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12 Easy Ways That Help To Boost WordPress Website Speed

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WordPress is a great platform when it comes to utilizing it for website development. It guarantees a great site development experience to the developers; however, one weakness it may suffer from is slow site loading speed. In lack of proper measures, your site could end up being a sluggish one. This cannot be accepted when you wish to make your permanent mark on the web with an outstanding website. 

In order to get that space, your website must offer an exceptional experience to the visitors, which is possible only with improved WordPress website speed. There are a number of practices that are used to boost the speed of websites and we are going to explain some of the most important ones that will help in boosting the site speed. Before we explain that, here is a para to explain why improved website speed is important? Boost WordPress Website Speed

Why is Site Speed Important?

There are a few seconds with the site owner to capture the attention of the visitors coming to any particular website. In these few seconds either the impression can be built or destroyed and you really cannot afford to go with the latter one. More to this, it has also been researched that a delay of 2 seconds in page loading speed could reduce the visitors’ satisfaction and will ultimately result in reduced clicks on the pages. Thus, if your website is taking too longer to upload, visitors may not like to stay and would probably leave the website. 

Tips to Speed up Your WordPress Website

As we have mentioned earlier, we are now going to explain different methods to speed up WordPress website, of course, with minimal efforts. The usages of these tips will easily boost the speed of the website if done carefully. Here comes the explanation on the tips: 

1. Choose a Good Web Host

It is very much essential to choose the right web hosting so that your website can have a considerable space over the server. There are a number of such companies that offer exclusive services for providing such benefits. However, the website owners need to spend a bit more on such services in order to get the exceptional assistance. Moreover, to save a few chunks of money, website owners generally do not opt for such services, which is nothing more than but harming your own website.

2. Choose Solid Framework/Theme

WordPress offers you a lot of such options and one exceptional is Twenty Fifteen “framework”. Its features include being a lightweight framework and quite speedy too. Moreover, there are other frameworks that come packed with a number of features; but they are not actually used and thus, slow down the speed of your website that is just not good for the reputation of the website. Thus, it is advised to invest in a theme or a framework that could add more to the website and not slow down the speed of the same.

3. Fix your 404 Errors

404 is known as ‘not found error’. It indicates that a given client was able to communicate with a given server; however, the server failed to deliver what was requested. 404 error is one of the most encountered errors found on the web. This may also happen with you and thus, we recommend to fix these errors during any web page is rendered. Fixing the 404 error will help to improve the website speed, which is the ultimate goal of developing the websites.    404 error

4. Optimize Your Site’s Database

The best way to optimize the site’s database is to make use of the plugins. With a little programming language experience, the job is easy to be done manually. Plugins such as WP-Optimize are exceptional to clean up the junk on WordPress website. Every new addition on your WordPress website adds more load to the servers and if you are not cleaning up the older mess, you probably end up having a huge WordPress junk that ultimately slows down the website. Hence, it is recommended to optimize your site’s database frequently.     WP-optimize

5. Optimize your Image

Images take the most of the website’s space and therefore, it is essential to optimize the images prior to using them on the website. Again plugins can be used to optimize the images and one such exceptional plugin built for the similar purpose is WP Smush.it. By simply installing the plugin over the website, considerable space can be created on the website. It is useful also as there is no need to keep your website full of junk and the images that take longer to load. 

6. Take care of your Page Size

Advertising your business’s achievement over a single web page is just not done when you are aiming to boost the website’s speed. Displaying a healthy content with a minimum page size is always going to maintain a reputable page speed. Thus, it is advised to keep the page size to the minimum. More to this, there is a prevailing trend of designing pages for mobiles and thus, it becomes more crucial to take care of the page size when designing for mobiles. Also, keep in the mind that websites that take more than 2-3 seconds load time are never going to retain the clients for longer. 

7. Enable Caching

When visitors come to visit any specific website, the browser needs to load a lot of information including logos, the CSS files, and other such resources. Because of this reason, a website generally takes the time to load. More to this, using browser cache will ensure that your browser remembers the items it has loaded earlier. Hence, it wouldn’t  take extra time to load them up again. There are plugins such as WP fastest Cache W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, etc. to do the job exceptionally for you.WP Super Cache

 8. Include LazyLoad to your Images

LazyLoad is the process with the effect of which only above the fold images load that means the images that are visible in the visitor’s browser window. Thus, when the visitor scrolls down, the images keep on loading, just before the visitors come across to view the same. This is not only effective in the sense that any specific page will load easily, it also saves the bandwidth for the users who are not wishing to scroll down to the end of the website. More to this, plugins are there to use for this specific purpose and one outstanding is jQuery Image Lazy Load plugin.

9. Use Content Delivery Network

As a distribution system that is used in different data centers across the internet, the CDN or Content Delivery Network is used. It is very much useful for the clients when they are visiting any particular website and they are served with the images and CSS files from the closest geographical server. The technique thus helps in reducing the load on servers, which aids in improved site speed.

10. Add Expire to Header and Statis Resource

An expiry with the header is a way to add a specific time for the near future so that browsers do not need to re-fetch any piece of static content that may include CSS file, JavaScript, images, etc. Adding the expires header thus helps to cut down the load time of the website significantly, which is essential when you are planning to boost the speed of your WordPress website. Following codes can be added to add expiry to the static files.

ExpiresActive On

ExpiresByType image/gif A2592000

ExpiresByType image/png A2592000

ExpiresByType image/jpg A2592000

ExpiresByType image/jpeg A2592000

11. Turn off Pingbacks  

It is the default WordPress setting by which any specific WordPress blog interacts with similar blogs having pingbacks and trackbacks. Every time any other blog mentions about your site, it notifies the same, as a result of which the data is updated on the post. Thus turning off the pingbacks is never going to destroy the backlinks but the lots of work that comes up as updates. Hence, it is requested to invest some time this way also to boost the speed of the website. 

12. Minimize the Number of HTTP Requests 

The number of HTTP requests that are made to your website can be reduced, which is effective also. HTTP requests are generated every time when someone visits your specific website to request the website’s files. It includes HTML, JS, as well as CSS files. In the case, if you have multiple files for different file types then a request will be sent for different file types. This will add a number of file requests to the server and ultimately excessive load. Hence, it is suggested to minimize the number of HTTP requests.

Conclusion

The speed of your website is an important aspect to take care of as it is one of the factors to bring success to the websites. Keep in mind all the above-mentioned points to help your WordPress website offer an excellent experience to the visitors, of course, with improved speed.

Author bio

Tom Hardy is a renowned WordPress website developer at Sparx IT Solutions and keeps on searching the innovative ways to improve the speed of websites. He also likes to share the researched knowledge with the audience through engaging blogs. 

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