When a person lands on your site for the first time, you only have a few seconds to capture their attention to convince them to hang around. If your site takes too long to load, most people are gone, lost before you even had a chance. Without taking the right precautions, WordPress site can be a slow/sluggish site. That’s not only a hassle for repeat visitors but will cause you to lose subscribers and customers. So making your WordPress site is really important. Here I am going to give you some tips on doing that.
1. Choose a good host
Your Web hosting company and hosting package have a huge impact on the speed of your website, among many other important performance-related things. I used to be sucked in by the allure of free or cheap hosting, but with the wisdom of hindsight, I’ve learned that hosting isn’t an area to skimp on.
If you want your website to run quickly, start with a good hosting company and package.
2. Use The Best Caching Plugin
- Minimize the number of HTTP requests
- Replace PHP With Static HTML
- Browser Caching
- Use Lazy Load For Text, Videos & Images
3. Start with a solid framework/theme
Not all WordPress themes are created equally. Some themes are well coded and really fast. but others are not the same way. So you have to choose your theme wisely. Use a tool to determine the speed before using it. Google Page speed is one of the easiest way to check the loading time of a web site.
4. Use a Content Delivery Network
5. Diagnose Your Plugins
P3 is a great plugin to diagnose your plugins because it shows you the impact of your other plugins on page-loading time. This makes it easy to spot any plugins that are slowing down your website’s loading time. So you can either remove or disable them or replace them with a light weight plugins.
6. Use Compression
Gzip works similar to a zip file in your computer. It compress your web site exactly the same way but with your Web page files. So it can easily transferred to the visitor.
7. Use Images Wisely
Images take up the majority of bandwidth on most websites. WP Smush.it is another great plugin that automatically compresses images as you upload them to the media library. All compression is “lossless,” meaning that you won’t notice any difference in the quality of images.
8. Turn off Pingbacks and Trackbacks
While sometimes interesting, Pingbacks and trackbacks can be a effect on page speed and are usually better turned off. You can turn them off under the “Discussion” tab in “Settings.” Pingbacks and trackbacks are methods used by WordPress to alert other blogs that your posts link to.
These are some of my tricks. But you can suggest your tips and tricks to make WordPress better and faster. Please comment below.