7 Tips to optimize your WordPress website

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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:

• WP-Optimize
• 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:

• Incapsula
• Max CDN
• Amazon S3
• SwarmCDN
• CoralCDN

4. Compress and Combine JavaScript and CSS files

Compressing the JavaScript and CSS files will reduce the overall size of your pages. You also need to combine JavaScript and CSS files into single file, as this will decrease the number of HTTP requests to your server.

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
ExpiresActive On
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/javascript “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType application/javascript “access plus 604800 seconds”
ExpiresByType application/x-javascript “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.

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