Smart WordPress Website Speed Optimization Hacks (25% faster loading)

on February 01, 2017

These simple WordPress website speed optimization hacks do not require an expert to perform. Improve your WordPress site performance by 25% without any coding or technical skills.

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Yes, that is true, to improve your WordPress website performance tremendously, of course, you need to do work with coding. But for a small business site and blogging page you can simply speed up web page loading time by these simple hacks.

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Website Speed Optimization Test Tools

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Before getting into the website speed optimization tips we have to know how your WordPress website is performing now. To know your website page loading time and performance result you can make use of these tools.

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Google’s PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Insights tool helps for the developer. The result shown is very helpful as it shows the result for both PCs and mobile devices. We can check the compatibility and our website responsiveness.

PageSpeed-Insights

As you can see the results of wordpress.org website, it is so detailed that contains terms like Minify CSS, Minify JavaScript, Minify HTML, Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS. To fix these issues you definitely need a developer or expert support.

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But still, there are fixes you can do it by yourself without the need of an expert. Such fixes in this page are Optimize images, Reduce server response time, Leverage browser caching.

GTmetrix

Another tool like Page speed insight is GTmetrix. This also provides in-depth review and result of your website. It shows the strongest part of your website and the sections which lags performance. The result for the wordpress.org is as below

GTmetrix

As you can see it shows the page speed result and the factors slowing down the website in the Yslow tab. Speaking about the YSlow it is Yahoo’s test tool which analysis the result based on 23 testable rules of Yahoo’s search engine.

Website Speed Optimization Hacks

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From the above result, we came to know there are some speed optimizations hacks we can do it by our self especially with the server and database areas.

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Most of the page speed boosting factors are automated on the server side itself. The only thing we have to do is to optimize these automation process for our website.

Setting up hosting

Setting-up-hosting

The best hosting server for most of the small business and bloggers will be shared hosting. Because it is economical and very effective in performance. Unless your website begins to get continuous heavy traffic to your website you won’t be needing Virtual hosting or Dedicated hosting.

Using SSD Hosting

If you are using traditional magnetic media server for your website, seriously you are living a jungle life like Tarzan.

Solid State Drive (SSD) is far more better when compared to conventional HDD. In HDD the disk has to be rotated to extract the information in SSD’s information are readily available. Thus the time taken to fetch the required file is reduced.

Another main advantage of SSD is its reliability, even if SSD drives are failed the information in it are still accessible in read-only mode.

Reduce Server Load

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Though the modern server by default manages the server traffic wisely, but still when the overall traffic in the server your website is hosted goes beyond manageable situation your website slows down. This condition becomes even worse when abusive traffics like login attacks, image leaking, and DoS attacks on the server.

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There are many website speed optimization techniques for this. One of the most simplest ways is to increase the ram and bandwidth of the server in which your website resides. You can also speed-up loading web pages by the following simple techniques

Caching

Caching

Caching helps a lot in the website speed optimization. It greatly reduces the time taken to load a web page. Cached files act like static pages and reduce the server load. But if your website have a lot of dynamic content configuring cache is a bit complex job.

Browser Caching

Browser-Caching

By setting correct page header and leaving it to be static (that is not changing the header often) browsers itself cache these files on the user’s computer. Doing like this, browser checks whether file header name is same and shows the cached result instead of requesting that file to the server.

Caching Plugins

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The above-mentioned caching processes can be done easily with the help of the caching plugins. These plugins cache the posts, images, and pages in your website as a static file and send it to the user when a request is triggered this reduces the load on the server. Best caching plugins are

Splitting Up Static Content

Splitting-Up-Static-Content

As said before static pages always weigh less on the server. The most effective way than browser caching is to make the unchanged content of your websites like images and other CSS files into static files and keep them in multiple hostingnames. You can move these hostnames to your own server as the traffic grows.

Pro Tip:Avoid choosing different hostnames which creates excessive DNS search and leads to slow loading. For example, choose name like static1.examplesite.com, static2.examplesite.com

This is very effective because generally, browsers send 2 requests at a time. If you have 20 files to load your page split the static files into 5 hostnames it helps you load 20 files more faster than in a single hostname.

Setup CDN

Content Delivery Network (CDN) reduces the distance between your server location and the user. For example, if the user triggers a request from Florida and your server is in Tokyo think about the time taken to load your page.

The solution for this problem is CDN. In CDN actually, a replica of your website files and database is stored in distributed network of servers around the world. From our previous example, when a request is triggered from Florida the files will be delivered from the nearest server say in Texas or Oklahoma. Files load faster

Pro TipUse Cloudflare for CDN charges are based on features instead of uses.
Amazon Simple Storage Services for static files the cost is based on pay per usage ideal for low traffic websites

Optimizing images

Images are another important factors that are going to slow down the website if they are not properly optimized. Optimized images mean images are with the quality and too with less file size. We came across the tool to get optimized images at the very beginning of this post.

Yes, the Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool also provide the optimized images at the bottom of your page test result.

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You will get the optimized file downloaded as the .rar file. Extract the files and make use of the optimized files.

Optimize WordPress

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Apart from the server side optimization and database optimization, you do website speed optimization from the WordPress too. Some of the simple techniques to speed-up loading web pages are

Deactivating or Removing Unwanted Plugins

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One of the strongest parts of the WordPress success is the plugins. You have plugins for all your website needs like

But these also become the important reasons to hinder your WordPress performance when you use without proper optimization and planning.

Keeping the unwanted plugins or the plugins you don’t want anymore installed in your WordPress will slow down your website. Always deactivate or remove such plugins. Remove the plugins which are not supported and getting updates anymore.

Lightweight Themes

Lightweight-Themes

Always choose lightweight themes with more useful functionalities. Choose the theme that fits your need and also does not overload your server. Some themes are so heavy and take too long to load. As it has too many files to call when the page starts loading.

Page builders are now available to alter your theme and add the functionalities you need easily without even having coding knowledge. Some of the premium themes do provide page builder by default in their themes.

Stay Updated

Stay-Updated

WordPress releases updates periodically to improve its performance and security. Always newer versions are light and more effective as the bugs that hinder the performance of the previous version are removed.

Deleting Old Revisions

Deleting-Old-Revisions

Revisions are your posts and web pages track records. It contains all the changes you made to your posts and web pages while you publish or update. It helps you to roll back to the previous point easily if you made any mistake.

Revisions are a useful feature but when it gets dumped lot your website becomes slow. Always take a look at the old revision which you no longer needed on your website and delete it from your website.

Get Set Go!!

These are some basic hacks you can do for website speed optimizations. Do note have not mentioned the technical and coding related methods in this segment. When you combine these measures along with the coding techniques you will get a more speed optimized website.

There are a lot more methods for website speed optimization have mentioned only easy methods which user can do it by themselves. If I missed something or if you have other techniques please share it in the comment section below and signup to receive latest updates and WordPress tricks directly in your inbox.

Altaf Rahman

Altaf is in the field of online from 2006 starting his career as WordPress trainer for students and completed number of projects. He is a successful entrepreneur of Cyberspace Builder started in 2011 and served nearly 4000+ customers helping them to complete about 3000+ projects.

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