I found an interesting statistic browsing the internet that a 1 second increase in loading speed decreases your website’s conversion rate by 7% so, for every 1 second that your blog takes to load your conversion rate drops by 7%. This says only one thing, you need to speed up your blog as much as possible.
So, let’s begin, the first step is to determine how you are currently performing, you can do that by going to http://gtmetrix.com and entering the URL of your blog, I recommend to do multiple tests because every single time they give out slightly different results. For example, you do a test and they say that it took 12 seconds to load, you do another test and now it takes only 5 seconds to load and you haven’t changed anything. So, run multiple tests and determine an average loading speed.
For example, you do a test and they say that it took 12 seconds to load, you do another test and now it takes only 5 seconds to load and you haven’t changed anything. So, run multiple tests and determine an average loading speed.
The website gives you a report and also gives a list of things you should improve for your website to load faster, most of them are very technical and probably not for everyone to understand. Well, the only thing you need to pay attention right now is at the loading speed, take a note of it and continue on the tips for improving your blog’s loading speed.
You need a cache plugin for your WordPress blog. I’m not really sure how the caching technology works if you want to learn more about it do your own research, but the thing is it makes your website load faster and that’s what we are after.
The two most popular plugins are WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache, install either one of these and you will see an improvement in your blog’s loading speed.
Images are the heaviest elements on most pages and it’s really common to upload huge images without even thinking how it will affect the loading speed. Be cautious of this and optimize your images before you use it on your blog any simple image editor can help.
If you already have a ton of images uploaded, it would be a hassle to go through all of them so try out a plugin WP Smush.it, it optimizes the images on your site when you upload them and if you want to optimize the images that have already been published you can do a Bulk Smush.it which you can find at the Media tab.
After optimizing the images on my site I saw a huge increase in the loading speed of my blog, you can even feel that it loads faster.
Update all your plugins, themes and WordPress installation. Of course, do a backup before that so, you won’t lose any data if something goes wrong. Old plugins can run slowly if they use old code or something gets incompatible. Well, someone who understands coding could explain it better, but updating your plugins can improve your blog’s loading speed.
Well, someone who understands coding could explain it better, but updating your plugins can improve your blog’s loading speed.
Less there is to load the faster it will load. So, remove everything that isn’t necessary or isn’t being used. Inactive plugins, old themes, unnecessary widgets, etc.
I did a little bit of optimization on my blog and installed the Smush.it plugin and updated all the plugins. Here are my results:
Managed to improve my loading speed a bit, though as I said the Smush.it plugin has made my blog notably load faster.
So, these are simple little tips for improving the loading speed of your blog, hope you found something new and it will help you improve your blog. If you liked this blog post please tweet it and plus it.
Also, I would like to hear did these tips help you and how much you managed to improve your blog’s loading speed.