How to speed up your WordPress site?
Do you want to speed up your WordPress site? Fast loading pages improve user experience, increase your pageviews, and help with your WordPress SEO. In this article, we will share the most useful tips to speed up your WordPress site and boost WordPress site performance
Check the speed of your WordPress site using various online tools
Beginners often make the mistake of thinking that their site is fast enough, because it is fast on their computer, but in practice that is not the case. Modern browsers (eg Chrome) store your website and your data inside the cache, which leads to almost instant loading of your site. But the user who comes to your site for the first time will not have such an experience because it will take more time for him to load the WordPress site. Because of all the above, the best practice is to test the speed of your WordPress site with the help of an online tool (GtMetrix, WebPagetest, Google PageSpeed Insights…), which will give us adequate data about the state of your site, as well as ways to improve the site’s performance.
What is causing your WordPress site to be slow?
The test report of your site on the aforementioned tools will give you a lot of information on how to improve and what to change on the site to increase speed and performance. One of the main reasons are:
1. You don’t have a reliable hosting provider
When your web hosting server is not properly configured it can hurt your website speed.
2. You are not using the latest version of PHP
PHP is the scripting language that powers all WordPress websites. It’s a server-side language, meaning that its files are stored and executed on the web server that hosts your site.
3. Your Page Size is to big
You have a lot of images that are not optimized for the web. Large images are one of the most common reasons that slow down a WordPress site.
In order to increase the performance of the site, it is necessary to reduce the size of the image file. For image compression, you can use some of the available tools (Photoshop, Photopea…) as well as plugins (Smush, EWWW).
4. You have a lot of external scripts
External scripts such as ads, font loaders, etc can also have a huge impact on your website performance.
5. You should implement Lazy Loading on your WordPress site
Lazy loading your WordPress images can speed up your website and offer a better user experience.
If your WordPress features a lot of images, you should implement lazy loading. Instead of loading all your images at once, lazy loading downloads only the images visible on the user’s screen. It replaces all other images with a placeholder image or blank space. You could use plugins as WpRocket, Optimole… and many more to implement lazy loading.
6. You should delete unused plugins and low quality plugins
A plugin is a piece of software that runs in the background of WordPress. If many plugins are activated and if there are many inactive plugins on the site, this can lead to a significant slowdown of the site.
7. Update Everything
In order to keep your site alive, it is necessary to constantly update everything on the WordPress site, starting with the version of WordPress itself, all plugins, PHP version…