WordPress is a great platform to build your website, but it may take too much time to load. The load speed of your blog can greatly affect your website traffic and thereby your revenues. If your blog is taking too much time to load then you are most likely to lose readers even before they have had a look at your content. Your load speed can also have an effect on your search engine rankings as Google has placed higher worth on blogs that relatively load more quickly. There are many things that can alter the speed of your website. Here are a few suggestions to how you can make your WordPress blog load faster.
1. Choose a Good Web Host
It is important that you choose a reliable web host that had a solid background and good reputation. A good web host can drastically improve your WordPress blog speed. Invest in proper hosting especially if you have worked very hard to create your blog’s content. Choose a company that will provide top notch support and will help boost up your website’s load speed.
2. Optimize your Images
Graphics can make your blog look appealing but they can also affect your load speed. Larger images tend to slow down your load speed, forcing your readers to wait. This delay can cost you traffic. Thus it is important that you always resize your images before uploading them. You can use many editing software to resize your image such as Adobe Photoshop or SIMP.
To retain the quality of your images even after it has been resized, you can use Yahoo’s image optimizer called Smush.it. If you do not have the time to optimize each image separately you can download this free plug-in called WP-Smush. This plug-in will optimize your images automatically, saving you the time and hassle from painstakingly optimizing each image separately.
3. Use a High-Quality Caching Plug-In
Caching plug-ins have the ability to make your site load faster. To enable quicker access to users, a caching plug-in stores a version of your site’s HTML onto your user’s browser. You can easily find many caching plug-ins, some of the most effective are WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. These plug-ins are quite easy to install and use and will instantly boost up your load speed.
4. Use Limited Number of Plug-Ins
Scripts can also contribute to slowing down your load speed. Scripts are also components that need to be downloaded. So if you have extra scripts, your blog will take a longer time to load.
- Select ‘Plug-ins’ from your Dashboard
- Click on ‘edit’ beneath your active plug-in
Make sure you do not use more than 5 plug-ins. Delete unnecessary and unused plug-ins to speed up your website.
5. Be Cautious of Malware
Finally, your website may be at risk of malware without you even knowing it. Malware can be hard to detect which is why administrators have a hard time noticing if anything is wrong until they find suspicious codes within their WordPress files. Not only can malware damage your website but it can heavily contribute to slow load speed of your website.
Make a habit of regularly scanning your website for malicious codes. Opt for a scanner or a reliable host that includes malware scanning as part of the hosting package.
Author Bio: Monique Rivers is part of the team behind Ninefold, Australian company providing cloud hosting and virtual servers services. She’s interested in everything online and web design.