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January 24, 2020 at 7:03 am #1142681Richard
My web page loading speeds are mediocre on desktop and poor on mobile according to Pagespeed and confirmed by use. I am using your Bold skin.
I have removed all plugins that are not directly needed for the theme and I have reduced all images to the bare minimum but now struggling to improve further.
Are you able to give any guidance please?
RichardJanuary 24, 2020 at 7:15 am #1142693DavidStaffCustomer Support
first off try the Optimization tips for Autoptimize provided here:
Secondly check your background images / background overlay images in Elementor – some of there are being requested from HTTP instead of HTTPs, which creates a redirect. Simply remove the image and then re-add them … it should update the URL to HTTPS.January 24, 2020 at 7:22 am #1142698Richard
Thank you for your quick response.I will look at the Autoptimize now however I thought I should let you know that as part of getting my image size all images, including background overlay have been removed and re-added earlier today. Do you have any further thoughts on that aspect? Also can you tell which ones are requesting from http?
RichardJanuary 24, 2020 at 7:46 am #1142721DavidStaffCustomer Support
I just added a GT Metrix report in the Site URL field ( in first original topic ). If you check the Pagespeed tab > Minimize redirects you’ll see the images being served over HTTP.
You may need to update the URLs on your site – plugins like this help:January 24, 2020 at 7:53 am #1142729Richard
Thanks David, I’ll take a look now,
I added Autoptimize and ythat has made an improvement – still not in the green for either desktop or mobile yet.
I noticed that the default settings for “Exclude CSS from Autoptimise” are different to those in the recommended settings – they are wp-content/cache/, wp-content/uploads/, admin-bar.min.css, dashicons.min.css
Should I replace these default setting with your recommended ones, add them to the end of this list or ignore the recommending settings in favour of the defaults?
RichardJanuary 24, 2020 at 8:02 am #1142746Richard
From last reply I’m sorry but I’m struggling to understand what you mean by:
“I just added a GT Metrix report in the Site URL field ( in first original topic ). If you check the Pagespeed tab > Minimize redirects”
I’m not an expert on Pagespeed, I’ve only just come across it…
RichardJanuary 24, 2020 at 8:08 am #1142754DavidStaffCustomer Support
Unless its a very specific need i leave the Autoptimize CSS Exclusions as the Default.
In your original topic: ie. https://generatepress.com/forums/topic/slow-page-loading/#post-1142681
Click the Users Website link to see the GT Metrix ReportJanuary 24, 2020 at 8:25 am #1142771Richard
I’m sorry but I am still not getting this – I can’t for the life of me see a Users Website Link.
I have clicked on the link in the post which takes me back to my initial post … but I don’t see itJanuary 24, 2020 at 8:34 am #1142776Richard
Success! Your URLs have been updated.
94 Content Items (Posts, Pages, Custom Post Types, Revisions)
1 Custom Fields
Unfortunately, no change in PageSpeed scores.
Still not been able to find the Users Website link – I know it’ll be so obvious when I find it 🙂January 24, 2020 at 9:24 am #1142828DavidStaffCustomer Support
Maybe you can’t see the link …. which would be odd.
Sign Up for a free account, which will allow you to change the test server to the UK ( under Analyze Options ) and then run a test on your site.
It’ll provide a lot greater detail then the just the Pagespeed test.
On the Waterfall tab you’ll see the biggest issues is the Waiting Time of the first request – which is something you will need to speak with your host about.January 24, 2020 at 9:31 am #1142836Richard
Thanks. I went directly to the gtmetrix site and ran a test there (just using the Canada server). I can see that despite running Velvet Blues the redirects (http > https) to my images are still happening.
It is odd because all of those images are ones I have loaded today and the site has been running https for some time now. Any mote thoughts on that?
I suspected my server is a bit slow – I do have an upgrade option but I would prefer to get my site reasonably optimised with all the obvious stuff resolved first before taking that route.
Should I be using CDN image caching?
RichardJanuary 24, 2020 at 9:44 am #1142845DavidStaffCustomer Support
You’ll probably need to update those background images again as they are added using CSS which Velvet Blues won’t update. But by re-adding them should fix it.
The autoptimize is generally enough for most sites aside of keeping things to a minimum.
CDN is good if you’re targeting visitors that are not in the same country as your Servers. If thats not the case then its pretty pointless.January 24, 2020 at 9:58 am #1142866Richard
I have removed and re-added but it still adds with http rather than https. There doesn’t appear to be a way to edit the permalink for the image.
You mention its added by CSS, do I need to make a change to that – where does it pick the information from to use http rather than https?
RichardJanuary 24, 2020 at 10:01 am #1142873DavidStaffCustomer Support
The CSS is generated by Elementor – so you cannot edit it.
If you go to Media Library and select one of those images – check the URL it provides. If it still says HTTP: then delete the image and re-upload it with a different filename ( WP doesn’t like images with the same name ) … then re-add that to the Elementor background overlay.January 24, 2020 at 10:07 am #1142879Richard
I’ve just found that the permalinks for my pages also begin with http rather than https. Does this suggest I have an overall setting that is incorrect somewhere?
To see this I have gone into Pages-><my page> and then the settings block on the right hand side
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