April 22, 2016 at 5:07 am #17834
Ever since I started using Vintage theme, Google Page Speed from my homepage has gone down by 40%.
Looking at the Page Insights data, it seems that those thumbnails on the homepage are not compressed. They are of the original size.
Before this, I had other themes and all of them had compressed thumbnails. But this is not the case in Vintage.
This for sure increases the load time.
You may want to look at it. Page speed is an important issue.April 22, 2016 at 10:11 am #17837WesModerator
What’s the link to your site?
It’s probably due to the thumbnail sizes not being declared properly. When I get some time I’ll look into this as soon as I can, and I’ll make sure and update the theme if needed. I’ll let you know what I find.May 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm #17998
Till last week, I couldn’t even login to your forum to reply.
Anyways, I ran a Google Page Speed test on your demo website, I should have done it before buying the theme. You demo site has a desktop page speed of 49/100. When I use it on my website, it is 33/100.
Before this, I was using Focus theme from Genesis and desktop page speed was 72/100.
This is a disaster for me and I can even see a traffic fall because of increased page load time.
This is an issue you must tackle.May 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm #18000EricCustomer
@Abhishek I thought I’d chime in since I’m also a Vintage customer and have quite a bit of experience using Genesis and other themes from here.
If your site is displaying Large images that aren’t compressed, then that just means you haven’t selected the right thumbnail size in your settings. If you look at the demo, there are no uncompressed/large images, they are showing up at the same size. You may want to double check thumbnail settings.
Keep in mind, the Vintage theme you’re using doesn’t actually handle the image process, WordPress and the Genesis Framework is responsible for how it handles it. You can however, assign thumbnail sizes that you want to appear in the theme, but WordPress and Genesis are still responsible for how it shows up.
Also, I wouldn’t rely on Google Page Speed, as they have proven to be unreliable, and the scores they give are random and sometimes useless. I’ve tested sites using it and the score would change even when nothing on the site changed. I’ve even tried adjusting some of the things they suggested and it either made no difference, or the score went even lower.
When I visit the Vintage demo, the site loads up perfectly fine. It’s actually pretty quick for me.
Rather than rely on a 3rd party like Google or any other speed tester, I’d just clear your browser cache, and load up your site to test the speed manually (since your visitors will be doing that anyways). If it takes too long to load, then obviously there’s something slowing it down. If it’s loading up fast on your end, then it’s most likely loading fast for everyone else.
Remember to double check your thumbnail settings, as you’ll need to select the sizes you want to appear. By the way, what’s the link to your site? I can look at your code and see which thumbnails need to be changed.
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I agree with @eric, Google’s tester is not reliable. I just tested the demo on Pingdom and it got an 88 score. I tested on 2 other speed sites and the score was high on those as well.
Here’s an article explaining why Google Page speed is a waste of time – http://blog.wp-rocket.me/the-truth-about-google-pagespeed-insights/May 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm #18011
I have thumbnail size set to medium (300*300) in Genesis->Theme Settings. However, if I analyze my homepage (It’s FOSS), I see that those thumbnails have the same size as the original featured image.
This makes the homepage quite heavy, over several MBs. On Pingdom, it has a score of 71/100 which in my opinion, is poor. It used to have over 90.
So, there is an increase in page load time and it is significant.May 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm #18014EricCustomer
@Abhishek There must be another plugin or something else conflicting with your Theme, because I’m using the same exact theme, with the exact Thumbnail size and mine shows up fine.
Are you already using the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin? If not, I’d highly recommend using that. Just download, install, then run the plugin and it automatically adjusts your thumbnails to the size you have set in your settings throughout your site. After you run that plugin, check the sizes again. If that doesn’t work, you’ll probably need to create a temporary login for one of us to take a look at what’s going on in your backend.
Your site loads up fast for me, the only thing that loads slow is the Facebook Banner in your sidebar. If you notice, your site loads up quick, but the Facebook Banner loads last and takes an extra sec to show up. I’m sure things like that affect your “Score”, but as mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t rely on “Scores” 100%. They’re ok for some things, but really don’t add much value.
If you take a look at some of the Big sites out there, you’ll notice they have low/medium scores as well. It will never be perfect, but that doesn’t mean your site isn’t setup properly. That’s why I never use them because are a waste of time for me.
Anyways, once we get your thumbnails fixed, your site will be even faster than what it is.
Let me know if the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin helps/makes a difference. I’m really curious on what is causing it to show up like that. Hopefully we can get this fixed quickly.
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