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How to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

In a sort of way, the running speed of WordPress website would affect the site’s traffic more or less. There is no doubt that no visitors like the website with slow page loading speed.

And a fast loading WordPress website can not only bring visitors a better online experience, but also can bring a better traffic and better conversions. So the website owners should be about how to increase the running speed of their website.

There are 9 easy methods to get the WordPress website load faster and even can make the WordPress website succeed. But the first thing is , it would be better for website owners to use HostUCan Website Monitoring Tool, Pingdom, or other proper loading speed testing tools, to test the speed of their WordPress website.

Remember to backup all files first before doing any exchange with the WordPress website. And in below, we will talk about 9 methods you could use to improve WordPress speed.

1. Get a Good Hosting Provider or Upgrade to a Proper Hosting

Faster loading of your WordPress website mostly depends on your hosting solution provider. There are probably thousands of hosting solution providers across the globe but very few offer professional solution and technological capabilities.  Therefore, pick a reputed and popular hosting solution provider is crucial to maintain fast page loading speed for your WordPress sites.

Most personals host WordPress on shared web hosting solutions; of course, shared web hosting is a perfect option to get a WordPress website start. However, with the increase of traffic and site content, shard hosting might not be suitable for the website. So it is time to consider whether website owners should upgrade their WordPress Hosting solution to other advanced hosting, like VPS hosting or dedicated server.

2. Select a Good Theme for Your Website

I bet the majority of website owners have no idea that the WordPress theme they use could have impact on speed. In fact, themes differ dramatically in how well organized, executed the code is and the amount of code they contain, etc. So when selecting WordPress theme, these aspects should be taken into account.

Get a theme that is compatible with most of the browsers and their versions. Remember, while you may not update your website, a user’s browser can get updated. Therefore, pick such theme that are proven to work the best and when you customize it, think about keeping it simple.

3. WP Optimize

During the development of websites, you may add many plugins or themes to WordPress, which might not be used any more. But those add-ons will add many data, images or files to your WordPress blog, which might consume a lot of space, and even have bad effect on the website performance.

So it is good to use this simple and effective WP-Optimize plugin to clean up the WordPress database. This could boost the speed of the website, and can improve the site security as well. It is very easy; no technical expertise is needed.

4. Understand the Content Difference

A WordPress website can have textual, image and video content. Each of these content have their own weights which can adversely impact the loading of your website. Define a rationale for using such content and their distribution. A high resolution image can take more space than text while videos will certainly hold majority spaces on your site. There are different breed of content which the browser needs to recognize each time they are present in a page. Using lossless compression can help you to speed up your website with such varying content types.

5. Attention to Images of WordPress Website

It is believed that image is one of the most significant contents of a WordPress website.  Of course, this is generally one of the elements that would slow website speed. Use WP Smush.it plugin to reduce image file sizes and improve performance by compressing the files. This plugin is helpful and simple, just two steps: install and activate.

6. Clean up  Spam Comments and Post Revisions

The database response time of WordPress website would be slowed down by the excessive spam comments and post revisions. At this time, the Better Delete Revision plugin is recommended to deal with post revisions. As for spam comments, website owners can make manually deletion.

7. Install a Cache Plugin

Cache plugins can improve both user experience and WordPress site performance, such as database, pages, browser, and more others. WP Total Cache plugin or WP Super Cache plugin could be nice for website owners to have a better website speed performance.

8. CDN Service for WordPress Website Optimization

CDN (Content Delivery Network) is great. In simpler term, it enables the user obtain the required content nearby, then get the Internet network congestion be eased and improve the response speed of the website.

Set up and use CDN might have some difficulties for newbies, but still doable. Let’s try JetPack’s Photon. This first concern should be done is install and enable the Jetpack plugin, which comes with many functionalities by default, then enable Photon. Do not forget to disable those unnecessary functionalities.

9. Add Scripts to the Footer

Website owners could add scripts like Google Analytics or some other possibly advertising networks directly to Header or footer files of their WordPress theme. For sure, it could be better to add scripts in the footer area rather than the header that allows critical content to load before browsers execute the scripts.

All the above points are very basic ways of speeding up your website that often goes unnoticed by us. And these factors affect the site performance most adversely. You do not need to pose exception qualities to fix them in but they are more about common sense.

Now we better look into few key tips regarding speeding up your WordPress website:

  • Do not show full content on front page, show only excerpts.
  • Control the number of posts you want the users to see. Showing too many posts on front page not only makes the page to appear slowly but also helps in diminishing user expectation.
  • Keep your website neat and clean. Remove all unwanted and out of service plugins and widgets from your website.

Always understand the fact that the clearer and cleaner your website is, the better is its chance to load faster on user browser irrespective of the operating system. One can also speed up the website using cloud, content delivery network, making static page, managing the headers, disabling the hotlinks and optimizing the WordPress itself.

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