How Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin improves your site speed

This article explains how to improve your site speed by using Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin. Please refer to the product page to know more about the plugin features.

What is Gravatar?

An avatar is an image that represents you online. It is a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You need to create your profile with the uploaded Image. After that, whenever you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.

Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users. It is automatically included in every WordPress.com account. For more information, see Gravatar site.

Overview

Gravatar of site owners, developers, and users slow down website load times. The website load time is an important factor for a web page to improves the user experience.
The Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin provides an easy solution to improve the web page speed. The plugin loads Gravatar first time from Gravatar site when the page loads at a very first time and saves this image in local. From the next time, Avatar loads from local. This avoids loading Avatar each time from Gravatar site and improves the speed of your website.
By default, the plugin stores the Gravatar of registered users in local. Also, it provides options to save the Gravatar for Guest user as well as delete it.

Installation

Steps to Install the plugin

  1. Go to Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin page.
  2. Download the plugin .zip file by clicking on Download Version.
  3. Log in as the WordPress Admin of your online store.
  4. Navigate to Plugins Add New to upload the downloaded ZIP file of the plugin.
  5. Activate the plugin.

Setting Up The Optimize Gravatar Avatar Plugin

After installing the plugin and activating it, you can configure it. You can navigate to settings as given below:

  • Navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins > Settings of Optimize Gravatar Avatar.

The settings field is as shown below:

Admin Settings

Admin Settings

  1. Use Guest Meta: Select the checkbox to store the Gravatar of the Guest in local.
  2. Delete Guest Meta: Click Delete All button to delete the Gravatar of the Guest from local.

Click Save Changes to set/update configuration settings.

The first time the Avatar gets loaded from the gravatar.com as shown below:

Image loaded from Gravatar

Image loaded from Gravatar

After that the Avatar gets loaded from the local as shown below:

Image loaded from local

Image loaded from local

Now let’s check the performance of the site.

Performance of  the site at the first time with the Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin

If the Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin is activated on your website at a very first time, then the website takes more time (compare to second time) to load the website as the Avatar is fetched from gravatar.com.

The analysis of the website at a very first time is as shown below:

Analysis of the Website at a very first time

Analysis of the Website at a very first time

Performance of  the site second time onwards with the Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin

If the Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin is activated on your website and the website is loaded more than once, then the website gets loaded faster (compare to first time/without the plugin) as Avatar gets loaded from local.

The analysis of the website with the plugin is as shown below:

Analysis of the Website if loaded more than once

Analysis of the Website if loaded more than once

This way, the plugin provides a very simple option to improve the speed of web page.

Checkout our Optimize Gravatar Avatar WordPress plugin.

 

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