5 Quick & Simple Ways To Make Your WordPress Blog Load Faster

Blogging wouldn’t remotely be as popular as it is today without WordPress, some will probably disagree completely, but without a doubt WordPress is the ultimate choice in blogging platforms, correct me if I’m wrong.

Whilst WordPress allows you to customize your blog in many ways, it is also renowned for creating notoriously slow websites, so sometimes adding too much to your blog’s database can actually do more harm than good.

Make WordPress Site Faster

For instance some plugins can cause your blog to run slow, having too many plugins altogether can also slow down your blog, especially if they haven’t been updated or are not compatible with your current version of WordPress. Using a web hosting service provider that isn’t substantially optimized for WordPress can also be an issue.

OK asides using a non WordPress friendly hosting service provider and having too many plugins, below you will find 5 quick and simple tips that you can implement immediately (right now), to make your WordPress blog load faster.

Plugins

First step is to check all the active plugins in your blog. If you’re suffering from a slow running blog, deactivate each one at a time to find which plugin(s) are causing your blog to load slowly. You can use the Speed Test Plugin to test the loading speed of your blog.

If you have inactive plugins (deactivated plugins) on your blog then get rid of them by deleting them completely.

If possible try and limit the number of plugins you run on your blog to around 10 and maybe 15 at the most.

Clean Your Database Using Clean Options Plugin

Removing the inactive plugins from your blog’s database is simply not enough, you also need to remove all the orphaned files and tables and optimize your database to regain back space.

To do this you can use the Clean Options plugin, but be extremely cautious not to remove files that you’re unsure about.

Host Your Images Elsewhere

Uploading images to your blog over time can take up quite a considerable amount of space, especially if they have not been optimized for the web, they can also cause delays in your blog’s loading time. To make your WordPress blog load faster, consider using a CDN (content delivery network) service or hosting your image files elsewhere such as Photo Bucket or Flickr.

Cache

This is probably one of the best ways to make your WordPress blog load faster, by using a dedicated cache plugin such as WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache.

WP Super Cache for example caches the pages in WordPress and then stores them in a static file; these pages are then served for future requests directly from the file, instead of loading and collecting the whole PHP code and building each page from your database.

Remove All Post Revisions

Finally to make your WordPress blog load faster, you might want to consider removing all the post revisions on your blog. By default WordPress creates revised copies of your posts should you need to revert to them at any time.

Unfortunately once you’ve published your post, you’re left with endless saved versions of that post, just sat their in your database taking up valuable space.

Look at it this way, imagine if you have just 5 revised copies of each post and you have say around 350 posts on your blog, that’s a whopping 1,750 unwanted revised copies of your posts.

To get rid of all your revisions, install and use the Better Delete Revision plugin for WordPress.

To make your blog load faster, follow these 5 simple tips and you can enjoy a better optimized and more responsive WordPress blog.

Image courtesy of Flickr user: Net_Efekt

  • http://adriennesmith.net Adrienne

    Wow, I didn’t know all of this Fabrizio!!! So I do have a few questions for you.

    Can you host your images on your server in a photo folder? And if so, moving all those over there wouldn’t you have to go back in and redirect every single photo on all the older posts? That could be a time consuming process.

    I continuously have problems with the Caching plug-ins. I find that from time to time I can’t get into my dashboard and end up learning they are the culprit. I’ve tried so many different ones but I still run into these problems. Is there a reason why they do that?

    Okay, I believe that’s all I have for now. Thanks for this really great informative post. I learned a few new things today.

    Adrienne

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for stopping by. If you already have images in a folder on your server then they’re probably better off where they are. If you have a pro account with Flickr for example you can upload any future images into your folder there and just copy and past the HTML code from your desired straight into your post. This way the images are served from Flickr’s server and not your own. I hope that helps ;)

      As for the cache issue, when you say you couldn’t get into your dashboard do you mean your login credentials was revoked or you couldn’t access the login panel? I have heard that sometimes if you change your password and then try and login to your dashboard, because the cache is serving older pages of your site it can cause problems with login page, not sure how true that actually is though lol. Anyhow I use the WP Super Cache which works fine.

  • http://www.multees.com/ neo

    one my my task is to make sure my blog load fast and I’m using several plugin such as wp minify, wp total cache, wp smush it. another tips is try do the htaccess trick. sure you will see you site load time increase

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      I want to try the htaccess trick but I’m scared that I’l do something drastically wrong :) I will be sure to check out the other plugins you mention, thanks Neo.

  • http://www.rsatechnologies.in rakesh kumar

    Post revision are increasing my websites loading time. This is new to me . Surely i am going to delete all post revisions for my blog. Thanks Fabrizio for this great tip.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hey Rakesh, thanks for stopping by. Better Post Revision plugin is an awesome plugin as there isn’t any other simple way to decrease post revisions unless you’re technically able. This plugin makes good sense to use to remove unwanted posts, enjoy.