If you’ve got a slow loading WordPress website, you know awful it is waiting for your pages to load. You wonder whether or not you’re losing visitors, an whether your search engine ranking is hurting because of it.
And you wish there was a simple solution, a simple plugin that just fixed the problem.
Well, we’re excited to announce that development has begun on the WordPress plugin version of the incredible Accelerator website plugin that dramatically improves Google PageSpeed scores.
Accelerator, as a website plugin, installs to a traditional website and in minutes it optimizes the web pages and “ticks off all of the checkboxes” that Google PageSpeed Insights recommends that webmasters optimize in order for their pages to load blazing fast.
All without the webmaster needing to know all the technical mumbo-jumbo.
And now we’re bringing that same functionality to the WordPress platform. Development started April 3rd, and as of the time of this post (April 11th) it is already a week ahead of schedule. Expected completion and release date is July 4th — expect some fireworks!
This plugin will include support for:
- GZIP Compression
- Browser Caching of static resources
- Minification of HTML
- Minification of CSS
- Image Optimization
- Deferral of Render blocking Resources (CSS/JS)
- Automatic detection and injection of critical above the fold CSS
The best part of all of this is that it is expected that you’ll be able to take advantage of all of those features, just as easily as the Accelerator as a Website Plugin version, but right through the WordPress plugin interface.
We are totally killing it this week here in development of our respective projects!
Every day is, more or less, design and development mode here at i3dTHEMES. But this last week of March we started design and development of two new projects.
Sometimes the hardest problems have the easiest solutions, which is why you should never give up.
Working through a problem, just putting in the effort and persevering through whatever challenge you’re up against, whether it’s in working with your website, or in business, or in life, is key.
Well, in a complete opposite to last week, this week was a little less productive. I had to take some time off for the first half of the week as myself and my family came down with the dreaded winter flu starting last Friday. It was horrific.
Some weeks just fly by, and it seems like you got nothing done. This was not one of those weeks. This was a hugely successful and busy week.
Colin Fraser, from the i3dTHEMES design lab was telling me about something the development team at the hugely popular space simulation game Start Citizen was saying about what they do. It went roughly “we solve problems you didn’t know you had, with technology you didn’t know existed”.
Once a year we launch a new design which is so unique and interactive that it becomes what we call our “flagship” design. We’re thrilled to announce that Rasa HD, our brand new website template, has taken over from our hugely popular Blacktop XT design.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither was Rasa, our new website design.
We’re re-branding our “weekly recaps” as i3dTHEMES://interactive, where we take a few minutes to share with you what we’ve been working over the last week in our design and code labs.
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