Many factors can be said to have contributed to the slowness of your website. Though, we may not recognize most of them it is really important we understand the major ones and tackle them promptly. It can be said that site ranking, SEO, users’ activities on your site all depends on how fast and active your website is. In this article, you will get to learn the importance of website speed and what to do in order to increase the speed of your website.
WordPress has become one of the major CMS program around the globe so as such, a lot have been done to increase its effectiveness. If your websites is built on this software and you are really in for business, you should bear in mind that website speed is a very important factor for you to reach that peak in your business. Take for example, e-commerce sites. The moment your clients noticed that your site is slow, they may not trust you fully or rather go to another site that satisfy their motives.
Website Load Testing: There are certain things we must consider in a site to ascertain for the effectiveness of the site in terms of speed;
The type of contents
The plugins you use
Whether it is cached or not
And many more
Though to test how a website loads, these online tools will give you a summary of what you need to know about your website before you undergo any other test like the case of a medical field test. The few online testing sites you can check are:
- Page Speed Insights
Your front page is always use as a testing page to analyze the whole site so you should take note.
But why is your site slow and what is making it slow?
It has been said widely that the speed of your site depends on the server which play a major role. And also the higher its execution time, the faster and effective the site will be. One cannot ignore the facts that there are some other cases which we ignorantly neglect due to our concentration on the major factor that may not be an issue.
Now, other factors that may hinder your site speed are as listed below:
Picking a good webhost: two type of hosting plan you may be used to, are the shared hosting/managed wordpress hosting plan and VPS in which I will not recommend you to use the shared hosting unless you are a little bit concern about your business. I have used it before and as such advice others not to except your site is only for a specific common purpose. There are lot of web host you can choose from online and you can see them when you search on Google.
Use/Enable Caching Plugin: Caching is presumably the main technique to utilize on the grounds that it can prompt the most exceptional enhancements. What caching can do is basically spare a HTML duplicate of the site for a given time. This implies that once per day the site would load ordinarily, it would get a server to prepare the code and spit back the outcome as HTML. It would likewise spare the subsequent HTML in memory. When next somebody loads the site, the reserved would stack the HTML from memory, rather than getting the server to prepare it.
Try using WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache to get the most appropriate result you desire.
The use of CDN: There are two main reasons to utilize CDNs: they permit to host pictures off-server and they diminish images load time.
Image optimization/compression: images as you know consumes most memory space and data. So the need to compress them to a minimum pixel without tampering with the quality of the image. The program you can use to achieve this result is an image compressor called WP-SmushIt which is also a free module to use without losing quality of your image.
Uninstall Inactive Plugin: plugins you don’t use or you do not activate can add up to your web files hereby making it heavier than the usual files that makes website fast. Tool you can use to actually check defaulters (inactive plugins) that might be slowing your website is P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler).
Optimize WordPress Database: WP-Db Manager allows you to upgrade, repair, reinforce and reestablish your database. After much usage of wordpress for some time, your Database may have lots of information you don’t need.
Others include: Disabling Hot linking, Turnoff Ping backs and Trackbacks, Keep your WordPress website updated
I hope this information will really help you maintain the speed of your website.