PicPerf’s Impact on Jane Ross Tutoring’s Website

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PicPerf
ORG

‘s Impact on

Jane Ross Tutoring’s
PERSON

Website By activating the

PicPerf WordPress
ORG

plugin,

Jane Ross Tutoring’s
PERSON

website saw a drop of

1.2MB
QUANTITY

in image page weight —

78%
PERCENT

of the total image weight being loaded on the home page.

For

decades
DATE

,

Jane Ross Tutoring
PERSON

has been serving students by providing tutoring for a wide range of subjects and tests, particularly in the college admissions space.

The website’s home page includes a number of headshots from students who were helped by their efforts, some iconography, and a large hero image at the top of the page. This meant that

approximately 1,600kb
QUANTITY

in image weight was downloaded to a user’s device when they visited the page. All of these images were being loaded straight from the

WordPress
ORG

server, and they were cached for

only a few weeks
DATE

. So, if anyone visited

a month later
DATE

and the site hadn’t changed, all of that data would still be downloaded again.

By simply activating

PicPerf
ORG

, a significant portion of that overhead was eliminated from the home page.

As mentioned,

Jane Ross Tutoring
PERSON

’s website is built on

WordPress
ORG

, so setting up

PicPerf
ORG

was extremely simple: install and activate the plugin.

Upon activation, the the plugin prefixed each image URL on the page with https://picperf.dev — including those found in <img> tags, inline styles, and <style> tags. When the page was reloaded, each of those images was optimized and cached in the background. Reloading the page once again resulted in freshly optimized and cached images being returned.

With

PicPerf
ORG

at the helm, images were now being served in an optimized WebP format, cached and ready to go. This time, each vistor would reuse that same optimized image every time a repeat visit was made. So, while being lighter, there’d also be fewer requests back to the server for any user who came back.

The decrease in amount of image weight on the home page was staggering — a ~78% drop:

Stage Total Home Page Image Weight Before

1.6MB
QUANTITY

(

1600kb
QUANTITY

) After

344kb Impact ~78.5%
QUANTITY

less image weight

On top of that,

Google
ORG

’s

PageSpeed
PRODUCT

tool also took notice of the change. Prior to activating

PicPerf
ORG

, the following notice appeared in the report, suggesting that

nearly a half
CARDINAL

second of load time was on the table just by optimizing images.

But after activating the plugin, the tool was satisfied:

As the site grows and times goes on, it’ll be exciting to see what kind of impact changes like this have not only on things like a site’s

Core Web Vitals
ORG

and SEO, but also a user’s experience as they visit it.

If you’d like to see what kind of impact

PicPerf
ORG

could have on our own site, sign up for a free, no-card-required trial. There’s not much to lose, and potentially a lot to gain.