How to optimize your WordPress website for speed!
Choose High-Performance WordPress Hosting
A WordPress host is a company that stores all of your website’s data. All your images, content, videos, etc. reside on a server sitting in the host’s data center. It should be high performing, quick loading Hosting.
Use a Theme Optimized For Speed
When selecting a theme for your website, it’s important to pay special attention to speed optimization. Some beautiful and impressive-looking themes are actually poorly coded and can slow your site way down.
Use Faster Plugins
Poorly coded WordPress plugins often load too much bloat whether your site needs it or not. This increases your page load speed and slows down your site. Choose Plugins Wisely!
Install a WordPress Caching Plugin
To build your pages, WordPress has to run a process to find the required information, put it all together, and then display it to your user. Caching plugin makes a copy of the page after the first load, and then serves that cached version to every subsequent user. There are a lot of good WordPress caching plugins available.
We recommend using WP Rocket (premium) or WP Super Cache (free) plugin.
Optimize Images for Speed
Image optimization is another straightforward thing you can do which has a significant impact on your overall page load times. This isn’t optional; every site should be doing this!
Use Plugins like TinyPNG, WP Smush.
Keep Your WordPress Site Updated
As a well maintained open source project, WordPress is updated frequently. Each update will not only offer new features but it will also fix security issues and bugs. Your WordPress theme and plugins may have regular updates, too.
Not doing so may make your site slow and unreliable, and make you vulnerable to security threats.
Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
With CDN, every time a user visits your website they are served those static files from whichever server is closest to them. Your own web hosting server will also be faster since the CDN is doing a lot of the work.
Use Latest PHP Version
All good WordPress hosting companies use the most stable PHP version on their servers. However, it is possible that your hosting company is running a slightly older PHP version. The newer PHP 7 is two times faster than its predecessors. That’s a huge performance boost that your website must take advantage of.