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I'm trying to speed up a wordpress site -- this site: http://richardclunan.net

I'm following the observations here: http://gtmetrix.com/reports/richardclunan.net/9ps7Zc0j

The first item says: "The following cacheable resources have a short freshness lifetime. Specify an expiration at least one week in the future for the following resources:"

How do I specify expirations for those things?

(I'm not very technically-minded, and likely won't know relevant terminology -- really appreciate baby-steps explanation if possible :)

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Keeping the answer within the wordpress realm, your best bet is to install W3TC and use that plugin to optimize your speed. Even with the default settings you'd already be gaining a lot. If you want to delve further you can keep tweaking the settings within the plugin. The next step to take would be setting up (with the help of the plugin) Cloudflare.

I would not worry about speed optimization outside of anything this plugin can do. The only exception to this rule: if you are on a VPS or dedicated server you can further speed it up by employing APC and Varnish.

If you really want to get your hands dirty, you need to look here, here. Be careful with potential negative impacts of improper use of expire headers on your SEO.

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