In addition to the well-known and widespread CMS, there are platforms that are used much less often for serious projects. Therefore, it is all the more interesting to consider the issue of accelerating the download of one of them.

We were entrusted with optimizing the site on ImageCMS – still in the old modification (not tied to WordPress). The site initially had very good indicators: real load in 4-6 seconds (depending on the page). At the same time, the size of the site was more than 10 GB, of which the database occupies several gigabytes.

As you know, PageSpeed Insights is of little interest in how quickly a site is loaded by real users, Google evaluates sites according to its own criterias, and it informed the site owner on ImageCMS that more than 500 pages were ineffective.

On closer inspection, ImageCMS is very similar to Ucoz, but much more confusing. And it is similar in that the site administrator has access to a minimum of settings, all modules have already been created and are working, nothing new has been developed for many years and they have not heard about Google’s requirements for site speed.

In fact, the ImageCMS optimizer has a limited choice of tools:

  • Hosting admin panel. It’s good when the hosting has advanced settings and the pagespeed module. In our case, no luck.
  • Site admin panel. Cropped shop admin panel without any optimization settings.
  • FTP. It turned out to be the only tool that was useful to us.

So hands are tied by the platform’s “capabilities”, but there are still some things you can do:

  • Fonts. Transfer them to the server and set up display during site loading. Compress if necessary.
  • Images. Download and run through an optimization program to reduce their size.
    We didn’t succeed … When downloading, the question constantly appeared about overwriting the same file, as a result, the local folder with this file is not deleted 🙂
    As it turned out, the file (s) were with a Windows reserved name – con.png. To delete this file, I had to suffer, but the instructions helped.
  • Html. All the code is in template files with the .tpl extension, it must be cleaned of comments, unnecessary tags and spaces.
  • CSS and JavaScript. Open all script and style files one by one and compress them. Don’t forget the code pasted directly into the templates. All external styles and scripts are also transferred to the server and compressed.

This is the main list of optimization steps available on ImageCMS. Further steps should be taken based on what PageSpeed will display.

But you need to understand that if you can do any preload, then setting up the use of modern WebP images, lazy loading of images, eliminating resources that block display is almost unrealistic. There is no automated solution. In fact, you have to reinvent the wheel.

Similarly, there is at least some control over caching, and its very presence is questionable.

The best site optimization on ImageCMS is to transfer it to another platform. If you are using ImageCMS, then trust me, WordPress seems like the perfect CMS for you.

Let’s go back to our specific site. Thanks to the actions taken, the site was accelerated by 0.5-1 second, which is very little in the understanding of PageSpeed Insights.

On the other hand, the main thing is that the customer is satisfied.

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