How to Speed Up WordPress Website

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Website loading speed is a major fact to get a ranking on google. And there are so many things we should follow. Here are some bonus techniques that help you to boost up your website speed:

  1. Hosting
  2. Theme
  3. Plugins Selection
  4. Landing Page Optimize
  5. Cache Plugins
  6. Use Free Tools to debug GTMetrix, Google Page Insight
  7. Use CDN
  8. All in One Page Builder
  9. Use Updated PHP Version and Plugins, Theme, etc
  10. Use GTMetrix to Optimize images
  11. Remove Gravatar for high commenting websites

As far as we know that the site loading speed completely depends on the theme, but actually not. In some cases, we can increase the site loading by optimizing the theme.

To get a good loading speed, we should follow some basic but important changes.

And here what I am going to share with you. Believe me, if you follow them accordingly, your site will load very fast, I mean very fast.

#1 Hosting: Choose a Perfect Hosting Plan

Choosing a perfect hosting plan is the priority to get a good site loading speed. Because the complete site speed will depend on it, if you’re using a hosting plan that loads slower and sometimes goes down, then it will affect very badly on your visitors and SEO ranking position.

So, how do get a perfect hosting plan?

And, which hosting provider will be best?

First of all, you have to check some important things, that are available and they are giving the best services as their promises.

#1.1 Uptime

Always make sure that your site is up, and loading in less than 5 seconds.

And that’s only possible if your hosting providers give you a 99.99% Uptime guaranty.

So, make sure that your hosting provider gives you the most uptime-running result.

As of now, the best hosting provider is Siteground, which gives me the best uptime result for the last 3 years.

#1.2 SSD Storage

The most important thing is the loading speed and delivery time. And this is completely dependent on your storage type. Everyone knows that SSD storage is far better than HDD, and SSD Storage can transfer data really fast.

So, before you pick a hosting plan, make sure that the hosting provider gives you the SSD storage with it.

Most hosting providers giving SSD Plans, so be careful and pick the right one.

And one more thing, always check your usage details. If you picked a plan that has limitations on storage then upgrade your storage or plan when your storage is going to be full.

#1.3 Bandwidth

Simply bandwidth means the maximum amount of data can transfer in within a period. And this can be a cause to slow down your site loading speed. When you exceeded your bandwidth limit then automatically your site will go down for a period.

So, make sure that your hosting plan has enough bandwidth to provide your readers with reliable loading speed.

Some hosting providers promised you to provide Unlimited Bandwidth, but actually, after a while, they go down.

So, basically, the genuine or reputed hosting provider will never give you an unlimited amount of Bandwidth, they all have a fixed range for that.

Choose your hosting plan according to your monthly traffic, for beginners monthly 25 thousand visitors is enough. And SiteGround’s Grow Big plan is perfect for all beginners.

When you grew up and your monthly visitors crossed that amount, then upgrade your plan to the next level.

#1.4 Updated PHP Version

Everything is now online, and getting updated day by date. So, always use the updated PHP version.

And make sure that your WordPress Dashboard and Plugins are updated. Check the plugins and themes that are compatible with your WordPress.

#1.5 SSL Certificate

All browsers are getting secured day by day, and they are checking the website has the SSL Certificate or not. Because without an SSL certificate means your site may have some vulnerability and may affect the visitor’s device.

And that’s why your site can take a while to verify your site and then loaded to the device. Ultimately your site loading time and speed will be decreased.

So, must use SSL Certificate, and get secured and faster.

If you don’t have an SSL certificate then you can use Free SSL from cloudflare.com, they are giving SSL certificates for a lifetime.

#2 Theme

I am using WordPress CMS for the last five years, and still, I’m exploring themes and frameworks for better performance and SEO results. 

Yes, to get a friendly user experience and SEO results you should have a good theme or framework.

Before you select a theme make sure that the theme is fully optimized for mobile devices. Because more than  54.22% of searches are coming from mobile devices.

So, make sure that your site is completely optimized for mobile devices and working 100% accurately like a desktop.

The second thing is a framework. If you can afford then use the Genesis framework for better SEO results.

#3 Plugins Selection

WordPress is a PHP framework, to be honest WordPress cannot handle lots of plugins at once.

I would suggest you have limited numbers of plugins installed, to get better loading speed.

Only use the most necessary plugins.

Most of the necessary features are coming with theme customization.

Here are few names of the most necessary plugins name:

#4 Landing Page Optimization

We all know that the landing page is one of the most important pages for us, to get leads and showcase our product.

But, we never know that the loading speed of landing pages may affect badly to our overall site and SEO.

So, to improve our landing page we have to find out the loading waterfall on GTMerix.com.

And then we’ll get some information about our pages.

Mostly we have to optimize our images and fonts.

I would suggest you use png format images and optimize them as we recommend by GTMetrix, and use lightweight fonts to get load faster.

#5 Cache Plugin

As we know about caching is it does website really fast, but it is really and what’s the technology behind this?

If you notice, a static website never uses any caching plugins, but moreover that every web technology needs a caching plugin or addon.

It really simple, as we know WordPress is PHP-based CMS, which means it a completely PHP framework. But when we post or publish content and viewing on a web browser then WordPress converts the page into an HTML web page. 

So, here is the reason to use a caching plugin. When we trying to open web content built with a WordPress website, then it requests information from our web server. These files may include HTML, images,script,fonts, PHP, and etc. And because of that, the website loading time is higher than as usual HTML web pages.

And this time website’s loading time is a major fact SEO and getting rank on Google or another search engine.

And that’s why the WordPress community made up the caching plugins.

The caching plugins create a dynamic webpage by default and delivered visitors very fast.

Until we do any changes to the website’s header, footer, fonts it automatically loads the default web pages to the visitor’s mobile or desktop.

Just changes the body contents that’s all.

So, we always recommend using such caching plugins to load your website faster and give a fluent experience to the visitors.

I would suggest some popular caching plugins below, take anyone and use it for your WordPress website.

They all are working well at their best possible. If you can afford go for a premium one. 

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