18 February 2017

7 Little Known Tips On How You Can Speed Up Your WordPress

1. Make Sure That Your Images Are Sized Correctly

Avoid scaling images to ensure fast load times. This way you can guarantee the best experience for your visitors. Using the correct images sizes for your site helps avoid massive images being uploaded here and there. Be sure to set the height and the width correctly.

<img src=”/images/image.jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ />

2. Lazy Load Your Images

Have you ever noticed that on some pages, images slowly fade in as you scroll? Well, that’s what we call “lazy loading”. It helps only load images when your visitor has scrolled to that content. This in turn reduces the load time for your visitors and the improves server bandwidth. If you are wondering how to set this functionality up on your WordPress website, wonder no more! There’s a plugin that does it for you: it’s called Rocket Lazy Load.

3. Empty your WordPress trash (automatically)

Delete your files in the “trash” to keep your WordPress optimized. Any time you delete something like a post, comment or spam, it goes in the trash and stays there for a while. Don’t get obsessive compulsive about either! Just keep a good cleaning schedule (once every 2 weeks or once a month).

4. Disable trackbacks and pingbacks

Most sites and blogs don’t really need these enabled. Pingbacks and trackbacks are built-in notifications that take up resources. If you don’t need these (and let’s be real, most websites don’t), then disable them.

5. Update The Plugins You Use And Deactivate And Delete The Plugins You Don’t

It’s important to update your plugins. Plugin updates and releases are usually improved so this could help with your site speed and your security (as updates can also be done to fix security vulnerabilities detected in the plugin).Delete plugins you don’t use as they can drag down your performance. Make it a habit to discard unused plugins.

6.Optimize and compress your images

How could we not talk about this? You need to ensure that your images are optimized for the web! In most cases, images that you upload on your website haven’t been compressed in an optimal way. There are several tools out that that can help with that. Image compression doesn’t mean low-quality files. You can still maintain a high-quality image while making sure that it doesn’t drag down your performance. Give our WordPress plugin a try!

7. Use local gravatars

Little know trick to optimize your WordPress performane: use locally-hosted Gravatars instead of the Gravatar.com. It will be much less resource-intensive! Use locally-hosted Gravatars instead of relying on the resource-intensive Gravatar.com. Want to find out more about all this? Check out Woorkup’s article. It describes the process very well.

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