When you visit a website, how long you will wait for it to load? According to reports, 50% of users will leave a website that takes more than five seconds to load. They will choose other similar sites to replace if possible. So, website speed is a major factor which you need to improve, especially for e-commerce sites.
It becomes more important when Google announced they begin to use website speed as a ranking factor to help your site get higher in search engine results. So if your website loads slowly, your Google ranking may drop, and in turn, bring less traffic to your website.
So what can you do to make your WordPress site loads faster? Here are five simple methods to speed up your website speed and make your visitors happy.
Use A Fast Hosting Service
Web hosting is a foundation of websites, and it will decide how fast your site is. To improve the speed of your website, the first thing you need to do is choose a good web hosting company, which provides great speed and comes with SSD storage.
I would recommend you to try A2 Hosting if you want an all in one solution, or Digital Ocean if you know how to setup and manage a virtual private server. Both web hosting services are based on SSD storage and will help your website has an excellent load time.
Use A Good Caching WordPress Plugin
Along with a good web hosting service, you also need a caching plugin to speed up your WordPress website. The caching plugin will help to store a cached version of web pages which contains parts of your site. It will load if have any requests from visitors and just load the cached version instead of load all parts, which will help to reduce requests and the load time.
WP Super Cache is also a good choice in case you don’t know much about how to setup and configure the caching system. Just install, activate it and forget.
Compress Images On Your WordPress Website
Besides choosing a good web hosting service and use WordPress caching plugin, compress images on your WordPress website will help to speed up the speed of it. You know, images are largest files on any websites. By compressing images, it will reduce the size of your website and make it loads faster.
To reduce image size, you can do it manually by compressing images before uploading to your website or do it automatically by using WordPress plugins such as WP Smush.it or EWWW Image Optimizer. To learn more about ways to reduce images sizes, read the following article.
If you use lots of images on your website, I would suggest you use the Lazy Load plugin. It will make your WordPress site loads faster by avoiding to load unseen images. It only loads when users scroll down the web page.
If you don’t know where to get started, then just activate the Minify feature in W3 Total Cache plugin that I mentioned above. It will help you do everything automatically instead manually. The Minify feature in W3 Total Cache also helps to combine all same files to be one to reduce requests. For example, if you have two CSS files in your WordPress code, it will help to combine them into one file.
Optimize WordPress Database
Optimizing your WordPress database will help to remove unnecessary entries in your database and keep it running smoothly. The simplest way to do that is to use a plugin called WP-Optimize. It will help you to clean up your database by removing unnecessary entries, such as post revisions, spammy comments, unapproved comments, and entries in the trash section.
What did you do to speed up your WordPress website? Tell us by leaving your comment below.