Do Gravatar Images increasing the load time of your website?
These days almost every website owner has gravatar in the Author box. And at the same time, you will be able to see the gravatar’s for the commentators as well which is quite sensible as the website look more genuine and authentic with avatars.
But, yes it slows down the website speed. As gravatar’s pulls the images to load from each and every commentator’s gravatar server’s. Which is definitely attached to the individual email address.
Hence while loading the images the website has to make several HTTP’s requests, which dramatically increases the load time. And if your website receives several comments, then your users have to suffer a lot.
Impact of Gravatars on your WordPress Website
As it can be seen in the above list one post has to make so many requests to load it. And those all from the comments, is that meant you should stop accepting comments?
Nah… not at all. Comments are good for your website. It good to find out an alternate solution to speed up your website.
You might be using optimization plugins for your WordPress site and caching the images of your site. But it won’t help out gravatar at all. So, how about caching gravatar images and increase the site optimization to the further level.
Cache Gravatar Images in WordPress
Let’s jump into and see how we can Cache gravatar images for better user experience.
Head over to your WordPress dashboard and install FV Gravatar Cache Plugin for your WordPress website. You can install and activate it from the WordPress search Option as well.
Once the plugin is activated, navigate to Settings – FV Gravatar Cache from the WordPress dashboard.
It will open the FV gravatar cache plugin settings page, which looks very simple and thankfully don’t have to do a lot to make the plugin working.
From the bottom of the FV Gravatar cache settings page, Click on the Run Con Now button.
That’s it the plugin will start working on your WordPress website and cache all the gravatar images for you. And Finally, results can be seen in the Cache Information section(Just click on the Show link).
Note: This might take a few minutes, it all depends on the number of images that have to be cached.
And, finally, Click on save changes button.
There are times when the users keep on changing the gravatar profile images. So it’s always good to show the updated blog commentator’s avatars on your website.
So what now, as the images are already cached on your WordPress hosting server. Considering this, the plugin developed has already incorporated an option.
All you need to do is Check the Daily Chron feature. That’s it the plugin will make sure that it features the updated images, as it will sync with gravatar at some intervals. And that will help not requesting in real-time.
It’s a great plugin to have on your WordPress website. Cache the gravatar images on your own WordPress server and be out of the worry about your site loading. It will dramatically optimize and enhance site performance.