5 Simple Ways to Speed up WordPress

speed up wordpress siteWith patience at an all-time low for internet browsers, a fast WordPress site is the first step to a successful blog. No matter how great your content, how captivating your photos galleries, or how witty your “about” page copy, if your site runs slow people will turn away before they make it through the virtual door. Fortunately, your WordPress site can easily be tweaked to run faster. Here are some tips for a speedy WordPress site.

Tip #1: Look at your Hosting

Most bloggers don’t need much bandwidth when they first start out and it is easy to opt for share hosting to save money. However, as your traffic grows and your website starts to see large influxes of visitors from social networking sites and more, you may need to consider upgrading to a host that offers faster and more reliable hosting. It may cost more, but the money is worth it because it will help you keep all your new visitors coming back for more great content on your blog.

Tip #2: Plugin the Cache

A cache is simply a place where something is stored. This can be a pile of nuts stored by a squirrel, or data from the internet stored on your computer. A cache plugin installed on your WordPress site will allow visitors’ computers to store information, such as the photo for a certain page, so that if they revisit that site, without clearing their cache, the photo will not have to be retrieved from your far away host and will therefore appear faster. A good cache plugin, W3 Total Cache, is often recommended and will greatly speed up your WordPress site.

Tip #3: Consider Lazy Loading

Lazy loading is when an image or other content will only load on a page when it is in view by the reader. For example, a photo on a blog post will load when it is on the reader’s screen, but all the photos that are further down will not load until the reader has scrolled down to where he or she can see them. There are plugins which will activate this feature on your WordPress site.

Tip #4: Trim the Front Page

Most visitors will enter your blog via the homepage making it important that this landing page runs fast and impeccably every time. One way to do this is by adjusting the WordPress settings to indicate you only want 5-7 posts to show up on the first page (or less depending on your preferences). While it is possible to have upwards of one hundred posts on your home page, it just isn’t necessary and will slow your site down.

Tip #5: Question your Theme

If you have tried a bunch of plugins and adjusted your WordPress settings but your site still is running more slowly than you’d like, your problem might be your theme. Not all themes are created equal. Clean and tight coding, proper use of style sheets, and more are all necessary for a theme which runs efficiently and reliably. The default WordPress theme is actually a great theme for people who want a fast theme, but if you are looking for something a little more unique you can hire a professional to customize your theme to look good and run fast or just search around the web for a prepared theme with good reviews for speed.

7 Responses to “5 Simple Ways to Speed up WordPress”

  1. Alex

    Nice!!!

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  2. daniel

    You can also combine some js and css files to one, check if there are needless files in your theme, and they are almost always are. I saw a lot of themes that have less than 70 point according to YSlow and after simple tuning it can be raised to 90-92.

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  3. Bob Perkins

    Ive never had any problems with my wordpress speed. I like it just the way it is, best blogging platform, no doubt about it.

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  4. Mrinal

    Thanks for such use full information to speed up word press, it’s help me. Thanks.

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  5. Chris Lever

    To add on this post, I would certainly use a caching plugin, that will always help with pageload speeds.
    WordPress sites are notoriously slow! Especially when they are media and image heavy, with lots of useless plugins.

    As for hosting, you do need a host with a gigabit connection if you want a truly fast wp website.

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  6. Ashish

    Cool…. but the lazy loader plugins just doesn’t load my pics i have disabled it
    Any recommendations ?? I think my theme doesnt support it

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    • WeLoveWP

      Hi Ashish,

      There must be some kind of a jquery conflict or plugin conflict. Maybe try disabling some of your plugins. My pinterest pin button stopped working when I activated my lazy load plugin, I wasn’t sure how to fix it so I sacrificed the Pinterest for images plugin.

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