1. Integrate with the Ezoic Platform
There are three integration methods that will allow you to use the Site Speed Accelerator:
Name Servers (same as CDN)
To use all the features of the Site Speed Accelerator, sites need to integrate via name servers or through Cloudflare. The WordPress plugin will deliver a fast site without exception, but the plugin itself adds some additional load time that is not optimal for the highest scores in Google.
2. Turn on the Site Speed Accelerator for all devices
Turn on speed functionality for all device types, by clicking the toggles next to each device:
You'll also need to make sure that the application is turned on, by clicking 'Turn On' in the application itself.
3. Create a new site speed version
The Site Speed Accelerator uses a versioning system, allowing you to create different sets of speed features that you can test out. Experimentation is at the core of Ezoic's values, and the versioning system allows you to test out different configurations to find what works well for your site!
To create a new version, simply click the create version button here:
4. Choose the recommended configuration
As the name suggests, we recommend selecting the recommended set up. We've found that with almost all sites, this tends to get scores of at least 80 (and often much higher!) straight away!
If you choose the “Conservative” setting, you will most likely not see the same type of increases in site speed. This is why in almost all circumstances, we suggest the “Recommended” setting for your new version.
IMPORTANT: Make sure caching is activated if you use the Ezoic caching features or Ezoic’s CDN.
Note: If you haven’t activated Ezoic caching features, the button above will say “Turn On” instead of “Go To App”.
5. Preview your site to make sure everything looks good!
After you create your version, you should “Preview” the version. When previewing a version, you will be able to browse around the site as normal. You’ll see a green dot in the top right that lets you know that it’s a preview.
Check to ensure all ads display
Make sure menus and images all work
Poke around and make sure everything looks right
If you click on the green dot, you are given information on the features you are previewing. It'll also give you the option to exit the preview and go back to your un-optimised site:
IMPORTANT: Ads should show and all other aspects of the page should look the same. If they don’t, try a different version with slightly different settings and be sure to let Ezoic know in the feedback area.
When a page isn’t ready to be previewed, you’ll see a "preview is being generated" page. Don't worry, once the preview is ready you'll see a link which will take you to it — it usually doesn’t take longer than a minute.
6. Preview your new Page Speed Insights scores!
That’s right, you don’t even have to activate The Site Speed Accelerator version live on your site before you can run it through Google PageSpeed Insights. Just copy the preview URL and paste it into PageSpeed Insights to see the score:
7. Deactivate everything you don't need!
With the Site Speed Accelerator, you no longer need a laundry list of plugins, widgets, and 3rd-party scripts - the Accelerator is a true one stop site speed shop!
You can start by removing or disabling these plugins and tools.
Often, these plugins or tools negatively impact how the Site Speed Accelerator optimizes the speed of the site. Turning these things off will make the site even faster.
8. Activate your new version!
If everything looks good and is functioning well in the preview, your version is ready to be activated. If something doesn’t work, let our Success Support team know. The tool is new, so don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t work right just yet. We’ll fix it for you or make a recommendation to help you get the highest page speed insights scores possible!
How fast will my site be with the Site Speed Accelerator?
True to form, Ezoic has machine learning built-in to the Site Speed Accelerator. While Ezoic is best known for our A.I. technology that tests and optimizes ads and assists publishers with website monetization, our new speed tool will also learn from visitor experiences to improve site speed incrementally over time.
Ezoic will learn more about the site the longer the Site Speed Accelerator is enabled. Typically, Ezoic will optimize the site’s speed even more over time (assuming the score isn’t already a 100/100).
You can sign up for the Site Speed Accelerator here.