How to start with Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) on WordPress

Still lake - staying still

It’s nice when thing’s stay still – especially when you’re looking at a webpage. Simply put, CLS is a measure of how still a webpage stays while a user is looking at it. Google rates this as an important user experience factor. Cumulative Layout Shift scoring and how to improve your site’s score is a …

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Using Amazon S3 Bucket to offload site images

Offloading the entire uploads directory into an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket helps to speed up a site and can also be essential if you have an especially large uploads folder which is preventing other processes from completing – for example: spinning up a staging environment. Benefits Saves money on hosting all the …

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Case Study: Optimization for Expression Fiber Arts

Expression Fiber Arts engaged Robin Scott from Silicon Dales to optimize their blog. Expression Fiber Arts® offer heart-crushingly gorgeous, hand-dyed luxury yarn. With large images and a 163,000 following on Youtube, it is essential for Expression Fiber Arts to serve large files to large audiences. Robin Scott has a great track record optimizing WordPress for …

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How To: Leverage Browser Caching for Images, CSS and JS

Ever checked your website speed using GTmetrix, Pingdom, PageSpeed or Yslow… or any of the other many and various latest and greatest speed checking tools? ***2021 update: take a look at Lighthouse Well, if you have, you might have come across a request to “leverage browser caching…” or similar. What does “Leverage Browser Caching” actually …

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Why Is My Website Slow?

This is a question we are asked by people on a regular basis: “Why is my website slow?” The answer provided here, since 2012, is generally speaking in a WordPress context – because we are WP specialists – but a lot of the rules will apply to really any website, particularly one which runs on …

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Black Friday Sale at EWWW Image Optimizer

Silicon Dales are big fans of EWWW Image Optimizer and use it frequently for clients. It’s also referenced in our guides for handling images and speeding up a WordPress website. EWWW are running two offers this Thanksgiving: Premium Compression API The Premium Compression API from EWWW Image Optimizer is a service which can be used …

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Case Study: WordPress Optimization for LogoVisual

LogoVisual booked Silicon Dales for a WordPress speed optimization, resulting in a 3.5 second time saving. The Client LogoVisual are a team of designers, manufacturers and installers making bespoke whiteboard walls, collaboration zones, ThinkingWalls, training aids and more from Skipton in North Yorkshire. The Task Silicon Dales performed a speed optimization on the LogoVisual website, including …

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Black Friday Offer: More than double the credits at ShortPixel

We like ShortPixel here at Silicon Dales. In our WordPress speedup guides, we reference ShortPixel as a good option for crunching all your WordPress images. It’s always good when your favourite stuff is on offer during the Black Friday sales, so here’s a fab offer from the team at ShortPixel: “For each purchased package, the …

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WP Rocket Seasonal Licence Offer

Silicon Dales recommends WP Rocket as one of the many tools you can use to speed up your own WordPress website or WooCommerce store. The Offer ***offer has now expired*** 35% off all licenses Example ***offer has now expired*** For the top package: “Infinite” you’ll save $87.15. The package will reduce from $249 to $161.85 …

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ShortPixel Seasonal Offer

Silicon Dales recommends ShortPixel as one of the many tools you can use to speed up your own WordPress website or WooCommerce store by compressing images. The Offer 250% more credits for your money on monthly or one-time packages. Example Buys 10,000 credits on a one-time plan for $9.99 – get: 25,000 credits instead! Offer …

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