One of the biggest problems in WordPress is Speed Up Loading WordPress Blog. Site loading speed affects the SEO value of a website. WordPress is the best CMS platform for creating websites with various goals (blogging, e-commerce, portfolio, etc.). If the use of WordPress CMS without offsetting the good WordPress blog loading speed, the all will be in vain. In this article, I will discuss anything that affects WordPress loading speed and Tips to speed up loading WordPress blog.
WordPress often perform system updates both regarding front-end and back end. This update will affect the speed of WordPress and WordPress access. Some of the following may lead to burdening the WordPress server.
- Using of heavy WordPress theme.
- Excessive use of plugins.
- Selection of the inappropriate hosting server.
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Make sure your site has a fast loading
Provide website as an act of service provider. If the service you provide does not satisfy the visitor, then certainly visitors will not come back again. Similarly, the loading speed of a site. If your website is slow, your site will shift to a bad ranking and get a bad review.
Whether you want it to happen on your site, if you use your website or blog as a business medium it will hurt your business significantly. WordPress loading speed also determines to rank on google search engine.
How to Increase WordPress loading speed
Here are some ways that I summarize from several sources and personal experiences I tip on speeding up website loading
1. Use and select the proper WordPress cache plugin
Already I discussed in previous articles, use cache plugins improve WordPress performance. If before I use WordPress fastest cache. Currently, I have switched to using WP-Rocket. Because WP-rocket has support with SSL HTTPS. The wp-rocket caching plugin is not free but has many advantages and supports shared hosting.
2. Use a lightweight WordPress theme
One of the main factors affecting WordPress site loading speed is the theme. Use a theme that is lightweight and responsive. You can search for free or paid themes. If you have more money, superfast WordPress theme can be the best choice. In addition to the minimalist design, superfast is a super lightweight and SEO Friendly theme. Also superfast has a very easy setting.
3. Choose the right hosting
Choosing the right hosting affects the quality of your site. Find the location of the hosting server that fits your target audience, for example, if you are targeting a visitor from a US country, please locate a server location located in the US territory. Currently, at the time this article was written I use Namecheap’s hosting. In addition to low prices, Namecheap also provides the best quality hosting. I also have an excellent experience with Namecheap when migrating domain registrants. One important thing, adjust the capacity and specifications of hosting with the number of visitors and the performance of the script you use.
4. Optimize your WordPress database
Use the WP-Optimize plugin to optimize the performance of your hosting database. This plugin lets you optimize your database (spam, post revision, drafts, tables, etc.) to reduce overhead on your WordPress database. This plugin can be downloaded for free from the WordPress site directory.
If you use WP-Rocket, don’t install WP-Optimize. WP-Rocket has a feature to Optimize the WordPress Database.
5. Optimizing images with Smush Image Compression and Optimization
Images are also a major factor why WordPress blog loading is very slow. Install the Smush Image Compression, and Optimization plugin will optimize the image file size without changing the image quality. Please visit the official website of Smush Image Compression and Optimization here.
6. Disable Hotlinking and Leeching
Hotlinking is a form of “theft” bandwidth. This happens when other sites instantly display the image by linking the image URL from your site, thereby burdening and spending the hosting bandwidth.
In this way can protect and ease the server load. Please copy and paste the following code in the htaccess file:
ExpiresByType image/gif A2592000
ExpiresByType image/png A2592000
ExpiresByType image/jpg A2592000
ExpiresByType image/jpeg A2592000
If you use the WP-Rocket plugin, no need to use the above code.
7. Use CDN
Cdn is a new technology as a form of mirroring our website content. By using the CDN then our web content such as CSS, Image, Video, Custom Scripts will be mirrored on the backup server located in various countries.
8. Limit the amount of POST REVISION
You can restrict Post revision to 2 or 3 revisions only. Because every time you edit the post, it will be stored in the database, and it will result in swelling of your WordPress database, to cope with it you just simply write the following line in the file wp-config.php
define ( ' WP_POST_REVISIONS ' , 3 )
Additionally, you can delete the revised post using the wp-optimize plugin. If you have used WP-rocket, there is no need to install another plugin, because wp-rocket already has a feature to remove post revisions
9. Add the LAZYLOAD plugin
Lazy load plugin is a plugin that will display objects (pictures, video, iframe) in browsers visible. In other words, the image or object will not be loaded by the browser before you drop the scrollbar in the browser
With lazyload method, WordPress site will work very fast and ease the server load
For WP-Rocket users you do not need to do this because the feature is already included in it.
10. Use CloudFlare
CloudFlare is a content delivery network and domain name server service that is distributed to improve website performance and speed up your site loading and provide security as well.
I have never used CloudFlare service, but from various sources, CloudFlare can help improve site loading speed
WordPress speed loading blog issues have many aspects. You should pay close attention to what causes your WordPress blog to run slowly. Site loading speed affects the SEO score on search engines