16 Ultimate Ways To Speed Up Your WordPress Website – Page 2
Fix #2 – Your WordPress Theme– I suggest my personal favorite free theme Hueman by Alexander Agnarson. You can of course find many streamlined themes if my favorite does not appeal to you. When choosing a theme check the page speed of the theme’s demo using the tools mentioned above to see how quickly it loads.
Fix #3 – Plugins– Now this is a touchy subject because some people are real attached to their plugins. It seems there is a plugin for everything nowadays. Ask yourself if you really need every plugin you have loaded into your WordPress installation. Plugins can slow down a page so lets see if we can find out which ones are the hogs by using guess what, a plugin. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time. Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site.
Once you know which plugins are the biggest offenders in slowing down your website, you will need to make the decision about whether to keep them, replace them or remove them completely. Always uninstall and delete as well as deactivate plugins you do not need. You may find that social-sharing plugins bloat page-loading times and can easily be replaced by embedding social buttons into your theme’s source code. If you insist on using the buttons you should always host them on your own site.
Fix #4 – Turn Off Pingbacks and Trackbacks– This is a quick and simple fix. Pingbacks and trackbacks are methods used by WordPress to alert other blogs that your posts link to. While sometimes interesting, they can be a drain on page speed and are usually better turned off. You can turn them off under the “Discussion” tab in “Settings” in your WordPress dashboard.
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