5 Tips to Make Your WordPress Website Run at Maximum Performance
When someone lands on your website, you only have a few seconds to make an impression. According to data recently released by Bing search team, a two-second delay in page loading can reduce an average website’s revenue by 4 to 5 percent. That means if your website takes long to load, most of your visitors will be gone even before you could say “Hi.”
WordPress is a great platform whether you need a high-conversion landing page or business website. However, for many users, it can be slow and under perform at times. Here are a few tips that will help you speed up your WordPress website and make it run at blazing speeds. You will never lose a visitor again because of the excessive page load time.
1. Choose the right Web hosting service
This goes without saying. A good host will make your website run fast. A shared hosting service may surprise you with surprisingly low costs, but there are tons of problems that come with this type. Slow site speed and frequent downtime are just two of the most common problems.
2. Use a solid WordPress theme
A WordPress theme is often all you need to change the look of your website, but it can be a major reason why your website has been under performing. Always use a simple theme built on a solid and light framework. Some themes and frameworks pack a lot of plug-ins and unwanted code that will increase website loading time.
3. Install caching and content delivery network plug-ins
A caching plug-in can improve page load times and make your website run blazing fast. Similarly, you can boost speed of your website by optimising images. One way to optimise image load time is to host them on a cloud and allow visitors to download these images from their nearest server in the shortest possible time. This is called content delivery network and you can implement it easily by using a free plug-in.
4. Remove inactive and unnecessary plug-ins, themes, and widgets
I’m sure you love trying new themes, widgets and plug-ins. This is a great way to explore what you can do with WordPress, but too many plug-ins and widgets can increase loading time of your website. Remove any inactive plug-ins and themes that you don’t use anymore so there are few scripts to load when someone visits your website.
5. Optimize WordPress database
Finally, you can make your website run even faster by simply optimising your WordPress database. There are numerous plug-ins that let you optimise database with a few simple clicks.