My monthly food expenses in Japan

*My monthly food expenses in Japan was originally posted on ESLinsider. The original post is as follows: 

Last month I kept track of my receipts where I am currently living here in Fukuoka, Japan. I wanted to see how much I spent on groceries. I was thinking that I spent about the same or maybe a little less.

Well, it seemed like things cost about the same as they do in San Francisco where I was living before Japan.

So how much did I spend?

Well, I spent about 30,000 Yen which is about $270 USD. That’s about the same amount that I would spend in Trader Joes in San Fran.

I think next month I can lower it. I might try to get it down to about $200. I think the most expensive things that I was buying was nuts. MMMM, I love nuts, but I will try to cut it down and see what happens.

Also I found a cheaper store for some things, so I could probably shave off a few more Yen.

What sort of food “can’t” I find here?

No complaints, really, but I will try to compare this to Trader Joes where I used to shop mostly in San Fran. There is a slightly different selection of fruit and vegetables. The fruit selection is smaller and at the moment it’s mostly apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, cumquats, grapefruits, etc.

I think what you don’t get is all the international foods stuff like: hummus, guacamole, Thai spices, salsa, Italian foods, a bunch of different chips, etc. I don’t remember seeing anything like power bars and the like. I remember at Whole Foods there was nearly a whole aisle for these.

It’s mostly just the basics. There are some organic foods too.

This is just based on where I have been shopping mostly at this place called AEON Max Value. Which is funny cause AEON is also a company in Japan for teaching English too. But anyways I think there are probably places out there where you can get more international foods probably, but I don’t know where they are.

I have no problem eating the basics as that is what I usually do anyways. My diet didn’t actually change much since I came to Japan.

I am mostly vegetarian and eat:

  • vegetables: cabbage, spinach, sprouts, broccoli, etc.
  • sweet potatoes
  • eggs
  • nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds
  • rice flour
  • milk or occasionally yogurt
  • rarely-occasionally chicken or seafood

I had no problem finding those things. Some other things I have been eating since I have been here are miso, soba noodles and daikon radish.

In the video above I give some prices. Here are some rough estimates of costs:

  • Milk=$1.50 a pint
  • Yogurt=$3
  • Sweet potatoes=$2-3
  • Almonds=$5
  • Walnuts=$5
  • Soba noodles=$2
  • Miso paste=$3
  • Daikon radish=$1
  • Cabbage=$1.50
  • Sesame seed flour=$1
  • Chicken=$1-3
  • Eggs=$1.50-2
  • Shrimp=$2-3

Lastly there is not much for cheese. I tried this one “cheddar cheese” but it didn’t quite taste like cheese. There are a few options, but don’t expect much.

Inside the sharehouse where I am living in Fukuoka, Japan

In this video I take a look inside the sharehouse where I am living in Fukuoka, Japan.

I moved here in January and started in one sharehouse and then moved into this one which is a little better. It’s quieter and I have been sleeping better.

It’s pretty cheap and…

Things are going pretty good. I like Japan and I have been training jiu-jitsu a lot, learning Japanese and working on ESLinsider.

1st Impression Of Japan

This wasn’t my first time to Japan, but it is the first time back in Asia since 2011. My first time in Japan was actually in 2008 after I found a teaching job in Korea I went to Fukuoka, Japan for a visa run.

I made this video a few weeks ago actually. I talk about Japan, Fukuoka, culture, compare it to San Fran a bit and then watch some cool koi and check out some gardens in late January.

NSJ Sharehouse – My experience

UPDATE: Maybe 3 or 4 days ago I moved into a different NSJ Sharehouse and so far it’s better. I like my room better, it’s less noisy and my annoying neighbor is gone which is the biggest perk.

Original post…

I have been living in this place for about 2 weeks and honestly I think it’s a piece of shit. I was planning on writing a review later, but this just triggered it. It’s 2:32 am and I am up because I can’t sleep.

2 out of the last 3 nights I have been listening to my neighbor go in and out of his room at 1, 2 and 3 am. When he shuts his door it sounds like he is shutting my door.

This place is very fragile. It’s like I could jump through the wall.

I do yoga in the morning and vibrate my legs on my mat and when I do that the whole house shakes.

I can hear my neighbor through the wall talking to himself. I can hear him push the button to turn on his heat. I am surprised that it is still standing. The wall between us is more like a curtain and I am surprised that this place hasn’t been destroyed by a typhoon or earthquake.

It’s not made out of cement. It probably is thin wood framing with thin walls, but nothing like 2×4’s. It’s really wimpy and COLD because it’s not insulated.

Even the shower water doesn’t get that hot. It gets kinda hot, but not that hot so you end up spending a longer time in the shower.

Supposedly someone cleans the place too for a discount, but they don’t do a very good job. Well, the surfaces are clean enough, but the toilets aren’t cleaned.

It’s cheap and well you get what you pay for.

I am the oldest one living here. There’s like a kid living next to me who is still in college.

Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for my neighbor. But it’s like you have pseudo privacy. I have turntables and do some music and other creative stuff and just feel that is unsuitable in this house.

Oh yeah the other thing that she said before I came when I was asking about how soundproof one of the rooms was something like, “if you want soundproofing then maybe Japan is not for you”.

Like all houses in Japan are like this one???

Not.

Maybe if you read this you might find the place to be o.k. for you, but don’t expect much. Expect something like a dormitory room hostel with curtains between the rooms. Remember you get what you pay for.

It’s on the cheaper end, but actually it should be cheaper considering the quality of the place. And from what I have heard from other people living in Fukuoka it’s not that cheap. I have lived in a lot of places across the USA, Taiwan, China, Korea and now this crappy place.

Honestly I don’t really have anything good to say about this place. There’s other people and well I don’t really give a fuck. I’d rather live alone and have a more simple life instead of living with random people and neighbors that complicate your life.

On my way to Fukuoka, Japan

I left San Francisco yesterday after living there for almost 6 years. Time flies and now I am sitting in the Taipei airport waiting for a connecting flight to Fukuoka.

My last few days was spent trying to get rid of stuff and get ready for my trip.

It always seems last minute when it comes to traveling.

So…

I will be living there for probably at least 6 months. For starters I will be on a tourist visa, but then may try to get a cultural visa for studying judo or maybe, just maybe look for a job teaching English in Japan so I could get a longer visa.

My goals are to live in Japan, learn Japanese, train judo/jiu-jitsu, work on ESLinsider and some other creative projects.

ESLinsider has been able to sustain me over the last 6 months or so. Hopefully that will keep up and then there is always WWOOF’ing if that fails.

Every time I move my stuff that makes me question how much I need it. My DJ stuff is really heavy. I brought with me 2 cases that have my turntables in them. They weigh 40 lbs each.

I’d like to do a street performing show with my turntables, but that is tricky thinking how I will move it around.

Actually that is less tricky. I have some ideas for making a cart for them, but the trickier part is where am I going to keep it? I would need to live on the ground level and be able to wheel it into my home.

In another hour or so, boarding starts.

Haven’t slept much in the last 3 days. Hopefully tonight I will.

It’s hard to change your habits and make a move. But really it is not as hard as it seems because now I am on my way. This move all started with me buying a ticket and then filling in the blanks.

It started in a state of uncertainty.

It’s more of a shoot first aim later strategy.

So I am still aiming, but I think I am off to a good start. I have a room in a share house all lined up and will be paying less for rent than I did in San Fran.

And it can’t be much worse than that.

My desire to live in Japan started way back before I taught English in Taiwan in 2004. I sort of beat around the bush and lived in China, Korea and Taiwan and now finally I am going to Japan.

It won’t be the first time there, but it will be the first time to live there.

Japan was originally my first choice for Asia, but it didn’t seem as easy to get a job there teaching English so I always went with the other countries.

Now after years of hearing that voice in my head say, “go to Japan” I am.

I couldn’t go on not doing this. I didn’t want to be an old man saying to myself, “I didn’t, I should’ve, I could’ve…”

What I do not like about San Francisco

San Francisco is a nice place. It has a nice environment being on the ocean and there are some surrounding mountains. The weather is pretty mild too. It rarely gets hot and it doesn’t get that cold.

There are some other nice things about it and I have met a few great people here.

However…

I have lived here for more than 5 years and there are some things that I do not like about it. And for your information I have also lived in 7 US states, 3 countries and traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia.

So…

It’s crowded

Because of some of the things that I mentioned above San Francisco attracts a lot of people. However, there are just too many people for me. There is too much competition for everything.

I also lived in Shanghai and that’s even more crowded (like 20 mill.) probably for similar reasons. People flock to the popular places. It’s a big city and well at this stage of my life I have had enough.

There are a lot of parks you can go to, but on the weekends there are just too many people in most places.

Most people aren’t that friendly

Maybe it’s just the big city thing. There are too many people and space is precious and people are encringing on your space, so you just want to tune out and put your headphones on.

Maybe some of the cooler people here in SF have been here their whole lives.

They were raised here.

I met quite a few cool people in the jiu-jitsu and judo community although like other communities they can be kind of hard to break into. The community at CCSF has been good.

If it wasn’t for them I would pretty much have no social connections.

So it’s not really an easy place to make friends. Most people are transient in SF. Some are homeless transient types and then others are just here for school, a start up, or a short time.

The ones that have been here a long time probably don’t like the transient types. And well I am not that socially outgoing so that’s not going to make making connections easy.

I have been here 5 years and aside from jiu-jitsu/judo I don’t feel any more connected to this place than when I first arrived.

Homelessness

It’s kind of an eye sore. I mean there are a lot of homeless people here and part of that reason is because some are actually sent here from other cities on a free one way bus because of the social welfare programs.

The other cities don’t want these people so they ship them here.

You can see people shooting up on Mission St. or even Montgomery St. and you have to watch out where you step in some places because there is human shit and needles on the ground.

There is also a lot of urban camping in SF, Berkeley and Oakland.

People say the tech scene has taking over

I personally don’t know much about this as I have only been here for 5 years. I did come here first in 2002 and did think about moving here then.

People say that it has taken over the city and caused gentrification. It’s apparently not as interesting as it used to be.

Class and race issues

I feel like I get some racism and prejudice here coming from some people and often lower class African Americans. Some say there is “white trash” which I think is kinda true as I grew up in a place kinda like that with a lot of “rednecks” or “white trash” if you will.

I mean the term is kinda derogatory as they are people, but yet these kinds of people lack manners, education or something.

And well I have to say there is also “black trash” too.

That’s a subset of the African American population that is low income, not very happy, educated and who probably blames the white man for all of their problems… which reminds me of a video on Youtube (an ad) about the “black card“.

San Francisco is pretty diverse, but that doesn’t mean that everybody is living happily together. It’s very politically correct, but that’s just politics. How people act is a different thing altogether.

A lot of people assume that just because I am white I am richer or whatever.

But ughhh…

I currently get food stamps…

But…

You know that’s just temporary just like San Francisco is. And I guess that’s one good thing about San Francisco is that there are a lot of social programs for the low income.

However, some people don’t like that about SF.

Class and money

I am not sure if this has anything to do with San Fran in particular, the USA, western culture or whatever, but people definitely judge you by how much you make or don’t make.

If you are a “street performer” you’ll get a lot of shit. Some people will love you – at least superficially and others will treat you like shit.

To them you might as well be a homeless person.

It’s expensive

You probably already knew that. All that competition to live here makes it expensive. That includes rent and transportation and probably nightlife (which I just don’t do) if that is your thing.

The place I live

Although the location is nice and convenient (in Chinatown) it is by far the ugliest, lowest quality and most expensive place I have ever lived. Where I live the people are mostly low income and I can say most of them are not that happy or healthy.

A lot of people have died since I have been here too in this SRO. Some from old age and others from suicide or drug overdoses.

There are bed bugs and dust mites. Here is where I learned that I have a dust mite allergy.

Anyways my time here is coming to an end and I will be happy to be out of here around the new year.

I had a realization yesterday while hiking out in nature at McClaren park.

It was this…

Often the coolest path is the one that many people don’t go on. It might be more difficult or less trampled for other reasons, but it’s often just better.

To me San Francisco is the trampled path.

Related:

I hate feminism and the politically correct B.S.

I once read that all emotions could be boiled down into two: love and hate. And I certainly do not love feminism.

How could I like it? It’s all about resentment. I remember being told one time that feminism is about “equality”. I think actually my sister might have told me that.

However, if it was really all about equality then why do they call it feminism? Shouldn’t it be humanitarianism? Or fem-masculinism? Or perhaps something else?

Sure you may have been discriminated against because you were a woman. But you are not alone and there is always someone out there that had it worse than you.

Most everybody suffers from discrimination in one way or another. And we all discriminate in one way or another too. As Jordan Peterson said relationships are the most obvious way that we discriminate.

Think about it.

Why did you choose the person you did? Why not someone else? In fact why not anybody or everybody else?

That would be less discriminatory.

I think feminism has nothing to do with equality. That’s like an excuse. It seems to me that it’s a group of bitter, angry and/or resentful women who want more rights and more power.

They want more rights and more power.

You are not actually equal either. You are similar, but there are inherent biological differences between men and women.

For example, in the most egalitarian societies like in Scandinavia women and men tend to default to more typical work roles. Females doing more social and caregiving type positions and men doing more engineering, science and computing roles.

I am sick of seeing the word “compassion”

I was on the bus yesterday and I saw a girl – that’s a right girl, I could have said woman, but I naturally said girl and she was filling out an application that had a question on it.

It said, “What is your definition of compassion?”

I think they should have said, “What do you think our definition of compassion is?”

It’s like a buzzword now, but…

It’s being used in such a superficial way by “morally superior” people.

I got in a little argument with my sister and father the last time I went home about some law that they are or were trying to pass in Canada about making it mandatory to use certain pronouns to refer to transgendered people.

I think that is stupid.

Look.

Do you what you want, but why do you need to have a law that makes it mandatory to use certain words for you and your ways?

That’s wrong.

There are no laws for such things for men and women. Why the f*ck should we make up more laws and more privileges for a supposed new sex.

That is just dumb.

Anyways so they seemed to think I was like some sort of homophobe or some conservative freak because I don’t support that.

If you are homosexual then good for you. Do that. But I can’t relate. If you want to get married to the same sex then do that. I am not going to try to stop you, but I still can’t relate.

It’s not my business.

And don’t try to make it that either. I have met a few gay men who seem to be attracted to straight men or think they can convert a straight man or even go so far as to touching a straight man.

But you should keep that to yourself and find someone who is into that not someone who is not into that.

And the same goes for the transgendered folks.

It’s like baseball. If you like baseball then great, play. But I have no interest in baseball.

Homosexuals are roughly 5% of the US population

That number is from the book, “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are”. And it’s based on what people are actually doing online and what they are searching for in the USA.

Of course there are differences between locations as the place where I currently live is in San Fran and that number is way higher.

Transgender

And I would guess that the numbers of transgendered folks are on average less than homosexuals.

So should there be more privileges for a tiny minority of people compared to the vast majority?

That doesn’t make sense.

Like o.k. you are a human, but are you actually an exceptional person? I understand that you want to be exceptional as I’ll mention below…

Here’s an advertisement I saw in the BART.

What the f*ck is this? What does this suggest? That it is o.k to be transgendered, sleazy and suck a lot of dick if you have HIV?

In my opinion this is the worst ad that I have seen on the BART. Like you are going to be amazing if you dress up like this? More on attention later.

Anyways…

The World Health Organization used to define transgendered folks as having a mental health problem. But the LBGT groups did a bunch of protesting and that changed in 2018.

These politically correct groups have some power, but are they correct?

You were born in the right body

First off many think that they were born in the wrong body, but you had no choice. I think that is a problem and you have issues. Lots of people regardless of their sex have stuff that they wish they could change about their body.

Me too.

Some people are lucky and attractive and others are not. That’s the way it is. Life is not fair.

Transgendered folks have high rates of suicide

Your first response may be that is because they get a bunch of shit from other people. Well, maybe but some places are more accepting than others such as in Scandinavia.

I’d say almost everybody at one time or another is going to want to change something if they could.

You are what you are.

On the physical sense you are what you are and I think you need to accept that or otherwise you are going to suffer. I think you should be more grateful for what you have.

Because it could be worse.

Instead of being a man trapped in a woman’s body you could be a man with one leg trapped in a woman’s body. And it could be worse than that too.

You do literally have issues if you think you were born in the wrong body. If you want to be a man and you are a woman then you have a problem and some would say that is an issue.

There’s plastic surgery, but…

It’s probably not going to make you happier. That’s what the studies say. You might get a temporary boost in esteem, but then your happiness levels will likely return to how they were.

Remember you can’t actually see yourself most of the time.

And if you really are supposed to be a woman and you are a man then why not just cut your dick off? Well, there are studies out there that show that many are not happy with their modified genitals.

It’s probably about attention.

I know a lot about attention and how to get it by changing my appearance. When I dress up, paint my face and do all of that I can get attention. I think some people just want attention – so they change their sex or pretend to be someone else and look different.

Just like the transgendered performer in the pic above. It’s about attention.

They want to be different because they will get attention. But just know that attention is not necessarily good and it won’t necessarily make you happier. I know that.

It’s maybe just a phase.

There is a chance that if you are transgendered or gay that it is just a phase. You might not feel the same way ten years from now as you do now.

You are probably influenced by the internet.

There is so much weird porn out there that so many people are getting influenced by it. Maybe they think that it looks cool to have a set of boobs and a dick.

There is a name for that genre of porn too, but I can’t recall it.

It’s all in your head

This is just stupid.

On the bathroom door

I hate seeing this shit which is posted on the public library bathroom in Chinatown, SF.

99.9999% of the time there are just 2 sexes – male and female. A hermaphrodite is a mutation and other than that if you think you are somewhere in between then it is all in your head.

You were born with either two XX chromosomes or an XY set of chromosomes. You either have a penis or a vagina. There is no in between.

That’s all in your head.

That sign was probably the work of more protesting and what not by the LBGT community.

It’s not like you can just choose your sex and who you are.

Not really.

But, yeah you can pretend or get surgery or take hormones, but you are just messing with nature if you do the later two.

You have limitations and one of those is your body.

Look, do what you want, but in my eyes you don’t deserve any special rules or privileges because of your made up sexuality or because you are gay or a feminist.

I can’t relate.

Like I said earlier I have no interest in baseball so I am not going to go to the game or hang out with them or pretend to like it.

Back to “compassion”

So those were some of the things I mentioned and then my sister says something like, “well how about a little compassion?”

I said I am not the Dalai Lama.

Later I sent an email to her and a video titled something like, “Compassion is a vice” that someone made from one of Jordan Peterson‘s clips.

And I never heard back from her which was like 4 months ago. Which I think means I am getting the cold shoulder, ghosted, the silent treatment or whatever you want to call it.

It’s ironic that the word “compassion” was used, because ignoring someone for months on end is not anything like compassion.

It’s a word with meaning, but it’s a word that is getting abused and certain people seem to have their own definition and agenda behind it.

Back to feminism.

I think feminists feel entitled as well as some of these other groups. They feel like you owe them something and ironically in their quest for “equality” I think they just became more like men – their supposed oppressor.

Double standards

It’s forbidden to hit a women and almost everyone including many men will be quick to blame a man or come after a man who hits a woman.

But when the same thing happens the other way around most people don’t seem to care. In fact it’s totally acceptable for a woman to hit or slap a man in the face.

And you can see this in the media. I can recall a movie I saw recently called “Colossal” that shows a woman slapping a man several times.

Woman slaps man (Jason Sudeikis)

It’s a simple game.

If you don’t want to get hit then don’t hit anyone else. But some American women seem to feel justified with hitting a man. And there are some women out there – like some of my neighbors who abuse the fact they are female.

They’ll run their mouths and be totally disrespectful and say things that most men would never say to each other because of the possibility of physical aggression.

And the funny thing is that if something happened and a man did resort to violence with a women then they would call the cops and play the innocent little girl or make up some lie to cover their ass.

The law is mostly on their side.

The fact is that in many cases women are the ones that instigate fights.

Women – you are only one half of the coin

Male and female, light and dark, yin and yang. You cannot have one without the other. You are not “god”. You are not simply the most amazing creature on earth because you have a vagina and can give birth.

Politics suck

I have no interest in politics and I think feminists and the LBGT community are something like political parties. I think a lot of their issues stem from resentment.

They want more rights because they are hurt and unhappy. It’s an egotistical thing. Sure you may have had it tough, but so hasn’t everybody. And if you think you had it tough then I can assure you that there is someone in some 2nd or 3rd world country that has had it way tougher.

Starting something new is difficult

It’s hard to start something new.

It’s hard to get there and getting there is the battle. Actually it’s not that the place you want to go to is worse, but the difficult part is getting there or making it through “The Dip” as Seth Godin says.

It happens everyday and there are a lot of ways that it manifests itself.

In my experience it’s hard to:

  • to work out.
  • to get to jiu-jitsu class.
  • to start a new project (video, art, article, etc.)
  • to change your habits.
  • to get ready for work.
  • to move.
  • to change.
  • to start anything new.

But really in so many cases it’s just starting. It’s not the actually thing. The hard part is just transitioning from where you are now to where you want to go.

And so much of it is in your head.

For the last 8 days or so I have been working on this video. And it started with inertia. There was a sort of dread and this ughh feeling cause I knew the first part of creating it would be boring.

But at some point you get over the hump and it becomes more fun.

I also mention at the end of the video getting out of your comfort zone. I show a picture that I got from Wikipedia. It shows 3 circles within one another.

  1. At the center you have your comfort zone
  2. Surrounding your comfort zone is the optimal performance zone
  3. And then surrounding that is the danger zone

Why men make more money

Here are some interesting comments on why men make more money!

This is an interview with Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson who is a clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto and a former professor at Harvard.

I have been watching a lot of Jordan Petersons videos lately. Very interesting!

And this reminded me of some funny jokes by Bill Burr also regarding why men make more money.

The video quality of this is poor, but the sound is good. It’s funny!

A Super Fast Joomla Template – Minimal Code, Maximum Speed

Are you looking for a super fast Joomla template? How about a fast loading and responsive Joomla template? Or do you need a high speed solution to slow loading pages?

The problem…

Joomla can be slow

Here’s why:

  • lots of CSS files
  • lots of javascript files
  • unminified CSS, Javascript, HTML
  • lots of images and icons
  • Google fonts
  • lots of http requests
  • lots of components

And if you add Google analytics, Adsense, or Youtube videos they will also slow your site down. Although I share something later in the template that will speed up your Youtube video loads.

Out of the box Joomla is usually not optimized and it is often slow. This can depend upon the template, but there are often lots of CSS and JS files.

So I created my own template over the years that is extremely simple and fast.

Should a website be fast?

People prefer fast websites and since people prefer fast websites so does Google. It’s likely that the faster your website is the better you will rank in Google.

I don’t know about you…

But if I go to a website and it locks up my page because it’s loading a bunch of ads and other stuff I hit the back button.

And…

I silently wish to myself that their bounce rate goes up and Google demotes them.

If you want a lot of bells and whistles then you will pay

If you want a flashy website then it’s going to slow you down. Some things may look cool, but just add to the overall weight of the page.

The flashy stuff may look cool, but it doesn’t make up for something that is missing in your content.

The bells and whistles should be in your content. If you try to make subpar content look better by adding cool effects and what not then you will slow your site down.

Think Wikipedia or Craigslist.

Are these flashy websites? No. Are they popular websites? Yes. Why? Because they help people.

A flashy website isn’t go to make you any more popular.

Enter my speedy template that will get a 100% on most page speed tests

Javascript and CSS files will slow down a page. So how many CSS files does my template use?

Zero.

How many JS files does my template use?

Zero.

I eliminated them both.

What?!

Yes, it’s possible. Out of the box Joomla open source software is for everyone. It’s versatile and you can build a massive site with all kinds of different functions.

But what if you just want a simple site that’s fast and responsive in mobile view?

I didn’t need that much. I just wanted a fast simple site for my content which was mostly a blog and videos.

Is this template for everyone?

Absolutely not.

It’s for the minimalist. If you want a simple (minimal), fast loading Joomla template that’s responsive then this is it. If you want something fancy then this is not for you.

How can a site work without a CSS file?

As per Google’s recommendation for small css files I inlined the css. This template uses very little CSS.

How can a site work without Javascript?

Javascript is often used for Joomla components, so if you don’t need any components then you probably don’t actually need to be loading Javascript files.

By default Joomla is going to load a bunch of files. But they can be removed.

If you decide that you want to load these files or need them for a component you can add them, but remember that comes with a cost. They will make your site slower which may decrease your ranking.

How does this template do on speed tests?

You can check out this minimal and super fast Joomla template here. The following are some checks for Google’s Pagespeed. My template gets 100% on all of these.

The template will score 100% on speed checks, however if there is an image on the page that will slow it down a bit.

  • Reduce server response time
  • Leverage browser caching
  • Avoid landing page redirects
  • Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
  • Enable compression
  • Minify CSS
  • Minify HTML
  • Minify JavaScript
  • Optimize images
  • Prioritize visible content

How does it compare to other “fast” Joomla sites?

There are a few sites out there that say they are fast. And some of them may be compared to others, but the ones I have tested are still not that fast.

Test out the high speed Joomla template here.

Bonuses included in the template:

  • How to load Youtube videos faster on your own site
  • Joomla SEO tips