WordPress is a very popular platform for blogging. Most bloggers nowadays use WordPress for professional blogging. The aesthetic design and SEO of the site is just as important as the WordPress-based site to bring good traffic, as well as the loading speed of the site to attract visitors. Because when a visitor first visits your site, it is very important to get his attention within a few seconds or the visitor will not stay on your site for a long time and will bounce to another site. Not only the bounce of the visitors of the site but also the page load speed of the site is very important in the case of Google search ranking. So if you are not aware of the loading speed of the site today, you will lose visitors as well as the long-term benefits of the site’s SEO.
Here are 10 simple tricks you can follow to greatly increase the speed of your WordPress site:
1. Choosing a good host: Choosing a good host for a WordPress site is very important. Many people use shared hosting for their WordPress site, which results in more traffic to the site due to limited bandwidth. So shared hosting should be avoided to increase the speed of the site.
2. Choosing Solid Frameworks or Themes: You may be surprised to hear that the default themes in WordPress, especially in Twenty Ten or Twenty Eleven Frameworks, load the site a bit faster because they are light frameworks.
3. Use effective cache plugins: WordPress plugins work fairly well, but cache plugins work the most, especially the W3 Total Cache plugin, which works much better in reducing page load time. WP.org has many such free plugins that are very easy to use.
4. Using a Content Delivery Network or CDN: Content Delivery Network or CDN is a type of third party system that maintains the static files on the site which in most cases increases the loading time of the site pages.
5. Image Optimization: The larger the image size of the site, the lower the page loading speed. Yahoo has a site called Smush.it that reduces the size of the image while keeping the original quality of the image intact. There is also a free WordPress plugin called WP-SmushIt that automatically optimizes the image of the site.
6. Optimizing the homepage of the site: People usually land more on the home page, so it is very important to optimize the home page to reduce the loading speed of the site. There are several ways to optimize a home page
- Using Excerpt instead of showing the entire post on the home page.
- It is not advisable to have more than 5-6 posts on the home page.
- Don’t use unnecessary sharing widgets.
- Removing unnecessary plugins.
- Keep the homepage to a minimum because readers will come to read your blog, not thousands of wizards will come to your blog…
In general, a clean and focused homepage not only makes the blog look beautiful but also increases the loading speed of the site.
7. Optimizing WordPress Database: To my knowledge, the WP-Optimize plugin is very good for optimizing WordPress databases. Also the WP-DB Manager plugin works well. Basically this plugin keeps a date schedule to optimize the database.
8. Disabling Hotlinking and Leaching of Content: This problem usually arises when other sites link directly to your site through the image of their article and load the server. So if you regularly create custom images on your site, it is possible to greatly reduce the loading speed of the site.
9. Avoid excessive post drafts: When we write a post, we take a break in the middle of the writing or post-draft to give revision at the end of the writing. But if the post is published after the completion of writing, if it is in the draft, it reduces the loading speed of the site. In this case, the Revision Control plugin works well for post-draft control.
10. Adding LazyLoad to an image: LazyLoad is a process that loads the image of a post only when the visitor scrolls down the post or shows the first post while loading the site. The LazyLoad process basically does not load the images of all the posts at once so the loading speed of the site increases. You can use the jQuery Image Lazy Load plugin to do this automatically.
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