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    I choose GP because it was fast.

    I follow all the best practices I know:
    –Gzip compression
    –Optimize images: resizing and compressing
    –Installed Autoptimize

    (But I don’t use a CDN.)

    I ran a test on GTmetrix and my scores were good, except for problems with “minimizing redirects.”

    How can I improve that?

    Then, I ran a test on Pingdom and my score was dismal. I have the following issues:

    I got an F for…

    –Use cookie free domains
    –Compress components with gzip
    –Add expires headers

    And I got a D and C’s for…

    –Reduce DNS lookups (D)
    –Avoid URL redirects (C)
    –Make fewer HTTP requests (C)

    How can I fix these issues?

    Curious: Why are the results for GTmetrix and Pingdom so different?

    On this page — https://generatepress.com/fastest-wordpress-theme/ — your example got similar results on both services after following your optimization recommendations.


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    Lead Developer

    Hi there,

    I wouldn’t focus too much on scores. Focus more on the load time of your website.

    It looks like you’re redirecting from non-www to www. That could be one of the redirects. The other things like DNS lookups, gzip etc.. are also all server related issues. It might be worth contacting your hosting support to see what they can do. At a quick glance, a better host would resolve most of these issues.

    One thing we can definitely help with is HTTP requests. The plugin I recommend in the article you mentioned (https://generatepress.com/fastest-wordpress-theme/) will merge those files into one, reducing the number of requests.


    Hi, Tom.

    Thanks for the advice.

    My host is SiteGround. I think your documentation may even recommend them. And everyone else says they are one of the best. Any thoughts?

    But I will contact them with the server-related issues.

    I checked Settings >> General in the WP dashboard and it is set to www. Although, I was pretty sure I choose non-www.

    How can I stop the non-www to www redirect? Can I change to non-www at this point?

    Finally, what is a good load time to strive for?


    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    SiteGround is good – their support is good also, so they should be able to tell what’s happening with the redirects/DNS lookup. They should be able to help you achieve the non-www URL as well using a 301 redirect.

    A load time of around 1 second is awesome 🙂

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