Optimize WordPress for Better Performance

Wordpress Tools

WordPress is the world’s number one used CMS opensource website software. 

Powering over 60 million websites.

WordPress has a lot of great plugins available and it’s easy to create a full-featured website with a lot of neat functionality. These plugins however, can insert additional CSS and JavaScript files into your header which can hurt your site’s performance ( and Page Speed and YSlow scores ).  Here we have listed 5 important performance methods to optimize your WordPress website.

  1. Use a Cache Plugin
    Optimize your WordPress website using WP Super Cache. This is a very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. Over 6,070,209 downloads making this WordPress most used Cache Plugin! Another great Cache plugin from WordPress is W3 Total Cache – Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support. Adding properly configured Dynamic caching to your WordPress site will have great effect on its speed and performance.
  2. Optimize your ImagesWe highly recommend using Photoshop However if you don’t have Photoshop then Smush.it is the perfect tool for you! Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. It is a “lossless” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality. Or you can directly use Wordpress plugin WP Smush.It
  3. Optimize your WordPress Database
    WordPress auto-saves everything but the disadvantage with this, is that your database gets filled with a lot of post revisions, trackbacks, pingback, comments and trash items quickly which needs to be cleaned up manually on a regular basis. You can reduce Your Revision to lets say 3 by inserting the following code directly into your wp-config.php file // set max post revisions define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 3)We also recommend a WordPress Plugin Better Delete Revision This is a perfect tool. It calculates all your current revision and then gives you the option to delete them or save them. Plus comes with an optimize Database tools which reduce size of database and optimization to speed up!
  4. Use a CDN (Content Delivery Network)
    Content Delivery Networks ( CDN )- Supercharges your website. Distribute your content around the world so it’s closer to your visitors (speeding up your site). CDN are server networks that clone your site on all of their location nodes. This means that when your visitors request your site, it will be served by the closest server location, rather than the main datacenter of your hosting provider.
  5. Delete unused Plugins, Themes and Media
    Delete Unused Plugins: If you are not using a plugin simply uninstall it and delete it. Why slow your website down by having an unused plugin demanding requests…
    Delete Unused Themes: By Default WordPress is pre installed with 3 Themes. If you are not using a theme then remove but make sure you are not using a child theme first before removing all themes.
    Delete Unused Images: If you are not using an image then its taking up space. Don’t be a hoarder! You can re add the image again if you need it. ( Keep a local copy )

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