Ways To Speed Up Your Website

Simple Things You Can Do To Speed Up Your Website

Is there any importance to website’s speed?  According to a 2009 Akamai study1, 47% of visitors expect a page to load in under 2 seconds, while 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load. speed

In 2006, Amazon.com reported that a 100-millisecond increase in page speed translated to a 1% increase in its revenue. Only a few years later, Google announced in a blog post that its algorithm will  take page speed into account when ranking sites. So, how can we speed up our wordpress websites?

Here is a few ways I found very useful in speeding up your website

Choose A Good Host

A good Web hosting company and the type of hosting package have a huge impact on the speed of your website, among many other important performance-related issues. I was always sucked in by the allure of free and cheap hosting, but finally realized that hosting isn’t an area to skimp on.

Select A Good Theme

By this time I’m sure you know that not all WordPress themes are created equal. While some are extremely fast and well populated, others are bloated with so many bells and whistles under the pretence of being “versatile and customizable.”

A couple of years ago, Julian Fernandes of Synthesis ran a case study in which he updated his theme from WordPress’ default to the Genesis framework. He noticed that just by changing the theme to Genesis, the loading time dramatically improved from 630 to 172 milliseconds.

When you select a theme, make sure to test the page speed of the theme’s demo, you can use a tool like Pingdom, to see how quickly it runs with nothing added to it. This should give you a good idea of how well coded that theme is.

Use A CDN – (Content Delivery Network).

If you are a little technical you can set up CDN WHICH can host your files across a LARGE network of servers around the world. If a user from Australia visits your website, then they would download files from servers geographically closest to them. Because your bandwidth is spread across so many different servers, the load on any single server is shrunk.

To Set up a CDN may take some efforts, but the reward is a dramatic improve in page-loading speed.

Compress Your Website (Using Gzip)

As you compress a file on your computer into a ZIP file, the total size of the file is reduced, making it both easier and faster to send anyone. Gzip works the same way but with your Website files.

Gzip automatically compresses your website’s files as ZIP files, saving bandwidth and speeding up page-loading times. When anyone visits your website, their browser will automatically unzip the files and show their contents.

This method of transmitting content from the server to the browser is far more efficient and saves significant time.

Most plugins will add Gzip to your website with the click of a button, and installing it manually is actually very simple. Open your .htaccess file (found in the root directory on your server), and add the following codes to it:

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 Identify Plugins That Are Slowing You Down

You can use a diagnostic tool such as (P3), this tool shows you the impact of other plugins on page-loading time making it easy to spot any plugins that are slowing down your site.

Compress Images

Don’t be surprised that Images take up the majority of bandwidth on most websites. WP SMUCH IT is another great plugin that automatically compresses images as you upload them to the media library, Plus you won’t notice any difference in the images quality.

One brilliant feature to WP Smush.it is that it works retroactively. Even If thousands of images are saved in your media library, you can run them all through the plugin, compressing them to a more efficient size.

Clean Up Your Site Database

While it is a brilliant that WordPress autosaves everything, but the disadvantage is that your database will get filled with huge numbers of post revisions, trackbacks, unapproved comments pingbacks and trashed items very quickly.

The medicine to all this is a unique plugin called  (WP Optimize),  which will routinely clears out your database’s trash and keep it efficient and filled only with what needs to be kept.  You can download this plugin directly from you plugin section of your website dashboard

Note:

When doing anything to your website database, always back up your files first.

Turn Off Your Site Pingbacks and Trackbacks

Trackbacks and pingbacks are ways used by WordPress to alert other blogs that your posts link to. While they are interesting in a way, they can be a drain on page speed and are usually better turned off. You can turn them off from your dashboard under the ( “Discussion” tab in “Settings.”).

Important Message:

In less than 2 years form from now, mobile Internet usage is expected to overtake the desktop one. The shift towards Internet-enabled mobile devices means that having a fast website has never been as important as it is today.

Most people expect websites to be lightening fast.  Those who don’t comply will ultimately lose out to those who invest in delivering a great speed.

Best Regards

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