16 Ultimate Ways To Speed Up Your WordPress Website
The main priority of a WordPress website should be the ability for it to load quickly. When your website takes more than a second to load you may start to lose visitors. Google’s algorithm takes page speed into account when ranking websites which can affect your ad revenue and visitor quantity.
There are many different plugins out there that claim they can speed your load time. Most leave you with slower times than when you started or can be complicated to configure. While I have no problem with certain plugins let’s look at all aspects of what can speed up a WordPress website. My list will take you from suggestions like choosing a host to easy fixes all the way to some harder solutions.
Prior to starting
Before we begin make sure you have a complete backup of your website and all associated files. You should take each suggestion one step at a time. If a suggestion causes an issue you can reverse what you did. By the time you complete these fixes I believe you will achieve a large speed boost but please take your time. Keep in mind not all fixes may be needed.
Test Your Page Speed
Before you begin making changes test your page speed to develop your baseline. I recommend using Google’s Page Speed Insights, Pingdom and GTmetrix. These 3 websites will allow you to get lots of helpful information and suggestions to increase your scores using the fixes found in this article. Test your website and write down your starting scores. Each site lists it’s recommendations in order of priority. Addressing the highest priority item will yield the highest gain in your score.
16 Ultimate Ways To Speed Up Your WordPress Website.
Start With The Basics
Fix #1 – Your Web Host– You should choose a good Web hosting company along with the best hosting package your budget will allow you to get. Your host has a large impact on the speed of your WordPress website. Personally I use StableHost as my Web Host and I use the Stable Shared hosting package. I have plenty of speed and they use SSD drives and along with cPanel and unlimited bandwidth I am set. For $5.95 a month it’s affordable and they have been nothing but responsive when I needed something. You can use the Promo Code ROMAN for 40% off if you want to try them. I recommend you stay away from free or “cheap’ hosts. You can research other hosts and see what people are saying on the respected WebHostingTalk forum.
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