WordPress is the most popular web publishing platform. However like the other web publishing tools, it also sometimes gets slow.
In this post, I am going to share 9 ways through which you can speed up your WordPress website or blog.
1. Select a good hosting plan
Shared web hosting is good for low traffic websites or those websites who have just launched, however, if your website gets a spike in traffic, they sometimes crash and as a result of which you will lose important visitors and also your website’s reputation. So it is extremely prudent to invest in a good hosting plan – you can either go for Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting or dedicated hosting.
2. Install a caching plugin into your website
Caching improves page load time and helps in increasing your website speed. There are two famous WordPress caching plugins: 1). W3 Total Cache and 2). WP Super Cache. I use W3 Total Cache in my websites and would recommend you to use this caching plugin as well. It is very easy to install and use.
3. Use a fast loading and SEO optimized theme
4. Use a content delivery network (CDN)
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) fetches all your static files you have got on your website and let the visitors download them by serving the files from the servers located nearest to them. You can use CDN services of Amazon Cloudfront, MaxCDN etc. Also, you can use CloudFlare to improve your website speed.
5. Optimize WordPress Database
An optimized database is very important and it can drastically improve your website load time. You can install WP-Optimize plugin in your website as it is free. WP-Optimize optimizes the database (spam, post revisions, drafts, tables, etc.).
6. Optimize images
Optimization of images is very important, as large images in your website can slow down your website. There is a free plugin called WP-SmushIt, which will optimize all of your images automatically, as you are uploading them.
7. Add Lazy Load plugin to your images
Lazy Load delays loading of images in long web pages. In other words, Lazy Loading is a process whereby only the images above the fold load loads first and when the reader of the post scrolls down, the below images starts to load, just before they come into the view of the reader. You can install the jQuery Image Lazy Load plugin.
8. Reduce the number of post revisions stored
Whenever we create a new post, WordPress stores a draft copy of it in the database. If we further make changes to the post, another draft revision will be stored and this process goes indefinitely. These revisions occupy space and as a result of which slows down the performance of the website. You can use Revision Control plugin to keep the post revisions to a minimum.
9. Turn off pingbacks and trackbacks
Turning off pingbacks and trackbacks will reduce the load on your website. You can turn them off through WordPress Settings -> Discussion and then unchecking the box related to pingbacks and trackbacks.
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