WordPress is increasingly becoming the most popular way to create and market content which is a critical source of leads for websites and brand recognition. It is also a major source of income for many bloggers who publish interesting content and those who have a large followership. But surveys have revealed that close to 50% of the users tend to leave pages that take more than 2 seconds to load. This is a worry-some fact for those who earn through their WordPress sites. But here are some ways through which you can increase the speed of WordPress sites and make the most of the technology:
Better and faster hosting
Checking your web hosting service is the first step to take when you find that your page is loading slower. A better web hosting service is the best solution to adopt if that’s the reason for losing audience.
Use lighter media that will load faster
Large images and heavy graphics including videos can make your page load much lower. So using lighter, compressed web-versions of such media will be better for the page to load faster.
Use a caching plug-in
Caching saves a lot of bandwidth. Using a good caching plug-in on your WordPress website will be a good way to load your page faster.
Clean up your WP database
Delete obsolete data in your WP site. Delete old posts and content, delete unnecessary and spam comments and multimedia that are obsolete to load the page faster.
Remove obsolete or unwanted plug-ins
You can also remove old and unwanted themes and plug-ins to load your page faster. Sometimes you may have used a plug-in for a particular promotion and then left it there. When the page gets obsolete, the plug-in is no longer required. Checking the page periodically to remove obsolete content and plug-ins will make the page load faster.
Content Delivery Networks or CDN keep a copy of your website in a nearby local server and load the page from there whenever a nearby user tries to access it. This considerably reduces the loading time as otherwise the page will have to go through multiple networks to access the server and load.
Lesser submits will lighten your pageThe more submits you have on your page, the more it takes time to process and load. Try to avoid too many submits in a single page to make it lighter.
Use static HTML wherever possible
PHP and other server side scripts are loaded every time after the server parses them. If your page does not have any dynamic content, stick to a static HTML page that loads faster.