WordPress is the most popular online publishing tool used all over the world by small business owners, developers, and other professionals to make a presence on the internet. It is open-source, easy to use, and probably the most powerful blogging tool or website content management system (CMS) existing today. Hundreds of people all around the globe are working on it to make it better and more secure. Creating a website with WordPress is not rocket science but to make it faster and secure can be a real issue once you start installing different plugins.
Once you have created a website with WordPress you will have to make use of many plugins and a theme. And these things slow down your website which is a turn off for your users. According to Google, the page load speed of a website should be 0.9s. This seems quite difficult to achieve but if you carefully choose your plugins and theme with these below-mentioned techniques you would achieve that milestone. So, here today we will be learning how to make our WordPress website load faster.
We have many tools to look at our website’s page speed and other improvements that can be made. Google itself has provided a great webmaster tool whose link is given below. Similarly, Bing has its own WebMaster tool.
For this, we will want to go to Google WebMaster Tool
You should better check your page speed with the above tools before implementing below given technique to know if this really worked.
Now, let’s use our techniques to speed up our webpage speed. And we are not going to ignore a few milliseconds that can help to decrease loading time altogether.
Google hates bulky images so do other search engines. And for the sake of SEO and visitors easy access, we need to lower the page load speed. And one of the main issues on any webpage is heavy images. Sometimes a single image can be more than an MB. So web developers should take good care of heavy images. Here we use a Plugin that is called smush.it to compress each image on the website.
Here is the link to the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/
Content Delivery Network
Content Delivery Network or sometimes called content Distribution System helps your website speed up. Well, Google looks that as a ranking factor, the fast your website loads better the rank will be higher in Google. So, using the CDN is basically like putting your blog or website in the cloud. Suppose your website is hosted in the USA, it will be faster for users in the USA to load it, But the same may not be true for users in Australia because data needs to travel a long distance. So what CDN does is it puts your information in the cloud and keeps in different places in the world. So no matter where you open your page in the world, it has a shorter distance to travel.
Link to free CDN service: https://www.cloudflare.com/
Why would you ever need spam comments, your posts revisions, and saved drafts that you are never gonna use? Better delete all these unwanted files and pages right away. And luckily we have a plugin that does it in a simple manner. Wp-optimize is a simple yet powerful plugin that allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize without doing any manual query. Everything is automatic, you just need to install and activate and rest is all done by the plugin.
Here is the download link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/
4. Minify all your CSS, HTML and JS files
Compressing or minifying CSS, HTML, and JS files is also another way to make the website faster. A CSS code snippet would look like
And the same code can also work when it is like
That is just an example. So in wordpress we use AutoOptimizer to compress all our CSS, HTML and JS files.
Link to plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/autoptimize/
5. Choose a good host
Choosing a good hosting service is a lot that will make your WordPress website a lot faster. WordPress specialized hosting is there, that can take special care of your website. Some good hosting service providers are goDaddy.com, bluehost.com, and WPEngine.
Hope this list will help you to optimize your website. Please write down if any confusion or if it helped you.,