Speed Up WordPress (Top 5 High Priority Tips)

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Your website should be lightning fast to capture the audience toward your goal as soon as possible. Every second of delay reduce the visitor’s satisfaction.


I am going to share top 5 high-priority speed optimization tips that work for most websites.

  1. Choose the hosting server location as per your target audience. Shorter distance from server to the visitor will have faster latency.
  • Check geographical location analytics and choose server location exactly from where you get the highest traffic.

Screenshot representing the location menu in in the Google Analytics

Read: Which Server Location should I select? How to check load time correctly?

  1. Utilize the Caching plugin to reduce server load

The role of cache plugin is cut the unnecessary execution of PHP and MySQL database and dramatically boost performance by serving static HTML output. With the cache plugin, you can configure HTTP compression (GZIP), page cache, database and browser cache (expiry header for the static resources) to achieve the fastest performance.

Read: [Guide] How to Setup W3 Total Cache Plugin?

  1. Migrate to HTTPS to leverage the benefit of HTTP/2
  • HTTPS is not just useful for WordPress security but also for the web performance. With HTTPS, you can leverage the advantage of HTTP/2 automatically if the host supports.

Read: 5 reasons we don’t need to combine CSS/JS files with HTTP/2

  1. Audit your theme and plugin
  • Plugins often being the major offender for the slow website. Use less possible plugins if you want your visitors to give the fastest experience.

  • Remove inactive themes and plugins, this simply increase backup size. Do not remove by mistake parent theme while using a Child Theme.

  • Also, keep all theme and plugin updated.

Read: Does the JetPack plugin slow down the loading speed of the site?

  1. Optimize images

High-quality images are critical for making content attractive. However, a little bit optimization can help in reducing the page size and overall load time.

  • Also, with the help of ShortPixel plugin images in JPEG, PNG or (animated) GIF formats can be optimized. Additionally, you can serve WebP format images for highly reduced image size.

I have always found these speed up tips most helpful.


Advanced topics for more benefits

Please take a backup first before implementing anything.

Any questions or suggestion, please drop below.

Thanks & Regards,
Gulshan

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#6

If you want to compress your images offline on your computer then I would recommend using Riot. It has features like bulk image compression which comes in handy when working on listicles.

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#7

I am using Smush for image compressing for my website and the performance is good. Thanks.

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#8

Thanks @GulshanKumar for sharing this.
But can anyone tell me, Now which is the best image optimizer plugin ?
Thanks in advance.

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#9
  • TinyPNG
  • Shortpixel
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#10

WP Smush is also a good free WP plugin

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