This site is being used to prepare for the WordPress Portsmouth Meetup on 16th February 2022.
The home page was deliberately constructed to provide a performance analysis score that fails the performance analysis tests run by Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. I then copied it to another page and developed several improvements.
Home page (10 Feb 12:13), was created with Elementor, using the Simple Owl Carousel plus a NextGEN gallery. I also had 10 of the top 12 plugins, and The Events Calendar plugin activated. To understand these values see Process.
Elementor (10 Feb 21:20). This is the clone of the home page.
Big images (11 Feb 11:11) is the clone of the home page recreated using Simple Owl Carousel and the NextGEN gallery but without Elementor.
webp images (11 Feb 11:18) is the same page with each image replaced by a WebP version scaled to 1120px wide.
Home page (11 Feb 12:02). These are the figures for the home page after improving the Recent posts section to set a width for the Featured image block.
In each of the above tests the activated plugins were unchanged.
Using the oik-unloader plugin I can dynamically deactivate plugins that aren’t needed. I significantly reduced the active plugins on the home page, but didn’t change the plugins on these clone pages. I also did the same for this page, and measured the server response before and after. See About page server timing. But I left the slow pages alone. Any figures obtained for pages under Process should therefore still be poor.
Eventually I’d had enough of the poor performance of the site due to the excessive loading times of the unnecessary plugins. I made some improvements to my oik-loader plugin and reversed the logic.
Instead of unloading the plugins on the Home and About us pages, I’ve deactivated the plugins I really don’t need and configured oik-loader to load them on the poorly performing pages.
Latest performance scores
These are the latest performance figures for the About and Home pages.