Many of you complain that your WordPress blog is running very slowly. This happens mostly after blogging for a few months.
Don’t worry if you’re facing this sort of problem. Yes, I’ll now show you how to speed up your blog to make it a kickass one by taking some effective steps.
Steps to speeding up your blog!
Here are the steps that you’ll have to follow one by one to speed up your blog –
Is your hosting okay?
Sometimes, a poor hosting company shows this sort of problem. If the server response time is too long than the usual, then the page loading will take much time. As a result, your blog will be too slow to make it a kickass blog.
So, check your hosting company and its hosting pack whether it’s okay or not. If you see that there’s something problematic with your hosting company or pack, then you should move to a reliable one as early as possible.
From my honest opinion, I always recommend iPage or Namecheap for hosting a blog because they’re cheap and at the same time, the service is up to the mark.
Identify your theme’s performance!
You should know that a bad theme of your blog can make it very slow. So, when you use a theme, check it with PageSpeedInsight. If you see that the new theme is giving slow speed, then you shouldn’t use that.
Use a lightweight and cleanly coded WordPress theme for your blog if it’s running on WordPress. You can check the 101 WordPress themes.
Use a few widgets on your blog
Many of you do this mistake. Yes, you keep a lot of widgets on your blog to give your readers a lot of options. I also did the same when I didn’t know the harmful effect of this practice.
But, it’s very bad to use so many widgets on a blog because it kills the speed of that. So, from now on, keep only the required widgets on your blog. You’ll see a great speeding up after removing the excess widgets from your blog.
The use of plugins should be minimal
Plugins are so cute to make your blog look nice, but if your use many plugins on your blog, then this is both bad for the speed and the security of that.
So, check which plugins are quite necessary for running your blog comfortably. Then, use only the necessary plugins for your blog.
Never show full posts on the homepage
In the theme’s customization options, you’ll find one option for showing excerpt or full posts. You should go for showing excerpts because if you enable full posts, then it’ll take more space which will surely lead to slow speed.
The number of blog posts per page should be fewer
By editing your WordPress theme, you can set the number of posts for per page of your blog. You should keep 5 – 7 posts at best per page. This will give you a decent speed.
Optimize the images of your blog posts
For the images used online, you should be very much careful in two things – one is the size and the other one is quality.
Yes, to keep the quality of your blog posts’ good, you should learn how to reduce the size of them so that they don’t have to sacrifice much of their quality.
You can use a WordPress plugin named WP Smush for automatically optimize your blog’s images. Also, choose those images that are less than 100KB in size.
Limit the number of banners on your blog
Many of us keep a lot of banner ads on our blogs. This is a bad practice and you shouldn’t do this for your blog. Using affiliate or AdSense like banners have so many negative things.
First of all, the affiliate code is quite irritating which harms the rank of a post. So, you should make the link no-follow when you use a like this on your blog.
And, banners ads take more time to load, so they usually make a web page slow.
You should optimize your blog time to time
WordPress blog becomes filthy with so many unnecessary files every now and then. So, you should optimize your blog time to time to make it sure that it’s neat and clean.
To do this, you can use a nice WordPress plugin named WP-Optimize on your blog. This plugin will delete many unnecessary files from your blog.