How to Speed up WordPress Site: Expert Guide
At Online Support we’re not ones for slow speeds or poor performance and our website is no exception. It’s a pretty well-known fact that 25% of websites are powered by WordPress in some form.
As it’s a fairly complex tool, if you’re using WordPress, there are plenty of ways you can optimise your site’s performance. Here’s how to speed up WordPress site installations.
How to Speed up WordPress Site
First of all – if you’re running a WordPress.com site – this is not what you’re looking for. See if you’re on the right version of WordPress here. This guide is for WordPress.org websites.
1) Find the right hosting
Your website, whether it’s WordPress or not, is going to be sitting on a webserver somewhere. If the hardware your site is sitting on is no good, your site won’t be either. This is important for SEO, as Google looks down on sites that don’t load or have slow speeds. It’s also important for the end user – if there’s constant downtime, they’re much less likely to come back.
How do you find a good host? Well you need to find out exactly what you need, first.
Most new sites only require shared hosting. This is where you are hosted on a server that also hosts several other websites, and you’re allocated part of the available resources.
There’s also two other types of hosting if you require a little bit more resource:
In terms of hosting providers, dedicated WordPress hosting providers like Freshsites are usually good value for money.
3) Secure your site
The obvious benefit to this is that you won’t have your site hacked into.
However, you might think this doesn’t affect speed, but it does. If you’re being hit with a brute force attack, then it’s going to take far longer for the webserver to allocate resource to genuine users (if it can even get that far). This means you’ll end up with error messages like this when trying to browse the site.
How do you fix this?
Security plugins such as WordFence, All In One WP Security & Firewall and iThemes security all have their pros and cons. They can sometimes use too much resource and actually slow your site down, but they will block the IPs of attackers.
5) Problems with your Theme
Sometimes there are more ‘under the bonnet’ problems with websites. WordPress is great for webmasters that don’t have in-depth knowledge of code, but it still exists in the background.
Remove Query Strings From Static Resources is a plugin that takes query strings from resources with a “?” or “&” in the URL (which are not cached by some proxy caching servers), and encodes the parameters into the URL. This supposedly increases your WordPress site performance significantly.
You can also check the support forum where you purchased/downloaded your theme to see if anyone else is having similar issues.