The 10 Best Easy Tips to Optimize the Speed of your Wordpress Blog

Optimize wordpress speed

In this post that I have prepared, I'll show you what are - in my experience - the 10 best easy-to-implement actions to optimize and increase the speed of your WordPress blog.

Now yes, I do not roll over ... Let's make your blog speedy!

Nowadays, creating a blog or website with WordPress is really simple and almost anyone can do it. You can hire cheap hosting, download any theme, install plugins to add any extra functionality, and in a just few hours, you will have your brand new blog up and running.

The problem comes, when time passes, and you see that you hardly receive visits.

This can be due to several problems, for example, you must make some improvements in SEO and web ranking, but almost certainly, another thing that you must improve for your website to take off is the loading speed.

Increasingly, it's a determining factor not only in the visibility but also in the usability of your website, so in this article, we are going to see 10 tips to speed up your WordPress blog:

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# 1 - Choosing a good web host

Almost certainly, one of the factors that have a great impact on the speed of any web page is the server or hosting where it is hosted.

It's normal that when you start a project, you look for the cheapest hosting that you can afford, but in the long term, it's undoubtedly worth to invest a little more money in this section and hiring a quality hosting that guarantees you, not only speed but also security and support.

More and more companies offer hosting packages optimized for this CMS, which for a few dollars per month, leave you the server with everything ready to start your website or blog.

This is really useful, especially if you do not know how to install WordPress automatically step by step with a couple of clicks, make backup copies automatically, and many other things.

To start a web project, without getting too technical, you should take into account two important aspects:

  • The space on the disk that you are going to need + the bandwidth of the RAM.
  • Hosting specially prepared for WordPress and configured for it.

Personally, I've tried Bluehost, and is a great option that I recommend for you.

# 2 - Use a lightweight WordPress theme

Without any doubt, when you start to create a website or blog, what most catches your attention and what most time is spent on it is choosing and modifying your WordPress template or theme that you are going to use.

Design is something really important since it has a fundamental impact on the user experience. But unfortunately, as a general rule, we tend to rely only on the visual aspect and that it has the functionalities that we are looking for when choosing the template.

There are tons of free WordPress themes and many of them quite optimized.

However, you don't stop putting your hands to adapt them to your liking using dozens of plugins, constructors, or code snippets that you find anywhere.

It is best to use a simple theme with a minimalist design, which will help make your content and products stand out, also helping to improve the speed of your website.

Among the best free options, there are the OceanWP and Astra themes, two freemium options that have a free basic version, and the possibility of expanding functionalities with the premium or paid version.

If you want something more advanced, you have at your disposal the Genesis framework, known for its minimalism, or of course, hire a professional.

# 3 - Reduce the size of images

Images are a fundamental part of any web project. Right now it is almost impossible to visit a successful site that does not have images.

It's clear that adding images is essential, but for this reason, it's also essential to reduce their size (in pixels) and weight (in bytes) to one that is suitable for the user and so as not to slow down your server and thus be able to speed up WordPress.

Personally, I prefer to create the images to the exact size for my websites and reduce their size with the different online tools available, but if you prefer, you should know that you have at your disposal several plugins to optimize WordPress images ready to download in the official WordPress directory.

For example, the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin is one of the most used for this task.

# 4 - Delete or deactivate Plugins that you don’t use

Especially in the beginning, when we are still beginners, we are fascinated by plugins and we load the site with lots of them.

Ideally, every so often, assess whether really all plugins are essential or you can uninstall one, eliminating that functionality or replacing it with a more optimized one.

Of course, it is also important that you deactivate all the plugins that you only use from time to time, such as sending newsletters, cleaning the database, etc.

# 5 - Compress CSS and JS files

Compression of CSS and JS files is of vital importance since it can greatly improve the loading speed of the site in browsers, as indicated by most tools that check the speed of WordPress, such as Google Page Speed Insights.

The ideal is to reduce it manually, accessing the code through FTP and uploading a reduced and compressed version of your files, however, once again, you have a plugin available to facilitate the task in case of not having the time or technical knowledge necessary.

In this case, I mean the Autoptimize plugin, which can compress CSS, JS, and HTML files.

#  6 - Use a cache plugin to speed up WordPress

One of the most used ways to lighten your website load to the server is to take advantage of the caching of the browser.

Once again, you have several plugins available, WP Rocket if you don't mind spending some money, or if you prefer a free option, I recommend WP Super Cache, created by Automattic (the WordPress creator's company ) that already has more than 2 million active installations today.

#  7 - Enable GZIP compression

Another way that you can take advantage of to increase the speed of WordPress is by implementing GZIP compression on your website, Thus decompressing the files in the user's browser each time they visit your website.

On this occasion, my recommendation is that you implement this solution directly with code since it's something very easy and fast.

You only have to add the following code in the .htaccess file of your website:

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
        Header append Vary User-Agent env =! Dont-vary
    </IfModule>
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / css
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / x-component
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / javascript
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / x-js
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / html
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / richtext
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image / svg + xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / plain
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / xsd
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / xsl
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / xml
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image / bmp
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / java
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / msword
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-fontobject
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-msdownload
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image / x-icon
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / json
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-access
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-project
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font-otf
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-opentype
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.database
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.oasis.opendocument.text
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE audio / ogg
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / pdf
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-powerpoint
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-shockwave-flash
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image / tiff
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font-ttf
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-opentype
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE audio / wav
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-write
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / font-woff
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / font-woff2
    AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-excel
    <IfModule mod_mime.c>
        # DEFLATE by extension
        AddOutputFilter DEFLATE js css htm html xml
    </IfModule>
</IfModule>

# 8 - Clean the database

Cleaning the WordPress database from time to time is also very important to avoid weighing more than necessary.

And that's after each new article, comment, or action, revisions, drafts, and transitory options are automatically saved, which are not necessary, but which increase the size of your database and therefore, slow down the speed of your WordPress.

To solve this, I recommend the WP-Optimize plugin, which as I mentioned before you don't need to activate all the time, but once used you can deactivate it until the next time.

# 9 - Deactivate pingbacks and trackbacks

Today the disadvantages of Pinbacks and Trackbacks far outweigh their benefits, so the ideal is to deactivate them.

At the time, they served to warn of the inbound links that the posts have. However, there are third-party services where you can consult this and more, without paying a penny and you also save third parties from exploiting this for their benefit.

To deactivate Pingback and Trackbacks, go to the WordPress dashboard and in the Settings section, click on Comments.

Once there, you must uncheck the option "Allow link notifications from other sites (pingbacks and trackbacks)"

# 10 - Reduce third-party scripts and functionalities to a minimum

Finally, as the last tip to optimize speed and speed up WordPress, I recommend that you avoid filling your website with third-party code that can overload and slow down your hosting with countless calls to the server or countless redirects.

Some of these services are AdSense ads, comment management systems like Disqus, social media buttons, and similar functionalities.

Of course, you must add the services that work best for your website or help you to monetize it, but you must do it with your head and avoid overloading your server unnecessarily.

For example, in addition to choosing the lightest option of the plugin or code for social networks, the ideal is that you do not add the option to share in less important social networks or that you do not use.

In the same way, if your website receives hardly any comments, you should consider replacing Disqus with the native WordPress commenting system, thus helping you speed up your website.

conclusion

Not only content does a blog or website live, because if nobody reads it, what is the point of it? To have a good user experience for your blog, constant maintenance is necessary and comply with the optimization rules that we have seen to improve the speed of WordPress.

So, I am at your disposal in the comments area or in the contact form to answer any questions about the article.

Thanks! and see you soon!

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