How To Speed Up Your WordPress Site Karlo March 7, 2013. 1 WordPress is probably most popular blogging platform out there on internet. Why is it most popular? Because, of course, large number of advantages it offers to users. But like every other good things like this one, it has disadvantages too. Probably biggest weakness of WordPress is that is sometimes very slow. If you don’t take necessary things to fix your slow site you can lose visitors and customers because of impatient nature of your visitors. First impression is almost always most important one and if your visitor must wait long for your site to load he will probably leave it even before your site opens completely. So now you are probably interested how to fix your problem with speed if you have one or you want to make sure you don’t get that problem. I created a list of top 5 ways how to speed up your site or make it in normal speed right from the start. I can guarantee you that if you stick to these methods your site won’t be slow. Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) Every each one of big blogs use CDN. It takes all your static files you got on your site and lets your visitors to download them as fast as it is possible. You can find more about CDN in our post. Choose a Good Host When you are first making a site make sure to choose good hosting because the bad one can be very slow and simply bad for your business and website. Don’t EVER run your site on shared hosting because that is probably a suicide mission. So before you type hosting on Google and just buy first one you see make sure to read reviews on internet about every hosting that seems good to you. On that way you will avoid possible future complications. Pick a Simple Theme/Framework When picking a theme for your site try to choose one that has simple framework because that means it will load fast and won’t slow down your site. Use Good Caching Plugin WordPress plugins can be extremely useful for every site so, as you can predict, there are plugins that can speed up your site and improve site loading time. And best of all, most of them are free and simple to use. I personally recommend you to use plugin called W3 Total Cache because it is probably the best plugin of this kind out there for WordPress. Optimize Images and Homepage Image optimizers are simple plugins that can drastically reduce page loading time by reducing the size of image while not reducing the quality of the image. Like for almost everything, there is free plugin for this too called WP-Smushit which will do all above mentioned process automatically. Also, make sure to optimize your homepage to load faster. There are few really simple thing that can help you to do this. Some of them are reducing number of posts on your homepage, showing excerpts instead of whole posts and removing inactive plugins and widgets you don’t need. And that’s it, five simple ways to speed up your site. Thanks for reading. TrendyWP is powered by Genesis Framework Why we are using it? It's simple. Rock-solid security, amazing speed performance, beautiful child themes and best of all great Search Engine Optimization. Check it yourself Genesis Framework Need help with Genesis - feel free to Contact Us Related PostsBest Places to Buy Premium WordPress ThemesBest WordPress Blank Themes to Startup Your DevelopmentWordPress Theme Trends in 2013Author: KarloKarlo is a 24 year old guy who loves everything related to WordPress. He is by profession electrical engineer but currently he is working as web design & web development freelancer. Comments Simon March 13, 2013 at 5:55 am Nice post, thanks Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Receive amazing Wordpress stuff and exclusive deals!