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How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

If your website is slow, visitors will turn away in droves. They might even click the back button before your website loads.

Website performance will also influence your rankings in search engines. In addition to being ranked higher, many website owners report seeing an increase in search engine spider crawling after speeding up their design.

Today, I would like to share some quick tips on how you can decrease page loading times and optimize your website. If you follow these techniques and best practices, your website will load much quicker.

Before applying these techniques to your website, please check your website speed by using GTMetrix, WebPageTest, Pingdom or Google PageSpeed Insights.

My Initial Page Speed Results

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How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

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Pingdom

How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

Google PageSpeed Insights

How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

These Are The TIPS to Improve Speed Of Your WordPress Website

1. Choose the Right Hosting Plan

The first step in optimizing your website correctly is to choose the right hosting plan. Choose Hosting from Godaddy, Bluehost etc. Hosting companies are not always the cause. You may be with a great hosting company but see poor response times because your chosen hosting plan is underpowered. Customers using shared hosting plans, for example, are more likely to face slow loading times as hundreds of websites are hosted on the same server.

2. Use a Fast WordPress Theme

Never usse nulled theme. They have inbuilt scripts and those keep running automatically all the tieme and slow down your website by cusyomizing your CPU utilization.

3. Empty Your Trash

Trash can take up a lot of unnecessary room in your website’s database. The bigger the database, the longer it is to retrieve information from it.

By default, WordPress will automatically delete trash after thirty days. This can be reduced by modifying the wp-config.php file. For example, you could reduce this to seven days by adding the following:

define (‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 7);

You can completely disable the trash system by adding this to your wp-config.php file.

define (‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 0);

4. Reduce Post Revisions, Drafts, Spam, Pingbacks and Trackbacks

You can do this by adding the following code to your wp-config.php file:

define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 3 );
Alternatively, you can completely disable the post revision system by adding the code below to your wp-config.php file. From a blogger’s perspective, this is not an optimal set up as post revisions are very useful, However many website owners have taken this step to ensure their database runs more efficiently.

define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );

5. Compress Your WordPress Images

Compress Your WordPress Images by using some plugin like WP Smush.it or EWWW Image Optimizer. After installing this plugin go to media and click on Bulk Optimize. It will compress all the images uploaded in the media.

6. Choose Your Advertisements Wisely

Adding advertisements from third-party advertising networks can increase loading times due to the calls that are made to external servers. Even localized ad tracking scripts can hurt performance.

7. Consider Not Using Official Social Media Buttons & Widgets

Unfortunately, official sharing buttons from services such as Facebook and Twitter can increase loading times immensely due to the calls they make to external services. By simply changing to text links or locally stored social media images, you could save reduce your page size by up to one megabyte.

8. Enable Gzip Compression

Gzip compression allows a website page to be transferred to a browser at up to 70% of its original size. The browser will then decompress the page and display it to the user.

Use this plugin: Check and Enable GZIP compression

9. Minify and Combine CSS and Javascript

There are a number of WordPress plugins available that will minify your CSS and Javascript files. I recommend using either WP Minify or Better WordPress Minify.

10. Enable Browser Caching

You can enable browser caching by adding the following code to your .htaccess file:

## EXPIRES CACHING ##

ExpiresActive On
ExpiresByType image/jpg “access 1 year”
ExpiresByType image/jpeg “access 1 year”
ExpiresByType image/gif “access 1 year”
ExpiresByType image/png “access 1 year”
ExpiresByType text/css “access 1 month”
ExpiresByType text/html “access 1 month”
ExpiresByType application/pdf “access 1 month”
ExpiresByType text/x-javascript “access 1 month”
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash “access 1 month”
ExpiresByType image/x-icon “access 1 year”
ExpiresDefault “access 1 month”

## EXPIRES CACHING ##

11. Install a Cache Plugin

Caching your pages is one of the most effective ways of improving your page loading times, with many plugins promising an improvement of at least 10 times. Popular caching plugins include WP Fastest Cache, WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache. All three plugins are available free.

How To Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

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