If you are worried about your website performance and interested to speed up WordPress site so here are some easy tips that you can instantly follow to improve your website speed.
Website speed and performance directly link with web ranking as the search engine crawlers like Googlebot always give priority to fast loading sites.
If you are a blogger, website owner, entrepreneur or running a small business website and don’t know much about technology then you can blindly follow my tips as I am sharing simple and super easy ways that you can follow to speed up WordPress site and in the end of this article you can confidently check website performance.
So, this is my promise to you…
Before going into the details, I want to give you a brief overview about my website.
Best idea is to show you the current performance of my website.
Have a look at Dillenium website performance image:
You can easily analyze the website analytics in above image to check website performance.
So according to the results, these are the major metrics that create the impact on website speed. Like;
- Page speed score | Average score is 70%
- YSlow score | Average is 68%
- Fully loaded time | web loaded average time is less than 7 seconds
- Total Page Size | average shows 2.79 MB
- Requests | No. of requests not more than 92
If you want to see the good results then make sure everything needs to be GREEN.
According to the above score, my page speed score is around 93% which is good but YSlow is showing satisfactory figure which is not good. Later, in this article, I will tell you why is it low. Fully loaded time is good, the Total page size is also fine and requests are Ok.
Overall the performance is good 🙂 but still need to do some tweaks to make it more near to 100%
On the basis of above information, now you know what are the main points related to website performance that we need to address to speed up WordPress site.
Now time to start with your website.
1) Check Website Performance
Analyze Current Website Speed
It’s recommended to know about your current website so it would be better for you to deal with the problem according to the results.
To check your existing or real-time website speed first go to the website GTMetrics
Add your website URL and Test it.
The results will show you the points that need to tackle website speed.
If your website results are showing bad score then follow below Points to make adjustments.
2) Investigate Hosting Plan or Hosting Server Details
As I mentioned earlier that I will not go to sound techy in this article so I suggest you to talk with your hosting service and show them the result.
You can easily do this just by going Live chat – Technical support option.
If your host doesn’t support you in this matter then be ready to change your host or might be you can migrate your site to some good hosting services. As it’s a high time to address this issue now otherwise you will work hard and you will not get required results that you want so better to invest with some good, trusted and high reputed hosting service provider.
Alternatively, you can talk with your hosting services and ask them to give you some options to improve the score from hosting site. Good hosting provider always helps their customers and support them as per their queries.
Might be they ask you to improve your hosting package. If it is like that then make sure about below points.
- Https is intact with your website.
- Your website has unlimited storage
- Do you have unlimited bandwidth
These are the general points that basically creates a strong foundation for a high-performance website.
3) Investigate WordPress Theme
Now, next move is to look around your WordPress theme. Be remember, if your WordPress theme is poorly coded, non-professional and have bugs then you will not be able to improve your website speed until or unless you are using a good host.
Professional, error-free, highly optimized, responsive, SEO-friendly and customizable WordPress theme can make a miracle to improve your website speed and also create the good user experience in long terms.
So, make sure what are you using and how can you fix this.
4) Compress and Optimize Website Images
Image optimization is important as it takes bytes that can increase your website page size. The page size is directly proportional to page load time. If page size increases then page load time also increase and a good highly speed up WordPress site always takes low time to load and takes fewer bytes.
Now how can you do this…
As a normal practice, I always optimize my images before upload. For this, I use Tinypng as it’s a good website and easily optimize images just in few seconds.
This little effort can make a big difference in your site speed and will improve the page load time.
5) Speed up WordPress Site With Cache Plugin
The effective caching plugin basically helps to reduce website load time. If your website taking a long time to appear on browser then you must need a good caching plugin. WordPress has different options of good cache plugin that can tremendously improve your website load time.
Here are some good options for your to install cache plugin in your WordPress site:
You can use anyone from above list but I am personally in love with WP Fastest Cache as I feel it has better performance as compared to other ones.
Here is the configuration and setup guide for you. You can watch
You can watch a video tutorial to get a quick look to install and configure it with your settings.
6) Optimize WordPress Database
Yes, databased optimization is quite important to make cleanup from inside and this job can be done through WP optimize plugin. It will trash out all the unnecessary data that only take space in your file system. I personally use it so recommend you to add this.
Note: You can take the backup before applying optimize database settings.
7) Avoid Badly Coded Plugin
Yes, this is important to keep an eye when you install a plugin on your WordPress site. Activated plugins always create an impact on your website performance. So keep a check on this.
Many of my customers ask me that how can we find which one is good or bad and how can test the plugin performance like it’s coded according to standards or not.
Well, here is the simple reply to them:
- Whenever you install plugin check their ratings and reviews. It will ensure your trust on that plugin
- Check the plugin last updates
- After installation, if you feel your website is getting slow then check it again by disabling the plugin
- You can also check your website performance at GTMetrics if you feel it’s getting down after plugin activation.
Many of the plugins on the internet are not optimized so it performs the function but it badly hurt the website performance. Better to disable theme.
8) Avoid Longer Pages
This tips might be in the superstitious category 🙂 as I feel but I can’t ignore it. Longer pages basically take more bytes and also take longer response time as
The reason is the longer pages basically take more bytes and also take longer response time as compared to small pages. If you have content that needs to be in one place than you can create pagination to make it separate.
For example, if you are using slider, images, content, forms, pop-ups, and notifications as well then your page size will increase so we need to make a check on all these things to avoid any hurdle in page speed.
Best practice is to play with your pages with different content and optimized images. Avoid unnecessary images, extra style sheets or related things that make your page bulky.
9) Replace Indirect Videos With Links or Images
I recently explore this tip as the videos take more space on your website even if you embed youtube video frame. So the best idea is to use a link or add video thumbnails images with the link to avoid any effect on your WordPress site speed.
It’s a simple tip that you can use. If somebody knows how to optimize Youtube videos embed code then please share as I badly looking into this.
I am also running my Youtube channel so need to place videos on my blog post but it slows down the page performance.
10) Use CDN – Content Delivery Network
By using CDN – Content delivery network, you can improve your website speed due to access files from a nearby server. Let’s understand this with an example, You took hosting from Canada so the server location might be in Canada & US but somebody accessing your site from Australia then it might take a longer time to load the website. CDN makes it easy as their server located worldwide at a different location. Let say, if the person access from Australia then it will be diverted to nearby server so the website response time will become high.
As I mentioned above, when I shared my website score that why my website shows low YSlow score the reason is I am not using CDN at the moment. I will surely use it in next few months.
If you are a serious blogger or running websites then properly check website performance in a periodic manner also apply relevant techniques to speed up WordPress site or any other site otherwise you will lose your target traffic that’s waiting for you.
Thank you so much for reading this article!
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