6 useful ways to speed up your WordPress websites

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Are you boring of the slow speed with your WordPress site? Do you have any plan to speed your blog and have you spent time on optimizing your WordPress site? Ok, if you’re planning to make your WordPress load faster like a fly, here I’d like to introduce several useful methods to speed up your blog.

Indeed, our blog site also encountered the speed issue and now you may have found our site is loading much faster than many others. We did have spent lots of time to optimize our blog and you can see some useful points about how to optimize your own blog as below.

How to test the speed of your WordPress?

If you’re not sure how to check the loading speed of your site, here are some helpful methods that you can give it a try. You don’t need to install any special tools or applications on your local computer, just go to visit “GTMetrix.com” or “Pingdom.com”, and you can test your site loading speed there. With my experience, if you just test 1 time that is not 100% accurate, you may test 4 or 5 times and get an average running period which will be closer to your real speed.

6 Useful Ways to Optimize Your WordPress

Once you’ve found your WordPress website is having speed problem, what should you do with it? Please don’t worry, it does many ways to optimize a WordPress site and you may have found some related articles about how to optimize a blog website at other places. But at here, we’ll guide you step by step to optimize your blog and once you’ve done those optimizations, we believe your site will receive a great improvement for the loading performance.

1. To Minify your CSS and Javascript codes

To some of new WordPress beginners, it’s real hard to minify their CSS and Javascript codes in their WP themes, but it does have a simple way which don’t need you to modify any codes in your CSS or Javascript. If you’ve used “GTMetrix.com” to test your site, the website is not only able to give you a result of your site speed, but also many useful suggestions to optimize your website.

GTMetrix has combined with Yslow that can give you a detailed list about how to optimize your blog, and it includes a suggestion to minify your CSS and Javascript codes, also gives you an optimized CSS and Javascript codes which you can copy to use for site.

*Note: Please backup your CSS and Javascript files before mapping the optimized codes.

minify css and javascript code

2. Delete your spam comments regularly

We’re always boring and hating any spam comments or spam emails, though we’ve installed “Akismet” plugin on our WordPress sites, it cannot remove all of those spam comments immediately. Sometimes the spam comments can chock up your database that leads to your blog site loads very slowly, so we’ve to make a good habit to delete those spam comments regularly.

wordpress spam comments

3. Remove old revisions in your posts

The revisions in posts and pages are always taking up lots of database space that lead to your website loading slowly than others. How to delete those revisions? Here I’d like to give you a simple step to remove all of those revisions to alleviate burdens on your SQL server.

  • 1st. please login your cPanel control panel and click “PHPAdmin”.
  • 2nd, please select your WordPress database on the left and click “SQL” on the top of your web browser.
  • 3rd, please copy the code as below into the box and click “Go” to execute the action.

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";

remove revisions

Of course, it does have many plugins to help you delete those useless revisions, such as “Thin Out Revisions“, I’ve tried to install the plugin on the latest WP 3.7 and it can work properly.

For more details about how to delete revisions, you can visit this page to find more information.
http://www.findmyhosts.com/how-to-remove-the-revisions-in-wordpress-posts

4. Disable or delete useless plugins

Some of bloggers would like to install multiple plugins on their WordPress sites, whatever, most of plugins are useless except several important plugins which must be installed can be kept, such as Akismet, All-in-One-SEO, Google SiteMap XML, Contact form, caching plugins and some of the others. To those useless plugins, please don’t hesitate to disable or delete, please don’t need to be afraid of deleting those plugins, since all of the plugins can be re-installed easily if you need it in the future.

delete or disable wordpress plugins

5. Optimize Your SQL Database through WP-DBManager

As you see, all of the written contents are stored in the SQL database server, so it’s very important to keep your database clean if you’d like to increase your WordPress loading speed.

If you’ve done the steps in the previous to delete the revisions and remove spam comments in the database, it’s further not enough. We’ve to optimize our database to be the best environment for our sites and here’s a plugin which can help us achieve the object.

WP Database Manager
You can install the plugin “WP-DBManager” to complete the optimization.

The plugin can help you backup your database before you proceed the optimization, so you don’t need to feel worry it could destroy your website.

6. Install caching plugin and enable GZIP Compression

To make your website loading real fast, you’ve to install a caching plugin on your blog. There are many caching plugins for bloggers to install on their sites, here I’d like to recommend you choosing WP Super Cache as the caching plugin.

WP Super Cache

You don’t need to do anything else but just enable the plugin on your blog, and it will be working properly. The plugin is the most popular caching plugin with over 5 million downloads on WordPress official site.

WP Super Cache also configures with CDN by default, you also can tick the CDN tab to enable the function.

Now it’s your time to show

To optimize a WordPress site is not a daunting task, no matter you’ve script knowledge or not, everyone can speed their blog sites easily.

Once you’ve done all of these steps above, please feel free to test your site again on “GTMetrix” or “Pingdom”, I believe you’ll be surprised with the improvement of loading performance.

In the end, a good WordPress hosting provider is also important and here I’d like to recommend you choosing Arvixe web solutions – The company is 100% compatible with WordPress and their hosting price is very attractive, especially their support team is fully experienced in handling WordPress trouble issues.

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