Why should you speed up WordPress Performance?
There are a number of reasons why you sound the alarm bells, some of which can cause great concern for you:
- Search engines (like Google) set the standards for websites with faster loading times than slow loading times. So, if you want to improve your position in the SERPs, the speed of improvement should be one of your priorities.
- Studies have shown that loading of more than 2 seconds usually results in 47% of site-flying visitors. So, to keep about half of your visitors interested, you should speed up your WordPress.
- Online shoppers are the most impatient; expect the page to load within seconds. So, if you run an e-commerce store on WordPress then better be prepared to make major improvements so that your business can be more profitable.
How to try when loading your website?
First do the first things, you need to analyze the current loading time of your website. Note that this speed may vary from page to page, as it depends on a variety of factors, which are: page size, how many applications it produces,
whether stored or not, and finally, what type of content (static or dynamic) it holds. The first web page is usually used as a test criterion during upload. To check the speed of the web, the following three tools are widely used on the web:
Okay, it’s time to start talking business! and Here are 7 ways to speed up WordPress:
1. Choose the best web host service
The main factor affecting the speed of the web is the hosting of your WordPress website. It may seem like a good idea to welcome your new website to a shared hosting provider that offers “unlimited” bandwidth, spaces, emails, domains and more. However, the fact that we miss out on this offer is that the shared hosting environment fails to provide the best loading time for traffic hours, and many fail to provide the 99 rest period per month.
Shared hosting tends to offer the lowest performance because it shares the same server space with many other websites, and there is no information on what resources others are using. In addition, you do not know how well the servers are optimized.
Fortunately, the web hosting industry has continued with technology, and the prices of cloud providers have declined over time. In modern times, you can purchase dedicated cloud servers from SiteGround, DigitalOther, Amazon Web Services, and even Google Compute Engine at a reasonable price. However, keeping those servers up can be a daunting task as you need to keep the servers from scratch. There are web providers like Cloudways (where I work) that make the task of setting up cloud-based servers as easy as click and launch.
2. Use a light WordPress theme
WordPress themes with a lot of powerful features, enhancements, scripts, social icons and a lot of bright features are very eye-catching. But keep this in mind: if they have too many items and pages the size of a page, then they will definitely cause your web server to take thumping.
The best option here is to use a lighter theme. One solution is to go to one of the basic WordPress themes. Another is to try something like Neve, built by the same guys behind CodeinWP.
3. Reduce image size
Images are the main contributors to the increase in a given page size. The trick is to reduce the image size without affecting the quality.
If you personally improve the image using the Chrome PageSpeed Insights or Photoshop extension or any other tool, the process will take longer. Fortunately, there are plugins available for almost everything you can think of, as well as image enhancement. Those who deserve to be mentioned are:
Using any of the above-mentioned plugins on your WordPress site will significantly reduce image sizes, thus improving your website speed.
4. Minify JS and CSS files
If you use your website through the Google PageSpeed Insights tool, you will probably be notified about reducing the size of your CSS and JS files. What this means is that by reducing the number of CSS and JS phones and the size of those files, you can improve the loading speed of the site.
Also, if you know your way around the WordPress theme, you can read the guidelines provided by Google and make manual revisions. If not, then there are plugins that will help you achieve this goal; popular to be Autoptimize which can help in improving CSS, JS and even HTML of your WordPress website.
5. Use advanced backup systems and backup software
WordPress caching plugins (for example W3 Total Cache) have been around for a long time, making the difficult task of adding savings rules to your website items easier. Combining such plugins with advanced storage methods like Varnish can help you improve your website loading speed and ultimately speed up WordPress.
6. Use a CDN
The people who visit your website are from different parts of the world, and of course, the speed of web uploads will vary if your visitors are far away from your site. There are many CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) that help keep web loading speed to a minimum for visitors from multiple countries. A CDN puts a copy of your website in a database that is located in different locations. The primary function of a CDN is to serve a web page to a visitor from as close as possible. Cloudflare and MaxCDN are among the most popular CDN services.
7. Enable GZIP compression
Compressing files on your local computer can save a lot of disk space. Similarly, for the web, we can use GZIP compression. This trick will greatly reduce the use of measurement data and the time it takes to gain access to your website. GZIP emphasizes multiple files so that every time a visitor tries to access your site; their first browser will be forced to open the site. This procedure brings the use of measured data to a large extent.
You can use a plugin like PageSpeed Ninja, which enables GZIP compression, or add the following numbers to your .htaccess file.
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