Guide to speed up your WordPress website in 10 minutes
WordPress is a great platform, but if it’s not configured correctly, it can be slow. In this article, we are going to show you how to speed up your WordPress website in 10 minutes.
What slows WordPress down?
There are a few things that can make WordPress slow down, plugins and bloated or poorly coded themes being the main culprits. Plugins can add a lot of extra code and features to WordPress, which can slow it down, especially if they’re not well coded. Similarly, bloated or poorly coded themes can also drag down WordPress’ performance.
If you’re experiencing slow loading times on your WordPress site, try disabling some of your plugins and see if that helps. You may also want to consider switching to a more lightweight theme.
How to check WordPress website speed?
There are a few different ways to check your WordPress website speed.
The first way is to use the Pingdom website speed test. This is a free online tool that you can use to test the loading time of your pages.
Pingdom website speed test – visit website
Pingdom is a popular website speed testing tool. To use Pingdom, simply enter the URL of the page you want to test and click the “Start”.
Google Page Speed Insights – visit website
Google Page Speed Insights is another page speed testing tool useful for seeing your WordPress website speed. Same as Pingdom, simply enter the URL of the page you want to test and click the “Start”.
GT Metrix – visit website
Another popular website speed testing tool is GT Metrix. This tool gives you a more in-depth analysis of your page’s speed and provides suggestions on how to improve it. To use GT Metrix, paste the URL into the bar and click test.
Speeding up WordPress
There are 3 basic steps to speed up WordPress if your site is not too gnarly or poorly coded. We will go into further steps to optimise WordPress if need be later.
Optimise images. To do this you will need to use a plugin like Imagify or Smush. These plugins will automatically compress your images when you upload them to WordPress, without hardly any loss in quality.
Install caching plugin. This can be done by using a plugin like Seraphinite Accelerator, WP Rocket or NitroPack. These caching plugins will optimise everything necessary to make your website faster. Both of these beauties will do around 80% of the lifting just by activating them.
These are the basics that will get you a minimum of 75 scores on all the speed checkers and enough to satisfy search engines that your website is not slow.
Other things you can do to speed up WordPress
- Enable Gzip compression. This can be done by editing your htaccess file or easily via cPanel by clicking “Optimize Website”.
- Minimise HTTP requests
- Optimise your database
Advanced techniques to speed up WordPress
If you are looking for a more simplistic way to speed up your WordPress website, then the above three points will be more than enough. However, if you want to explore some more advanced techniques, then see the video below and keep reading.
Here is a great video by Online Media Masters which explains in detail how to speed up a sluggish, bloated WordPress website. Be advised though, this goes into tech level detail where you will need to know what you are doing.
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