Your site speed should be a priority as slow sites can make a big impact on your visitors. Google announced in 2010 how website speed would begin having an impact on search ranking.
What can cause speed problems and how do you fix them? In this post, I will be covering 10 ways to speed up your WordPress websites in 2015
10 Ways To Double Website Speed Today
1. Compress Your Website
Compression allows your web server to provide smaller file sizes that load faster for your website users. Gzip works the same as when you compress a file on your computer as a zip file.
The Gzip Plugin allows your WordPress blog to output pages compressed in gzip files and increase your website speed.
Installing this plugin is quick and easy:
- Download the WordPress Gzip Compression plugin.
- Extract the ZIP archive on your computer to get the
- Upload the
ezgzfolder to your
- Activate the plugin on your ‘Plugins’ page in the WordPress dashboard.
2. Compress Images
Reduce the file size of your images so that they don’t take up as much space on you site. The WP Smush.It plugin will help reduce the bandwidth of your website.
The free version of this plugin let’s you compress images up to 1 MB in size The pro version Smush let’s images up to 5MB in size.
Smush.It is an online size service from Yahoo which helps you to compress your images with out degrading the size.
3. Identify Plugins That Are Slowly You Down
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) is a free tool aim to identify plugins that are slowing down your site. P3 allows you to find out which of the plugins are causing problems take action and increase drastically your website speed.
4. Clean Up The Database
WordPress automatically saves everything from comments, to saving drafts, to deleted post. The disadvantage of WordPress saving everything is your database will be filled with clutter.
WP Optimize is a simple but effective plugin that allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it with out doing manual queries.
- Optimize Database
- Removes spam and un-approved comments
- Can remove all Trackbacks and Pingbacks
- Can remove transient options
- Can keep x weeks data during clean up
5. Turn Off Pingbacks And Trackbacks
Another way to speed up WordPress speed is by turning off ping backs and trackbacks. You can turn them off under the “Discussion” tab under “Settings.”
6. Optimize Your Images
Images are the main cause of many websites running slow. By optimizing your images it will dramatically increase your website speed.
Hammy is a great free plugin that resized the content area depending on content width.
7. Enable Caching
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance and reducing the download time.
8. Choose A Good Theme
Speed and performance are vital for user experience and SEO. Make sure to choose a theme that is extremely fast and well coded. This will ensure a friendly user site for your consumers and higher conversions.
9. Minimize The Number Of HTTP Request
Speed up your pages by reducing the number of HTTP request. Combining files are a great way to reduce the number of HTTP request.
GTmetrix is a free tool that analyzes your page’s speed performance.
10. Choose A Good Host
Simply finding the best WordPress hosting is hard. There are hundreds of thousands of web hosting companies out there. When creating a successful website, the first thing you need is a good reliable web hosting provider.
The advantages of choosing the right web hosting are:
- Customer Service
- Control Of The Data and Content
- SEO Friendly Pages
Speed loading time is obviously an important part of any website’s user experience. For any successful business to increase their revenue needs to focus on the speed of the site. Please join my newsletter to receive free marketing tips and tricks.
Great list of tools. I will be bookmarking this page and referring back to it as I need to implement on my blog. Thanks for sharing.
Have a Great Day.
I use Wordpress Hosting at A2 Hosting and they already optimized for other factors. So, I just need to optimize the images on my website and I do it with a plugin called EWWW Image Optimizer.
It will automatically find and optimize images on your library, with simple click. If you have not use it before, give it a try.