WordPress is a famous platform for blogging. Nowadays many professional bloggers are using it. To bring good visitors it is important to minimize the loading time of the page along with attractive design of the page and being SEO friendly. Visitors will wait for only couples of seconds in a page to load but go to other page if it takes long time to load. Not only for visitor bounce but it is also important for google search ranking. So, immediately pay attention to page loading time to have more visitors.
We are giving 10 tips to increase page loading speed.
1. Choose good host
Choosing good host is important. Many people choose shared hosts that slows down when visitors are beyond their limits. So, try to avoid shared hosting for good speed.
2. Choosing faster theme
Theme is a large factor for website speed. If you do not need many functions so use a simple lightweight theme. You will be surprised to hear that, WordPress default themes like 2010 or 2011 loads faster as they are lighter.
3. Using effective cache plugins
WordPress plugins work well but the most effective is cache plugins. W3 total cache plugin is very useful to minimize page loading time. There are also many free plugins available in wordpress directory.
4. Using Content delivery network (CDN)
These are some types of third party system that maintain static files to reduce site loading time.
5. Image optimization
It takes much time to load page if images are in high quality. There is a lot of plugins than can minimize image size and keeping image quality stable. wp-smushit one of them.
6. Homepage optimization
Usually visitors land on homepage. So it is required to minimum homepage optimization. This can be done by following ways.
- Use Excerpt without showing the whole post on homepage.
- Don’t post more than 5 to 7 on homepage.
- Don’t use unnecessary sharing widget
- Remove unnecessary plugins
- Minimal the web site. Readers come here to read, not for widget.
Overall, try to focus on specific content along with neat and clean to load faster.
7. Optimize WordPress database
Wp-optimize plugin is good for this action. ‘Wp-DB Manager’ is also a famous one. Basically it schedules date for database optimization.
8. Disabling content hot linking and leeching
This create a problem when other sites are directly linked by their article image with your site and load server. So, if you create custom image regularly, that will reduce loading time.
9. Avoiding excessive post drafts
Many of us draft post while taking a break or giving review. But it increases loading time if the draft still stays after being published. Better Delete Revision is a good Plugin to remove draft posts.
10. Add LazyLoad for image
This is a process by which the image only loads when user scrolls down to show the image or readers reads earlier posts. It doesn’t load all the image at a time and so speed increases. To do this task automatically, ‘jQuery Image Lazy Load’ is a good plugin.
We hope that this will help you to minimize your page loading time.