K2 Optimized

Since I began my journey to SEO, I’ve learned many things such as keyword optimisation, use of

tags and much more. One important aspect of SEO is having optimized page, and since I’m trying to promote my blog, I had to look at this point. With a quick test, I realised that K2 template wasn’t optimized to give a fast result, giving many spaces between codes which makes the file size bigger. Let’s take this for example: I went to my Be different post, saved the page using the save as option included in any browser. I opened the page using notepad and looked for empty spaces. File size at the beginning (no edit): 20.05 KB File size after empty space removal (edit) : 19.85 KB File size after Google Anaylitics removal (edit) 19.63 KB This is 0.30 KB, not big but makes a difference for slow bandwidth users. Also, take into consideration I started with a 20.05 KB page. 0.30 KB over 20.05 equals 1.5% of “used bandwidth for code”. Make that go on a 500 KB page and you get 7.5 KB. I know that’s small gain, but it’s only one step closer to a smaller file size. I want my pages to load in less than 2 seconds. Then I checked at the content in my folder related to this internet file. I had Google Analytics in my source code so I could get statistics about the users, but the file is 17.6 KB. I decided to remove this part of my code since Google Analytics wasn’t providing me the kind of statistics I was looking for (even though they are good, but I want public stats). So far, I’ve been able to save 17.9 KB from only two modification (one that you might not be able to do though). [NOTE] Not to my surprise, by removing both LiveSearch and AJAX comments in the K2 option panel, my speed improved greatly. LiveSearch wasn’t that important but AJAX commenting was a nice feature, but not worth the speed improvement I get from removing it. I also started using CSS Compress. Can’t really tell how much it is efficent though.
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