How to make your WordPress site faster?

By Faruque Ahamed Mollick

Website speed is now so important in this high-speed internet day. No one would like to browse a site with slow loading speed using high-speed internet. Visitors will simply close your site and go away if it takes too long time to load.

Faster loading website speed not only improves the user experience but also it is now a ranking factor. Website speed is one of the ranking factors for Google search engine and Google already has announced this.

Well, after Google has announced site speed as a ranking factor, lots of webmasters and bloggers are involving in speeding up their websites or blog.

And one amazing thing about websites is that in these days about 26% of all websites are running on WordPress CMS. Most of the self-hosted blog are running on WordPress. And even my blog where you are reading this article is also running on WordPress.

As website speed is very important so you also should find some way to speed up your WordPress site. In this article, I will tell you how to make your WordPress site faster.

Different ways of improving speed of your WP site

I am going to tell you three great ways to speed up your WordPress site.

  1. Improve speed of your WP site using a CDN service
  2. Speed up your WP site using a caching plugin
  3. Using an image optimization WordPress plugin

Improve speed of your WP site using a CDN service

I have previously discussed CDN in this article – What Is CDN And Why You Should Use It For Your Website? I am going to tell you what is CDN in brief again.

CDN is a network of data centers which stores multiple copies of static content like javaScript, CSS, images etc in different parts around the world. When a user accesses your site then those static content load from the nearest server from the user location. Thus it reduces the load on your web server and the whole system improves the server response time.

CDN service can be also used on your WordPress site or blog. CloudFlare and MaxCDN are two popular CDN providers in the world. In my WordPress blog, I am using CloudFlare CDN service.

You can also use a CDN service for your WP site to improve page loading time and server response time. CDN network incredibly can speed up your WP site.

Improve speed of your WordPress site using a caching plugin for WordPress

Another thing you can do to speed up your WordPress site is using a caching plugin for your WordPress site. There are many plugins available to improving WordPress speed, but W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache are two most popular WordPress caching plugins.These plugins improve your WordPress site speed by reducing total page memory size in many ways such as minification of CSS and javaScript files, database object caching, CDN integration, browser caching and much more.

These plugins improve the speed of your WordPress site in many ways such as minification of CSS and javaScript files, database object caching, CDN integration, browser caching and much more. But keep in mind that you should use only one caching plugin. You should not use both W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache plugins. use any one of them.

Another amazing thing is that you can also use a CDN network with caching plugin on your WordPress site. CDN and a WordPress caching plugin together can make your WordPress site super fast.

Make your WP site faster by using an image optimization plugin

Images take an important role in total memory size of the page. A large amount of memory taken by the images on a page. Even the maximum page memory size also may be taken by images on the page. If images are not properly optimized then your site pages take a long time to load and it will effect on your SEO.

So you must have to reduce or optimize images on your site. And how can you do it? Here I am going to give you the solution.

There are several WordPress plugins available to optimize images of your WP site. Smush Image Compression and Optimization, EWWW Image Optimizer, ShortPixel Image Optimizer etc are some of the great and popular image optimizer plugins which can reduce the size of images on your WordPress posts, pages and on other places of your WP site.

So are you now ready to make your WordPress site better by improving it’s loading speed? Do you think this blog helpful for you? Please let me know. And also share if you have already taken some step to make your WordPress site faster. I am always ready to hear from you.