WordPress is about to complete 13 years in web development and with so much time comes a lot of commitment. And over these years, we can clearly see that the developers have embarked on a new level of development to render seamless performance. With advancement in this field we now have several tricks that can improve the performance of our WordPress website.
In this blog, I have shared some tried and tested tips that can help a WordPress developer to considerably improve the performance of a website.
1. Make sure to test the Speed of Your Website
Before we straight away jump to the optimization tricks you need to make sure to know the current speed of your WordPress website , thus the first thing is to test the speed of your website first, as this will help you to see what all improvements you have made after the making the changes.
This is one the best ways to find out gray areas of your website on which you need to work improvement. To test the speed of your website, you can make use of the following tools that can help you to test the performance of your website.
- Google PageSpeed Insights
2.Understand the issues with your WordPress Pages
Now that you have got data related to your WordPress website performance and speed, the next step is that you need to isolate the problems as per their level of severity.
One of the best thing about this is that it assures you that whether you have a room to use a plugin or not, along with this you can even opt for any other WordPress theme. Apart from this, we have another quite important alternative which is using tools such as Theme-Check, P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler), Debug Bar, and several others.
For instance, we have the Plugin Performance Profiler that works as an excellent tool that breaks the loading time of your website as per loading of the elements.
3. Invest Wisely in Picking a Reliable Hosting Provider
Another important thing is to choose the best web host for your website so as to form a strong base in order to make your website perform seamlessly on all the devices irrespective of their shape and orientation.
Moreover, you need to remember the fact that every hosting plans will not render you top notch services, more importantly, when you choose to opt for hosting provider at a reasonable rate.
Apart from this, you need to very precisely pick quite a suitable hosting plan that can fit your specific needs of your WordPress website. Following are the plans that one can opt for hosting their website.
- Dedicated hosting plans
- Shared hosting plan
- Managed WP hosting plans
- Virtual private server (VPS)
4. Keep Your Website Clean
There is a big misconception among the newbie developers that stuffing the website with too much content or component certainly affects the performance of your website. This is the reason your WordPress site might require very less housekeeping so as to continue to make sure that they are performing appropriately.
To do this, it is preferred that one must schedule some of their tasks so as to keep their website well-maintained for instance:
- Make Use of a Minimalistic Theme
- Remove Spam Comments
- Make use of Spam Comments Cleaner
- WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam
- Do not store Unwanted Data
- Stop Spam Comments
5. Enable gZIP compression on Web Server
We can obviously not say that the more is the size of the data, the more will be the time consumed in loading that particular website.
More importantly, you need to enable gZIP compression for your web server as this is a great step in reducing the size of the data. We need to make sure that the gZIP which is enabled on the server is certainly a compressed version which gets requested on the webpage or file which is downloaded by the web browser.
This is not it as the browser decompresses the data which is received before we interpret it. Moreover, this is quite an important task that reduces the information transferred, and this drastically reduces the page loading time.
## ENABLE GZIP COMPRESSION ##
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
## ENABLE GZIP COMPRESSION ##