How to speed up WordPress has become one of the most searched topics these days by bloggers, and fortunately, there are many techniques that you can employ to speed up your blog. And our goal here is to list every technology we know that enables us to make websites using WordPress faster. But before starting the next question arises, Why is website speed important?
Why is website speed important?
the page speed has been a ranking factor for Google Desktop Search for years now.
But only recently, Google introduced a mobile page speed update, officially making page speed a ranking factor for mobile devices.
Moreover, page speed is also a primary measure of user experience.
So, not working on speeding up your website can cost you money, ranking, and loyal customers.
In fact, according to the latest Google research, 50% of your visitors expect your page to fully load in less than 2 seconds.
Researchers who have negative experiences are less likely to make a purchase with your mobile page speed by 62%.
The main reasons why your website is slow:
- Web hosting: if the hosting settings are not set correctly this can harm your site speed.
- WordPress Configuration and Configuration: If your WordPress site is not using caching, this will overload your server, causing your website to slow down or crash entirely.
- Page size: basically increases the page size if the images are not optimized for a web user.
- Bad Plugins: If you are using a weak WordPress plugin, it can slow down your site drastically.
- External Scripts and Scripts: External scripts (scripts and codecs), such as ads, font downloaders, etc., can have a significant impact on your site’s performance.
How to Speed Up WordPress Site
Good host choice
Shared hosting providers look good on paper with their offers of unlimited bandwidth, emails, domains, etc.
But hosting your own website is something that affects speed quite a lot.
Shared hosting can fail at times when there is peak traffic and generally provides poor performance since it is shared with many other websites.
I understand that the prices are more affordable this way, but the web hosting industry has already advanced, and cloud hosting providers have lowered their price quite a lot.
The host is where your website is located not where you can skim since here you get what you pay for.
Do appropriate research before making a decision.
Optimize photos and videos
Images are among the heaviest parts of the internet and often the slowest to download.
Instead of scaling large images via HTML, you can resize all images on your site to an appropriate size.
You can keep a list of image sizes for the various elements on your site to ensure you don’t load more pixels than you need. If you have a website with a lot of images, you should also consider compressing them. A popular tool for this is: reSmush.
Upgrade WordPress to the latest version so that you can take advantage of the responsive images.
Use a content delivery network (CDN) to deliver images to users over their network. This reduces page size and the number of requests needed to complete page loads from your server.
Use a content delivery network (CDN)
That users in different geographic locations may experience different loading times on your site?
That’s because the location of your web hosting servers can have an impact on the speed of your site.
For example, let’s say a web hosting company has its servers in the United States. A visitor in the US will also see faster loading times than a visitor in India.
Using a content delivery network (CDN) can help speed up loading times for all of your site visitors.
A CDN is a network made up of servers all over the world. Each server will store the “static” files used to make up your website.
When using a CDN, every time a user visits your website, these static files are served from any server closest to them. Your web hosting server will also be faster because CDN does a lot of work.
Snooze unused CSS:
Unused CSS can also slow down the architecture of the rendering browser.
That’s because the browser must walk through the entire DOM tree and check the CSS rules that apply to each node.
Therefore, the more CSS is unused, the more time the browser needs to spend calculating styles for each node.
Use Google Speed Speed Module
If you are using VPS, you can use Google Page Speed Module, as an alternative to buffering extensions.
This program developed by Google which is installed on your server and caching and optimizing HTML and CSS without the need to make any changes to your site.
I have tested it on several websites and it works fine but the downside of this is that you need help from your hosting provider to install it on your hosting and also some technical knowledge to configure it properly.
Disable unnecessary plugins that you don’t use
First step, review all active plugins and disable plugins that you don’t use. Even if you do not use a specific plugin on your site, its codes / CSS files will be loaded, which affects your site’s speed negatively.
As a second step, review the plugins you already use and find out if there are ways to achieve what a specific plugin does without having it on your site.
Although these are only a few of the different techniques that can be used to speed up a website, they are the easiest way to implement them. This list is a great place to start if you notice your site slowing down. When every second count, every step you can take for a faster website is worth it.
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