How to speed up WordPress surely is a hot topic these days. Fortunately, there are numerous techniques that you can employ to get the job done. So, our intent here is to list every trick we know of that can make your WordPress site a lot faster.
Choose a Better Web Hosting Provider
The major factor that influences the speed of a website is the hosting of your WordPress website. It might seem like a good idea to host your new website on a shared hosting provider that offers “unlimited” bandwidth, space, emails, domains and more. However, the point that we usually miss out on regarding this offer is that shared hosting environments fail to deliver good loading times on peak traffic hours, and most fail to provide 99 percent uptime in any given month.
Shared hosting tends to deliver a poorer performance because you are sharing the same server space with countless other websites, and there is no telling how much resources others are using. Plus, you don’t know exactly how well the servers are optimized.
Use Advanced Caching Mechanisms
You can find full information about caching in the following article:
Enable GZIP Compression
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.
You can use either a plugin like the PageSpeed Ninja, which enables GZIP compression, or add the following codes in your .htaccess file.
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 your WordPress.
Before you upload your next photo, logo, or image to your media library, think about the quality and file size of the image. You don’t want to make the mistake of uploading enormous files. Your customers won’t wait around for that picture to load and leave your site. The secret just properly save all your images for web, before uploading.
Photoshop Save for Web
The Photoshop “Save for Web” tool is a simple and easy way to prepare your JPEG files for the web, helping with the trade-off between file size and image quality. In Photoshop editor File > Save for Web.
ImageOptim + JPEGmini
If you want to super-optimize your images the combination of these two tools is killer:
- ImageOptim is a free app that makes images take up less disk space and load faster, without sacrificing quality.
- JPEGmini reduces image size by up to 80% without compromising quality.
Optimize the Adaptive Images
Once your images have been uploaded to your server you can further optimize them thanks to the use of specific image plugins like ShortPixel or the free EWWW Image Optimizer. Before optimizing the images please visit your pages with a desktop computer and a mobile device thus to generate different formats of the Adaptive Images. Otherwise, wait a few days of traffic.