WordPress is open source and free CMS, So this is the reason wordpress is most popular for website development. 30% of the entire internet users runs their website on wordpress. Also, wordpress gives you many benefits like easy to use, SEO friendly, highly customizable and plugin for almost everything.
Every wordpress owner wants to improve their speed and performance. But how they don’t know. In this blog we will discuss how to improve your wordpress website performance and fast loading speed.
Choose a best web hosting provider
Hosting providers are a major factor of wordpress speed performance. If you plan to host your next wordpress website then choose a shared hosting service provider, they offer unlimited space, bandwidth, email and domain.
Before you buy a hosting first understand which type of hosting you need and your website needs. Like there are three types of hosting: shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting.
Select lightweight WordPress theme
WordPress theme gives you a lot of elements, sliders, social icons, widgets and shiny elements. But all this element increases your page size, And the page size has an impact on your web server load time.
Also, when you select the theme then please check the code of the theme, because some themes are looking beautiful and impressive looking but actually poorly coded and its impact on your website performance.
Reduce image sizes
Image is a major part to the size increment of a webpage. when you upload your image on a website then must reduce image size and don’t compromise with image quality. WordPress has many plugins for image optimization so you can easily optimize your image and save your time, because manually image optimization takes longer.
List of Image optimize plugin
- WP smush
- EWWW Image Optimizer
Above all these wordpress plugins help you to reduce your image size and help you to improve your speed of your website.
Minify JS and CSS files
If you want to increase your website performance you need to minify JS and CSS file. Goole page speed insight tool helps you to check this file size and gives you better suggestions for that. You can reduce the CSS file and JS call size, so you can improve your site loading speed.
List to tool for minify CSS file and JS
- Closure Compiler
- YUI Compressor
Above all these tools will help you to minify your CSS file, So, you will increase your website performance.
Enable GZIP compression
Gzip compression helps you to make smaller file sizes and using this tool increases load time for your website. Also, you can compress your file on your computer so it helps you to save a lot of disk space. Gzip compresses various files so if visitors want to access your website their browser will first unzip the website.
Page speed ninja is one of the best wordpress plugins for enabling Gzip compression. Or if you want to add through code, you can use this code for Gzip compression.
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
You can add this code in .htaccess file on your website. It will help you to improve your website performance.
Cleanup WordPress database
If you want to improve your wordpress performance you need to delete unnecessary data from your database. And it will also help you to reduce the size of your backup.
Also you need to remove fake users, old drafts content, spam comments and unwanted plugins in your wordpress theme. This action reduces your size of database and file. So, you will improve your wordpress performance.
Deactivate or uninstall unusable plugins
Unwanted plugins on your wordpress website will add a huge amount of junk to your files. Also it will increase your website loading speed and backup files. So, it’s better to find all this unwanted plugins and remove them so they improve your wordpress performance.
USE IFTTT or zapier web services, it help you to reduce the burden on your website.