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How to improve your WordPress website speed

How to improve your WordPress website speed

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One of the hands-down most important factors you’ll be looking at when create your website is the speed. A sluggish website can be very annoying and hard to work with, both for you and your potential clientele.It’s also one of the first things users will complain about; no one wants to wait for twenty seconds just for a web page to load and feel like they’re still using dial-up. Fast loading pages improve user experience, increase your page views, and help with your WordPress SEO.
So below we present some of techniques that you can employ to speed Up your WordPress site.

1. ​A good host
Having a fast server is paramount to getting short loading speeds on your web pages. No matter what else you do, if the server cannot provide the adequate speed, you’ll be stuck with a sluggish website.A free host just isn’t going to cut it, unfortunately. If you want good speeds, you’re going to have to pay for it. The difference is enormous, as a paid host can have a response time up to twenty times shorter than a free one. This is a mistake that thousands of people have made in the past, so don’t be one of them. Also, when your web hosting server is not properly configured it can hurt your website speed.

2. The theme
Depending on the theme you choose, your website can be super-fast and responsive or agonizingly slow. The science behind it is simple: The more content there is on the page, the more your server will have to upload, and the more your user will have to download.

4. Minify JS and CSS files
If you run your website through Google PageSpeed Insights tool, you will probably be notified about minimizing the size of your CSS and JS files. What this means is that by reducing the number of CSS and JS calls and the size of those files, you can improve the site-loading speed.

CDN stands for content delivery network, and what it does is that it distributes your website to servers all across the globe. Without a CDN, only people from your region  will be able to access it with a good speed.
This is because the farther you are away from a server, the longer it takes for the signal to reach it and communicate with it. So if you care about having your website accessible at satisfactory speeds all over the world, a CDN is exactly what you need.

5. Caching
If you’ve been building websites for a while, you might have heard the term “cache” before. Cache is nothing more than a version of your website that is kept in a user’s browser, which helps them load your website more quickly the next time they visit it. The moment that you update your website, you can instruct it to load the new version instead of the cache, which then replaces the cached version for further visits.
Cache can significantly shorten loading times, from 2 seconds to just under  1 second. So if you truly care about speed, this is one of the best and cheapest ways to get it.

6. Reduce image size
Images are most likely the biggest thing your users will be loading on your website, and the larger they are the more time it will take for them to load. By reducing and optimizing images to be as small as possible without significantly losing quality, you can really reduce those loading times. So if your business doesn’t require you to have full HD versions of images on your website, do your website a favor and use a format that compresses the image files, or simply make them smaller.

7. Deactivate or uninstall plugins
Keeping unwanted plugins on your WordPress websites will add a tremendous amount of junk to your web files. Moreover, it will also increase the size of your backup and put an overwhelming amount of load on your server resources while backup files are being generated. It is better to get rid of the plugins that you don’t use, and also look for alternate methods to use third-party services for automating or scheduling tasks (like sharing of your latest posts to social media).

8. Cleanup WordPress database
Deleting unwanted data from your database will keep its size to a minimum and also helps in reducing the size of your backups. It is also necessary to delete spam comments, fake users, old drafts of your content and maybe even unwanted plugins as well as themes. All of this will reduce the size of your databases and web files, and thus speed up WordPress – your WordPress.

9. Instal Lazy Load
A LazyLoad plugin works by loading only the images that are currently visible within the user’s browser window, until they scroll down to the rest of the content. By not loading all the images right away, your web page will be available sooner, and your user will have no idea since they can’t see all the content at the same time anyway.

10. GZIP
Compressing files on your local computer can save a lot of disk space. Similarly, for the web, we can use GZIP compression. This maneuver will dramatically reduce the bandwidth usage and the time it takes to gain access to your website. GZIP compresses various files so that whenever a visitor tries to access your website; their browser will first have to unzip the website. This process brings down the bandwidth usage to a considerable extent.

The biggest advantage of lowering your website’s loading time is that it will help tremendously in improving the experience of your visitors. The case remains the same whether they are using mobile devices or PCs.  After all, reduced bandwidth usage of your hosting and faster site-loading speed on the client side will only benefit you both in the short as well as the long run.



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