Website performance is very important especially when you want to keep your visitors coming back for more. When you are in a hurry or you are sleepy and you want to get some information fast, a slow site becomes the most annoying thing in your life.
Trust me on this, you’d rather have your readers happy and coming back – instead of throwing their laptops or phones against the wall in frustration due to your slow loading website!
How to Speed Up Your Slow WordPress Site
1. Regulate the number and types of plugins
Reduce the number of plugins to what you need and get rid of the rest. Just because WordPress has the ability to support many plugins does not mean you need to use many of them. It can actually cause more problems for you since your site can crash. Fewer plugins that are kept up to date will definitely enhance the site’s speed, so DELETE un-used plugins and make sure you limit what you do install.
Additionally, you should also install highly rated plugins with good feedback. The plugin directory has information about this to make it easier for you to select the plugins you want.
One thing that can ALSO help you do this is P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin.
This free plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.
By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site, then remove the plug-ins causing the slow down (or replace them with better one’s as needed).
2. Choose A Good Theme
You have been choosing themes that look good, maybe with a lot of images. Don’t deny it, it’s normal. However, a good theme is not based on how it looks. Rather, it is based on its functionality which should be solid thus reducing the number of plugins used. Images are awesome but if your theme heavily depends on them, your site will be slow since time will be required to load all those images.
A theme with CSS based design is always preferred. When buying perfume or cologne, you test it out first so you should do the same with the themes you want to use. Test their performance on sites like Webpage Test among others.
3. Choose a good hosting provider
Everyone knows that at times, cheap is expensive. When choosing a hosting provider, do not always opt for those with cheap rates as they can be painfully slow. Managed WordPress hosting is a great option. Some have built hosting platforms to optimize performance and they can handle high amounts of traffic. I use hostmonster myself and have NOT had any problems with site speed as a result of them.
If you have the time, you can also look into building your own optimized server. In the end, if you choose a shared platform, test it out to know how it performs before you use it.
You can get hosting for as little as $3.95 per month and the HM support team (US Based) is absolutely amazing. (By the way, if you sign up here you can get $250 in ad credits for Google, Bing and Facebook!)
4. Compress Images
Of course you want to catch people’s attention and using high quality images is one way of doing this. Although using such images is an advantage, you need to use them in the correct format so that your site is not slowed down trying to load the images. JPEG is the best format to use for photographic images. For text, GIF can be used. Furthermore, you can compress the images where possible but do not overdo it since the images may not look good on the page.
Before I upload ANY images to this site, I use http://compressnow.com/.
It’s 100% free, just upload the picture, drag the bar and compress to decrease the image size (while still making sure it looks g00d). It’s a simple step, but helps to ensure my site loads fairly quick at all times.
For EXISTING images on your site, I’d actually recommend compressing each one MANUALLY and re-uploading them. If you don’t have time for this you can easily outsource it via Odesk.com. Another option is a wordpress image compressor plug-in such as WP Smush.it.
WP Smush.it strips hidden, bulky information from your images, reducing the file size without losing quality. The faster your site loads, the more Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines will like it.
A caching plugin can be installed and it is useful in enabling optimization options such as preloading.
This will also make it possible for your site to handle high traffic. There are various plugins used for this and W3 Total Cache is among the best plugins for this, and is used by many. Seriously, download this – don’t ask questions just do it. It’s 100% FREE and you WILL notice your site speeding up significantly as a result of using it.
If your site is STILL slow after checking the above things, let me know – because you’ve got problems! LOL
6. Where to start?
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Have a GREAT afternoon, and talk to ya soon!