Having problems with your WordPress site speeds?
Are you not sure whether it is the internet speeds or your website? Then use Pingdom to test your speeds.
It is important to know because your site speeds affects your Google web search rankings and kills revenue stream since a study shows that people tend click away from the site if it takes time to load.
To avoid the above problems, implement the steps to improve your site speed;
1. Choose a good host
Most sites have slow speeds because owners use shared hosting with the excuse that it is much cheaper. How will you be able to handle high traffic with a poor host, quit frustrating yourself and try out the offerings of the following site hosts WP Engine, Synthesis, Pagely and Tigertech.
From the above hosting companies see which one works with your business model and budget.
2. Manage your plugins
Plugins are important in your website, but you should try avoiding using the same plugins in your site because it brings about redundancy. If you are not sure of which plugins are affecting your site you can use P3 plugin profiler.It helps identify which plugins are making your site slow and it’s up to you to decide whether to uninstall them or not.
3. Spam comments
If you have commenting and trackbacks on your site then you should ensure you manage them. Once the spams hit a 3 to 4 figure number it affects the database thus slowing down your site. Therefore to remove your ‘spam link’ from the dashboard, then click the empty spam button at the top.
4. Post revision
It’s the same case as spam comments, copies of old post revisions fill the database and slow down the speed of you website. To make your work easier you can install Better Delete Revision plugin which removes the old revisions from your posts and pages. Once you have installed the plugin, go to settings-‘better delete revision’ then click the button ‘check revision posts’ and delete them.
You can also use WP optimize for your database since it manages the revisions.
5. Optimization of the database
You can manually optimize you database through phpmydamin which is extremely boring and confusing or you can use a plugin which is ‘fun’ and easier. The plugins one can use to optimize their database are WP-Optimize, WP-DB Manager or Optimize-DB.
WP-Optimize plugin lets you optimize the database (spam, drafts, tables and post revisions) to reduce their overhead) while WP-DB Manager can schedule dates for database optimization.
6. Caching plugin to your website
Caching is like taking a picture of your content and providing it to your visitors without requesting it from the database each time.
You can use W3 Total Cache, which is effective and simple to use. Once you install it you should activate the preview mode and preview your site before activating your setting. Some techniques are advanced in this plugin hence it’s best to leave the default settings before you familiarize with it.
7. Optimization of the homepage
Most people who have sites think that having all the content in one page is better since viewers will have access of all information in one page, this is NOT true.
If you have not yet realized your page is loading slowly and views are minimal. But do not worry we are here to rescue you. With basic implementation of the following your page will load faster and even look better:
- First reduce the number of posts on your page
- Instead of having a full post, it’s better to have excerpts
- Avoid having to many sharing widgets on your page and include them only in posts
- Keep it to minimal, readers only need content
8. Image Optimization
Images are the main reason for the slow loading of the sites. Yeah, IMAGES!!Okay, let me be specific having JPG or PNG-24 pictures in your site is the main reason for your site takes time to load since the formats are for high resolution pictures.
Therefore you can use WP-Smushit plugin which automatically optimizes the images as you upload them in your site. Hence it is amongst the plugins you need in your site.
9. Use of Content Delivery Network (CDN)
CDN saves your bandwidth and visitors will experience faster loading speeds.
The above steps help improve your site speed, if you are skeptic you can use Pingdom to test the speeds. But I am not restraining you from searching for other methods to improve your speeds and share them with us. I would love questions if you want clarification or have something to ask.