Do you know that I didn’t get a chance in one of our country’s prestigious universities because of my late answer?
You have just learned the importance of fast response in real life, but what about your blog? Does it need to be speedy?
Well, you should learn my pathetic story regarding the speed of a blog of mine.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t know the importance of the speed of my blog. I was doing almost everything to take my blog to the next level, but nothing was working.
Then one day I figured out that the poor speed of my blog was responsible for this. Soon after that, I started learning about the ways that could speed up my WordPress blog.
I feel very lucky because I’ve learned so many things about speeding up a WP blog.
And I felt very happy when I could help one of the bloggers whose site was slow.
Now, I wanna help many of you guys.
HOW TO SPEED UP YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG?
Speeding up a blog is like a diagnostic test. First of all, you need to identify your blog’s issues that are guilty of the slow speed, and then you need to take action.
But before you go any further you need to check your blog’s speed whether it’s slow or not? This is because your internet connection might be slow too.
If you really find that your blog is running slowly, then you can proceed further with the tests and the necessary actions.
Here are the steps that you’ll have to follow one by one to speed up your blog –
IS YOUR HOSTING OKAY?
When your blog isn’t speedy enough you can point your finger at your hosting provider. Yes, you need to be very cautious about this because I’ve already shared my horrible incident regarding this in the initial part of this blog post a couple of days back.
Sometimes, a poor hosting company shows this sort of problem. If the server response time is too long than usual, then the page loading will take much time. As a result, your blog will be too slow to make it a kickass blog.
So, check your hosting company and its hosting pack whether it’s okay or not. If you see that there’s something problematic with your hosting company or pack, then you should move to a reliable one as early as possible.
In my honest opinion, I always recommend iPage or Namecheap, or Bluehost for hosting a blog because they’re cheap and at the same time, the service is up to the mark.
IDENTIFY YOUR THEME’S PERFORMANCE!
You should know that a bad theme of your blog can make it very slow. So when you use a theme, check it with PageSpeedInsights. If you see that the new theme is giving slow speed, then you shouldn’t use that.
Use a lightweight and cleanly coded WordPress theme for your blog if it’s running on WordPress.
In the past, I suffered a lot because of not using an SEO-friendly theme. I’m very lucky because I could find a nice theme named Schema which is a light theme and made my blog load very fast.
You can also check this list of SEO themes.
USE A FEW WIDGETS ON YOUR BLOG
Many of you do this mistake. Yes, you keep a lot of widgets on your blog to give your readers a lot of options. I also did the same when I didn’t know the harmful effect of this practice.
But, it’s very bad to use so many widgets on a blog because it makes it slower.
So, from now on, keep only the required widgets on your blog. You’ll see a great speed up after removing the excess widgets from your blog.
THE USE OF PLUGINS SHOULD BE MINIMAL
Plugins are so cute to make your WordPress blog look nice, but if you use many plugins on your blog, then this is bad for both the speed and the security of it.
So, check which plugins are quite necessary for running your blog comfortably. Then, use only the necessary plugins for your blog.
Earlier, I used as many plugins as I could. Since I know the downside of using so many plugins, I use 10 to 12 plugins on my blog now.
NEVER SHOW FULL POSTS ON THE HOMEPAGE
This is a no-brainer to understand that a whole bulk of text will slow down your web page.
In the theme’s customization options, you’ll find one option for showing excerpts or full posts. You should go for showing excerpts because if you enable full posts, then it’ll take more space which will surely lead to slow speed.
THE NUMBER OF BLOG POSTS PER PAGE SHOULD BE FEWER
By editing your WordPress theme, you can set the number of posts per page of your blog. You should keep 5 – 7 posts at best per page. This will give you a decent speed.
OPTIMIZE THE IMAGES OF YOUR BLOG POSTS
For the images used online, you should be very much careful about two things – one is the size and the other one is quality.
Yes, to keep the quality of your blog posts good, you should learn how to reduce the size of them so that they don’t have to sacrifice much of their quality.
You can use a WordPress plugin named WP Smush to automatically optimize your blog’s images. Also, choose those images that are less than 100KB in size.
You can use an online tool named CompressPNG.com or CompressJPG.com to compress your PNG or JPG images respectively.
LIMIT THE NUMBER OF BANNERS ON YOUR BLOG
Many of us keep a lot of banner ads on our blogs. This is a bad practice and you shouldn’t do this for your blog. Using affiliate or AdSense like banners have so many negative things.
First of all, the affiliate code is quite irritating which harms the rank of a post. So, you should make the link no-follow when you use one like this on your blog.
And, banner ads take more time to load, so they usually make a web page slow.
YOU SHOULD OPTIMIZE YOUR BLOG FROM TIME TO TIME
WordPress blog becomes filthy with so many unnecessary files every now and then. So, you should optimize your blog from time to time to make it sure that it’s neat and clean.
To do this, you can use a nice WordPress plugin named WP-Optimize on your blog. This plugin will delete the unnecessary files from your blog.
USE W3 TOTAL CACHE PLUGIN
W3 Total Cache is a must-have plugin for a WordPress site because of its caching facility. In addition, it can do a lot more things to make a site speedy.
So, install this plugin and set up properly to get the most out of it.
YOU CAN USE A CDN
A content delivery network (CDN) can speed up your WordPress blog because it delivers content from the nearest server possible from its users.
You can use Cloudflare or MaxCDN as your content delivery network.
So these are the 11 steps that you must take in order to make your WordPress blog speedy like Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth.