63 Tips to Speed up your WordPress website (Updated)
Based on Folk Wisdom
WordPress is known to be the most frequently used CMS on the web. Nowadays, 28.5% of websites are built on this platform.
In this Guide:
- Best Caching Plugins
How can I make my WordPress site faster?
Speed up your Wordpress website by doing all of this:
- Choose a Good and Reliable Web Host
- Use an effective caching plugin — W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, WP Fastest Cache, WP Rocket
- Use a Content Delivery Network — CDN (like Cloudflare)
- Use any reliable content delivery network.
- Optimize images to WebP image formats
- Lazy Load Images, Videos
- Disqus Comments and Rating
- Optimize your WordPress database (WP-Optimize)
- Add an expires header to static resources
- Reduce Misc HTTP Requests
- Diagnose Plugins That Cost You Time
- Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks
- Fix The Slow admin-ajax.php Problem
- Add AMP to your Wordpress site (AMP makes your website faster for Mobile visitors)
- Choose a good host
- Start with a solid framework/theme
- Use an effective caching plugin*
- Customize images
- Optimize your homepage for quick loading
- Customize your WordPress database*
- Disable hotlinking and leaching of your content
- Add an expiration header for static resources
- Adjust Gravatar images
- Add LazyLoad to your images*
- Control the quantity of stored post modification
- Turn off pingback and trackback
- Replace PHP with static HTML if necessary
- Image Compression
- High-Quality Hosting
- Plugin Audit
- Minify CSS and JS
- Cache static content
- Clean up options table
- Decrease markup
- Decrease external requests
- Add Autoptimize with w3 total cache
- Tools to monitor WP`s speed: GtMetrix, Pingdom and Google PageSpeed Insights.
- Use fewer plugins
- Run your website on a web server that uses NGINX or LiteSpeed (these are usually fast out of the box). If you use Apache, make sure your server is properly optimized.
- Run your website on a web hosting plan that supports HTTP/2 protocol
- Removing any unused or unnecessary plugins should always be the first port of call.
- Edit your .htaccess to allow caching
- Install Caching Plugin
- Optimize your images for speed. You may use any image optimizer plugin.
- Choose the most reliable host possible.
- Opt the for most light-weight WordPress theme possible.
- Picking or Changing a WordPress Theme
- Somehow, you have to control the quantity of stored post modification.
- Do optimize your WordPress database.
- Minimize HTTP Requests
- Reduce server response time
- Enable compression
- Enable browser caching
- Minify Resources
- Optimize images
- Optimize CSS Delivery
- Prioritize above-the-fold content
- Reduce the number of plugins you use on your site
- Reduce redirects
- Use modern image formats, especially WebP helps a lot speeding up the website.
WordPress CMS is a very popular platform due to its simplicity and is a perfect solution for blogs and simple company websites.
Don’t want to compromise on the quality of your website?
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Best 4 Caching Plugins for WP
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Super Cache
- WP Fastest Cache
- WP Rocket
LET’S MAKE THIS LIST OPEN-SOURCE!
As mentioned at the beginning, this is not an exhaustive list of speed tips. We’d love to build one, but it takes more than one content team to create such a comprehensive document. If you’d like to add a hint, just left a comment in the bottom. If they work, we’ll add them to the list and give your team a shoutout and thank-you from this post.