Do you have a WordPress blog? That’s why you are here, right. No one likes a snail-like website in this world of pace. So optimizing your WordPress site for speed is very much important. WordPress is a ready-made platform. It can do wonders for sure. But the biggest disadvantage is its page load speed. Comparing with the Google’s kid (Blogger), WordPress is very slow. But you can make your site load like a rocket by doing some tweaks. Here I am sharing some useful tricks to boost the loading time of your WordPress site.
Ready for the kill? Here we go.
1. Wisely Choose Your Hosting Providers
Hosting is the heart of a WordPress (self- hosted) site. We have to choose it wisely because you are very well aware of what happens if the heart stops working. There are many types of hosting like shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers and so on. Don’t be obsessed with the words of providers. Think thrice before purchasing from a host. If you are planning something big, don’t hesitate to spend some extra bucks. Because it is better to stay live rather than go offline after getting good traffic.
2. Use a Good Cache Plugin
This is an extremely important step. Because a good cache plugin can make or break your blog. In a site, some elements can be cached to speed up the overall performance. The fact is we need a third party to make elements cached. Cache plugins effectively do this job. There are two major cache plugins, W3 Total Cache, and WP Super Cache. Both of them are effective. Be careful not to install unpopular cache plugins. There are so many features like browser caching, minify etc.
3. Optimize Your Images
If you have a regular website, most of the hosting space is occupied by images. Higher the image size, slower the page speed. So don’t upload pictures with large size. You can make use of online tools like compressnow.com to reduce the size. There is also a plugin to do this job, called Smush.it. Install this plugin and it will compress your images automatically to a great extent. But I recommend you to compress your images with ‘compressnow’ and then upload it. This will do wonders.
4. Reduce the Number of Plugins
Plugins are a superb feature of WordPress. But too much of anything is poisonous. So don’t install all the plugins you hear about. Use your senses and know your needs. Then install only that plugins you extremely want. There are some plugins like SumoMe which can do multiple tasks like social sharing and list building. This way we can decrease the use of plugins. Increasing the number of plugins will cause to rise the database size.
5. Optimize the WordPress Database
WordPress is mainly written in PHP. So it is making use of the databases. Increasing database size will make your blog website a snail. We have a few seconds to impress our first- time visitors. So make sure to have a site with load speed at least under 2 seconds (1 second is excellent). If you don’t know how to optimize database, make sure you have WP- Optimize or WP- DB Manager in your plugin list. Both of them are good plugins and we can schedule optimizing tasks.
What do You Think?
There are some more tweaks to flash- load your website. You can enable lazy load effect for images and use a Content Delivery Network (CDN). There are so many WordPress resources like PHPMatters with which you can learn the utilization of it. Let me know your opinion about this tweaks after trying.
If you want to know more, you can also refer to some other speeding up suggestions.