How to Speed Up WordPress Websites

How to Speed Up WordPress Websites

November 20, 2018 550 By Netleaf Software

How to Speed Up WordPress Websites : Word Press is an amazing platform, but it has only one drawback for its user as it works sluggish. There are some pre-requisite which you manage else your site could have very slow performance.

I try to help in this post to cover best ways which I found very helpful for increasing the speed of a WordPress.

 What is the importance of WordPress site Development?

This is a well-known fact for all the website developer and the person who is familiar with the website, that the user interface and its experience plays a vital role and it has only a few seconds to capture the attention.

It is also been reported by Microsoft Bing search team that the just a 2-second of delay reduces user satisfaction 3.8% and increases the loss of revenue which effects the rating and the clicks.

If a website takes too long to load, people exit from such sites without giving an opportunity to you.

Google also included the speed of the site in its ranking algorithm.  So, it concluded  that the speed of your site effects the SEO, and this is leading to loss of your visitors on your site.

As, it is very important to manage the responsiveness of a WordPress site.

Let’s fix the loophole.

 Go for good hosting.

Avoid shared hosting its more like a bargain, and try to invest in proper hosting.

The WordPress site host which I usually recommend:

NetLeaf Software managed  WordPress hosting

( it is my personal like which helps you getting a best layout of a website along with the responsive hosting at a very low price.)

All of my sites have a great speed; never have downtime on them when I get huge traffic and it is also very easy to use the back-end of the sites.

At last the customer support needs to helpful which comes with the hosting because they will be a safety net for you if any problem occurs.

Landing up over them the homepage  for Word Press users and check out their offerings .

Framework /theme needs to solid.

An amazing fact about the Twenty Fifteen “framework”( the default WP theme) is quite speedy.

As per my own experience the Thesis Theme Framework is fastest loading premium framework because it surpasses the basic WordPress themes and it’s also easy to customize.

Choosing an effective plugin

The plugin in the WordPress is very useful, but few of them fall under the catching plugin, as they are extremely easy to use and install it they improves the page loading time as is free and easy to use.

Usage of CDN (Content Delivery Network)

All of the big blogs are making use of this,  CDN takes all your static file which you have in the site and make them extremely fast for user to download.

Optimization of Images (Automatically)

Most of us would know this as Yahoo has it image optimizer which changes the size of an image without compromising on the quality of the image.

So, we have solution in WordPress as it is a free plugin call WP-SmushIT this will make easier for all the images automatically.

Homepage Optimization Quickly.

There are few things which you can do to optimize your homepage because it is important.

  • Remove not required widgets.
  • Remove inactive plugins.
  • Reduce the number of post.
  • Show excerpts not the complete post.
  • Clean and focused homepage

WordPress database optimization

Usage of optimizing word is too much and doing it is a tedious task as well which is also very boring to do it manually.

 Use WP-Optimize plugin, to do the task easily and also use WP-DB-Manager plugin to schedule a database optimization.

Disable leeching and hot linking of content.

These two are the bandwidth. It occurs when a site direct link to the image on your site from their article and making the server and place the code in your root .htaccess file:

 Disable hotlink of an image.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)? [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)? [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?_____________ [NC]
RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ – [NC,F,L]

Adding an expires header to static resources

It is a way to specify a time far enough in the future so that the clients do not have re-fetch the content. This is the way by which you can cut your loading time.

root .htaccess file:

ExpiresActive On
ExpiresByType image/gif A2592100
ExpiresByType image/png A2592100
ExpiresByType image/jpg A2592100
ExpiresByType image/jpeg A2592100

Adjust Gravatar Image

We will get a default Gravatar image is set to its nothing. It improves page loads by simply having nothing where there would normally and you can either, just know that it will at least the benefits your speed to a blank space instead default image.

Adding LazyLoad to your images.

This is the process by which only the image is visible to visitor, this helps in speeding the website and also saves the bandwidth by loading less data.

Automatically do this download jQuery Image LazyLoad plugin.

Controlling the post revision amount:

WordPress, left to its own devices, would store every single one of these drafts, indefinitely.

You can use Revision Control plugin to make sure I keep post revisions at a lowest ratio.

CloudFlare Usage

It is quite similar to CDN to put it CloudFlare along really potent combination that will greatly improve security and the speed of the site and it is free.

Replace PHP development with HTML development when needed.

It is an advance practice which can do miracle in the load time of the website.

Turn off pingbacks and track backs.

Last but not the least WP interact with other blogs that are equipped with these two things making them off will not be destroying the backlinks of the website.

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