How to improve the speed of the word press website?

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In this busy world, no one has time to wait for a website to load, so that 40-45 % of people leave your site and move to another site. WordPress is the most favorite CMS framework nowadays and of course my favorite one but it has some drawbacks such as speed issues. It’s due to third-party plugins that we are using on the WordPress website.

In this article, I am going to show you how to drastically improve the speed of your WordPress website. So Let’s discuss step by step.

  1. Go to the Google PageSpeed Insights.

How to improve the speed of the word press website

2. Enter the URL and click “Analyze”. You will see the results with suggestions.

How to improve the speed of the word press website

Perfect!. 91/100. However, if your site is not fully optimized you will see the below results.

How to improve the speed of the word press website

Those are the suggestions from Google to improve the site speed along with the explanations of how to fix. Let’s see how to fix those issues using free WordPress plugins.

1. Use a Great Caching Plugin W3 Total Cache:

Go to Plugins -> Add New-> Search for W3 Total Cache.

Install and activate the plugin. This plugin used to minify JavaScript, CSS & Leverage browser caching. 

After successfully activated the plugin. Go to dashboard and hover over performance. Click General Setting. Remember one thing, You should backup of your website and database before enabling minify CSS & javascript because sometimes it does conflict the CSS files. 

If you’ve got static images, CSS and Javascript on your website that rarely change, browser-side caching can help make your site snappier.

Caching involves storing parts of your site so they only need to be loaded once instead of every time a user visits your site. Caching is especially helpful for your return visitors, as well as others who visit several pages of your site.

W3 Total Cache is a popular caching plugin for WordPress used by sites like Mashable(their CTO created W3TC), Smashing MagazineWeb Designer Depotand WPBeginner. The plugin promises a 10 times improvement in overall site performance when fully (and properly) configured.

WP Super Cache is a more user-friendly alternative and you don’t need to be a server expert to set it up.

Compress Images

Images are usually the largest files on a site so if they aren’t compressed they can take ages to load.

Luckily there are some great tools out there to help you compress your files.

WP Smush.it, now managed and supported by WPMU DEV, automatically strips meta data from JPEGs and removes unused colors from indexed images.

Tiny PNG is another great tool, which allows also strips un-used colors for lossy compressions.

If you use a lot of images on your site, you might want to implement lazy loading. The Lazy Load plugin allows you to only load images above the fold when a new visitor arrives at your site. Images load once a user starts scrolling down the page. This technique not only speeds up page load times, but also saves bandwidth for users who don’t scroll all the way to the bottom of your pages.

Minify HTML, CSS and Javascript

In other words, remove all white space from code where possible.

While spaces and tabs make code more readable for humans, servers and browsers couldn’t care less as long as it’s valid and executes without error.

Rather than manually sift through your code with a fine tooth comb, plugin’s like WP Minify and W3 Total Cache can handle this at runtime.

Cut Down on HTTP Requests

Every time someone visits a page on your site, the corresponding files must be sent to that person’s browser, including images, CSS files andJavascript library references. So if you have a HTML file, two CSS files, five Javascript files and eight images, that’s a total of 16 files that need to be loaded.

By reducing the number of objects in your site’s pages, you can minimize the number of HTTP requests that are required to render a page, speeding up load times.

One way to do this is by simplifying the design of your site, and combining files such as scripts and CSS. The minify section in W3 Total Cache allows you to add your CSS and Javascript files so you can easily combine them into one file.

Optimize Database Tables

Optimizing your database tables is like defragging your computer or changing the oil in your car – it will help free up space and keep your database running smoothly.

You can optimize your database tables manually using phpMyAdmin or with a plugin.

WP-DBManager allows you to optimize, repair, backup and restore your database.

There’s also WP-Optimize, another database cleanup and optimization tool. This plugin also lets you remove post revisions, comments in the spam queue, un-approved comments and items in trash.

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This is a quick round-up of simple measures you can put in place to speed up your pages.

Optimizing your site can make a big difference in site speed, encouraging them to stick around and engage with your content.

These tips shouldn’t take very long to put in place and for the effort you put in you’ll get a speedier site and happier visitors.

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