Your WordPress is sluggish?
Then you should act urgently because you can lose quite a few readers!
Because, under certain circumstances, your Google ranking and, according to a press release, the likelihood of your websites being displayed in the Facebook news feed may suffer
Or are you just a speed freak (like me!) Who wants to improve his loading time by a few milliseconds?
Then I have 13 tips for you on how to make WordPress faster and drastically increase the performance of your website.
How can I test my loading time?
If you want to find how you can improve your WordPress blog (and whether optimization measures are of any use), you should test your website. I use either GTMetrix or Pingdom to measure speed. The speed test not only shows the loading time for different places in the world but also the PageSpeed-Score with tips for improvement.
You can sort loaded sites according to various criteria, which makes it easier to find loading time killers.
Get a decent hosting package. If you only choose the right host based on the price, you pay in the end.
That can e.g. This may be due to the fact that the server software is out of date and does not yet offer the latest technologies, the server is not configured correctly or that too many customers share the existing server resources.
You can find everything you need to consider when choosing the right hosting for your WordPress blog in my extensive WordPress hosting guide.
2. Activate browser caching
If you want to activate caching activated, Firefox, Chrome, and Co. do not save the files loaded on your website (Like in CSS files) or on the computer and have to delete all files from your website each time you visit the page Get server.
This can increase the loading time. Therefore, you can allow the browser to save files for a longer time frame.
By activating browser cache mod_deflatevia the .htaccessfile, like compression with.
3. Compress images
Nowadays many photos are taken on the phone camera that is why they are quite big in size.
Even if you can try saving them in a computer in inferior quality.
Even if you For example, if you save a JPG image in quality level 8/12 and as a progressive JPG (or with GIMP in quality level 85 and as a progressive JPG) in Photoshop, you can usually still make it 5-15% smaller without having to do so the quality suffers.
PNG images have the most savings that can reach up to 80% of the size.
It is an easier solution to use the WordPress plugins like the Compress JPEG & PNG images or the EWWW Image Optimizer to compress, which on the one hand allow mass compression of already present pictures and on the other hand, you can easily compress all the newly uploaded images.
4. Deactivate unnecessary plugins
The worst part about plugins is that they load a huge amount of files like the CSS for example and load them. due to too many database queries. Plugins also always pose a threat to security.
Therefore: Fewer plugins are always better!
Go should go through the plugins and think whether you actually need it? And if no, then deactivate it! If you need it, but only use it occasionally, I recommend that you only activate it when you use it and then you can deactivate it immediately.
5. Muck out, combine and compress JS and CSS files
Your WordPress can be slowed down due to too many files like the CSS and Java scripts that get loaded, especially if you have a huge amount of plugins or if your theme is heavy.
You can remedy this on the one hand by disabling non-necessary plugins which increase the loading time and by using a light size theme.
You can do this manually, but that doesn’t require a lot of previous knowledge in WordPress programming. This also means that you have to intervene deeply in the theme, which can lead to complications.
You can try using the free Autoptimize WordPress plugin.
If something is not displayed correctly or is not working properly (be sure to check the mobile version too!), You have to see what causes the complication.
7. Reload images via lazy load
Compressing your pictures is an important step for better loading time.
If your blog or individual blog articles are very image-heavy, it may not be enough.
In this case, you should use so-called lazy loading, which ensures this. This means that images will only be loaded when a user scrolls to the corresponding position.
You can install an extra plugin, such as a3 Lazy Load, which in my experience works with many themes and setups.
Aabhas Vijay is a freelance content writer and digital marketer, he loves hiking and travelling in the free time he runs his own blog on email marketing where he teaches how to send free emails using safest email providers.