With increasing use of WordPress, more and more themes are launched every day by many developers. For some reason, most developers are adding unnecessary features and functions to the theme which looks good on paper but actually hinders website load times.
And users are buying/using these type of themes without thinking about repercussions.
But there are some smart options out there. There are themes which not only offers great design and functions but prioritize on website loading speed.
A good theme makes a great difference, so please don’t ignore it.
2. Remove unnecessary plugins
This is pretty obvious. Using too many plugins slows down a website because all plugins load their own JS, CSS, and adds additional clutter on the database.
Instead of installing different plugins for different functionalities, find plugins that provide functions of multiple plugins into one.
For example, We use Jetpack plugin for WordPress, which provides functions of many different plugins into one. Jetpack provides Lazy load, custom content types, social sharing buttons, related posts, site stats, and many security and other options.
So instead of using different plugins, look for same functions in any plugins you already have installed.
And never use plugins and add-ons that come with too much clutter. Like some shortcode plugins, which provide hundreds of different shortcodes. Because they might make your site look good, but it’ll reduce your site’s load time, greatly.
3. Use cache plugins effectively
This is very important. Using cache plugins correctly and effectively can make a huge difference to your site’s loading time.
Here’s how I use cache on MaherHackers:
We use the W3 Total Cache plugin and Autoptimize together to get a perfect caching solution.
W3 Total Cache takes care of all cache options including browser cache, database cache, object cache and so on and Autoptimize takes care of JSS, CSS minification.
Check your website’s speed before and after enabling these.
4. Start using a CDN service
Using CDN doesn’t mean spending extra money. We don’t use any paid CDN service.
We use CloudFlare. Not only does it provide Free CDN service, CloudFlare provides additional security and performance to your site and many other helpful features.
5. Contact your host
This is especially helpful if you have a VPS or Dedicated hosting, but even if you use Shared hosting, this could help.
Contact your hosting provider and ask them to install necessary extensions to optimize server and improve website load times.
Most of the times, Installing necessary applications on the server can be very beneficial.
So do contact them, you haven’t got anything to lose.
6. Activate Cpanel Cache
Cpanel on most of the hosts provide built-in cache option. By enabling it, you can use cache from the server level and it can have a very big impact on website’s loading time.
Log in to your Cpanel and you should see Cache Manager option in the Software section. If you don’t see it, you might need to contact your host and ask them to install it for you.
To activate Cpanel Cache, Click on Cache Manager and enable the cache in next screen and save changes.
7. Optimize images
It’s been said over and over again, Optimizing your images can be a real game changer. Images are the #1 reason for website slowdowns. And it’s the easiest thing to fix.
I use ImageOptim to optimize the images. I just run them through it and then upload them on the web. So they are already optimized.
ImageOptim optimizes images without the loss of quality. So you’re using the same thing without the high load.
To optimize images through ImageOptim, Just drag and drop your image file into ImageOptim and it’ll optimize your image instantly.
Using all these tactics will improve your website’s loading speed effectively and instantly. If you have any other suggestions, do comment!
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