How to Accelerate the Working of Your WordPress With Less Loading Time!
Everybody wants WordPress to work fast without you waiting for it to be load quickly. We have summarized some of the smartest tricks to get things to gear up.
This guide is helpful for the beginners but even if you are lacking the mindfulness you can’t achieve what you are wanting. Things, with WordPress, has changed with time and people are now using WordPress for:
All of the methods we will be discussing cover all types of WordPress websites, some will be targeted to only a specific type. We will see thoroughly some of the transient options which are focusing on the membership site or WooCommerce or EDD.
Also, in the article, you will see several plugins options to boost up WordPress performance, but it’s better if you choose a single plugin that covers all the areas.
The best plugin among all is WP-Rocket plugin that has all those features some 4 or 5 other plugins could offer, so you have everything at a single place.
WP-Rocket plugin covers half the area to speed your WordPress website, you will need other important things too as you proceed forward in the article with the knowledge of implementing those.
The first thing is you go and check the speed of your WordPress website. You can check this via Speed Tests like:
- Page Speed Insights by Google
- Web page test
Save the results you get somewhere.
After taking all the necessary steps for optimizing your WordPress speed you can again perform the speed test to check the changes in the results.
Before you actually start working on the speed, you need to have WordPress Backup plugins as you will changing things on the database level, you would some safety.
Which Techniques You Should opt:
There are techniques that need only a few mins to step up and your website starts working tremendously.
But technical steps like implementing CDN, using premium DNS cannot be done in a matter of short time, but the help of a developer will be needed over time.
Your mindset should be moved in a direction that focuses on different opportunities for speeding up the WordPress website.
After learning from this article, the next you should be doing is to implement all the speed optimization techniques that will ultimately cater to have a loading time of less than 1 second.
When you are able to have a fast load time of your Website, you will be actually helping the search engine and your readers. This will allow a perfect user experience and decrease the bounce rate of your blog.
We will be discussing some most important tricks of enhancing the speed of your WordPress website with less loading time, and fast loading pages.
WordPress: Speed Up and Run!
1. Latest PHP – 7.0+
This alone can really speed up your WordPress website with almost 1.5x. Many WordPress websites have PHP 5.6 which is now a denigrated version of PHP. The latest version is PHP 7.4 that can give a performance boost up.
The duty of handling the PHP comes over your web-hosting company. You can check the PHP version you are using either manually or by asking customer support.
If your WordPress website is running on PHP 5.6 (less than 7.0), you have a right to call for an upgrade version of it.
This has a really crucial role in speeding up your WordPress website.
They aren’t always best as you can sense it with the speed of your website.
Make sure you have a web hosting company that is well-known for running WordPress blogs perfectly.
One of the options is SiteGround, a shared hosting, offering quality services best for your WordPress Website.
Kinsta is another option for a business website and a professional blog on WordPress.
Some of the advanced features it offers for decreasing the loading time are:
- Premium DNS
- Free CDN
- PHP 7.4
- Kinsta MU (In-built cache)
Kinsta is based on Google cloud infrastructure for WordPress website hosting, this means you have an excess of data center options.
For WooCommerce websites, the best hosting options are:
3. Use of Plugins:
These plugins are really powerful tools for the WordPress website, but some people overburdened their website using over 30-40 plugins. This is not a good habit.
You need to lower down this number and actively clean up your database that can be done by using the Advanced database optimizer plugin.
You must have at least one cache plugin and we are suggesting WP-Rocket plugin for your blog. Make sure you don’t surround your website with outdated plugins.
4. Image Optimization:
The images you use with your WordPress website should be of high quality with effective data compression ability and smaller files.
Images are the key source of providing a quick visual service to the people but using a number of images on your blog might result in slowing the speed of your website.
Usually, the websites can transfer 800-900kb of images in one URL.
Images are a good source of illustration but an excess of anything can be bad.
But the question here is what to do with a blog loaded with multiple images.
You will need image optimization so that the speed remains okay. You will need the following things to enhance the performance of multiple images blog.
- CDN: Preferably StackPath (Formerly MAXCDN)
- The right image formats
Image formats have a thing with the size of the image, there are times when you see the size reduction by 80% using .jpg file format in place of .png.
You can ask the graphics expert of your team to compress the images by photoshop, we assure you won’t see the quality of your image being ripped away.
Image Compression And Image Lazy Loading is another technique effective for blogs having too many images.
A plugin, ShortPixel is designed for image optimization in the WordPress website, usually, a 100 free image optimization can be done in a month with other features like:
- Webp image format
- .png images to .jpg conversion of the existing files
- Different compression
- One-click compression of previous images
- Automatic compression of new images
5. WordPress Themes:
The use of themes from 2019 or 2020 has gone extinct, so you need to upgrade your WordPress website using the newly developed faster-loading themes.
The theme you choose should be modern and highly responsive to ensure quick loading of your blog on mobiles and tablets.
The fastest loading WordPress theme is the Astra theme which is the best among all. The two other popular themes are Astra and GeneratePress
6. Server Location for Your Audience:
Your web-hosting company will pick a data center from the area where your website is hosted. Only after knowing your target audience, you will be able to pick the data center near to your audience.
For Kinsta, you can go for the GCPing tool for checking the latency from your location to different data centers as per your Kinsta server.
7. CDN Network:
Your web hosting is based on the geographical location you choose. Like for Bluehost, you are targeting the population of the United States. So, when anyone from Asia or Australia tries to browse your website, it would require excessive loading time.
It is because of the greater distance between the user and the server. For this problem, the CDN network is a perfect solution. This way you can shorten the loading time of your WordPress website around the globe.
We recommend using Cloudflare as it offers free CDN services perfect for any blog.
You don’t need to pin every ad with your blog as some PPC ads have unnecessary HTML content that is the reason for increase loading time.
For ads optimization, you can go for Google AdSense or Media.net, providing the best CPC.
9. DNS Lookup:
This is being another most important reason for the increased load time of your WordPress website.
This issue is mostly experienced by everyone because of the use of 3rd party scripts for analytics, stats, conversion optimization, etc.
You should the following steps:
- Go for tools.pingdom.com
- Then perform a speed test
- At the bottom, see results in correlation with DNS load time
- The result comes like this
You will find 3rd party scripts on the website with DNS lookup time for each one. It’s ideal to perform the test 3-4 times after every 60 minutes to find out the hosts which are taking a lot of DNS lookup time.
Here’s how you can minimize the DNS lookups:
- Removing or Replacing: If the script is taking DNS time beyond the limits, it’s better to remove or replace it with other better options.
- DNS Provider: If you use a domain name from NameCheap, GoDaddy instead of Cloudflare, Amazon route 53 or Google domains, you will see the DNS resolver is not quick. If you don’t want to change it, you can still use the free DNS service from Cloudflare.
- Use of CDN: CDN can definitely speed up your website by reducing the number of DNS lookups, not the IMHO.
- DNS Prefetching: Google Chromium Dev project explains this term as follows: “DNS prefetching is an attempt to resolve domain names before a user tries to follow a link. This is done using the computer’s normal DNS resolution mechanism; no connection to Google is used. Once a domain name has been resolved, if the user does navigate to that domain, there will be no effective delay due to DNS resolution time.
The most obvious example where DNS prefetching can help is when a user is looking at a page with many links to various domains, such as a search results page. When we encounter hyperlinks in pages, we extract the domain name from each one and resolving each domain to an IP address.
All this work is done in parallel with the user’s reading of the page, using minimal CPU and network resources. When a user clicks on any of these pre-resolved names, they will on average save about 200 milliseconds in their navigation (assuming the user hadn’t already visited the domain recently). More importantly than the average savings, users won’t tend to experience the “worst-case” delays for DNS resolution, which are regularly over 1 second.” You can get this done via plugins and custom codes for speeding up, like WP-Rocket plugin that requires $47 a year. Also, a Simple DNS prefetch plugin is a great option.
10. Remove Transient Options:
One way to enhance the performance is by removing all the expired transient options. For WordPress membership website, WooCommerce, EDD, Social Sharing plugin, this speed-up technique is definitely for you.
Transients API is used by the developers to store data in the database having some expiry. When they get expired, they are removed automatically, but this doesn’t happen every time, often these get stuck in the database affecting the performance and the load time.
All you can do is to remove all the expired transient options.
This can be done using database optimizer plugins or even WP-Rocket. But for the one plugin best for this purpose, we suggest you go for the Transients manager plugin by Pippin Williamson.
After installation of the plugin, click on tools, then Transients where you can manage and delete the WordPress transients options.
For WP-Rocket plugin, go for Database then Transients Cleanup.
It’s good to be cautious of the speed of your WordPress website but using only tools like GTMetrix or Pingdom isn’t the only option, you should concern user-friendly metrics.
Even if you see something odd with TTFB and first meaningful paint, but the loading of your page is less than 2 seconds, you will see how this affects your website on Google Analytics or other stat programs.
When you focus on the visitors with respect to optimization, you can keep a check on important scripts and functionalities related to your WordPress website. In the end, keep conversion, in addition to speed, by your side forever.