Easy Steps on How to Speed Up WordPress
Now that you know what is slowing down your WordPress website, let us look at ways you can make your WordPress website fast.
Making changes to your WordPress website configuration can be a scary thought for beginners, particularly if you aren’t a tech-geek.
But do not worry, you are not alone. Thousands of WordPress users have improved their page speed thanks to these simple steps.
Speed up your WordPress website with just a few clicks. Surprisingly, no coding is required – phew!
It’s even easy as ABC for beginners!
1. Choose a Good Host
The first and most important step when starting out is choosing a good host. For beginners, a shared host can seem like a good bargain. You may get unlimited page views, but suffer incredibly slow page speed and regular downtime especially during periods of high traffic.
Publishing popular stuff while running your WordPress website on shared hosting is asking for trouble.
Don’t be a victim of your site slowing down every time, try investing in better hosting.
Give managed WordPress hosting a try and reap the benefits of a fast WordPress site.
2. Install a WordPress Caching Plugin
WordPress pages are dynamic, meaning they are created on the fly when someone visits a page or post on your website. To create your pages, WordPress first runs a process aimed at finding and putting together all of the required information before displaying them to the user.
Lots of steps are involved in this process, and your website can really slow down if you have many people visiting your website at once.
To avoid the slow performance, you need to use a caching plugin on your WordPress site. Caching can make your website 2x to 5x faster.
Wondering how it works?
Instead of repeating the entire page generation procedure every time, caching copies the page and shares the cached version to all subsequent users.
Once a user visits your website which is made using PHP, information from your PHP files and MySQL database is retrieved on your server. All the information is then put together into HTML content and later served to the user. The process is quite long, but you can skip some steps if you use caching.
Multiple caching plugins are available for WordPress, you may try out the WP Super Cache plugin. Amazingly, it is easy to install and setup this plugin on your WordPress site and you will surely notice the difference.
Remember, if you are using a managed WordPress hosting provider, then a caching plugin won’t be necessary because they maintain it for you.
3. Optimise Images for Speed
Images lighten up your content which in turn helps boost engagement. Studies show that using coloured images or visuals makes users, 80% more likely to visit your page and read your content.
Avoid using non-optimised images, which could make things worse more than help improve the performance. In fact, images that are not optimised are one of the most commonly experienced page speed issues for beginners.
Before uploading a photo directly from your camera or phone, you may need to use photo editing software to ensure you optimise your images for the web.
Normally, photos can have large file sizes in their original formats. However, you can reduce your image size up to 5x depending on the compression and image file format you select in your editing software.
JPEG and PNG, are two of the best image formats you can use on your website.
What is the difference?
Well, JPEG image format is compressed. This file format slightly decreases image quality, but the image is considerably smaller in size.
PNG, on the other hand, is an uncompressed file format. When an image is compressed it loses some information, therefore an uncompressed image will have more detail and be higher in quality. The main disadvantage is that it is a huge file size; therefore it takes more time to load.
Now you may be wondering – which image format should I choose?
– If your image or photo has multiple colours, then use JPEG
– If you need a transparent photo or it is a simpler photo, then use PNG
Optimising images using popular editing tools like Photoshop is important to maintain the image quality and fasten the process of uploading images to your website.
On the other hand, you can also adjust Gravatar images. This improves page speed by removing crazy looking Gravatar logos that may slow down your WordPress site.
You can choose to completely disable the images for everyone, and throughout the site.
Your site speed can be improved by setting the default image to a blank space instead of a default image. Just go to Settings >> Discussion on the WordPress dashboard.
Lastly, you can add Lazy Loading to your images. Lazy Load only gets the images that are visible in the user’s browser window, and when readers scroll down, the other images start to load before they come into view.
This boosts page speed and saves bandwidth through loading fewer data. Surprisingly, Lazy Load can also be used for texts and videos too!
Just install a Lazy Load plugin and automatically add Lazy Load to your images.
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