Speed is a very important factor when it comes to Web surfing or for that matter any aspect of life. Nowadays, people have gotten used to being spoiled with websites that load almost instantly and most of the potential readers of your blog will not tolerate a site that is slow to load, making it a bad reading experience. If this is the case, many of your potential followers will just search for other more entertaining sites that are easier and more enjoyable to maneuver. The goal of this article is to give you some great tips on how to speed up your blog and avoid losing prospective readers.
Tips to Improve Loading Speed:
Use WP Super Cache plug-in:
Since WordPress is a PHP script it can be a bit slow sometimes because the pages are dynamic and all queries need to be executed before they can load. The solution to this problem is, of course, the use of static pages. To do this you must install the WP Super Cache plug-in which can store pages that are fully generated and display them quickly, rather than having to wait for the dynamic queries to be processed. From the moment you get this plug-in up and running you will notice a significant decrease of the time it takes to load a page and also better utilization of server resources.
Keep Pages Small and Simple:
Another great way of increasing the speed of your blog is by creating smaller pages. Although your goal probably is to offer large amounts of useful information that would include a high number of pages, it is better to try and divide longer posts between smaller pages. This way, the content of any page will be quicker to load but it will also give enough information to readers and make them want to know more about the subject and keep reading. To do this you need to open the WP admin panel and type in the <!-nextpage> code where you want to end each page. It is also good to make sure that your template is functioning as it should.
Optimizing your MySQL Database is also great for the load time of your pages. This can be done in two ways. The first one is manually and should only be done by more experienced users. You will have to open phpMyAdmin, select your database and use the option that allows you to optimize the desired tables. The second way to do it is automatically, by using the Optimize DB plug-in which will do all the work that would otherwise have to be done manually, but with just a small amount of effort from your part.
Remove Unnecessary Plugins:
Removing all the unnecessary plug-ins and PHP tags is also a good step forward in improving the swiftness of your blog’s load time. Needless to say, if you use a lot of plug-ins, you should identify the ones that you can integrate into your theme. Also, it is a good idea to check if some of them are mandatory and if the answer is no, then you should stop using them. Furthermore, do a thorough search within your header.php and other similar files. You will be surprised at how many worthless tags and queries you will come across, which can be safely deleted without impairing your blog.
Use Java Script File Compressor:
Excerpts On Main Page:
You should also consider the usage of Excerpts on your main page because it can dramatically decrease its load time. While this may not be a change many of us want to bring about, it’s something to take into consideration since several larger posts on your index page can make it very slow to load. The example should display some excerpts of your last posts to unburden your main page and make it faster. To achieve this you need to open the index.php file and change the <?PHP the_content(__(‘(more…)’)); ?> line with <?PHP the_excerpt(__(‘(more…)’)); ?>. Also, you need to set a limit of posts on the index page from the Settings/Reading section in the admin panel.