Even though WordPress is well coded as a platform, you should be aware that there is always room for improvements, particularly when you learn what you should avoid. This article will help you to learn what you should do to improve your WordPress site. Keep in mind that optimizing a WordPress site is not easy and you shouldn’t even begin the process unless you are absolutely sure that you know how to do it.
Reading review written by the Web Hosting enthusiasts will help you to learn more about the host you were planning to use. If you want to receive WordPress-specific support from your host, you should try a managed WordPress host. WPEngine is a fast growing reputable host that specializes in WordPress hosting. It is important to use a fast and well-coded theme, so if you choose a theme packed with lots of additional features that you don’t need, it will negatively impact your site performance.
Install a catching plugin such as W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache that will certainly speed up your site, because it greatly reduces MySQL database access, number of PHP requests, server access for static resources, and even HTTP requests. W3 Total Cache offers a variety of caching features such as Page Cache, Minify, Object Cache, Database Cache, Browser Cache and CDN.
Start using CDN, because your primary server will have less load to handle and deliver significantly better performance while serving the rest of your site. Offloading the static resources of your site, like images, scripts, css files, can speed up your site. Those static resources will be served to your visitors by the server closest to them and there are quite a few Content Delivery Networks out there, but one that really stands out is MaxCDN. Consider presenting compressed versions of your site to your visitors, as they’ll be less in size and will generally load a lot faster. The best option is to enable Gzip compression straight from cPanel if you’re on a shared server.
Considering that there are lots of plugins available for WordPress sites you should be very careful and choose only the ones that are well-coded in order to avoid slowing your website down. It is important to monitor your plugins’ performance and impact on your site’s load time, so you have a clear picture about the present state of your website. It is important to update your plugins regularly, otherwise they can get hacked. Always keep in mind that your database should be optimized, so you can optimize your WordPress MySQL database directly from PHPMyAdmin, or by using a plugin like WP-Optimize or WP-DBManager, which can delete all pending spam comments, trashed posts and auto-saved drafts.
Optimize the images on your site as well, since they are important element of your site. Specify the maximum image dimensions for thumbnail, medium, and large sized images, which means that if you upload an image 1024px wide, and your content area is only 604px wide, the image will be scaled down using CSS. Reduce the size of images without influencing their quality. Yahoo’s Smush. can help you with this and what is even better – you don’t need to visit their site, since there is a WordPress plugin for it!