10 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance



Do you want to speed up your WordPress site? Fast loading pages enhance user experience, increase your pageviews, and help your SEO as well. In this article, we will show you some of the most useful tricks to speed up WordPress and boost performance.

1. Choose a Good Web Host

Choosing a web host will be the most important decision for the success of your site. If you are not on a good web hosting service, then everything else you do to speed up your site will simply fail.
If you are just starting out, then we recommend Siteground. They are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider, and are known to provide top-notch service.
If you can afford to spend a little more, then go with WPEngine. They are a managed WordPress hosting provider which means they will take care of all things WordPress for you.
For more recommendations, check out our guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting.

2. Use a Caching Plugin

WordPress is written in PHP, which is a server side programming language. This means every time someone visits your website, WordPress runs a process to fetch the information and then display it on the fly to your user.

This process can slow down your site when you have multiple people visiting your site.
The solution is to use a caching plugin.
Instead of generating every page on the fly, your caching plugin will serve a cached version of the page to user’s browser.
We use W3 Total Cache on WP, but this plugin hasn’t been updated in a long time, and we will be switching soon.
We recommend that you use the WP Super Cache plugin. See our guide on how to install and setup WP Super Cache on your WordPress site.

3. Use CDN

Many files on your website are static such as images, CSS, and JavaScript. These files normally don’t change. However when a web browser is downloading your page, these files can stop it from displaying the page to your users.
CDN or content delivery networks solve this problem by serving your static files from their servers across the world. This frees up resources on your server, makes your website fast, and improves user experience.

We use MaxCDN on all our projects. It works well with WordPress websites and integrates into your existing WordPress caching plugins. See our guide on how to install and setup WordPress CDN solution MaxCDN.

4. Optimize Images for Speed

Images are one of the most engaging content on the web. Usually, most websites have dozens of images on each page. They also take the longest to load.
You need to make sure that the images you use in WordPress are properly optimized for the web. Most image editing software allow you to save optimized versions without any noticeable quality loss.
For more information and detailed instructions see our guide on how to save images optimized for web.

5. Use a Theme Optimized For Speed

When selecting a WordPress theme for your website, pay special attention to speed optimization. Premium WordPress theme shops like StudioPress, Themify, and ArrayThemes offer themes that are well coded and optimized for speed.
After installing a theme, there are several things you can do to optimize speed. But if your WordPress theme is poorly coded, then you may end up wasting time and valuable resources.
See our guide on how to properly switch your WordPress theme for a smooth transition to a well coded theme.

6. Use a Faster Slider Plugin

Sliders are another common web design element that can make your website slow. You need to make sure that you are using a WordPress slider that does not slow down your site.
We compared the best WordPress slider plugins for performance and features. Soliloquy tops our list of fastest and most feature rich WordPress slider plugin in the market.

7. Use Excerpts on Homepage and Archives

By default, WordPress displays youyour full article with all the images on the homepage and archives. This means your homepage, categories, tag, and other archive pages will all load slower.
Another disadvantage of showing full articles on these pages is that users don’t feel the need to visit the actual article. This reduces your pageviews.
See our article on full post vs summary (excerpt) in your WordPress archive pages.

8. Split Long Posts into Pages

If you publish long form articles with lots of images, then consider splitting them into multiple pages. WordPress comes with built-in functionality to do that.
Simply add tag in your article where you want to split it into next page. Do that again if you want to split the article on to the next page as well.
For detailed instructions, see our tutorial on post pagination – how to split WordPress posts into multiple pages.

9. Split Comments into Page

Some of your articles will get more comments than others. If you are displaying all the comments on the same page, then it will increase your page load time.
WordPress comes with a built-in solution for that. Simply go to Settings » Discussion and check the box next to ‘Break comments into pages…’ option.

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to paginate comments in WordPress.

10. Remove Inactive Plugins

Many beginners often install too many plugins and then forget to uninstall a plugin that they are not even using.
This is problematic because not only these plugins increase your WordPress backup size, they can also slow down your website.
Review installed plugins on your WordPress site and remove the plugins that you are not using.
Source: WordPress

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