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Great tips to speed up your WordPress Blog

Slow and Sluggish websites are not much appreciated both by the users as well as the Search Engine Crawlers. The consequences of downtime and server problems may be disastrous for your site. A search engine may slide you down in its rankings and a user might decide not to visit your site anymore. No matter how much enlightening and informative content is present on your site, it stands of no use to anybody. If you are running a WordPress Blog, you are fortunate enough that I’ll share some tips and tweaks on how to speed it up, as follows.

  1. Wisely choose the web hosting provider for your blog. Before opting for one, carry out a good research on them and read user reviews on the various online blogs and forums. Pick the web host with less server downtime, good uptime and nearer to your location to get great pings.  If you can afford dedicated hosting, that would certainly be a great thing.
  2. Once your blog is up, choose a premium or custom theme for your blog. Avoid using free or cracked versions of paid themes as they load slowly in the browser.
  3. Keep your blog update by new versions and updates of WordPress software and plugins. These updates come with increased efficiency and code improvements and increase the speed of your blog.
  4. Avoid unnecessary use of plugins on your blog. Use only those you need badly because each plugin loads separately, takes time and consumes bandwidth.  Delete the plugins which are not used. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) is a very good plugin which measures the impact of each installed plugin on your blog. It graphically displays the results by which you can point out the plugin causing the performance issue.
  5. Avoid using large sized images wherever possible. High quality images load slowly. So try to use low quality images or optimize the former. As for file type, use PNG or JPEG and compressed JPEG images. Use a plugin WP Smush.it to optimize images.
  6. Optimize your mySQL database results in improving speed of the page. You can either do it manually by logging in to your phpMyAdmin and repairing or use WP Optimize Plugin for that purpose. Also reduce the number of calls made to the database.
  7. Optimize the CSS scripts on your page and make them compact and nifty. Avoid inline CSS by combining external CSS files. Use efficient CSS selectors and remove CSS styling not used by the documents. Avoid importing CSS files and correctly order the external and internal CSS styling.
  8. Put all your scripts in a single file and load it in the footer of the page.  Defer parsing of JavaScript until it needs to be executed and avoid unnecessary scripts. Load resources asynchronously to reduce blocking of page rendering. Compact and minify your JS scripts.
  9. Unless you are running a multi author blog, disable post revisions. They create a new row every time you save the post. You can disable them in your wp_config.php file by adding this line in the beginning define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false);
  10. The following plugins and tools help improving the overall speed and performance of WordPress Blog.
    • Google Page Speed Insights
    • Yahoo! Y Slow for Chrome
    • WP Super Cache
    • Optimize DB
    • Parallelize
    •  CDN Tools

 

 

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