WordPress Orlando On Site Optimization
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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This post is for people interested in running their own web sites:
- Did you know that 74% of the mobile users would leave and be not interested in a site if it takes longer than 5 seconds to load?
- Did you know that 2 seconds is the peak load time for conversion?
- Did you know that when Walmart decreased its site’s page load speed by 100 ms (millisecond), this translated into increase of 1% of its revenue.
- Did you know that when Staples decreased its lead in page load time by 1 s (second), this translated into 10% increase in conversion.
I’ve been getting quite a few readers/viewers showing interests in starting their own blogs/sites and also people who are inquiring about how to improve their site speeds. So, I’ve decided to attend one of the WordPress Orlando meetups, specifically on Site Performance, to help keep our readers/viewers informed and provide source of help for those who may be interested in additional assistance. WordPress Orlando Meetup usually meets at Envy Labs, 618 E. South St. #620, 6:30 pm, with people at different WordPress proficiency levels. It is a great way to mingle with others who have also gone through the process of setting up a site with WordPress. You can always find quite a few very experienced WordPress techies who would be able to help you to solve your WordPress site problems. I find it very helpful to ask for business cards or contact information (of those I come in contact with) so to be able to get in touch later if/when I should get stuck on any problem. Be sure to inquire their rates if you need specific assistance, even if they may not be aggressive sales people. I believe techies should be compensated for their experience, knowledge, and time. You will be treated well if you treat the techies fairly. So, ask if there is any way you may contribute for the meetup even if they may not have set up or passed a donation basket around. So, inquire if you can make some contribution to the group. The day I attended the meetup, they even have prepared pizza and ice cream cake for every one to celebrate for January birthdays of Adam Soucie and Sandra Edwards.
I would also recommend the WordPress techies to indicate clearly at their web sites what their professional rates would be for different package scenarios, to avoid people taking advantage of their time and experience. Perhaps an industry standard can be agreed upon by all WordPress techies to a bundle of “2 or 3 questions for initial complimentary introduction”, after which the professional rate would kick in, either in terms of hourly rate or specified $ amount per bundle of questions, and get the payment via paypal before the session begins.
WordPress Orlando also has a Facebook page where many WordPress people may gather and discuss issues. All in all, I believe the WordPress Orlando did a good job in creating a friendly atmosphere where new users will not be intimidated to ask for help. The physical space at Envy Labs is well ventilated, with cozy lighting and comfortable temperature, a great place to meet and collaborate.
Below is the recording of the talks on improvement of site speed by Irina Blumenfeld (@irinablumenfeld , owner of NetMagik LLC) and Demian Seiler (Logic Springs Technologies) with David Laietta (owner of Orange Blossom Media) as the moderator/co-organizer. Some take-aways are sites such as webpagetest.org or waterfallchart are useful and I was not aware of before.
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