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Easier Performance Tuning with WP Speed of Light
If you are a webmaster, odds are that you spend more time creating content than reading blog posts. It follows naturally that many bloggers like yourself spend as much time in the backend as they you do in the frontend, or even more.
For this reason, JoomUnited has been heading towards making your working environment as polished and intuitive as possible. Next on our list is WP Speed of Light - the WordPress plugin that lets you optimize your blog and your readers’ experience simultaneously.
Presenting WP Speed of Light’s Dashboard
In more ways than one, WP Speed of Light’s dashboard is the core of your WordPress website’s optimization. For a long time, the dashboard has been the hub that summarized your blog’s performance and served suggestions on how to improve results.
The new dashboard retains all of its previous functionality, but combines it with a new appeal that symbolizes the new design direction of the plugin. The topmost section in the dashboard is arguably its most important function, showing any concerning flaws in your blog’s performance optimization.
Just below is a summary of the last results from the site-wide performance check. Other, more advanced options reside in the bottom of the page.
One of JoomUnited’s priorities with the redesign is to make it clearer where everything resides. To this end, these cards, like the ones at the very top, come with a link icon that serves as a convenient gateway to the appropriate menu items.
Along the same vein, WP Speed of Light’s new menu - accessible either through these cards, or from the Speed Optimization sub-menu - is aimed at facilitating navigation. Most noticeable is the large number of menu items. Overwhelming? Not quite.
These menus serve to segregate options more precisely depending on their functions. In this way, settings related to WordPress’ base functionality are all located in the new WordPress menu. Grouping and minifying options reside in their own area as well. So do the other sub-menus, each of which share a unique characteristic - they have a singular focus.
he design of the settings has also undergone a radical overhaul. More than ever before, a minimalistic style makes it easier to recognize which options are accessible, and which are locked. As a side effect of this new stylistic decision, options are also clearly separated from each other, and we have taken care to ensure that it is easy to find what you are looking for.
The star introduction in this whole navigation system is new search functionality. Consider a situation where you are feeling at a loss as to where a particular option resides, or you want to find all related controls. The new search functionality brings you the options to you, rather than have you waste time looking for them.
Retrieving options is as simple as typing in what you are looking for in the top area of the side-menu. WP Speed of Light automatically hides menus that do not contain the search term. Furthermore, when you navigate to any of the remaining menus, the WordPress plugin highlights the options that it found.
Similarly to the other menus, the Speed Analysis tab has been reworked to be brought up to standard. Once you test the performance of a page, the top area shows you information about the plugins that were used, and how long it took to load the page.
Below these basic statistics are more informative data about the load times. As you have come to expect, WP Speed of Light repeats the test twice - once for the first time a page is loaded, and another time with cache. In both cases, the plugin shows a score for the caching, and file and image compression.
Much has changed about WP Speed of Light, but much has stayed the same. The latest update to the WordPress plugin goes beyond optimizing performance. By giving you the keys to navigate and understand results, WP Speed of Light lets you fine-tune your blog with unprecedented ease.