Whether your site runs on Blogger or WordPress or any other platform, it is important that your site should have a minimum load time. If your website takes a long time to load, the end users hate it and you may lose the potential visitors.Your site ranking gets affected. In the end, it affects your earnings. Therefore, it is important that your website should have a minimum load time. Let’s see how to reduce the load time of your website.
With the help of Google Page insights, you can check the loading speed of your website. There are also other tools like GTmatrix and Pingdom website speed test. If your website scores less than 80 marks, it is a time that you need to focus on your website load time. The following are the tips to reduce the load time of your website.
How to reduce the load time of your website
Choosing correct template for your site
It is important that you should choose the correct template for your website. It should be responsive and should not be over designed. You should make sure that it is coded well.
Choosing the right theme or framework will improve the site performance. Always go for a minimal theme which uses fewest images and CSS based design.
There are many professional themes comes with cool designs and these functionalities.
You can consider Genesis or Woo themes, which comes with a framework and gives more additional benefits.
Usage of Images
Images should be used on the website. They play an important role in driving the organic traffic through image search. However, it should be limited. Avoid using more than four images in a page.
Reducing the image file size will improve the performance. I am using WP smush.it plugin to optimize my images.
Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. So you don’t need to do anything after installing Smush.it.
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Remove unwanted widgets and plugins.
The more the number of widgets, higher is the load time of the site. Try to remove unwanted widgets from the sidebar of your site.
Plugins really help you to extend WordPress functionality. But more plugins mean more load time. So remove all unwanted plugins from your list. Additionally, delete all inactive plugins.
Many of you use lots of fancy plugins to change your site’s look and style. This will really increase the load time. Try to use your own codes to replace these plugins.
Remove All Old Revisions
Post revision is one of the cool features of WordPress since version 2.6. If you save a post or page multiple times, then the number of revisions will significantly increase over time.
Each additional revision increases the size of your database thus making the processing time slower and slower.
Removing redundant revisions of posts from your site will save the processing time accordingly increase site speed.
Better Delete Revision is a plugin which deletes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress Database. It also deletes other database content related to each revision such as meta information, tags, relationships, and more.
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Optimize Your Database
Removing unwanted things from your database will decrease the load time.
WP DBManager is a WordPress plugin which allows us to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore the database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries.
We can schedule everything using this plugin. So I recommend scheduling
- Automatic Backing Up Of DB – > In every-day
- Automatic Optimizing Of DB – > In every-three-days
- Automatic Repairing Of DB – > In every one week.
The manual option is also available in this plugin.
Install a Cache Plugin
W3 total cache is the most popular cache plugin which really increases your site speed.
Go to your plugin menu and install the plugin. After activating the plugin go to the General Settings tab.
When you first activate the plugin, W3 Total Cache is in the preview mode. Click on the disable button, which disables the preview.
Activate all basic caching like page Cache, Minify, Database Cache, Object Cache and Browser Cache. Leave all other settings by default.
Make Use of a CDN
Content Delivery Network is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple geographical locations across the Internet.
So if you deliver the site through a CDN, it reduces server load and speeds up your website.
I am using CloudFlare CDN for my site. You can easily set up a free account with CloudFlare. A premium account offers more functionalities.
You can use these tips to reduce the load time of your site. If you have any other tips, please comment. I am sure you can easily boost the blog speed by following these tips.