10 Useful Tips for every WordPress blogger to well optimize and improve the over all speed of a WordPress Blog
Simple yet effective ways to make your blog better optimized and load faster
Currently, WordPress is among the most popular CMS platforms for blogging and a tremendous number of people are using WordPress. WordPress works superbly out of the box, but still there are ways to improve your WordPress blog and make it faster for your visitors.
Apart from SEO, Web page loading speed is a crucial parameter that search engines consider to rank a blog post in search results.
This is especially important if you are running a WordPress blog that draws in large amounts of traffic, or is prone to traffic spikes.
Below are 10 tips you can consider to optimize the web page loading speed of your WordPress blog :
Speed is life for a blog too :
- Everyone wants their favorite blogs to load faster and be speedier for a better reading and browsing experience.
- Getting good browsing speed has become an important element in blogging.
- Speed of a blog plays an integral role in Search engine optimization as well. Along with good content, blogs should load faster to rank well in SERP’s.
- Google specially instructs webmasters and bloggers to speed up their site uploading time for the end users.
10 Tips to Optimize Web Page Loading Speed for WordPress blog
#1. Faster Theme: The better optimized your theme is the faster your WordPress blog will load. Always take a demo whenever buying a theme and if you want to choose a free theme, then the Twenty Eleven theme is probably the fastest. Make sure the theme you buy is responsive one and can adapt to any screen size, device and media accordingly.
#2. Good Hosting Plan: Although an unlimited shared hosting plan is offered by all hosting companies, a shared hosting plan from BlueHost is recommended for WordPress. You can then upgrade to a dedicated hosting plan once your blog attracts more traffic.
#3. Install W3 Total Cache Or WP Super Cache Plugin: Any of these plugins are a must have for a wordpress blog. Installing these plugins will increase your WordPress blog’s speed because they utilize “browser cache,” which is an important element. You will notice a huge speed difference when you start using the cache plugin. They can improve page load time dramatically.
#4. Delete Useless WordPress Plugins: It is tempting to keep on installing WordPress plugins, but most of them are CPU intensive and will slow your WordPress blog down by increasing its page load time. Install Plugin Performance Profiler to analyze your plugins and delete the most CPU intensive ones.
#5. Optimize Images: We all know that larger images take more time to load and can slow down the page loading speed. If high-resolution images are being used, use the “scale” option after going to Media, then Edit, and then Edit Image. You should use WP Smush it plugin. It is free plugin by Yahoo, and it can decrease the image sizes considerably. Specially good for the blogs that use lots of images in their posts.
#6. Use CloudFlare or MaxCDN: You will probably have static files on your WordPress blog. So by using CloudFlare or MaxCDN, which are content delivery networks, those files will be uploaded to servers all over the world so they can be conveniently downloaded by worldwide visitors.
#7. Delete Posts Revisions: After you publish an article on your WordPress blog, revisions are no longer needed, so it is better to delete them right after publishing an article. The more revisions are there, the slower the database will become, slowing down your blog.
#8. Optimize WordPress Database : You can leave all the hard work in this case to the WZ-Optimize plugin. However, you can also manually delete or reduce drafts, spam, etc. from your database. This kind of task can also be scheduled by installing the WP-DB Manager plugin.
WP Clean Up is a great plugin for deleting and cleaning up unwanted files and data base in the backend of your blog. AND don’t forget to compress your files using .zip or .rar through the Cpanel of your hosting account or by applying appropriate settings using above mentioned plugins WP Super Cache or w3 Total Cache.
#9. Delete Spam Comments & Manage Spam Bots : It is convenient to ignore or keep spam comments in trash, but the number of these spam comments reaches in the thousands, it will slow down your database and page load time. So delete spam comments daily.
#10. Add Expires Header To Static Resources : An expires header is a method through which a time in the future can be specified so that any static content does not have to be re-fetched by browsers. You can use a FTP client to do this and it will speed up your blog for regular visitors.
Once you apply all of the above tips optimize your WordPress blog, you will be surprised at how fast your WordPress blog will load.
Make it a regular habit to check your page load time and speed on Gtmetrix.com or tools.pingdom.com. See, where you can make improvements and which page elements are contributing most to the page load time. In this way you can improve the speed of your WordPress blog to a great degree.
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