5 Important Steps to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

SEO is the key for a successful website and a successful business, and speed is one of the key factors for a better SEO score. That is why you need to speed up your WordPress website.

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In this post, I will briefly mention 5 important steps to speed up your WordPress website. Doing more digging and studying further is up to you. I am just showing you the way.

1- Use a Caching Plugin

WP Super Cache generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress website. After an HTML file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. When it is installed, HTML files are generated and they are served without ever invoking a single line of PHP.

W3 Total Cache is more like an all-in-one solution. This plugin not only offers caching but also offers other performance improvement measures like transparent CDN management, minification, browser caching, non-blocking javascript embedding etc.

You can google for other caching plugins.

2- Compress Images

Loading of images is always a problem for website performance. Luckily we have compression plugins for WordPress.

WP Smush it and EWWW image optimizer are some nice plugins to compress your images so that they load faster.

3- Image Lazy Loading

Use Lazy Loading for images so that your pages load faster. Lazy loading is about loading images only when they are in the visible area of the browser. If an image is not in the visible area of the browser it is not loaded. When a visitor scrolls down to put the image inside the visible are only then the image is loaded. Lazy loading can make a big difference for sites with lots of images. Check out Images Lazy Load and Slideshow, Unveil Lazy Load plugins.

4- Use a CDN

Using a CDN for serving your content can greatly reduce the loading time of your website since CDN will serve the static content of your website from the closest location to the location of the request. You can check CloudFlare out for a nice CDN solution. They have a free plan. You can google for more CDN solutions. There is also Google Page Speed Service solution but unfortunately it is currently closed for new registrations.

5- Keep your foundation solid

  • Choose a good host with a good uptime and strong servers to serve your site better.
  • Pick a good/fast theme/framework that is optimized for performance.

In this post, I wanted to provide you with a quick start about improving the performance of your WordPress website. Please keep studying and digging on the subject to learn more about performance improvements. Don’t forget, there are other things you can do to further improve the performance of your WordPress website.

Hope this helps.
Good Luck,
Serdar

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