Check out the below infographic provided by cloud hosting company SingleHop for these easy WordPress speed optimization strategies you can implement with plugins and a little coding knowledge.
WordPress Speed Optimization Tips
Here are the 7 most important things you can do now to get your WordPress site running faster and thereby increase its effectiveness.
First thing to do is to see how your WP site is currently performing. Use these tools to test your site speed:
- Google PageSpeed Insights
- Google Search Console
- WordPress: Google Analytics Plugin (incorporates PageSpeed Insights)
2. Redesign & Reorganize
- Refresh and reorganize your content
- Simplify the design
- Use fewer widgets and plugins
- Go fully responsive
- Remove any unnecessary images and resources
3. Optimize Your Images
Read this article on managing images in WordPress.
4. Remove Flash Elements
Flash is becoming increasingly slow and isn’t universally supported by all browsers and devices. Where possible look for HTML 5 alternatives.
5. Social Buttons
6. Use A Caching Plugin
Generally adding plugins slows your site down but this does the opposite. It serves up static HTML pages to your public visitors, thereby reducing calls to the database and speeding up your site massively.
The king of caching plugins for WordPress is WP Super Cache.
7. Use a CDN
A CDN is a content delivery network. It serves up resources like images and video from a server that is closer to the users network meaning faster load times.
A full CDN does mean a monthly fee but if you’re looking for a free option, Jetpack has a plugin called Jetpack Photon that works only for images.
Worth the time and effort
If you follow these WordPress optimization tips you will find your site loading faster, looking cleaner and ultimately converting better. By removing heavy widgets and considering scalable hosting infrastructure, you’ll make your website visitors happy.
WordPress speed optimization means more happy visitors and more tangible results in terms of visitors becoming readers and/or buyers.
Thanks to Singlehop Private Hosting Solutions for contacting us and making this great infographic available.