Is Your WordPress website takes much time to load? Then follow this blog post where I have shared some tips to speed up your WordPress website and reduce loading time.
Loading time of a website a very important factor in SEO. Websites that take much time load are affected by SEO ranking and increase in bounce rate. You can also check out the list of best WordPress plugins of 2018.
According to Google, a website should load within 3 second and page size should up to 500 KB.
So, here are some tips to optimize your WordPress websites speed using plugins and tools.
1. Optimize Images
Using heavy images results in increasing the loading time of a website. To solve this problem you have to Compress images.
Note: Use JPG images instead of PNG images because JPG images are lightweight and load faster as compared to PNG images. If you have any PNG images then you can convert those images using a free online tool like png2jpg.
It’s the best WordPress plugins for image compression. When you upload a new image, it automatically starts compressing the image.
This plugin has both free and paid version, where the paid version compresses more.
It is better to compress first from free online tools like tinyjpg.com or optimizilla.com and then upload those images your website.
After that, the plugin will also compress the images, which will reduce the loading time of your website.
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Install and Activate Autoptimize plugin and then follow these steps-
Go to the setting option ~ Autoptimize
Now click on show advanced setting option which is on the top right side.
Check these following options as shown in the images and click on save changes and empty cache.
Run a speed test and check your score in PageSpeed Tools.
If any CSS file still showing in the speed test, then you have to optimize even further.
Again go to the Setting~ Autoptimize and under CSS section check line and defer CSS option as shown in the image.
Copy the CSS file URL from the page speed tool, open your website and find the CSS file by going to the view source page and then press Ctrl +F and paste the CSS file URL that was shown in the Page.
Click on the link, and copy the entire code.
Now open this link criticalpathcssgenerator
Here in the first column insert your website URL.
In the second column, paste the complete CSS codes and click on the create critical path CSS.
This will minify the codes and you have to copy the entire code from the third column and paste it in the line and defer CSS.
Now click on save changes & empty cache.
Once again test your website speed.
3. Enable Compression
Another common issue of every WordPress site is Enable Compression.
This issue can be solved by using a plugin called Check and Enable Gzip compression.
Just install and activate the plugin and go to Tools ~ Gzip compression
Now click on Enable Gzip Compression button.
Again test your website speed.
you can try which one works for you. in my case I have chosen async.
Under jquery check async.
And at the end check enable autoptimize support and choose to deter in jquery method.
It is better to check autoptimize support because it may conflict with each other.
5. Implement CDN
CDN (content delivery network) also helps in reducing the loading of your wordpress site. there are some free and paid CDNs are available on the internet like Cloudflare which offers both free and paid CDN, max CDN which has only paid plans. if you want to implement Cloudflare CDN with free SSL Certificate on your site then you can read this complete tutorial.
That’s it in this post on how to increase the speed of WordPress site.Try these tricks that will help you to reduce page load time of your WordPress site and test your website speed before and after.
If you have a question regarding WordPress website speed, fill free to comment below.