How To Speed Up WordPress Blog And Boost Performance

WordPress no doubt one of the best platform 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 factor 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 blog 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 (2016)

How To Speed Up WordPress

Good Hosting:

Good Hosting

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. 

My Recommendations:

For my all blogs I am using Bluehost because of my blog never down and can hold good traffic and this hosting is also recommended by WordPress. Here awesome review about Bluehost in (Shoutmeloud) .

There are many others good hosting providers also like (HostGator, Inmotion). Just choose best for your blog.

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,speed optimization and a lot of new features.

Good Theme:

Good Theme

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 themes which you think you not need. But remember that many bloggers don’t know that after delete plugins 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 go 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 Note:

Note: Always make the backup of your database first.

Optimize Your Images:

Image compression is very important for your WordPress blog. 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.

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.

Here is a setup tutorial for W3 Total Cache. How To Setup W3 Total Cache Plugin with CloudFlare (2017)

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):

cloudflare

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 load after use of all above Methods. Well, there are many tools available on the internet but below are my favorites.

  • Google Page InsightsThis 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.
  • GTmetrixThis 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.

Final Words: 

That,s it, Guys, I hope after using all methods your page load time increase 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.

If you like this post then please share with others also.

Happy High-Speed Blogging 🙂 

About the Author Malik Sharjeel Tahir

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4 comments
Adeel Sami says November 3, 2016

Hello, Sharjeel!

Good info you shared with us!

And I am about the same as you described; I keep my blog clean in every sense. Tweak the images and in use of caching plugin as well as the CDN.

These are helping me a lot!

And I did write a blog post back in the time where you can cut off the size of the images without loosing much of the quality using a FREE online tool. 🙂

Again, very good share!

Keep it comin’!

~ Adeel

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Alex shabu says November 3, 2016

nice post but can you tell me what plugin you are using to get that email form at the end of your post ? I am using voice theme but couldn’t figure out how to do it

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