How to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

speed up wordpress site

A slow website can be frustrating for both you and your visitors.

If you're running a WordPress site, there are a few things you can do to speed things up.

In this blog post, we'll cover some of the most effective ways to speed up your WordPress site.

 

Use a Caching Plugin

One of the simplest and most effective ways to speed up your WordPress site is to use a caching plugin. Caching plugins create a static version of your website and serve that static version to your visitors. This reduces the number of requests that your server has to process, which can significantly improve your page load times.

There are a number of different caching plugins available for WordPress, but we recommend using WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. Both plugins are free and easy to use.  But you may need to check with your hosting provider to ensure they will not cause any issues.

Optimise Your Images

Images can often be the biggest culprit when it comes to slow page loading times. That's why it's important to optimise your images before uploading them to your website. There are a few different ways you can optimise your images:

- Resize your images so they're no larger than they need to be. You can use an image editing program like Photoshop or GIMP, or you can use a free online tool like PicResize.

- Save your images in the correct file format. JPEG is best for photos, while PNG is best for graphics with fewer colours.

- Use an image compression plugin like WP Smush or EWWW Image Optimizer. These plugins will automatically compress your images when you upload them, which can save you a lot of time and hassle.

Minimise HTTP Requests

Every time someone visits your website, their browser has to send an HTTP request to your server in order to fetch the content on the page they're trying to view. So, the more files you have on your website (images, CSS files, JavaScript files, etc.), the more HTTP requests that need to be made, and the longer it will take for your pages to load.

One way to minimise HTTP requests is by using a CSS file instead of inline CSS styles. CSS files are stored externally from your HTML files, which means that once they're cached by the visitor's browser, they won't need to be re-downloaded every time someone visits one of your pages.

You can also minimise HTTP requests by concatenating and minifying your JavaScript and CSS files. Concatenation means combining multiple files into one single file, while minification means removing all unnecessary characters from code (like whitespace) so that it's as small as possible. You can use a plugin like Autoptimize or Better WordPress Minify to concatenate and minify your files automatically.

If you want more control over how your files are minified and concatenated, then you'll need to edit your theme's functions file (functions.php). We don't recommend doing this if you're not comfortable with code, as even a small mistake could break your site.

If you do want to try editing your functions file, then we recommend using a child theme so that any changes you make won't be overwritten when you update your main theme file.

In Conclusion

A slow website is frustrating for both you and your visitors—but Luckily, there are a few things you can do to speed up your WordPress site. By using a caching plugin, optimising your images, minimising HTTP requests ,and using a child theme, you can significantly improve the speed of loading times on pages If these tips don't seem helpful enough reach out to us for help.

Stormchasers Digital helps businesses reinforce, enhance, and fully utilise their WordPress website. Whether you want to keep your website fast and safe, get your content published or even get us to be your website 'admin', we can step in at whatever level you want, work with your team or just take the whole thing off your hands.

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