It’s almost there to complete 1 year of our blog. And in this article I will talk about some of the tips to speed up a WordPress website. I am writing it completely from my own experience. It will be a tutorial particularly for WordPress, but some are applicable for any.
Even if a website got a good amount of articles with quality, speed is a factor which affects its impression. So there is a need to optimize all possible factors affecting the speed. First of all use GTmetrix Website to know your current speed. Check it again after the optimization.
1. Web Host
The first and the most important factor is the website host. I recommend you to go for a paid host and not a free one. Our blog was on a free host for many months. Trust me, it was a terrible experience while using a free host. It affects not only the website speed but also the uptime.
A free host may come with unlimited space & bandwidth, but that’s not all. CPU & Memory usage limits are important facts, which may not be good on free hosts. Still there are some free hosts which may be considered, like Hostinger. Simply the point is, you need to be having a good web host.
Now to speed up a little bit consider CloudFlare CDN. A free content delivery network with multiple benefits. Its optimization makes Web pages with ad servers and third-party widgets load snappy on both mobile and computers.
2. Theme Selection
What is the importance of themes? You should select the theme for your Website carefully. Well, it should be pretty enough but it should be light too. Light means, a simple and minimal theme with lesser widgets and fancy stuff.
Sometimes ads became a factor which affects the speed, so it will be better to reduce no.of ads per page. Do not place widgets unnecessarily also reduce the no. of website trackers. You may not know that even Google Analytics makes your website little bit slower.
3. Image Optimization
It is important as well as easy to do. Image optimization is possible via a manual method or using WordPress plugins. There are plenty of WordPress Plugins to optimize your uploading images. You may manually optimize the image by reducing its resolution and pixels. Doing it for each image you upload is a pain for sure.
Here I will tell you about two WordPress plugins that I recommend for image optimization. I use both plugins for this blog.
WordPress Plugin: Imsanity (Free)
This plugin helps a lot by reducing our job to resize each image we upload. Using this plugin, we may fix the max width/height of the image in the media library. When we upload a larger image, the plugin automatically reduces its resolution and replaces with the original image. But do take care of the resolution you set because there is no undo function!
There is an optional function to convert BMP and PNG image to JPG format. The resulting image quality can also be changed.
WordPress Plugin: EWWW Image Optimizer (Free)
It is a plugin which efficiently reduces image size without compromising the quality much. It automatically optimizes an image while we upload it. The images that we uploaded earlier can also be optimized. There is a Cloud Optimization function which is a paid feature.There are more optional functions, like conversion.
By optimizing image size, the page loads faster due to the lesser size to load. The backup process becomes faster too, because of the smaller size. Lesser bandwidth usage also.
4. Lazy Load
It is a method by which you Website not only become faster but also saves the bandwidth. It is a mechanism by which the images in a page loads only when we approach it by scrolling. It means images will not be loaded unnecessarily which reduces the page size hence makes loading faster.
WordPress Plugin: BJ Lazy Load (Free)
Try these 4 steps and I guarantee you, there will be a noticeable Website speed change. By using GTmetrix Website, you may know the difference. This site can also be used to know what are the things you need to improve with your website to make it faster.
Thank you! for reading this article. I hope that it helped you a bit. If you have any comments or queries, leave it in the comment section below 🙂 Peace.