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.
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.
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.
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.
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