With the internet connection speed improving every day, you may think that optimizing your blog to be fast is less and less useful, yet this is not true.
If your blog doesn't load faster in a matter of seconds, most visitors won't have much interest in continuing their visit. In 2009, almost 70% of people who took a survey felt that a blog should load in 2 seconds or less.
For commercial websites, this could mean a reduction in sales, a loss of customers and overall revenue. For a blog, it simply means losing subscribers.
Search engines always highlight blogs that load quickly. On Google, the quickest websites are preferred to the less rapid, and therefore displayed first in the search results.
If you want from this
So keep reading the following, I'll show you exactly what you need to do to get the same result.
This is a guide « How to do Which will show you how to improve your blog speed from 3-4 seconds to 2,1 or even less than a second.
Before applying all of these suggestions, you should first test the speed of your blog by using a service like GTMetrix, Pingdom Tools ou Google PageSpeed. You must take note of the size of your page, the duration of the uploads and come back to test your blog after putting into practice these different tips.
1. Uninstall unnecessary plugins
Plugins are certainly the most determining element in WordPress. Unfortunately, this is also one of the things that makes a WordPress blog slow.
Each plugin that you activate will make your blog more and more cumbersome. Each basic plugin even with negligible features, will have an impact on the performance of your blog.
Here is what a WordPress plugin can make your slow blog:
- By wrongly saving in the database
- Persistently querying the server
- By using self-hosted services like social plugins.
It is therefore imperative that you deactivate and remove every plugin that does not have a vital role in the success of your blog. Don't make a habit of leaving unused plugins activated.
2. Optimize your home page
Having a static home page can be a good idea. Not just for the optimization of your blog, but especially for the conversion rate.
For example, if you have a page About Us "Or a page" Start here », Or a home page (Landing Page), the margin of change is rather large.
Also, you can set the number of articles that is displayed on the homepage, if you want to display featured articles.
You can also view the summary of articles, or manually add " LEARN MORE », On the article, especially if you have several images on the same article. This can drastically reduce the loading time of your blog.
3. Reduce the size of your images
Do you know that images are part of the elements that slow down a blog considerably?
The modern design of most blogs is much faster than previous ones that mostly rested on images.
We explained to you earlier in one of our tutorials how to compress your images on WordPress.
4. Use a "Lazy Load"
Or progressive loading, these are indeed plugins that allow you to gradually load your images instead of doing it directly, which considerably reduces page loading time. I highly recommend that you make a choice from the recommended plugins in this list.
I should, however, insist on the plugin BJ Lazy Load Which is a really simple plugin to install and configure.
5. Optimize your database
On the subject, we wrote several tutorials:
The database is the focal point of your blog. It should not be taken lightly. These tutorials will help you optimize your database so that it can run faster.
6. Use a cache plugin
This is a very effective measure to prevent your server from always making requests to the database, by delivering saved or cached pages that become static (as opposed to dynamic pages).
And if you are looking for a professional and cheap solution, then I recommend WP Rocket.
7. Use a CDN for your files
Every time you visit a website, your computer downloads files from the server where the file is located. The time it takes for the request to receive the file is called the response time.
The file loading time can take a quarter of a second (or even more depending on the case) and when you add that time to a page's load time, it takes a lot longer and your blog becomes slower.
The more files are relocated, the faster the response time, because several servers will work at the same time to provide all the files.
That's why earlier we showed you how to configure the CloudFlare CDN for your WordPress blog.
8. Choose a theme with caution
This is also an important point in making your blog fast. We regularly offer you on BlogPasCher themes available on Themeforest.
These themes have the advantage of being always updated and offer you the best in terms of quality. Heavily illustrated themes aren't always the best, given the size of the images which are usually much heavier.
That's all there is to know about the different tips to implement to make your WordPress blog much slower.