Quick ways to Optimize your WordPress site

Optimize WordPressSometimes even on a good web hosting server, your WordPress site responds slowly or takes long time to load which also might result in heavy CPU usage.  Wordpress itself is an optimized script which is programmed to use less space and server resources but if your WordPress is not configured properly, it will simply result in low performance. A website taking too much time to load will also lose traffic and will also cause problems to Search Engine crawlers.

Here are few important, easy and quick tips  which will help you to reduce server load and optimizing your WordPress blog’s performance.

  •  Make Sure you have the Latest

If you are using an old WordPress version then there might be chances that it will not be compatible with the server in which your website is hosted. Many Web Hosting servers update their PHP or MySql version and hence your old WordPress, which was programmed for older version of PHP will not work. Hence, make sure your WordPress version is updated. You can check the latest version of WordPress at WordPress.org

  • Remove Unwanted Plugins
You must delete the plugins which are disabled or not in use. Each installed plugin takes up server usage and having too many plugins might reduce your site’s performance. Don’t use unnecessary plugins. You can disable 3rd party plugins like twitter feed plugin or Facebook feed plugin. These type of plugins first connect to the third party through API or Javascript which will take time to load.
  • Use Caching and Compression
Caching of your wordpress site will not load WordPress everytime from the database. Hence, it will save your Bandwidth, reduce server load and your WordPress Pages will be served quicker to the visitors. Caching is very helpful for the sites which are not updated regularly. You can also use Compression for your WordPress. It will reduce your file size and will serve the pages faster. There are many Compression options , but you can go for Gzip compression if it is supported by your server. You can use mod_rewrite for Caching but if you are not familiar with these things you can simple use this popular WordPress plugin “WP Super Cache” which allows you to both Cache and compress the pages.

  • Avoid Use of Iframes
Avoid use of iframes in your Widgets or templates , if possible. Iframes takes longer time to load and is also does’t indexed by the search engines. Widgets like Facebook Like box or Ads (from few publishers) use iFrames in their code. You can use the alternative version of the code for these type of things. Facebook Like widget also comes in HTML5 language these days.
  • No Videos or Big Images on Home
Don’t put up streaming videos or images with huge size. They take long time to load and will slow down your website.  If you are using Featured Post sliders then upload a low sized image while creating a post.
  • Sitemap Generators
If you have installed a Sitemap Generator plugin for your WordPress blog, make sure it doesn’t generate everytime you publish a post or a comment is  posted. Sitemap generators consumes lot of server usage. You should set the time interval of the Sitemap generation to period like 3 days or 4 days.These are few quick methods to optimize WordPress. There are more complicated tricks which require some programming knowledge to optimize the WordPress which we will be posting soon. Keep yourself updated with TechTeria.

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