Welcome Tyrants Mogus to yet another insightful topic every bloggers kept chewing in their mouths and I’m glad to present this 4 tips you can use to reduce wordpress load time on your blog.
So basically, this post is going to help you with some easy tips to reduce WordPress load time. Google loves a fast site, nobody loves waiting, speed up your WordPress site with these easy tips.
Nigerians have what they call “African Time”. This African time is not something you can learn in a geography class, it is something you learn with experience.
I would not tell you what African time is, you have to experience it for yourself but you should know Google does not like it, Amazon and other e-commerce stores loose money because of African time.
The first step to reducing your wordpress load time or as i like to call it African Time is to check how long it takes your website to load
Go to PingDom and type in your url
Click test now and record your website load time.
How to improve your websites loading time
I have put together four simple things you can do to reduce your WordPress load time, follow the steps and check your page speed for improvement after.
1. Good website hosting provider
Your web host is the most important factor when it comes to reducing a website’s load time, if you have a crappy host, you have to move your WordPress away from them. No matter what efforts you put in, it would be equivalent to throwing ice cubes at the sun.
Good up time
Many web hosts boast 99.9% uptime, the bitter truth is this figure is never updated, it has been there long before any customer signed up.
Every web host experiences some down time, while most are scheduled, the occasional unscheduled down time still exists.
Ensure you carry out a research about exactly how much downtime a host has experienced in recent times before you sign up.
Good reviews from existing users.
Quality in a product is not what the producer puts in, it is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for.
Ensure you ask existing customers for a review of the web host. This is what should sway you into choosing a web host, not the beautifully crafted sales page, the unlimited bandwidth or the discount you are offered.
A Good web host must have excellent support,do not wait until you sign up before asking questions. Send the web host as couple of questions and see how long it take them to reply, also this would help you gauge the quality of support.
One click installation
This is 2014, things should be easy and if possible automated. The same goes for a good web hosting company, installing WordPress should not take more than a minute.
2. Optimizing Images
Images are server intensive and they take up a lot of space. This is why you need to optimize every image on your blog.
The WP Smush.it plugin does a good job but it is better to optimize your images before you upload them to your site.
Reduce the width & height of your image with an image editor
The larger the quality of the image the higher the size and the higher your page load time. Consider reducing your images to an average size as this helps reduce WordPress load time.
Optimize your images using any of these free tools.
Consider hosting images on photo sharing sites
3. Examine your plugins
Every additional plugin slows down a WordPress website. Disable all your plugins and test your site speed, you would experience a faster load speed on your WordPress site.
- Use plugins only when needed, deactivate & remove any plugin you no longer need.
- Always use the best plugin available
- Avoid server intensive plugins
4. Use a caching plugin
Caching your WordPress pages help reduce WordPress load time. Caching improves the performance of a website significantly by storing static files on the first load.
I personally recommend WP Super Cache, it is easy to configure and less likely to mess up your site, it does a good job also.
I believe you have just taken a second or two off your WordPress load time, the key to a fast website is to treat your website like a car engine, it should only contain parts that are needed, every other thing is extra baggage or simply put Garbage.
So that’s the 4 easy steps to reduce wordpress load time and if I were you I’d like to look into analyzing my site with PingDom to see how it fares and how best I can work to making things look fine.
Over to you.
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