website speed

How to make your WordPress site faster

  1. Use a Good Hosting Provider: Shared hosting can sometimes lead to slow site speed. So consider using a managed WordPress hosting provider, which often provide superior speed and security.
  2. Use a Fast, Lightweight WordPress Theme: Choose a WordPress theme that is well-coded, lightweight, and optimized for speed. Avoid themes bloated with features you don’t need. We highly recommend the Astra Pro website theme.
  3. Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN): A CDN serves your site to visitors from the server closest to them, which can help to decrease load times. If you decide to host your website on Siteground, you can use their free CDN.
  4. Use a Caching Plugin: WordPress caching plugins can significantly improve your site speed by generating static HTML pages of your site, which your web server can display instead of processing the relatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. We like the fastest cache plugin because it’s lightweight, effective, and simple to use.
  5. Optimize Images: Images can play a major role in your site speed. Optimize them for the web by reducing their size without losing quality. You can use WordPress plugins like Smush or EWWW Image Optimizer.
  6. Minimize HTTP Requests: Reduce the number of requests your website makes to load a page. This can be done by limiting the number of files and reducing the size of those files. This can include HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files.
  7. Minify CSS, JavaScript, and HTML: Minifying your CSS and JavaScript files removes unnecessary or redundant data without affecting how the resource is processed by the browser – e.g., code comments and formatting, removing unused code, using shorter variable and function names, etc.
  8. Lazy Load Images and Videos: With lazy loading, images and videos will only load when they are visible to the user in their browser, which will improve your site’s load time.
  9. Limit Post Revisions: WordPress automatically saves every change you make in the posts which takes a lot of space. You can limit the number of revisions WordPress keeps in the database.
  10. Disable Hotlinking: Hotlinking is when another website uses your images in their articles by linking them directly from your website which will drain your web server’s bandwidth and slow down your site.
  11. Optimize WordPress Database: You can use WordPress optimization plugins like WP-Optimize or WP Rocket.
  12. Keep WordPress, Plugins, and Themes Updated: Always keep your WordPress site, plugins, and themes updated to the latest versions. Updates will not only feature more capabilities but they will also fix any bugs and issues that might slow down your website.
  13. Use Gzip Compression: Gzip is a method of compressing files for faster network transfers. It is one of the most popular methods of loading pages faster and it can be applied to your site using a plugin like W3 Total Cache.
  14. Reduce and Remove Unused Plugins and Widgets: Having too many plugins and widgets will also slow down your website speed. So, always try to limit the plugins you install and keep only the necessary ones.

Remember, website optimization is an ongoing process and not a one-time setup. It’s important to regularly test your website speed and adjust as necessary. Tools like Google PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom, or GTmetrix can provide insights on your site’s speed performance and recommend improvements.

If you need additional help optimizing your website for speed, contact Dapo Digital!

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