WordPress no doubt one of the best platforms in the world. But because this platform is self-hosted and you need to manage it accordingly. Google announce that blog speed in one of the ranking factors and google or other search engines love those blogs which load fast from others. Visitors also love fast loading blogs instead of low Loading blogs so you have to maintain your blog for giving the good experience to your visitors as well as Readers.
You have to improve your WordPress speed if you want to get success.
A research says that a website that takes 1 extra second to load can lose their 7% of conversions – Kissmetrics.
So in this Article, I ‘ll tell you about some methods. With the help of these methods, your blog speed surely increase.
Also Check: Best Security Guide Ever For Your WordPress Blog
What You Will Learn
- 1 Good Hosting:
- 2 Always Up to Date WordPress:
- 3 Good Theme:
- 4 Remove Unwanted Plugins:
- 5 Optimize Your Images:
- 6 Remove Redirects:
- 7 Remove Gravatars:
- 8 Minifying HTML,CSS,JS:
- 9 Install A Cache Plugin:
- 10 Enable Gzip Compression:
- 11 Install CDN (Content Delivery Network):
- 12 How to Check your Load Time:
- 13 How Speed Affects Your Website (Infographic):
- 14 Final Words:
One of the most important for WordPress blog is that you have to choose good hosting for your blog. This is the first Important for your blog speed improvement. A good and reliable hosting is very important if you want to get some success with your blog and want to improve your blog speed.
Important things if you are going to buy hosting for your blog:
- Research about hosting like if this hosting is Recommended by other bloggers or not.
- Best Support and guidance from the provider.
- If your blog has good or high traffic then this hosting can hold this because many can’t and your blog went down.
- Try to contact and discuss with them that what is your requirements.
Always Up to Date WordPress:
Well, you have to make sure that your WordPress is up to date because WordPress contributors spend a good time and hard work to make word press better and improved.
new updates contain a lot of new features, improvements, wordpress speed optimization and a lot of new features.
Always use the good and responsive theme for your blog. Don’t use nulled themes from free downloadable sites. Nulled themes also contain bad codes and virus. Which can destroy your site and also can hack your site?
Spend some bucks and buy a premium theme for your blog. Premium themes contain optimized and well-written codes which can make your blog super good and speed optimize and also contain support if you feel any problem just contact them and they ‘ll fix for you.
Using premium theme can also improve your blog speed and user experience. Because of good theme always SEO and speed optimized. So always choose good and paid themes.
Remove Unwanted Plugins:
The very first thing newbies do in their WordPress blog that they install many plugins for every small task which they can also do with codes in themes. Plugins can slow down the blog because every plugin contains some files and also insert a code in your theme.
So remove unwanted plugins which you think you not need.
Remove Unwanted Plugin Database Tables:
Remember many bloggers don’t know that after delete plugins sometimes they left some tables in your WordPress database. This ‘ll make your database heavy results your WordPress speed I ‘ll decrease and take much time to load so you have to delete plugins Tables from your WordPress database. How I ‘ll tell you.
You need to install and activate (Plugins Garbage Collector). After proper installation goes to plugin settings and scan your site. After a proper scan, this plugin tells you that this table (in Red Colour) need to remove because this table does not need for this blog. Simply select those tables and delete them Done.
Optimize Your Images:
Image compression is very important for your WordPress speed. If you want to make your blog load faster because heavy images can make blog load slow. So after upload makes sure that your image is compress and optimized. How? let me tell you.
Well, there are many tools available on the internet which you can use for image compression. But I am using a plugin called (Wp Smush). Just install and activate. And After proper installation go to your media option and click wp smush and this plugin tell you what images need to compress.
This plugin is available in free or paid option. In the free version, you can compress 50 images per click.
Every redirect can make your site speed low by many ways. Search engines always recommend that try to decrease your redirects as many as possible. The example you are using your site with www extension but you are interlinking with nonwww in your articles. This ll make the redirect to your www and you know redirect take 0.1 sec in my view. Google and other search engines also recommend decreasing redirects.
How to Remove Redirects:
- Install Plugin Name (Search And Replace)
- Go to plugin dashboard by settings/search and replace.
- At the top, click search and replace the section.
Do these queries.
http://www.sharjeeltahir.com to http://www.sharjeeltahir.com. (Don’t forget to replace my domain with your’s)
First, dry run and see how many links need to replace. always take your backup and then do the replacement.
Well, everyone love to see his image (gravatar) in the comment section but some time in shared hosting environment these avatars can increase your page load time. If you used to get lots of comments on your blog, you can save some extra space by showing blank instead of default Gravatar image for those users who haven’t signed up for Gravatar.com so far. Some blog owners used to show Mystery Man as the default Gravatar Avatar. You can make changes into Gravatar default icon from Discussion section Under Settings as shown in the screen below:
With the help of minifying, you can compress your HTML, js CSjsso your site ll load fast. Well many ways this action can break your site so i always recommend you to hire an expert for this task.
Install A Cache Plugin:
The way caching plugins work is by saving the dynamically generated HTML files and serving them from the cache (i.e. reusing previously generated data) whenever a request is made, rather than loading all of the PHP scripts from WordPress every time you hit refresh.
The result is that your site loads far quicker for all its visitors.
I am using W3 Total cache for this blog but there is other best plugin available in WordPress.
Update: I moved to Wp Supet Cache.
Here is a setup tutorial for W3 Total Cache. How To Setup W3 Total Cache Plugin with CloudFlare
Enable Gzip Compression:
Enabling Gzip compress your file in the zip file and with this your blog load extremely fast because your file size reduced. If you are using A cache plugin then there is an option in Browser cache section. Just Tick that option done
Install CDN (Content Delivery Network):
What is CDN?
A content delivery network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver web pages and other Web content to a user based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the web page and a content delivery server.
A CDN hosts your files across a huge network of servers around the world. If a user from Argentina visits your website, then they would download files from the server closest to them geographically. Because your bandwidth is spread across so many different servers, the load on any single server is reduced.
Well, There are many Free CDN for your blog but my Favorite is Cloudflare. Just go to CloudFlare site and add your site. Setup part is a daunting process but Very good for your blogs. (Full Tutorial is Coming Soon).
If you planning to buy a paid service then go for MAXCDN.
How to Check your Load Time:
I know you are excited to check your wordpress speed after use of all above Methods. Well, there are many tools available on the internet but below are my favorites.
- Google Page Insights: This tool is the first recommendation of all expert with the help of this tool. With the help of this tool, you can fix errors for increase your Load Time and this tool is also recommended by Google.
- GTmetrix: This one is my favorite. This tool shows percentage and solutions also.
- Pingdom: This tool is getting popular day by day. So if you need to get results from all three then you should use it.
How Speed Affects Your Website (Infographic):
That,s it, Guys, I hope after using all methods your page load time decrease and also google increase your rank higher. Google is considering speed as one of ranking Factor. If your Blog Speed low then your rank low if your speed high then ranks also increase.
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