5 Things You Should Immediately Do To Improve WordPress Site Performance by 61%

Improve wordpress site performance

WordPress is best CMS but if you don’t perform certain task like regular maintenance of website or don’t use correct themes as per your website subject then your website will get slow down and nobody likes slow websites. Website speed is an important factor from user’s perspective. So webmasters needs to improve WordPress site performance to make sure that site loads at faster rate in Mobile as well as desktop.

Many researches have been conducted over speed of website for example Akamai study says :

Findings indicate 47 percent of consumers expect an eCommerce page to load in two seconds or less; site performance is a key factor in a consumer’s loyalty to an eCommerce site

Even Google published in their blog that website speed will be consider as one of ranking factors while ranking websites . So if your site takes too much time to load, your website ranking will go down and you will lose visitors.

Before we look into  how to improve WordPress site performance , you should run speed test on your websites . You can use  below  resources to run test.

Google PageSpeed Insights :- PageSpeed Insights analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster.

Webpage Test :- Shows a waterfall view of your pages load performance plus an optimization checklist.

In Webmaster Tools, Labs > Site Performance shows the speed of your website as experienced by users around the world as in the chart below.

Pingdom Website Speed Test :- Website Speed Test to help you analyze the load speed of your websites and learn how to make them faster. It lets you identify what about a web page is fast, slow, too big, what best practices you’re not following, and so on. We have tried to make it useful both to experts and novices alike.

Yslow Browser Extension :- A free tool from Yahoo! that suggests ways to improve website speed.

Website Optimization :- Website test  calculates page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time. The script incorporates the latest best practices from Website Optimization Secrets, web page size guidelines and trends, and web site optimization techniques into its recommendations.

Let’s Improve WordPress Site Performance

1. Caching

WordPress caching is one of the best way to speed up your Website. Best Caching plugins are available for free which can do this task easily, they will cache your posts/pages as static files and served them to users. That way it will reduce database calls, processing load on servers and able to handle large volume of traffic. We often get confused which cache plugins should we use, we will tell you some best cache plugins according to their quality of work . If you choose good cache plugin for your website it will optimize JavaScript and CSS file by minifying and compressing them and boost up loadingtime for website.

Five Powerful Cache Plugin

  1. WP fastest Cache 
  2. W3 Total Cache 
  3. WP Super Cache 
  4. Quick Cache
  5. Hyper Cache
2. Images

Images are vital part of every blog, if you use catchy image for your posts/pages, more likely visitors want to read posts. But when we talk about website performance, size of image  matters. If you use high resolution images having size greater than 800X600 px, your website loading time will increase and it has been researched that visitors don’t  want to wait more that 3 or 4 seconds to load website. So here are some important plugins which will reduce image size by compression while uploading without degrading the quality of image on website and increase your site performance so that you upset your visitors :)

Five Powerful Image Compression Plugins

  1. EWWW Image Optimizer 
  2. Lazy Load 
  3. WP Smush.it 
  4. SEO Friendly Images
  5. Hammy 

Note : Make sure while before uploading image you should change dimension of image and try to make it less than 800X600px whenever possible . It will help to load page faster.

3.  Clean Up Your Website

Every website needs maintenance in order to work efficiently and give better browsing experience to visitors,  here are few tips for maintenance of your website .

  1. Always use updated version of WordPress and plugins, you can use any number of plugins but it’s not good for site optimization. Remove unnecessary plugins and use as much as required for your website.

Note : Find out which plugins are impacting on site loading time by installing P3(Plugin Performance Profiler ) plugin. This plugins helps users to run scan on their own site to identify which plugin are causing the issues. If you don’t know how to use this plugin then Click Here

Also Check out – How to Install Plugin in WordPress.

  1. Remove spam comments, bots crawls website and posts spammy links to get benefit from SEO that will increase database size and increase loading time of website . If you don’t feel that your website requires comments then disable it otherwise use Akismet plugin to protect website from spams.
  1. Fix broken links in your website, broken links in your website might take down your page rank. There is plugin called Broken Link Checker which will help you to fix all broken links in your website.
  1. Remove post drafts, revisions, unapproved comments, trash posts, unused tables, trackback of posts/comments . You can all these tasks by using a single plugin WP-Optimize.
  1. Backup your database before performing any critical task on database . WP-DB Manager will help you to backup , repair and restore database.
  1. Secure your WordPress site from Hackers , Malware and Viruses . Use best security plugins by checking out this article 13 best Security Plugin for WordPress.
  1. Remove unnecessary widgets from home page and do not display full post on home page show excepts from post and don’t show more than 5 or 6 six post on single page .You can use Evermore plugin to show excepts on page .
4. Minify  CSS and Javascript

JavaScript and CSS might add dynamic content to website and improve your website appearance. But at the same time it will increase weight of page that will slow down your website. Every time you installed plugin, it will add its own JavaScript and CSS files to put plugin functionality into effect. So suppose you are using 10 plugins in your site, at the time of loading your website browser needs to download all  10 CSS and 10 JavaScript files from server pointed by different plugins,  it will increase number of HTTP request needs to make to server.

Minify means removing white spaces from your JavaScript and CSS files and reduce file size so that it will take less time to download. Combining all CSS and JavaScript files into one reduces the number of request needs to make to server while loading site .That way site will load faster.

Three Powerful Plugin to Minify JavaScript and CSS

  1. Better WordPress Minify
  2. WP Minify Fix 
  3. Asseets Minify 


5. Selection of WordPress Theme

There are several WordPress themes which looks beautiful, but when we talk about speed it’s not just looks that matters but how well this theme has been built or coded that also matters. Lots of unorganized coding and graphics in theme may slow down your website. So keep in mind, whenever you want to choose high functionality themes make sure it is well coded that way it will decrease loading time as well as reduce use of plugins.

If you want to start a website in which only writing involves ,graphics does not play too much roles I would suggest with little bit of customization you can use free WordPress delivered themes like  Twenty Fourteen , Twenty Twelve  etc , these themes load faster.

I recommend Genesis or Thesis frame work themes if you want to go with quality themes.

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Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes about softwares, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides. He is the founder of Techmazic.com.

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  1. Thanks for sharing awesome tips to increase speed . My website really needs an immediate maintenance . Going to act upon your advise immediately.

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