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How to Optimize The Speed of a WordPress Blog

The aim of your blogs is to attract traffic and keep your readers coming back for more. This purpose is defeated if your site takes a long time to load. This will result in your readers’ patience to wear off even before they have started reading your content. WordPress blogs are known to be slow. But there are easy ways of making your site speed up and attractive for your readers. Here, we discuss ten ways to make your WordPress blog super speedy.

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1. Delete unwanted Plug-ins

If your website is loading slowly, then check if you are using many plug-ins. If you see that you are using more than ten, and then try to determine if you really need so many. Also try to integrate some of them directly into your theme or replace them with simple functions and tweaks.

2. Remove unnecessary PHP Tags

If you are using a ready made theme, then it surely contains a lot of PHP that is not required. Just hunt in your header.php and other theme files to track the unnecessary tags and eliminate them.

3. Compress your CSS and JavaScript

Compress your CSS and JavaScript into a single file. For this you can take the help of an online tool like styleneat.com. This will clear away unwanted spacing and make a big difference to your blog’s loading time.

4. Optimize your database

You can decrease the load time of your site by a very simple step: optimize your database. If you have a lot of comments and articles, then optimizing it will make a big difference to your load time. You can get a plug-in to do it for you or you can do this manually, which is also very easy and quick.

5. Optimize your Images

Images can do a lot to give your blog a pleasing effect. However, they may consume huge bandwidth that makes your site slow to download. Compress your images by saving them in a format such as JPEG. You can also use formats like .GIF and .PNG to save your small images or icons. Plug-ins such as WP Smush can help you a lot in reducing image sizes.

6. Use a caching plug-in

By using a caching plug-in, you can reduce load on CPU as well as save bandwidth. Most popular among plug-ins is WP super cache which speeds up your blog to a great extent.

7. Disable Hotlinking

You can disable hotlinking easily by accessing your .htaccess file. This will speed up your blog noticeably.

8. Keep Spammers away

The same .htaccess file can be used to keep spammers away by blocking referrers from some sites. If there are no spammers using up the resources of your site, then your site will load up much faster.

9. Turn off your Post Revisions

Every time you save a post on your blog, a new row is created in your WP Posts Table. This takes up a lot of unnecessary space. Turn off these post revisions to optimize the loading time of your site.

10. Minify everything

Loading of CSS, HTML files and JavaScript can be made more effective and quick by the removal of comments and line breaks contained in the files. WP Minify and W3 Total Cache are the plug-ins that can help you do this.
By using these simple steps, you can make your blog faster and more efficient and attract more traffic to it.

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Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009. You can follow him on twitter @akshayable.

Comments (5)

  1. How to turn off your post revisions on WordPress Blog? and how to delete previous revisions to get back space.

    • Akshay says:

      Open wp-config.php located in your WordPress root directory and add the following code:
      define(‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’, 300 ); // seconds
      define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false ); //disable revisions

      visit PHPMyAdmin and run the following SQL query.
      DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = “revision”;
      above query deletes all old revisions

    • Ayush Gupta says:

      You can install WP-Optimizer. Good plugin to clean your WordPress blog 🙂

  2. ashish says:

    Compressing and minifying what diff they have??

  3. Funwidmasti says:

    Thnx for the Help Akshay, Again i will say Great article..!!! 🙂

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