WordPress is perhaps the best Content Management System in the world, powering humongous sites like CNN, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and other hugely popular blogs but sadly, without properly optimizing it for speed, your blog can be painstakingly slow that’s it’s a must to speed up your wordpress and today, I will show you how to make your site load 10x faster!
As you may know, site speed is an important ranking and retention factor. Google does count site speed in ranking websites and your visitors may leave your site if it loads too slow.
If you want to check your site speed, simply go here and key-in your URL or domain on the domain field and hit “Test Now”.
Now that you’re certain that it isn’t your PC. It’s time to optimize your site for SPEED!
Here’s How To Make Your WordPress Site Run 10 Times Faster
Optimize Your Images
If you’re new to online publishing, you may not be aware that the size of your image uploads can put a toll on your hosting. Optimize your images for speed by using .PNG format instead of .JPG and other file formats. The 8 Bit PNG format is best as it makes your image files smaller and lightweight, thereby improving the image’s loading speed.
If you don’t have photoshop, you can change your image file formats to this format by using the open source graphic editor, GIMP. Gimp will not allow you to save your file as .PNG as with Photoshop. You will need to “export” your file as .PNG which you can find within the “File” tab.
Cut down On Plugins
WordPress plugins are cool but you DON’T need them all and too many of them does affect your site speed and will definitely make your site load slower. Carefully choose the number of plugins you have installed on your site at one time and remove the ones that you don’t really need.
Clear Up Comment Spam
Make it a point to delete all comment spam every time you log in your WordPress dashboard. Not deleting comment spam loads up your host and will slow down your site.
Carefully Choose Your WordPress Theme
You can experiment with different themes if you wish by activating the theme and running a speed test with Pingdom’s page speed tester.Choose a minimalist theme if you can, I recommend Genesis which offers a lightweight platform and child themes.
Delete Post Revisions
Every time you write or revise a post or page on WordPress, the old revisions are automatically saved. These could easily add up easily, making your database heavier and harder to load, specially if you’re writing your articles on straight on WordPress. To delete old revisions, you will need to use the Better Delete Revision plugin.
Optimize Your Database
As you may know, all your posts and pages are stored by WordPress in a database. Frequent postings and adding lots of pages to your blog fills up and clogs your database and affects your site speed that’s why there’s a need to for regular optimization thereof. You will need a plugin like the WP-DBManager to do this.
If you currently have a database backup plugin, you can remove it and replace it with the WP-DBManager plugin as it can back up, restore, optimize and repair your database.
Once installed, you’ll be able to see it o the left panel of your dashboard as below:
Click on Backup DB submenu.
After that, repair your Database by clicking the “Repair DB” submenu.
Click on repair. Now, it’s time to optimize your database by clicking on the Optimize DB submenu.
After this, you can schedule the database optimization automatically so you won’t have to keep on repeating these procedures yourself. You simply go to DB Options >Automatic Scheduling
Get W3T Total Cache
W3T Total Chache is a chaching plugin that delivers your content without necessarily requesting it from the server. It’s like taking a picture of your pages and making them available for your readers. It’s faster than having to request pages after pages from your WordPress database.
Cloudflare is a DNS host that creates mirrors of your site and fetch if from a source nearest to your visitor, making your site load at lightning speed (pun intended).
This is how I learned to speed up my WordPress sites, what other tips can you share that we can add up to this?