free blogging. Blogging helps us in enhancing the quality of our social life by transforming the ways in which we share our ideas and opinions with each other. South Africa blogging environment has never been so easy and user-friendly as it is today.

I have practised and learned all the technical aspects related to WordPress. In the past couple of years, I have developed a wide range of websites using WordPress, WordPress MU and now using the latest WordPress MultiSite.

I am the WordPress Speed Energizer Wiz, and I am always hunting around to find slow running websites. I know, these websites need me in order to live a long and healthy life.
Only the wordpress sites powered with speed, capable of running at full throttle are going to survive in this tough and competitive world of Internet.


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  1. Mark De Scande BlogLines
    Mark De Scande BlogLines12-23-2013

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  2. Mark de Scande
    Mark de Scande12-23-2013

    WOW A + A = a Super Fast Website and to think the customer don’t even know how fast his cool website is :)

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    Taylor Doucette12-27-2013

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