We started explaining what should you do to speed up your WordPress site in the first part of this article and here are more advices that you will find useful for sure. You need to always keep in mind that slow load times leave a bad first impression and are also bad for your SEO. Perform a speed test and if your load time is under three seconds, that is decent, but if you manage to load it even faster than that is a success!

In order to achieve that, you should replace PHP with HTML in your code, whenever possible. Simple HTML is faster to process than PHP. If you have enough experience and you are ready to do this kind of work, you can engage in this kind of activity, but if you are not sure leave it to the professionals, since it is better not to risk it.  Keep in mind that spam takes up significant space in your database and that you should reduce it as much as possible. Trackbacks and Pingbacks aren’t good for your site speed, so turn them off. Whenever someone links to you, a trackback gets created, utilizing server and database resources, so you can simply disable trackbacks and pingbacks from WordPress’ Discussion Settings.

Considering the wide use of smart phones and the need to get every information you need as soon as possible, you should use responsive design. Use a responsive theme to load less resources for mobile devices or specify high-resolution images for high-resolution screens, so mobile users won’t see heavy images, and desktop users won’t see small, highly-compressed images, so it is great for all the users. You can even expect a slight boost in SEO once you switch to responsive design, since it is recommended by Google. It is advisable to use CSS in the <head> section as per HTML recommendations. Referencing style sheets outside of the <head> section will prevent the browser from displaying content as soon as it is loaded.

Progressive loading will be blocked by JavaScript, so when a browser encounters a <script> tag, it tries to interpret the code before loading the rest of the page. Place most java scripts in the bottom of your code, before the ending </body> tag, instead of the <head> section. Also, your widgets should be optimized as much as possible, to make them easy-to-load and light. Widgets of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ load external java scripts and often CSS while being rendered. In case that scripts are not likely to be updated often, try uploading them directly to your server and serve them from your own server because you can significantly improve your site speed by optimizing your widgets.

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author:Azra Jovicic