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5 Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Website Today

The speed of your website contributes a lot to user experience, and your visitors are looking for things quickly. Many studies like this one, show that online users don’t give you much opportunity to make them wait:

47% of visitors expect a page to load in under 2 seconds, and 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load.

If your WordPress website is slowing down, there’s a number of factors that could be contributing, but here’s five quick fixes to increase speed:

  • Identify slow plugins: there are many resources online, like P3, that will help you identify which of your WordPress plugins are performing the slowest. Once you have this information, you can either replace these plugins or remove them completely.
  • Clean out your database: there are some plugins that are very helpful, like this one, which can routinely clear out your database’s trash, keeping the database efficient and filled only with what needs to be kept. Things can really pile up in there over time, similar to how keeping your trash can full on your computer can slow it down as well.
  • Turn off “ping backs”: if you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s a feature that alerts you which of your posts are linked to other blogs. Mostly, it can be a nuisance and definitely serves to slow down your computer. In discussions on blogs you may see things like “pingback request” or right on your dashboard when you login to WordPress. To turn this off, go to “Discussions” and “Settings”.
  • Hosting: perhaps one of the biggest contributors to site speed is where you website is hosted. If your site is hosted on a slow server, it will be slow regardless what you do. Here’s some tips for finding suitable WordPress website hosting sites.
  • Great theme: this goes back to the basics, but if you didn’t choose a WordPress theme from a reputable source, there may be some implemented bugs that are causing your website to be slow. This type of thing can be avoided right from the start by hiring a web designer who is proficient in WordPress. Alternatively, changing to a new theme that is better will help resolve some of these issues as well.

If you have questions about increasing the functionality of your current website, or starting fresh with a new one, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

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