We have previously looked at a few ways you can improve page load time. You have a wide variety of options to optimize the performance of your website, but sometimes these depend on the content management system you use. With the enormous popularity of WordPress, it makes sense to dig a little deeper to uncover some CMS-specific tips to push your site even harder.
A large part of the appeal of WordPress is the range of free and relatively easily available plugins, and the diverse customizations and functionality that they provide. You can use plugins along with other free tools to increase the speed of your site and give visitors a smooth experience. The ultimate goal is to please users who are more likely to stick, and possibly have a higher position in Google rankings. Divide it into five steps:
1. Optimize Image Size
Images that are not optimized properly can negatively affect site performance. Compressing images is a simple way to speed up WordPress, as it has a direct impact on how quickly your site loads.
When you can customize images yourself using editing software, it takes time and effort. The good news is that with WordPress plugins, you have a number of free tools that make work a lot easier and provide additional benefits:
WP Smush is seen as a leader in image optimization plugins.
Imagining makes it easy to keep your images small, as it will automatically optimize them as soon as you upload them to your site. It has three different levels of compression to choose from, so you can decide how much quality is lost.
ShortPixel will update all your previous images, and any file types you have added to your site, resulting in the smallest size. This method has resulted in little or no loss in image quality.
Some useful tools for code optimization:
Autopoise offers you a range of various small customizations, including compressing CSS code and HTML, and customizing Google Fonts. Its API lets you customize the plugin to your liking.
3. Caching to reduce load time
WordPress retrieves database content each time it is viewed – a process that is a large contributor to overall loading time.
The caching plug-in enables you to create a static version of your site to make loading faster:
Cache Enabler can perform combinations with other plugins, such as AutoPetzyme above, to efficiently cache pages and store them on a server. Only distributing static pages avoids resource-hungry backend processes.
Comet Cache can be configured to your needs, and can cache each page. It identifies when cached pages should be shown to users, for example if the user is not logged in.
SimpleCache is a lightweight caching plugin, designed for non-technical users. It is easy to enable and disable to avoid complicating the process and includes minimal settings.
4. Clean Up Your Database
The larger your database, the longer it takes for the user to return. WordPress sites often have automatic backups that save unwanted items (such as drafts, spam, and deleted posts) with useful information in the database.
This means that you should regularly clear-out your database, either manually or with the help of handy plugins like these:
Optimize database after deleting modifications Automatically redundant posts, pages, and other items are removed.
WP-Optimize is a WordPress comprehensive WordPress database cleanup tool that can clean and optimize database tables without phpMyAdmin.
Advanced Database Cleaner is another option for cleaning up old revisions and drafts. It also has a premium version that has more advanced features for professional users.