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Speed up your WordPress website

Keeping your WordPress website loading time as fast as possible is very important. When a person lands on your site for the first time, you only have a few seconds to capture their attention to convince them to hang around.

 

Here are a few easy steps to follow and some plugins to install to load your site a lot faster.

 

 

1. Remove inactive plugins

 

Go into your Installed Plugins and select Inactive. Scan through all plugins you do not need anymore and remove them and their files.

 

2. Optimise images

WP-Smush.it

 

Reducing images one by one can be a very long and slow process and painfully slow.

 

Fortunately, there is a free plugin called WP-SmushIt which will do this process to all of your images automatically, as you are uploading them. No reason not to install this one. It that will drastically reduce the file size of an image, while not reducing quality.

 

3. Lazy load

jQuery lazy load plugin

 

Lazy load only loads images above the fold line of your website. When you scroll down to the lower parts of your website it will then load them.

 

This increases the pages loading time as it is not loading everything on the page at once.

 

3. Use a caching plugin

W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache

 

Plugins like W3 Total Cache can be easily installed and will cache your WordPress posts and pages as static files. These static files are then served to users, reducing the processing load on the server. This can improve performance several hundred times over for fairly static pages.

 

This plugin should only be used with knowledge of caching as if not setup correct, can usually cause more bad than good. Learn how to optimize this plugin here.

 

And as for WP Super Cache, for the basics of the plugin, this is a lot simpler and it is as simple as Installing the plugin and turning cache on.

 

4. Turn off pingbacks and trackbacks

 

By default, WordPress will have these switched on.

 

Every time you are mentions by another website, this setting will notify you. This generates a lot of work for your site which can slow the site down, if having this information is not important to you, you can simply switch it off.

 

Read more here: How to Deal with Trackbacks and Pingbacks in WordPress

 

5. View your plugin performance

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

 

Monitoring your plugin performance can help you decide on which plugins to keep if they are dramatically slowing your website down. Simply install this plugin and select scan now to view your active plugins performance.

 

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