WordPress is not only great platform for blogging, its also best option of websites. WordPress is CMS that use PHP and MySQL to serve dynamic virtual pages. If we compare WordPress with HTML5 static pages, WordPress is slowest in page load. WordPress itself a heavy CMS and it may struggle to load page in peak hours. In this quick post, I’ll cover all of the best ways that I’ve found to consistently speed up WordPress.
Why Website Speed Matters if I use CMS-
Visitors land to your website for information/content and If page loading time is too slow. He/she will leave your website and searching another website for information. Search engines giant Google also rank fast loading website, Google page rank is perfect tool to know your Google page score. Other search engines like Bing, Yandex, etc also give priority to fast loading website.
If website is loading faster then other, then every visitors will love your website and you will get repeated visitors.
Easy Way Speed Up WordPress-
As we know WordPress is dynamic website, we can optimized it to extreme level and make it super website.
Choose VPS for WordPress hosting-
Shared hosting is good for very small website, If you are using WordPress and getting 1000+ visitors daily. You mast moved to VPS, You can buy unmanaged VPS for around $50-100/year and If you are non-techie, you can hire someone for your VPS setup. You can setup Memcached or OPCached to supercharge your wordpress.
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Choose Good Shared Hosting-
If you have small WordPress website with minimum number of visitors, simply you can choose any good shared hosting that provides larger PHP memory, CPU limits, more Process, and OPCache option. I know its very hard to find good web hosting for WordPress. As Godaddy, Bigrock, etc all are big names, but they don’t have good hosting.
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Use solid & SEO friendly framework/theme-
WordPress theme/framework play important role in speed, rrom my experience, the fastest loading premium framework is definitely the Studiopress Genesis Theme. But there are also free option like default theme Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Seventeen. You might be surprised to here this, but the Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Seventeen can be used as “framework”, and it is lightweight and quite speedy.
If you choose solid WP theme framework, then it won’t slow you down your WP website with excess plugins or custom edits.
Use an effective caching plugin-
WordPress plugins are obviously quite useful to extend functions, but some of the best fall under the caching plugin category, as they drastically improve page loads time, and best of all, all of them on WordPress.org plugin archive are free and easy to use.
I suggest you to use WP-Super-Cache plugin, its published by Automattic (WordPress). So it is more trustworthy then others. Just install, activate and apply simple mode to enable quick cache in WordPress.
Use a CDN (content delivery network)-
Personally I’m using Cloudflare, Its very fast and reliable. Through cloudflare you can serve your whole site from CDN network, html too.
Optimize images through plugin automatically-
Yahoo! has an image optimizer called Smush.it that will drastically reduce the file size of an image, while not reducing quality. There is an amazing, free plugin called WP-SmushIt which will do this process to all of your images automatically, as you are uploading them.
Optimize your WordPress database-
Sometimes problems in your MySQL database can slowdown your WordPress website, There is a plugin lets you do just one simple task: optimize the your database (spam, post revisions, drafts, tables, etc.) to reduce their overhead. You can simply use the WP-Optimize plugin. There is also a plugin called WP-DB Manager plugin, which can schedule dates for database optimization.
Use less WP Plugins-
WordPress plugins is very useful, but it makes your WordPress more heavy by adding unwanted scripts and CSS files. Its good to use only important plugins. If you need some features, you can create your own custom plugin.
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Conclusion– WordPress is a best CMS in 2018, But as a webmaster you need to optimized your wordpress to make your website superfast.