A Complete Guide to Make Your WordPress Lightning Fast
As you know WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world, and currently, it is used by more than 75 million websites.
As per the WordPress, there are 409+ million people, who view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. The CMS has powered more than 25% of the world’s websites.
However, there are lots of things that are slowing it down. You may have noticed it on your own business website. Slow and steady websites and blogs do not work and it may frustrate your readers and kill you in search engine rankings.
With heavy plugins, solid themes, and millions of users, WordPress is not always the speediest platform. Today, we will have a look at the complete guide to making your WordPress lighting fast without any hassle.
Top 8 Site Speed Tips to Make WordPress Load Fast
Run A Site Speed Diagnosis
Do you know that comprehending how fast your website loads is the next step towards enhancing website performance? It is recommended to track website’s speed, check installed plugins and make some other changes to your website to see how it’s affecting site load times.
You can make use of a tool like WordPress Speed Test and analyze load speed to make your site run better. In case, if you are a WP Engine customer, we advised you to use Page Performance within the user portal so that you can track and test your web page’s performance against website changes. Using Page Performance, you can easily schedule recurring tests sent to your inbox, so you don’t have to set it up manually.
Invest in a Fast Web Host
As we all know that web hosts are obtainable in all shapes and sizes; however, there are lots of people, who prefer to choose it based on cost. But do you know what is the problem – the cheapest is not always the best.
Often a cheap web host means a shared server. In other words, we can say that you are sharing space and resources with enormous other websites across the world. If the one website on your shared server is getting lots of visitors, it may impact the speed of your website.
If you wanted to know how quick your web host is performing, you can go through this server speed checker tool ‘BitCatcha’ that lets you know how fast your web host server
response time is. As per the Google, if the speed of your server is less than 200ms, it’s high time to change your web host.
Make Sure You Choose Fast & Lightweight Theme
All the WordPress themes are not created equal. You can find some themes that are written better than others. If your website fails to load instantly, there is no meaning of having a beautiful UI design.
Instead of using the heavy or feature-rich theme, you should go with a minimal approach by using a theme, which comes with major features that are necessary to functional well.
Today, anyone can make a theme and make it obtainable online; however, there’s no guarantee that the theme has been coded competently.
It is true that your WordPress website needs a theme that looks good, so check out this list of the best and fast loading themes to opt for.
Simplify Your Code
In the meantime, CSS, HTML, and other source code files can build-up and cause your website to run slow. If you want your website to run speedily, you should consider minifying its code.
Minifying the code is the process of removing all the needless characters and whitespaces from source code without changing the code’s functionality.
Autoptimize is one such plugin that helps you with this work and can save you bandwidth, enabling your website run faster and making the code a lot easier to read.
Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
For boosting the speed of your website, it is the best option to make use of the services of a content delivery network (CDN). By using this service, you can get an ability to store your website content like images, audio and video files in different data centers situated across the globe.
Then this content can be served to your visitors from the data center, which is closed to them, considering their physical location. After the initial set-up procedure, this global distribution of your content can be easily managed for you and with the end-result being instant loading content for your visitors.
There are some of the web hosts that comprise access to a content delivery network as part of their services whereas, with some others, you may need to select a separate service provider. When it comes to some of the popular content delivery network options, it includes:
Even though the Photon service is obtainable free of cost, the premium options generally charge for their services in a different way; therefore, you need to be sure to evaluate their pricing plans so that you can get the best deal for the requirements of your site.
Make Sure to Clean-up Your Database
Gradually, your database will start to accrue clutter and this needless bloat will slow down your website. But you can easily decrease your database size for faster loading with regular cleanups.
For example, if you are posting revisions, it can take up huge unrequired space. In case, if you have any post that is 100KB of data, there are five different revisions of that post and the total space wasted is about 500KB.
WP-Optimize is one such plugin that will help you to clean-up through your WordPress database. Using this plugin, you can easily delete unwanted post revisions, post draft, spam comments and orphaned plugin options.
Allow GZIP Compression
GZIP is also known as HTTP or browser compression that helps your website to load instantly by decreasing the size of files for quick network transfers. You can give smaller file sizes to your server by compressing your website’s files and it will result in instant web load time.
When it comes to setting-up gzip compression, it can’t be done through WordPress; however, through the server itself. It will be difficult for you to set things up on your own as it comprises the editing sensitive .htaccess file. So, it is recommended to ask your hosting provider to set this for you.
However, you can go to checkgzipcompression.com and check whether your web server is sending the right to gzip enabled header or not.
Make Sure to Delete Unused Plugins
Does your website has lots of plugins? Along with one fact that you should keep your plugins up to date, you should always delete unused plugins as it is the next step to a speed-up your website.
If you have decided to delete unused and unnecessary plugins, first you need to deactivate it. After that, you can go to your inactive plugins list and delete those plugins that you no longer use.
To delete unwanted themes, you can simply go to Appearance > Themes and can delete those themes that you no longer use.
So, this is the complete guide to make your WordPress lightning fast without any kind of hassle. If you also wanted to have a website for your business that based on WordPress platform, you can get in touch with a professional WordPress development company that has sufficient experience in the industry.
Sohel Ather is a consultant at a leading mobile app developer company SpaceOtechnologies, He loves writing and sharing topics on app development and web programming and latest trends going around in web world.