#101 - Use the excellent JCH Optimize to make Joomla faster

One of the best things we learned whilst researching for our article on how to make Joomla website load fast (1.29 seconds to be exact), we discovered a great gem of a tool. 

jch optimize - make your Joomla load fasterAs many people do when striving to make a website load faster, they refer to the Google PageSpeed recommendations site, and rightly so, because if Google makes a statement, usually it's worth listening to. However, sometimes it is quite messy to do all the optimizations, and you might not have the skills to actually do these changes.

Here is a little trick to help you out a real lot - use JCH Optimize. The great thing about JCH Optimize is that it implements a huge number of Google PageSpeed and other recommendations to make your website load as fast as possible - incidentally if you want to use the Apache Pagespeed module on your hosting server, take a look at InMotion VPS hosting. And you don't have to mess around with any code, all of this is done by the plugin - it preserves all your original coding, so you won't break anything by messing around. Also, usually it actually does those optimizations which are usually the hardest to perform. To mention a few, these are the ones which are done really well

  • Combines CSS files from all your template, modules and plugins into a single file, thus reducing the amount of requests sent to your website
  • Combines Javascript files, which are usually really hard to combine without breaking the site
  • Zips the CSS and Javascript so that they becomes smaller and the transfer time is reduced
  • Minifies the Javascript and CSS, to make it more compact and reduce its size even further (reduces any extra whitespace, comments etc.)
  • Adds a DEFER tag, such that your page loads first, and executes the Javascript after the page has loaded, making the site snappier to load
  • Creates IMAGE Sprites - this also reduces the number of requests sent to your website by a very large amount and is one of the hardest optimizations to achieve manually

It also allows you to tweak some advanced options such as excluding certain files to ensure that if any extension does not work after running it through JCH Optimize, this will work anyway.

The PRO version, which is available at a measly $29 will give you access to a number of other optimization options such as including inline CSS and Javascript in the optimizations, and loading the Javascript asynchronously to not block the loading of the site.

Take my word for it, install the plugin, enable it and check out your before and after results. If you don't get an improvement by a good amount, come back here and complain, but I'm pretty sure you won't be coming back :)

 

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