Getting uncountable traffic is the dream of every blogger. But, what if the blog fails to sustain the incoming traffic? Blog hosting issues or incompatible server load and other issues may slow down the blog. A blog loading under 4 seconds is considered ideal. Therefore, it is necessary to speed up a WordPress blog and make the blog load faster to handle huge traffic.
I’ve finally decided that I’ll not only concentrate on getting more traffic, but at the same time I’ll also try to give proper time to speed up my WordPress blog.
Now I’ll let you know the best tips which I’m myself following for making my WordPress blog load faster than before.
Find the Best Host for your Blog
Have you chosen the best host for your blog?
If you think that your blog is working very slow only because of slow hosting, then it may be the right time to move your blog to another host.
As a blogger, I thought that I can save money by choosing any hosting which comes at very low cost, but now my thinking has got changed. Nowadays I look for the best hosting service providers, even if the price charged by them may be very higher when compared to other providers.
Don’t ever fall in trap to advertisements like – ‘Host Your Blog Only at $2 per Month’. Every $2 hosting may not be bad, but at the same time you may not get satisfied with every cheap hosting. There are many hosting service providers who provide the best service at a very low price.
A blog using shared hosting often face downtimes and the inability to handle huge traffic. Changing the blog host or upgrading to better packages is recommended.
Make Use of Cache Plugins
Another very easy way to reduce load on server is by making use of cache plugins. Cache plugins do the task of reducing the queries sent to the server and that’s why most of the bloggers make use of cache plugins.
WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache are very popular Cache plugins. I’ve myself made use of WP Super Cache plugin and this plugin really helped me in making my blog load faster.
I’m making use of one more cache plugin which is WP Widget Cache plugin. This plugin is very helpful as it caches the output of blog widgets so that widgets won’t put any load on the server.
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Make Use of Simple Themes
Your blog’s theme may be one of the reasons for slow loading speed of your blog. Most bloggers try to have the most stylish theme for their blog, but they forget that such themes may make their blog load very slowly.
I always recommend bloggers to go for simple themes. You shouldn’t mind spending good time in looking for themes which are simple and make the blog loader faster.
Popular bloggers make use of the best WordPress themes. You should try to make use of the same themes. Sometimes choosing a paid theme may be a better choice than going for a free one.
Compress Images for Making Blog Load Faster
You can reduce the load on your WordPress blog by optimizing and compressing the images that you’re going to use for the blog posts.
Try to save simple images which don’t make use of wide spectrum of colors as PNG files. Saving images as PNG files can be very helpful as PNG files won’t cause any big load on the server. Images which use wide spectrum of colors should be always saved as JPEG files.
You should try to resize every image which you’re going to use in the blog posts. I make use of Microsoft Office Picture Manager for resizing the images. WP-Smus.it plugin is a very useful plugin for resizing the images very easily.
Optimizing your blog’s database can be very helpful in reducing load on the server. You should try to delete all the spam comments and draft posts as un-necessary load may be caused because of them.
For optimizing the database you can make use of WP-DBManager plugin. This plugin will properly optimize your WordPress blog’s database to reduce the load on server. Regular optimization of database is recommended.
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Make Use of CloudFlare
If you’re new into the blogging world then you may not know CloudFlare, but most of the other bloggers already know CloudFlare as it is very popular.
I’ve made use of CloudFlare previously for one of my websites and it really helped in reducing load on the server.
Make Some Necessary Adjustments
Here are some easy adjustments which you can make to improve WordPress speed
- Delete un-necessary plugins – Inactive plugins may be causing un-necessary load on the server. You can delete all the inactive plugins, and also the active plugins which are not useful. Making use of less plugins can definitely be very helpful, as it may drastically reduce load on the server.
- Have Maximum 6 to 8 posts on the main page – Do you think that having 15-20 posts on the main page is necessary? I think that you need to change your thinking immediately. You should try to have maximum 6 to 8 posts on the main page, as this helps in reducing load on the server.
- Latest WordPress version – You should make sure that you’ve updated to the latest WordPress version. At the same time you should try to update the plugins too.
Keep Testing the Speed of your Blog
Thinking that whether your blog’s speed has increased or not?
You can make use of speed testing sites for testing out the speed of your blog. I’m myself making use of WebPage Test for testing the speed of my blog.
By implementing the various ways mentioned in this post, I’ve been able to see good improvement in the speed of my WordPress blog.
Implementation of above mentioned easy to follow tips will definitely improve your blog’s loading speed. Improved speed will increase the income that you’re generating from your blog. Even if you don’t have the best knowledge about WordPress, then too you should try to implement the above mentioned tips as soon as possible.