WordPress and Web Performance Communities – The State of the Web

WordPress and Web Performance Communities – The State of the Web


[MUSIC PLAYING] RICK VISCOMI: Hi
everyone, and welcome back to The State of the Web. In this episode, we’re doing
something a little different. As you can see, we’re
out of the studio. Tonight we’re hosting an
event between two groups that normally don’t mingle– the New York Web
Performance Meetup group and the WordPress
NYC Meetup group. We’re hoping to have a kind of
cross-pollination of knowledge between the groups. Maybe the WordPress folks will
teach the Web Performance folks a little bit about
the CMS ecosystem. Maybe the Web Performance folks
will teach the WordPress folks how to keep a fast web site. So I’m really excited
to kick this off. Let’s get started. SPEAKER 1: I am here tonight
with the WordPress Meetup. I’m just looking
to learn everything I can about WordPress
and be able to speed up my website, to help out my
clients and people coming to the site. I want to learn more about SEO. I just really want to learn
more about the back end applicable for people who
do not design and code. SPEAKER 2: I am not a developer,
so I have to teach myself all the WordPress tricks. I’m hoping to learn how to
optimize the site so the user performance is more enjoyable. Hopefully it won’t
be over my head. RICK VISCOMI: All
right, so I’m here with the co-organizers
of the Meetup, Winstina Hughes and Sergey Chernyshev. So, Sergey, how long have you
been with the Web Performance group? SERGEY CHERNYSHEV: Well,
I started the first Web Performance group in the
world, so since the inception. RICK VISCOMI: What were some of
the tools that came up tonight that you would recommend to
WordPress developers, or even web developers as a whole? SERGEY CHERNYSHEV: I feel
the most universal tool I recommend all the time
is to measure performance. It’s a web page test. It’s an open source tool
we use all the time. It lets you know what’s
fast, what’s not, because as a regular
person, you can not know what’s inside a computer. [MUSIC PLAYING] RICK VISCOMI: What
are some challenges of being a community organizer? WINSTINA HUGHES: First I’d
like to say that there are so many opportunities. The opportunities that we have
are through WordCamp Central. We really do have a support
system, both financial and both experience. Another opportunity is being
part of such a welcoming Meetup group. We have about 6,600 members. And so the challenge
becomes creating spaces for our Meetups. It’s really expensive to hold
Meetup events in New York City. And just finding a venue alone
is our biggest challenge. SERGEY CHERNYSHEV:
And I would say, even if we have some members
who are not very technical, they still hopefully came out
of this event understanding performance without necessarily
being technical themselves. How can they evaluate and
work with the developers on making the website
faster, even if they can not do it on their own. RICK VISCOMI: So let’s
talk about the topic of the night, WordPress. Winstina, can you give
us a sense of, like, how popular is WordPress? WINSTINA HUGHES: So, WordPress
is one third of the web. RICK VISCOMI: One third. WINSTINA HUGHES: One third. RICK VISCOMI: One out of every
three web sites is WordPress? WINSTINA HUGHES: Yeah. WordPress has
definitely expanded to the point in which
it’s one third of the web. It’s pretty exciting. RICK VISCOMI: So does that
mean that there are so many WordPress developers? Are there people
who might not have expertise in web
development that are also making WordPress sites? WINSTINA HUGHES: It
means that there are a lot of WordPress fanatics. So, you know, you
could say that there are a lot of people who are
inspired by the open source software. You don’t have to
be a developer. You don’t have to have,
like, a computer science background in order for you
to build a WordPress site. RICK VISCOMI: Well,
thank you both so much for helping to
organize this event. I think it was a success. I think people took
a lot out of it. And to the viewers,
thank you for watching. If you have any insights or
comments about the intersection of Web Performance
and WordPress, be sure to leave
a comment below. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

14 Replies to “WordPress and Web Performance Communities – The State of the Web

  1. Interesting mashup. The performance of WordPress depends on the scale of the site and what plugins you’re using, etc. You can spend days upon days optimizing WordPress for performance.

  2. Thanks, Rick! I look forward to meeting you in any of the upcoming Web PerFormance or WordPress NYC meetup. Today, I was browsing https://w3techs.com/ to see the top CMS stats. WordPress is still growing and ahead of others by a significant percent.

  3. First and major speed optimization trick is optimise all images this helps a lot in website and is major factor to improve website performance, wordpress itself is light weight and optimized by default. Choose good server, Bluehost or WP Engine, deactivate unnecessary plugins, activate lazy images load plugin, increase memory limit constant in config file use 256M memory.

  4. The good part of WordPress, everyone can develop things for WordPress.
    The bad part of WordPress, everyone can develop things for WordPress.

  5. WordPress is a nightmare, countless times a plugin decided to delete my images, hundreds of sign ups from spammers daily even after including a captcha, upgrades randomly failing forcing me to do a full restore from backup. It's slow, its prone to hackers. It takes a whole bunch of plugins and security fixes to make it run in any kind of decent manner.

  6. Use a caching plugin and don't buy/use the fancy ass themes with pretty colors, animations, and sliders.
    Avoid using plugins that make you fancy ass theme fancier.
    There you go; you have a fast WordPress website.
    ENJOY!

  7. As an attendee, this was a fantastic event, even if it was just for the people at Google to understand the users pain points and what we're trying to fix them…also what tools were recommended by the team at Google! i.e. WebPageTest.org

    Great job to all and thanks for organizing! 👊

    Remember these four little words "Time to first paint"!

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