5 tips for making WordPress Websites Faster
what we're thinking about a blog post that you actually wrote it's about five tips for making WordPress sites faster that's right and I wrote it because basically, I spend a lot of time
kind of hand tuning different WordPress websites and I realize there's really not a lot of great helpful information that's usually kind of falls in one or two buckets.
Right great that bucket where things are a little bit too technical where you can't really take action on any things that are given or it's just informational and you're like oh great what do I do exactly so what were the five tips that I came up with yeah so:
1. The first one would be caching and CD and configuration that's right and I really
gave three different ways you could go about this the first is obviously using your host so whoever your host is there's a good chance they make it really simple for you to go in and enable a CDN.
when we are talking about the Website lazy loading and some other things like that essentially instead of getting your content from your host server your content is distributed through servers around the globe and users will access it through the fastest one.
They don't give you a lot of controls but you can enable it and the CDN simply just means that we've talked about this before.
2. The second way you can go about doing it that gives you a little bit more control is using a free CD and provider or like someone like CloudFlare so CloudFlare and there are some other ones out there allow you to just simply create an account and can have a lot of extra controls over.
How your CDN and how the caching which is basically how long that content stays on those servers around the globe actually would work and if you're in a zone user, there's actually I'm an app called the caching app that allows you to use a free azoic.
If you have different rules on your site that may be preventing it from working how'd it go in and check that you just go into inspecting the element of the Network and you can actually see if there's a hit or a miss and if there's a missed catching app doesn't work perfectly the.
CDN we give you lots of controls and we actually Institute all the best practices that I talked about in the blog post when you're setting a cloud clutter automatically I even go into some detail in the blog about now if you are currently using these web caching app.
3. Next tip is to eliminate common WordPress plugins slow down issues that are right so um people that use working WordPress use plugins right on average there are about 20 plugins on every publisher site that uses WordPress and I would venture to guess that a lot of those either aren't used anymore or aren't necessary.
If somebody installs and thinking that's going to do something and then it doesn't do the thing they hoped and then they forget to get rid of it and so you either want to delete or deactivate or you want to delete all of them.
But you want to deactivate any that you're not using and then delete them from your WordPress interface then go into your PHP my admin which is your database which is really easy to do.
Once you go in there you just want to make sure that if there are any files or database tables that are created that you basically they get rid of those that are left for over from the plug-in so that this you really it is like the double deleting it's like emptying your trash can alright.
4. The next one would be to optimize image delivery that's right so we've talked about this before images on a lot of publisher sites are too big and I basically give three rules in the blog post and my kind of go into detail about how to approach all of them.
But the first is to make the image is smaller most screens that people view your content on um you don't need images larger than a thousand pixels wide so that's a really good rule of thumb you just resize the images to a thousand pixels in width and scale them
The image quality is affected you can use Photoshop to do this or you can use one.
The second is you just want to try to get them in a normal file type like a PNG or jpg JPEGs are dip typically even be the smallest so once you have them in a jpg and there are a thousand pixels wide then you can compress them and there's a way to losslessly compress them without having to worry about like of my favorite tools.
Optimas were ill you take your image to resize it save it as a JPEG throw it in the Optimus villa which is a free tool and then re-upload it to your side and you're probably gonna have an image it's far less than 100 kilobytes.
5. The threshold that I like to give the last one would be to use a fast WordPress theme and reduce code blue that's right so coding and a lot of other things start to bloat up the site you know a lot of the plugins that you have a lot of the extra CSS the images all these things make your website a lot larger right so we-we talked about the images a second ago a lot of people use plugins for images, unfortunately, those just don't work very good anything that you use is like a plug-in to try to like compress your site.
last but not least kill linked fonts and use native bugs instead that's right so this is just an option so a lot of people really like using google fonts or fancy fonts that are provided.
The theme for provider publisher and those are really great they make to make you the website looks really nice but those linked fonts a lot of times can add a lot of sizes your site I had a site that had 7.3 megabytes just through X external fonts that were being added and so you can use system fonts or native fonts.
which are essentially fonts that are installed in every browser or computer or device and that makes it a lot easier for people to access that quickly so there's a lot of really common ones arial times new roman' Roboto.