I have been getting helpful emails from Dart Creations about speeding up page load times with my Joomla sites.
Google has a page for testing page speeds and gives recommendations.
Lesson 1: Turn on Joomla Cache – page caching
Lesson 2: Enable browser caching – browser caching
Lesson 3: Enable GZip Compression – GZip compression
Lesson 4: Reduce / Compress Joomla images – compress images
Lesson 5: Disable or remove unused plug-ins and Modules – disable plugins
Lesson 6: Try using JCH Optimize plugin – JCH Optimize
Lesson 7: Content Delivery Network – CDN
Your website can be given the ultimate speed boost by reducing the distance your content has to travel to reach its visitor. A Content Delivery Network (or CDN) delivers the heavy content of your site from a location which is very close to them. This is a trick major websites like Facebook, YouTube, CNN and NetFlix use to make sure their sites are fast. Images, CSS files, JS files, video and other content will have to travel much less. It does make your website lightning fast.
Lesson 8: Put your site on a fast hosting platform – Hosting
Do yourself and (most of all) your website’s visitors a favour. Upgrade to a better hosting server. Get a faster website today. If you’re on a cheap plan – upgrade it.
Check out InMotion Hosting now. Or if you really love your website, go for a Virtual Private Server. They offer free transfers, so you don’t have to worry about down time or moving your site. It’s just plug and play.
Lesson 9: Use system fonts – This method was given to me by Bmorecreative, inc. They suggested the following article:
Lesson 10: Optimizing images – Optimize Images
I am also using a Joomart Template that uses the T3 framework, and here is a link that shows how to compress the CSS and JS files.
Theme Expert – has sent out a article on how they perfer to speed things up. I like the details the put into the article. Speeding up page load times without an additional plug-in.
I hope this helps someone else out there…