How-To Guide: WordPress Website Speed Up Hacks
You want a higher rank in Google, right? Then you need to speed up your WordPress website.
From May 2021 Google website loading speed is a part of its Core Web Vitals. So, to rank high on Google, you need to speed up your website.
Speeding up your website helps you to improve your user experience, increase website traffic, and boost your search engine optimization.
Data says that, if your site is delayed in 1 second, you will lose 7% of your conversions. And if your site is delayed in 3 seconds, you will lose 53% of your traffic. So, now you know how important it is to speed up your website.
Here in this article, I will show you how to speed up your WordPress site. So, let’s start.
First, you need to check your website speed. The easiest way to check your website speed from your WordPress dashboard is MonsterInsights.
MonsterInsights is the most popular and advanced Google Analytics plugin for WordPress.
MonsterInsights has two versions: Free and Paid. Paid versions come with lots of advanced features. They have three paid plans: Plus ($99/year), Pro ($199/year), and Agency ($399/year). The more you pay, the more features you will get.
I already wrote an article where I review MonsterInsights – read that to know more about it.
So, first, install and activate the MonsterInsights plugin on your WordPress website.
Then connect the plugin with your Google Analytics account. If you don’t know how to connect MonsterInsights with Google Analytics, read this article about how to connect MonsterInsights with Google Analytics.
Once you have done, go to Insights > Reports > Site Speed. Here you can see your website speed report.
You will also get other metrics to speed up your WordPress website, along with a how-to guide to solve it.
- First Contentful Paint: It measures the time for the first visible element on your page to be rendered like images and fonts.
- Time to Interactive: The time difference between the website first starts to load and when it’s no longer loading for the user.
- Total Blocking Time: Time your website takes until people can interact with your site.
- Server Response Time: It is time for the server to respond to a data request and load the website.
Now let’s see how you can speed up your WordPress website.
WordPress speed up hacks
There are lots of factors that you need to focus on for speeding up your WordPress website. It could be plugins, hosting, theme, images, external scripts, the way your site is set up, and more.
So, let’s start.
Step – 1. Choose the best hosting for your website
Without hosting your website could not be visible on the internet, so hosting is an important part of a website.
In the market, there are lots of web hosting companies available, but finding one of them that suits you best could be difficult.
Not only different types of hosting companies but there are also different types of hosting categories available.
To know about hosting companies and different types of hosting categories, read this article about the best web hosting companies for WordPress. It can help you to choose your hosting according to your website.
Step – 2. Compress your images before uploading
Compressing images can make a big difference between a slow and fast website.
Large images take longer times to load and it slows down your website.
So, it is important to compress your images. There are lots of image compression tools available. For example, Tiny PNG is an image compression tool that can compress your PNG and JPEG images.
First, you need to upload your images on Tiny PNG and after compression, download the image and upload the compressed image.
Step – 3. Use a caching plugin
Nowadays all websites use a caching plugin. It reduces the load time of your website and improves the server response time.
When a user opens your website on the browser, WordPress gets the data from your web server and goes through a few steps, and shows the page to your user. This process will show down your website when lots of people visit your website.
But if you use a caching plugin, the plugin will store the web page after someone first loads the page. And when they open the site again, it shows the cached version. This allows WordPress to skip a lot of steps and don’t have to generate each page from scratch.
Now talk about which caching plugin is the best. If you want to go with a premium caching plugin, then I will suggest you go with WP Rocket and for a free version, you can go with LiteSpeed Cache, W3 Total Cache, WP Fastest Cache.
Step – 4. Deactivate unused plugin
If you have unused plugins in your WordPress site, then deleting those plugins could decrease the load on your server and speed up your website. It also helps to reduce the size of backups and won’t put a lot of load on the server.
Login to your WordPress, go to Plugins, check the unwanted plugins and deactivate and delete them.
Step – 5. Check your site is updated or not
Keeping up to date with your WordPress website is very important. Check if your theme and plugins are up to date or not. If they are not updated, update them.
Also, check your WordPress version and if it is not updated, update your website to the new WordPress version.
WordPress also has auto-update functionality, so if you want you can enable it.
Keeping WordPress updated adds new features, fixes bugs, and secures against security issues that could expose your site and lead to poor loading time.
That’s it. I think this article will help you a lot. If so, then share this article and comment in the comment section below.