Optimizing Site with Hummingbird and Smush Pro

Would like to optimize my site to improve its performance by using Hummingbird and Smush Pro features.

  • Mohmmad Sharab
    • Staff

    Hello Keairra,

    Hope you are having a great day.

    There are many steps involved in increasing your site speed using Hummingbird and Smush Pro but before starting please keep in mind that these are advanced plugins. Before working through the optimizations, you should take a full backup of your site so you have a fallback in case you run into trouble or you could run the optimization steps on a staging site first.

    Now to improve the performance of your site you need to:

    1. Caching Plugin

    2. Compress Images

    3. Minify HTML, CSS and Javascript

    4. Cut Down on HTTP Requests

    5. Optimize Database Tables

    6. Use CDN

    All these can be done by Hummingbird Pro. Here’s a guide on how to take full advantage of Hummingbird https://premium.wpmudev.org/docs/wpmu-dev-plugins/hummingbird/ . Please, keep in mind that no two sites are the same, so there are no blanket guidelines here.

    That being said, I see that Hummingbird is activated on your site and you are using most of its features. Now you need to run a “Performance Test” to know what exactly you need to do to improve your site performance. To do so go to Hummingbird > Dashboard > Run Test .

    After running Hummingbird test you will get a list of suggestions in the “Opportunity section” on how to improve your site performance. Applying suggestions in this section is an opportunity to improve your page load speed.

    This will lead us to Smush Pro plugin as you have two suggestions in the “Opportunity Section” that will help you to improve your page speed that can be done using Smush Pro (Serve images in next-gen formats and Properly size images .)

    After activating Smush Pro go to Smush Pro > Bulk Smush you will see all images that need to be smushed. If you just click Bulk Smush, this will take care of many (if not all) of the image compression issues you are having.

    Also, you will need to activate CDN option on both plugins as Hummingbird Pro and Smush Pro uses WPMU DEV CDN network which helps to deliver the content of your websites a lot faster.

    To start CDN on Smush Pro, got to Smush Pro > CDN > Get Started.

    To start CDN on Hummingbird Pro, go to Hummingbird Pro > Asset Optimization > WPMU DEV CDN.

    When you’re working through these guides, if you run into any problems, we are more than happy to assist you and explain things further. You are welcome to contact us back here on this thread or if you’d prefer to chat with someone in real time, you can contact us via Live Support, 24/7!

    Let us know if you have any further questions. We’ll be happy to help!

    Best Regards,

    Mohammad Sharab

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