Everyone likes a fast loading website. Slow loading website increases the wait time for the information to come up and thereby enhances the probability of visitors going away from your website.
I have outlined some points, which you can implement in your website to increase the speed and performance of your website.
1. Optimize Your Database
Optimizing the database is very important for smooth performance. There are a number of WordPress plugins available which can optimize and maintain the WordPress database. Some of the popular plugins are given below:
• Yoast Optimize DB
• WP DB Manager
2. Use caching plugins
Caching greatly increases the speed of your website. WordPress has two of the most popular caching plugins.
• WP Super Cache
• W3 Total Cache
3. Use Content Delivery Network in your website
Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a large distributed system of servers which are deployed in multiple data centers across the Internet to serve web pages.
The name of some of the Content Delivery Networks are given below:
• Max CDN
• Amazon S3
5. Compress Images in your website
By compressing image files in your website, you can greatly reduce the load time of your website. There is a plugin by the name of WP Smush IT, which is good to use. It will help in reducing the image size while uploading.
6. Reduce Post Revisions, Pingbacks and Trackbacks
WordPress by default stores multiple versions of post revisions and drafts. It allows you to go back to older versions of posts and edit them, however, this also causes the database size to bloat. You can use WP-Optimize plugin to remove post revisions, pingbacks and trackbacks etc. and hence make your database clean.
7. Enable Browser Caching
In browser caching, a cached copy of your website gets stored locally and thereby reduces calls to the server.
You can enable browser caching by modifying the .htaccess file, which is located in the root directory of your WordPress installation. You need to add the following code:
# BEGIN Expire headers
ExpiresDefault “access plus 5 seconds”
ExpiresByType image/x-icon “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType image/jpeg “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType image/png “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType image/gif “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType text/css “access plus 604800 seconds”
#ExpiresByType text/html “access plus 600 seconds”
#ExpiresByType application/xhtml+xml “access plus 600 seconds”
# END Expire headers
All the information given above will help in optimizing your WordPress website or blog. If you liked this article, do not forget to share it.