Hummingbird: All-New Ultra-Fast Minification Engine & Gravatar Caching
This week we’re excited to announce we’ve added a brand new, ultra-fast minification engine to our Hummingbird performance plugin! But that’s not all. Hummingbird now features Gravatar caching, too!
So what does this mean? Well, two things:
- The new minification engine uses an API located on our dedicated servers, so when you minify a file, Hummingbird sends the contents of that file to our API and a minified and much faster version is returned to your site, and
- When you turn on Gravatar caching, Hummingbird will retrieve and save your Gravatar images locally for faster access.
It’s also worth highlighting that since we last talked about Hummingbird on the blog, we’ve also redesigned the admin interface AND added performance reports, so now you can run performance checks on your site and have the results emailed to you so you know exactly how your site is performing.
Pretty neat, right?
In case you’re new to Hummingbird, it’s our performance optimization plugin for WordPress that provides minification, Gzip compression, browser caching, CloudFlare integration, performance reports, and uptime monitoring to help speed up websites.
Let’s dig into the details of today’s announcement.
All-New Minification Engine
When you enable minification in Hummingbird, it takes your files, minifies, combines and moves resources to the footer, and you can configure these settings to suit the needs of your site.
The new minification engine now accesses our servers for faster minification, plus if you decide to turn on Hummingbird’s CDN option, your optimized files will be served from our dedicated servers, ensuring your site loads even faster.
On top of that, we’ve added more control over positioning and file shrinking for greater compatibility with third party themes and plugins.
All-New Gravatar Caching
Is Google PageSpeed Insights holding back points from your site because Gravatar is taking its sweet time serving images to your site? Well, time to cut out the middleman! When you enable Hummingbird’s new Gravatar caching feature, your Gravatar images will be retrieved and stored locally for faster access.
This feature is further enhanced when you combine Hummingbird with our image optimization plugin Smush and turn on directory smushing for even faster access to images.
Try WPMU DEV for Free and Make Your Site Fly with Hummingbird
It’s only been a year, but with over a quarter million downloads Hummingbird has quickly become one of our most popular tools… and it just keeps getting bigger and better. Head to our Product Roadmap to see what’s coming up – Hummingbird is in constant development and we take member feedback and feature requests seriously.
If this post has got you curious about what Hummingbird can do to improve your site speed, members can update to the latest version in The Hub.
If you’re not a member, try us for free for 30 days. Add Hummingbird to all your sites (we don’t have restrictive licensing – you can use all our products on unlimited sites!), and see for yourself how easy it is to use Hummingbird to speed up your WordPress site.
Want to learn more about how you can use Hummingbird to speed up your site? Check out these resources:
- How to Eliminate Render-Blocking Issues With Hummingbird for WordPress
- Fast Gets Faster as Hummingbird Adds CloudFlare Integration
- How I Made My WordPress Site 1311% Faster with Cloudways and WPMU DEV Plugins
- Multisite, Hummingbird and Cloudflare: Make Your WordPress Network Blisteringly Fast
- Make Your WordPress Site FLY with Hummingbird
- Hummingbird Speed Optimization Plugin Now Free at WordPress.org