16 Innovative Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Website in 2015!

Once you are done designing your WordPress website there are a few things you can do to ensure that it is snappy and does not drive the visitors nuts with the long waits they have to face with other similar websites. After all, speeding up your website is the only way to ensure high traffic and sales. You have to remember that if your page size is over 2MB you are not only weighing down the general speed, you are also losing sales, followers and incurring regular loss.

So Here is how to Say Goodbye to Slow Loading WebPages and Frustrating Hours of Wait With a Few Simple Steps

1. Enable Compression of Your JavaScript and CSS Files

Compressing the JavaScript and CSS files will help any browser download them faster and reduce the waiting time for each page to load. You can reduce your file size 5 times by applying Gzip compression. So it is always smarter to choose a server which is compression enabled. For compression of static files you can add the following fragment to the .htaccess file.

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-httpd-php text/php text/html text/plain text/css text/xml application/x-JavaScript text/JavaScript application/JavaScript text/x-js
This will enable compression irrespective of browsers used by the visitors.

2. Add More JavaScript Files to the Footer

You must keep in mind that browsers do not start loading the content of each page until the JavaScript files in the header content have finished downloading. So although Prototype, Mootools, jQuery and similar JavaScript libraries seem like lucrative add-ons because they extend your website’s functionality, they will also slow down your website immensely. It is easier for WordPress users as you can move all the files from header.php to footer.php at your WordPress theme/template.

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3. Reduce the Size of Your Images

While uploading your images do not forget to optimize them. One easy way to do that is to use Photoshop and save the images for web with the image quality of up to 60%. It is always wiser to use progressive images for JPG files since progressive rendering ensures a smoother experience. Please optimize the images to shrink them up to 4 times before uploading on your website. The quality of the images remains unchanged as on the page but the webpage becomes undoubtedly faster.

Image Reduce Tool

4. Merge your CSS Files

It is common knowledge that browsers can handle a limited number of HTTP requests at one time. So merging all your CSS files into one will help your webpage load faster than usual. And if your CSS files are lesser than 2KB then they should be inlined rather than making another HTTP request.
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5. Enable Caching

If caching is enabled then your code does not keep generating the same page over and over again. This gives the users a much smoother and faster experience. There are tons of WordPress plugins which drastically improves page loading speed by facilitating caching.

6. Keep your Keep Alive Active

KeepAlive makes sure that more than one connection is kept open for multiple HTTP requests. If not, simply add the following snippet of code to .htacess file-

<ifModule mod_headers.c>
Header set Connection keep-alive
</ifModule>

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7. Using a Content Delivery Network

CDN is something highly recommended for WordPress users. It is a distributed system of servers which send data to your clients on the basis of locations. The static content of your website like CSS files and images can be stored at any CDN and delivered to your client from the nearest geographically located CDN making the process much faster.

8. Choosing Image File Type

This is the most common mistake made by website designers. While uploading your images make sure you use only PNG images and avoid using JPEG which rasterizes texts making it blurry. Also minimize the usage of GIFs since they can evidently slow down your website. Also PNG images are way lighter than JPEG ones.

Image File Type

9. Keep HTTP Requests to a Minimum

Try to combine all your CSS files as mentioned above and merge the JavaScript content to keep your HTTP requests to a minimum per page. That’s because the number of HTTP requests is directly proportional to the time taken to load your webpage.

10. Page Size Matters

Loading a page more than 2MB on a 3G mobile connection can be a nightmare for your visitors. So always keep your page size on a check to achieve minimum loading time per page. Winnow through images and content and add only the ones which are indispensible for your site.

11. Fixing the 404s

For each missing file your website generates a 404 error which will hinder smooth and fast loading of your websites. so try removing all the red rows during rendering.

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12. Scaling Each Image

If you have an image which is completely necessary however has a humongous size, then scale it down using Photoshop. Create thumbnails of the main images by mentioning the exact dimensions; HTML is not the place to add images by fluke. Turn the thumbnails into links for the bigger images.

13. Set a Caching Policy

Recommended caching time by Google is one week and up to one year for permanent assets. So set a caching strategy for static files so the correct browser can decide if previously loaded files can be used. This boosts loading time tremendously.

14. Selection of  Hosting Company

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Although names do not matter, most hosting companies rely on shared hosting for minimizing their costs. If you are aiming at launching an eCommerce website then you are bound to experience heavy traffic, so it is wise for you to avoid shared hosting plans altogether.

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15. Optimizing the Database

All CMS based sites require database optimizations. Screen your code for slow queries and optimize your DB configuration. WP has a number of plugins which cuts down the hours of work required for DB optimization.

16. Time to Call an Expert

If all the steps seem too cumbersome it is always okay to hire an expert who can dedicate his time and experience towards making your website faster.

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by Emily

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