Among the most popular tools for websites based on Content Management System, Word Press has established itself as one of the leaders. As of August 2013, Word Press is used by more than 22% of the top 10 million websites. Also it is the most popular blogging system in use, in more than 60 million websites. Thousands of plugins and themes are offered by Word Press to help you build websites / blogs in just a few clicks. On the other side, speed of loading is the most common problem that Word Press websites often encounter.
Below given are a few tips that can help you increase the speed of Word Press websites
Choosing the right host:
Faster website loading ability demands faster data accessing ability from the server in which the website is hosted. This is where high quality servers play a key role. The Solid State Drive (SSD) hosting recently launched by HostDime is a classic example of high quality servers. An SSD is 30% faster than the ordinary SATA HDD’s.
Use of caching plugin:
Use of efficient caching plugins can also improve the page loading performance. Some quality caching plugins that are available are W3 Total Cache, Lite Cache, WP Super Cache etc.
Use of content delivery network (CDN):
Content Delivery Network (CDN) holds all the static files and lets visitors download them as fast as possible, by serving the files to servers located close to them. Some of the common CDN providers are Cloudflare, MAX CDN etc.
Optimize your homepage for faster loading:
The above mentioned are a few easy ways to load your homepage faster. Remember, this is the page where you want your visitors to reach and learn about you. Hence, if it is not loaded fast then the resulting delay can hamper the growth prospects of your business. Better late than never….
A few more points worth noting down:
In the home page,
- show excerpts instead of full posts
- Reduce the number of posts (I prefer showing max 5)
- Remove unnecessary sharing widgets from the home page (include them only in posts)
- Remove inactive plugins and widgets that you don’t need.
- Keep in minimal! Remember, readers are here for content.