4 Quick Wins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

4 Quick Wins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Is your WordPress site feeling sluggish?

After a website has been running for some time, it can tend to slow down. This can be caused by any number of issues such as slow hosting, comment spam, database errors, incorrect image links, etc.

To combat this, the first thing we do as an agency is inspect the site and find out the cause of the issue. We assess the problem first, and then we deploy the right solution without damaging the site or user experience.

In no particular order, here are 4 ways we might optimise your WordPress site:

1. Use a CDN

A content delivery network (CDN) is a quick way to boost your site’s performance without much cost.

We choose to setup CloudFlare for our clients, and the results are fantastic.

As a content delivery network, CloudFlare caches your site and media and serves this content from their servers located around the world, rather than your (often local) server. This speeds up global access your site and lowers the bandwidth used by your local web host.

4 Quick Wins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

2. Resize and compress your images

Are you uploading 6 MB photo files and expecting your users to download them? Even on their mobile phones?!

Make sure you upload resized photos that suit their intended purpose. If you’re not sure how to do that, WordPress makes it easy with their built-in image editor.

To further speed up the loading of your images, consider installing the TinyPNG image compression plugin for WordPress.

3. Tango and Cache!

Sites built with WordPress can be complicated. They need to do a lot of things like fetching data from a database, rendering the content, serving the content, and fetching images.

But, what if you could cut a couple of those steps out? That’s where server caching comes in!

We use the WP Super Cache plugin on all of our client websites because it’s highly configurable, and still relatively easy to use.

4. Check your hosting

If you’ve tried all of the above and your site is still slow, it may be worth considering an upgrade of your website hosting.

We spend a lot of time researching, designing, and developing first-class websites for our clients, so we always recommend a high-quality hosting solution that suits their purpose.

Make sure you consider your options, and shop around for the right WordPress host for you. If you need help choosing the right one, contact us for some advice based on your requirements.

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Conclusion

These tips are designed to get you thinking about ways you can improve your WordPress site speed, however they are not all simple solutions and may require some advanced knowledge so as not to damage your site or your customer’s user experience.

Consider contacting professionals first to do this work for you, because it can be very easy to make costly mistakes.

Contact us today if you’d like to talk about speeding up your WordPress site, we’ve been doing it for years!