If you own a WordPress-based blog than loading speed of your blog is an important point to focus on. I saw many blog on internet are struggling to speed up their WordPress-based blogs. If your blog is also one of them than it’s the time to make your site faster.
Loading speed of any website can significantly affects its conversion rate and visitors count. According to a survey, loading speed of any blog or site have following effect:
- Page abandonment will going to increase, if page response time is slow as average users have no patience if a page takes too long to load.
- Page loading speed also affect locality for any online shopping site. So speed of online shopping sites also affects theirs sales.
In fact the tech giant Google takes “page loading speed” as a factor which affects ranking of any site. So in order to get higher-ranking in search engines, keep your site as fast as possible.
Before speeding up your blog, you should also know one important. Loading speed of any web page have direct relation to the cost incurred. How? Let me answer this question.
Suppose you have bought a web hosting service at $200 for a year and have got 200GB of bandwidth for every month. After two months, your site visitors count has increased dramatically. and your site run out of bandwidth. In this situation, proper speed optimization of the site can save a part of bandwidth easily and cost can go down.
If your site is eating too much bandwidth without much page views than you should optimize your site for speed.
The big question is “How can you speed up your WordPress blog”?
There is no need to worry. I will tell you the whole process I followed to skyrocket the speed of this blog.
How To Speed Up WordPress Blog?
Let we fix the problem of slow page loading speed.
1. Go For A Better Web Host
Who says Shared web hosting can not give high page loading speed. Unless your blog receives a small amount of traffic, you are good to go with Shared web hosting service. For Shared web hosting service, you can go for Hostgator or Bluehost. Both these web hosting service providers are leaders in the industry.
If you have budget to spent more money on web hosting, without asking any question switch your blog to manged WordPress hosting.
2. Choose A Fast Loading WordPress Theme
It’s not only the web host which determines page loading speed. But WordPress theme installed on your blog also plays a vital role in this process. Most of the newbie bloggers use free WordPress theme. But they don’t know most of these free theme have are bloated with extra code. Which make your blog speed slow and also affects SEO.
Your WordPress theme can be a culprit of slow site speed. So which WordPress theme you should use? I highly recommend you to use Genesis Framework for your WordPress blog. Genesis is the industry standard for premium WordPress themes. At eCloudBuzz, we also use Genesis Framework.
I assure you that you will going to see a significant increase in speed of your blog after installing Genesis Framework.
3. Install An Efficient WordPress Caching Plugin
Installing a WordPress caching plugin is also highly recommended to improve page loading speed. This blog is using WP Fastest Cache for caching static HTML files. By using a good caching plugin, we can easily reduce the RAM and CPU usage of server. There are two more caching plugins available including WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. Below is the image which shows what basic caching plugin does for a WordPress site.
Also one of the main benefit of installing this plugin is Gzip compression. Gzip compression reduces the size of files sent from server so that page loads faster for the visitor.
4. Optimize WordPress Database
Speed of any WordPress blog or site is also determined by how well the WP-Database of that site is maintained. A fragmented WordPress database can negatively impact loading speed of page. So to optimize the database of your blog, just install a plugin called WP-Optimize.
This WordPress plugin easily optimize database tables with in a click. It also clear post revisions, , remove trackback and more.
I optimize my blog’s database two-times in a week.
5. Compress Images
If you are not optimizing the images uploaded on your website than it can significantly impact site loading speed. To optimize the images, you should compress the image with compromising its quality. How will you do this task? There are two WordPress plugin which can do this task for you. WP Smush.it and EWWW Image Optimizer are the plugin which can do the tedious task of compression the images.
You have to install only one WordPress plugin among these.
6. Install Only Required Plugins
It is highly recommended to install only that plugin which are needed. Don’t install the WordPress plugin for the sake of testing it & leave as it installed. More active plugin will take more resources of server thus slowing down your blog’s speed.
So go and make a check on your blog. Remove all those unneeded plugin out of your blog and leave your site lighter.
7. Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Content Deliver Network plays a major role to speed up any WordPress blog. This blog is using CloudFlare as content delivery network. Without a CDN, if your website is hosted in Washington, will load slow for the visitors from Australia. As Australian visitors’ web browser will send request directly to server in Washington, which will take time.
But by using a CDN, your website content will be distributed across different Geographical area strategically. So that website will load faster for all users across globe.
But to make CloudFlare work efficiently with your site, you have set up CloudFlare with WordPress site properly. There are some best free CDN Services are available. You should opt for them.
8. Optimize The Homepage
Homepage is main page which your site readers first lands on. So you have optimize the homepage for speed. Below are the points which you should apply while building the homepage.
- Keep the use of widgets on homepage as low as possible. Widgets can significantly slow down any website.
- Show post excerpts
- Don’t show social sharing icons on homepage.
Keep homepage as simple as possible.
9. Other Tips
- Lazy load images
- Add expiration to static items by adding this piece of code below:
ExpiresByType image/gif A604800
ExpiresByType image/png A604800
ExpiresByType image/jpg A604800
ExpiresByType image/jpeg A604800
- Disable hotlinking of images
- Turn-off pingbacks and trackbacks
- Keep all WordPress plugin and site updated
Conclusion: Are You Ready To Speed Up WordPress Blog
I have listed all the tips which I have used to speed up my WordPress blog. Most of these techniques do not require you to have a deep understanding about that. You just need to implement them as stated above.
If you know any other technique to improve the loading speed, let me know about that in comment section. Don’t forget to give your response after implementing these tips.