How to build a Faster WordPress Website ?
For any website may it be a blog or a business website, inorder to succeed over the web, it is important that it performs well and responds in the minimum time to the requests. Moreover, the ways of accessing Internet have changed dramatically, if your website shows a slightest of delays in responding, the users would head towards browsing other websites. Website speed has gained an increasing importance in the search engine algorithms as well, therefore, if you really wish to have a successful venture over the web, one has to ensure that everything is well optimized to serve the changing patterns of usage.
The time has long gone when a site’s speed depended solely on the web hosting server, today various aspects such as the code, images and videos the browser needs to read and load influences the performance.
In this article, we’ve tried to jot down most of the crucial areas that needs your attention, also we’ve offered solutions to overcome the delays. Here we’ve considered using a WordPress site for that purpose.
NOTE : Before you head towards reading and making changes to your WordPress website, you must ensure that you’ve backed it up.
Latest WordPress Version
It is vital to have an updated version of WordPress installed for your website. Upgrades consists of files that help in achieving enhanced performance, better security, compatibility, bug fixes and much more. All-in-all, upgrading your WordPress version would only offer you better performance over the web.
For those who might not be aware, in WordPress almost everything is dynamic. Each time a webpage is loaded, multiple queries are executed to fetch data required to load. Due to this, it is highly possible that your sites performance might slow down.
Solution : There are two plugins that should help achieve a better performing website. The following plugins after installation would cache the posts and store as files over the hosted server, so the requests are served from there hence decreasing the server resources essential to load a webpage.
WP Super Cache and DB Cache
Often, images are the reasons for a website’s delayed response time. Therefore, compressing it to a certain degree can help increase the page load speed of a webpage. Various plugins are available that can help you shrink the images in terms of sizing
WP Smush.it or WP Super Cache
Code compression is another important area that can help you achieve a better performance for your website and reduce the page load time.
It is equally important to have a clean code for your website for better crawl-ability and indexing of search engine bots. For that purpose, you may install the following plugins that would not only validate your website’s code but would also fix the errors that it encounters.
You may also use the plugin WP CSS to remove the unnecessary white spaces from your CSS files further helping in an increased website speed.
WordPress Database Optimisation
Well, if you do not wish to use the plugin for that purpose and want to do it manually, here is how to optimize a MySQL database for your WordPress Site.
Removal of Inactive Plugins
Plugins may consume a large amount of your disk space, hence deleting the plugins that your no longer require can be removed from your WordPress installation. This should clear up the space hence decreasing the load over the server resulting in an enhanced overall performance.
Here is a list of other useful WordPress plugins : WordPress Hosting Plugins
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