If the WordPress website is slow, it results in lots of Traffic loss, poor search engine performance, and reduced sales. Page speed has a direct correlation with visitor retention, bounce rate, and revenues. So it is must that your WordPress website speed is good, to retain the potential audience.
Now, let’s explore how we can make speed up WordPress website performance. These tips are for both coders and non-coders, both can use them to improve website performance.
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Steps to Speed up WordPress
1. Optimize All Images
Images with large sizes always increase the image load time and slow down your website. Slow website speed forces the user to wait while the website to loads. To avoid waiting to load images, always use resized and compressed images for your WordPress website. Although WordPress lets you display smaller versions of the images you upload, the browsers still have to load the original image of large size.
You can use Photoshop to resize the image size. If you are searching for an open source software that can resize the image for you without degrading the quality of the image, you can use saerasoft’s Caesium – Image Compressor.
2. Use a Caching Plugin
A caching plugin can enhance the page speed of your website up to 300%. WP Total Cache and WP Super Cache are on of the most popular WordPress caching plugin. WP Super Cache lacks some of the features. So, if you ask me W3 Total Cache offers a powerful caching and optimization features that enhance page speed significantly.
3. Reduce HTTP Requests
Use of additional server for images and videos hosting reduces the load on your web server and hence the page is loaded more quickly.
4. Content Delivery Network (CDN)
The number of concurrent connections to a single domain is limited to the browsers. Most of the browsers permit four active connections so the fifth connection remains paused and it does not start until one of the previous connection has been fully retrieved. You might get confused as the resources retrieved are for the single domain and single domain can only have 4 active connection at a time but the concept is CDN files are hosted on a different domain. In fact more the CDN resource URL is there inside the header of the website, more the number of active connection increases for the single domain.
5. Plugin Performance Profiler (P3)
This is one of the great plugins that help you to measure the performance of the plugins used by you. You can measure about the plugins which are making an impact in slowing down your website. Most of the time, WordPress sites are loaded slowly because of misconfiguration of plugins. By using the P3 plugin, you can minimize the risk slowing down your website.
You can also remove the unwanted plugins that you do not use. This will really improve the website load speed.
6. Monitor For Malware
Malware can reduce the website load speed tremendously. Malware can be difficult to detect but keeping WordPress secure is a pretty simple task. People consider that WordPress website is least secure, but those are running some of the top WordPress CMS based websites think otherwise.
There are two plugins that I would recommend; WordFence & Sucuri. Both of these plugins are equally good and give you enterprise level security to your website. These plugins offer you some of the great tools that will make your website malware free and secure. It offers a tool that will scan your site automatically. Tools like Malware scan, FireWall (WAF) & Post Hack can fulfil all your needs.
If you still need improvement? Use Google PageSpeed Insights to see what you need to do for further improvement. And always listen to what Google recommends.
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