Wednesday, February 13, 2019

10 Awesome Tips to Make Your WordPress Blog Super Fast? ( Lesson- 18)

10 Awesome Tips to Make Your WordPress Blog Super Fast

  • 1. Use your file manager or favorite FTP client to identify a file named error_log and delete it. If you have never done this cleanup before, itrrrs likely that the file size is already running into GBs which impacts the server response.
  • 2. Next, disable your hit tracking tools such as Awstats, Webalizer as most bloggers use Google analytics type of client-side tracking code.
  • 3. Enabling file compression is amongst the top performance improvement step and you will try this from the cpanel (mostly a choice by name 'Optimize Website'). You have to compress MIME file types 'text/html text/plain text/XML text/javascript text/css'.
  • 4. Next you have to make sure your static content (for example theme images) is downloaded faster by setting the content expiry period to them for a longer duration. You can create. htaccess files in respective folders with proper ExpriresDefault setting (Exact content of htaccess is just not in the scope of this article)
  • Now moving on to the WordPress blog settings and theme optimization part.
  • 5. As a first step, look at your theme is actually it's got non-performing code for example 'Featured posts' which sometimes loop from the posts collection twice. Even those so-called SEO optimized and professional themes have several non-performing code pieces. Another related tip this is to use the default 'more' tag feature compared to the theme's own logic to show post excerpts.
  • 6. Next, you must run through your entire plugins and not simply disable but delete all unwanted plugins. You have to become mindful in picking your WordPress plugins and as up to possible, maintain the variety of plugins below 12 and even 10. Another important point here's in order to avoid plugins which utilizes extensive database storage. For example, some affiliate and content link advertising plugins sometimes actually duplicate you. As within the case of the theme, non-performing plugins requires code tidy up also.
  • 7. Reducing the variety of posts on homepage is sure to help make your homepage load faster. You have to go to an optimum amount of posts to show in line with the overall payload of your homepage. Something like 5-6 posts is good.
  • 8. Usage of images has to be optimized next. Like almost as much as possible, you have to cut back the variety of images per page to below 10 roughly. You have to mention the size and style (width and height) of the image whenever you have used them to help smooth and fast rendering by the browser. Also, never use formats like BMP but choose more compressed GIF or PNG image formats.
  • 9. Compressing and consolidating the javascript files is the next step that you may use the WP-Minify WordPress plugin. This needs careful implementation.
  • 10. Reducing the variety of ad blocks used is last step. More adblocks means more scripts plus much more DNS lookup/HTTP requests. Even Google's own AdSense javascript file is large and hence it affects the complete performance.

Bonus tip: Gravatar is one thing that you use often in your WordPress commenting feature. When a particular commenter does not have a Gravatar image, usually it creates a redirection to fetch the default Gravatar image.