Do you know? Over 35% of the web is powered by WordPress. There are tons of themes, plugins, and other technologies to support WordPress platform.
No doubt WordPress is the best platform, but to be honest, it can be quite slow. But if you won’t take the right precautions for your site, then you can end up with a stagnant website.
So in this ultimate guide, I will show you how you can boost up your WordPress website speed without any hassle. I have found all these steps helpful in my blogging career to speed up my blog.
Now you might be having a lot of questions in your mind that “Why Site Speed Matters?” “Why Should We Speed Up Our Website?” “How To Check Website Loading Time?”. I will clear all your doubts one by one in this guide, so go and grab a mug of coffee.
Why Site Speed Matters?
People love to watch sprint races compared to long boring marathon races. The same thing happens with your website too.When your visitors visit your web for the very first time, at that moment, you have only a few seconds to impress your audience/visitors to hang around your website. So your website should load super fast like “flash.”
Let me tell you one more fact. Google has indicated website speed (page speed) is one of the significant signal used by Google algorithm that can help your page to rank in Google SERPs.
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How To Check Website Loading Time?
Keep in mind that speed differs from page to page, it depends on various factors like content in the page, size of the particular page and much more…There are many tools available out there to check the loading time of your website, but here below, I have given the three best & free sites.
- Google Pagespeed Insights
- GT Metrix
Why Should We Speed Up Our Website?
“If your website is fast, It Must Be Professional.”
- We all know that the first impression is very much essential, and your visitors will make an instant perception about your web or business. 50% of the visitors don’t even wait 2 seconds for the content to appear.
- If you want to outrank your competition from SERPs, then you have to improve your web speed. Google gives importance and ranks the website with fast loading speed.
- Do you know? 47% of the online visitors expect that your web to load in 2 seconds and more than 30% will exit if the loading time is more than 3 seconds.
Ok, that enough lets us come to the main part…
5 Ways To Speed Up Your Website Speed
Choose A Good Hosting Service:
The main factor that affects the speed of your website is your hosting service of wordpress. Hosting your brand new website in a shared hosting plan offers unlimited bandwidth, space, email, and more is the right choice.But it will work very well in the start, but in the time of peak traffic hour it will be unable to handle, and it will fail because shared hosting is used not only by you but also by countless other websites too.
So to solve this problem hosting providers like SITEGROUND has come up with the dedicated cloud servers at a reasonable price.
Reduce Image Sizes
Who don’t love images? Images keep your visitors engaged on your website. Do you know? If you use large file size images to maintain the quality, then it will slow down your website. So I have a solution for you with the help of some online tools and plugins you will be able to reduce the file size of your images by maintaining the same image quality. Isn’t It Cool? Huh
Best Image Compressor Online Tools
- Tiny Png
- JPEG Optimizer
Best Free Plugins For Image Compression
- WP Smush
Let us assume that you have hosted your website in India and you are getting visitors from various countries like USA, China, France, Belgium, etc. So site speed will be different for all who are far away from where your website is hosted.To maintain the website speed for all the various visitors, there are many CDN available. The main work of CDN is to make a copy of your website in multiple data centers located in various
Cloudflare is the best and most popular CDN services.
Use Lightweight WordPress Theme
I know you want to present your website more attractive to your visitors. WordPress themes having dynamic elements, sidebar, icons, and many elements but keep in mind if your theme has a higher number of features with high file size then it will affect server and you will get high loading time.
So it will be great to use a lightweight theme for your website, or you can use the wordpress default theme. Some of the lightweight themes are Themelsle and Genesis
There are many plugins which are essential for your website but keeping unwanted plugins will add the massive number of junk in your web files. With this unwanted plugin, your backup files will be heavy, and there will be a massive load on your server.
So it’s better to analyze your plugins and delete all the unwanted plugins so you can boost up your website speed.
Wrapping It Up
Improving your website performance will not only help you improving user experience, but also it will help your website to rank in Google SERPs.
But I will suggest you to first focus on mobile speed because I have seen many people having poor mobile speed but good desktop speed because most of the people search from their mobile phones.
I hope this will help you to boost your website performance. If you found this helpful, then don’t forget to share with your blogging friends and let them increase their website speed too.