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Significantly Speed Up Your WordPress Blog in 9 Easy Steps

Your blog’s loading speed affects more Improve WordPress Speedthan just user experience but is now a factor used by google to determine an overall ranking for your site. The reasoning is clear according to google and other search engines’ goals, which is to provide the most relevant search results from sites that offer the best user experience. Site speed is definitely something we cannot not ignore and should take advantage of every opportunity to improve.

Here are 9 effective techniques and tips that can be easily implemented to make your blog lightning fast.

1. Disable Unused Plugins

This is one of the easiest things we can do to reduce load times. I know many of us get carried away trying out the thousands of cool plugins available but we need to bear in mind the fact that they use system resources. Assess whether you need the plugins that you have installed and determine if they necessarily serve a useful purpose. Also, deactivated plugins that are not deleted can possibly create loopholes and back doors that hackers can exploit so delete them and maintain security for your blog.

2. Install A Caching Plugin

I recommend using the caching plugin W3 Total Cache which can greatly reduce the load time for your blog’s pages and ease the work on your hosting server. W3 Total Cache has the highest level of compatibility I’ve seen so far, especially with Content Delivery Networks.

3. Choose The Right Web Host

Personally, I’ve had my share of headaches when it comes to bad web hosts. There are tons of web hosting companies out there claiming to be the best but don’t seem to make the cut. Regardless of how optimized and efficient your blog may be, hosting your site on slow servers can drastically reduce your blog’s speed and up-time.

4. Use Less External Scripts

A tracking system such as Google Analytics is extremely useful for tracking a blog’s traffic and visitor demographics. However, having too many scripts installed from different providers can significantly increase and stall the loading of your blog because they are being called from an external source. If the server where the script is being called from is slow or down, this will affect your site’s performance. Other examples of external scripts include, code from video hosting sites, tracking badges and advertisements from external ad networks.

5. Check For Hacks & Other Exploits

Malicious code can seriously cripple your site’s performance and if you suddenly see an increase in your site’s loading times, its worth it to check for possible malicious injections. Plugins such as WP Anti Virus can scan your files for existing exploits. Read WordPress Security – A Comprehensive Guide to significantly improve your blog’s security.

6. Optimize Your MySQL Database

Optimizing your blog’s MySQL database can greatly reduce the load on your hosting server and improve load times, especially if you have a huge long-standing blog. The WP DB Manager plugin can easily optimize your database in a single click and even allows you to schedule optimization tasks.

7. Reduce The Number Of Images

Although images can assist with the overall appeal of our blogs, they need to be used in moderation. Less is best. Remove unnecessary badges and pictures that provide no useful purpose for neither you or your visitors. Minimal blog templates and designs usually perform best since they use less fancy images and javascript in the code.

8. Use A Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A CDN is a network of expertly optimized servers around the world containing copies of your site’s data placed at various locations in the network to maximize bandwidth thus reducing your site’s load time. This works really well if you have visitors from all across the world as the servers closest to them will be used to deliver content quickly. A CDN provider such as MaxCDN can provide great performance without putting a strain on your pocket.

9. Avoid Flash Content

Flash takes a lot of time to load and can significantly increase load times. Flash should not make up the main design elements of your site.

Conclusion

There’s nothing better than a blog with great content and zero load times. Use the simple techniques above to improve the experience for your blog’s visitors while achieving maximum authority in google.

Do you know of any unique tips and tricks for increasing speed that are not mentioned here? Please share them with us in the comments, we would love to hear from you.

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  1. Jamaipanese ) says: 6/21/2010

    great list of tips, i employ all of them except having a CDM, my blog isn’t quite big enough, at least not yet ^_^

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    • Robyn from Sam's Web Guide ) says: 6/21/2010

      Thanks for reading Kirk.

      A CDN could probably help at this stage since your audience is more like Asia and the rest of the world.

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  2. Franky Branckaute ) says: 6/21/2010

    Also make sure to check if any scripts uses async load, also trackers. Most scripts now come with async tag.

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  3. Tiffany says: 6/21/2010

    I just installed the WP cache on one of my blogs and have to say that it works wonders, but you do have to have a lot of content for it to notice a difference.

    Some great ideas on improving the speed of your site. If your site is slow it definitely can hurt it not only with traffic coming to your site but also in the search engines.

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    • Robyn from Sam's Web Guide ) says: 6/21/2010

      Thanks for reading Tiffany.

      You definitely will experience a more noticeable increase in speeds on sites with larger databases and content.

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  4. Rakesh Solanki ) says: 6/21/2010

    No confusion that you have mentioned here all useful and practically tips. Obviously in starting i was also using lots of plugin, that was my great mistake.

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  5. Julius says: 6/21/2010

    I particularly like the point about caching plugins. Blogs that take a long time to load oftentimes become avoided by readers.

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  6. Harsh Agrawal ) says: 6/21/2010

    Some really nice tips. May I know any particular reason for advocating W3 total cache instead of Super cache… I understand W3 total cache works great with MaxCDn and I’m using it on few of my blogs…

    Also one tip from my end:
    Start using Smush.it WordPress plugn, very handy.. :)

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    • Robyn from Sam's Web Guide ) says: 6/21/2010

      Hey Harsh,

      Thanks for commenting.

      W3 Total Cache is much more user-friendly and nicely breaks down settings definitions, especially for the new blogger, and seems to have less compatibility issues. I’ve seen a few bloggers have issues with WP Super Cache which I am yet to see with W3 Total Cache.

      The smush.it image optimization tool really is neat. This tool should be great for small photography portfolio blogs.

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  7. Nabeel Ahmed ) says: 6/21/2010

    10. Smush.it WordPress plugin is also a must have. Reduces the file size of images significantly without much loss in quality.

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    • Franky Branckaute ) says: 6/22/2010

      Maybe you should optimize the images before uploading already?

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  8. Wordpress developers ) says: 6/22/2010

    This is an amazing post I must commend. Specially for WordPress beginners and developers like us. Personally I liked the removal of unused plugins and the optimization of MySQL Database, and also optimizing/avoiding the use of flash can actually speed up your blogss…Cheers to this useful info.

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  9. Antonie Potgieter ) says: 6/22/2010

    Awesome, thanks for the post. I found #6 useful. I didn’t know about the WP DB Manager plugin but I’ve installed it and it works well. Thank you!

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  10. Blog4Boys ) says: 6/22/2010

    Thanks for the cool tips.

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  11. shirley says: 6/23/2010

    Thanks for the input. I think i will stay where i am for now – it would be quite a hassle moving host!

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  12. RevReese ) says: 6/24/2010

    Thanks for the advice! I will add those few plugins and see if it helps.
    I only have a few running, but these ones sound handy!.

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    • RevReese ) says: 6/24/2010

      not sure why my site and twitter came up like that.. oh well thanks again anyway.

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  13. Elvin Okelly says: 6/28/2010

    Your idea coincides with mine.and I think is better.

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  14. Dana @ Blogging Tips Blog ) says: 6/28/2010

    I find that W3 total cache is working great to reduce blog load time. In long term, it can increase our blog traffic as what I experience.

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  15. Mike ) says: 6/29/2010

    Great tips here. Too many plugins is a huge problem for a lot of blogs I’ve noticed.

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  16. Viral ) says: 7/8/2010

    this is really nice tips and one should follow this.good to read this article and nice share.

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  17. Grace ) says: 7/23/2010

    This post could not have come at a better time. I just paid a web developer for an enhancement to speed up the loading time of my page and then switched from their hosting pkg to a new hosting provider and page still has loaded in less time. I am on the hunt for a good web developer to help do the very tips you have provided. Unfortunately I am new to blogging and haven’t a clue how to handle the back end. If you have any web development recommendations I would be most grateful!

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  18. Offersking ) says: 8/18/2010

    Fast loading website or blog always helps to attract more visitor activity on a blog. This speedup tricks will work with any websites.

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  19. cascd ) says: 9/5/2010

    i tried wp-total cache few days ago. but i didnt know is it working or not.anyway, thanks for the post.

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  20. Mayank ) says: 10/18/2010

    Thanx these r very useful tips, but m still doubtfull that this will increase my seo ranking

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    • Mike ) says: 10/19/2010

      Lol, Google has said that site speed is also an important ranking factor so if you increase your site speed, that will help with SEO a lot.

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  21. mayank tiwari ) says: 10/19/2010

    hey can you tell me about one more thing, if i use the links from another website to provide download stuff from my site is that against the adsense policies

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  22. Jim says: 10/29/2010

    Hi,
    Good recommendations. I use wp-cache 2 on my new blog. The pages load fast after caching. If you post a commend though, it is very slow to save – about 10 seconds. Any ideas ?

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    I disagree with poiint .9.. Many Fash Game Site get much traffic every day from game… so you must edit you opinion. I thiks its depend on the content of your site.

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  26. Anuj@Improve blog traffic ) says: 12/13/2011

    I’ve had some truely dreadful wordpress plugins over the years (not naming names) that love deep integration and heavy database usage to provide fairly mundane solutions. Then of course when the owner realises they’re mundane they remove them without deactivating them – hence they’re still ticking away in the background eating up resources without actually doing anything!

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  27. Rajesh Namase ) says: 12/24/2011

    Very useful post, I’ll try these tips to increase my blog speed. Thanks.

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  30. krishna says: 2/4/2013

    I just installed the WP cache on one of my blogs and have to say that it works wonders, but you do have to have a lot of content for it to notice a difference.

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