Getting Started with WordPress Image Compression & Optimization

You should always keep trying to speed up your WordPress website. With added up speed, you keep getting benefits of better search ranking, faster page load time, more conversion and improved user experience.

WordPress Image Optimization involves two tasks in general: a) Resizing images to best fit in visitors’ browser and b) compressing images to reduce their file sizes. What goes inside the Image Optimization for WordPress is slimming down the images without compromising image quality and user experience.


WordPress Image Compression & Optimization Fundamentals

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Using images on websites makes them look great, aesthetic and visually arresting. Images help contents appear more appealing and meaningful. It also encourages user engagement. Using variety of images on a site makes the site stand out.

Benefits of using images on websites comes with associated costs - specially, when images are not compressed and optimized for high performance throughput and maximum speed. A lot of images on a WordPress Website makes the site sluggish – a common WordPress phenomenon.


WordPress Image Compression & Optimization

Images make posts and pages interesting to read. Despite being crucial element for every website, images may soon become a burden for your website, if not taken care of.

Of men and machines, nobody likes slow websites. Image heavy sites are visually arresting, aesthetic and appealing. However, bandwidth hog unoptimized images make websites load slowly – specially, WordPress websites are affected the most. Sluggish WordPress websites affect SEO (Search Engine Optimization), increase the bounce rate (visitors quit right after the first slow page they tried to load on browser), and keep the visitors away.


Thoughts on WordPress Web Application Development

WordPress branded itself as a publishing platform and WordPress is usually used by designers and developers for building a website around it. However, WordPress internals and APIs developed much more functionalities than usually required by a blog or website. Branding of frameworks like .NET Core, Laravel, Symphony, CakePHP, etc are different.

It is common for skeptical people to vocalize that WordPress is not a web application framework. While they are right, it’s equally stands that, just because WordPress isn’t a framework, doesn’t mean you can’t develop web applications with it. Hundreds of thousands of full-fledged Ecommerce websites are powered by WordPress using plugins like WooCommerce.

One good thing about WordPress over frameworks is: WordPress is fully operational as soon as you install it – frameworks do nothing until you do programming with it to develop something. Think of Laravel or Symphony. Do they come with any Minimal Viable Product (MVP) site? No. You need to program it. You don’t need to program WordPress to get started.


Features and Components of WordPress for Web Application Developers

WordPress has hundreds of built-in components that can use easily to build web applications. Be it security, database access and mapping; URL rewriting, mapping or routing; caching; AJAX, polling; WebSockets, Options Configuration; web services, microservices or REST API; or be it something else not quite heard of – WordPress either has components for that or has way outs to build one.

From the architectural point of view, WordPress isn’t comparable to other web application frameworks like Laravel, CodeIgniter, Drupal, Joomla, dJango, expressJS, beeGo or alike. From the operational point of view, WordPress brings you the same result with different tricks.

WordPress is rich in procedural APIs and Classes. In fact, WordPress has far more APIs than required by ordinary websites and blogs. Fortunately, this can well be harnessed in web application development.


WordPress Web Application Development Features for Project Managers

WordPress is a cost effective, time efficient alternative for developing web applications. In this section, we will look into features of WordPress from the perspective of Web Application Project Managers.

WordPress is one of the most Continuous Integration / Continuous Development (CI/CD) projects on earth. WordPress is actively being developed all the time. The result? WordPress is growing, maturing, mutating, evolving continually, improving even further; offering better APIs, stability, richer functionality, robustness and security.

WordPress Admin Dashboard is the Central Control Panel of WordPress applications. WordPress comes with this feature packed bundle for no additional configuration or setup. The User Interface (UI) lets administrators manage every administrative aspects related to an WordPress application. In addition to Posts, Pages; all the custom post types, plugins, themes can easily be managed from this dashboard. Dashboard contains dynamic pages and widgets that handle administrative tasks.


Why Consider WordPress Ecosystem for Web Application Development

Being the most popular Content Management System on the planet, the ecosystem of WordPress surpassed that of other CMS platforms. From the beginning, WordPress encouraged plugins and themes to extend its capabilities. Thus the community of WordPress developers exploded along with the growth of WordPress.

Roughly estimated, WordPress powers 10,000,000 websites. Guess, how many people are directly related to WordPress? 100,000,000? Not unlikely.

Apart the guessing game, the index is towards the community of WordPress. May be the largest on earth! Frankly speaking, almost everyone who browsed some website came to be amazed or served by the WordPress and its community in one way or another.


Fundamentals of Architectures for Web Application Development with WordPress

It is quite logical at this spore of time to briefly touch frameworks, foundations and web applications.

Framework is an abstraction set to tools that generally provide all the necessary functionalities without much detailed know-hows for developers. Frameworks are reusable, consistent and usually backward compatible across incremental versions.

Framework is an abstraction set to tools that generally provide all the necessary functionalities without much detailed know-hows for developers. Frameworks are reusable, consistent and usually backward compatible across incremental versions.

With frameworks, user written code gets reduced substantially, as because most of the functionalities are implemented by the framework itself and wisely abstracted from the developer sight. Frameworks include code libraries, tool sets, CLI (Command Line Interface) and API (Application Programming Interface) that make it possible for a developer to develop a larger system with minimum SLOC (Source Lines of Code).


Introduction to Web Application Development with WordPress

Recent development in WordPress includes far more features than required to be a CMS. Inclusion of frontend JavaScript frameworks and libraries like backbone.js, underscore.js, integrated REST API accompanied by World-wide-Web’s most fabulous technology - Ajax, made it a candidate to deploy it in numerous ways other than CMS. People started wondering, whether it’s possible to develop web applications with WordPress, only WordPress.

Some people came up with working examples, prototypes of web application development in WordPress, while others debut complete Web Application System – production ready and commercially successful – all in WordPress. The wait and wondering is over. WordPress Web Application Development is so norms now-a-days.