User usage statistics says that WordPress is used by 53.7% of all the websites whose CMS (content management system) we actually know. This is 15.9% of all websites. I think WordPress is now a days a part & parcel of a internet marketer. If you’re going to launch a new product or want to create a niche site or even a micro niche site, you’re going to need WordPress.
Using site speed in web search ranking is very important. Google we’re obsessed with speed & If your site is faster than other site you’re surely going to get a plus point in terms of ranking on Google. Actually Its not even about Google.Its about the user who visits your blog. A user will love a website only if it’s browsing speed is fast & have got the information he’s seeking.
But its really not that hard to make your site faster than its current speed.I’ve tested with few of my website & I’m confident about my way to increase WordPress blog speed will work for your WordPress blog as well.
(1) Download and activate W3 Total Cache
You’ll find a new section in your admin sidebar called “Performance.” You’ll manage your W3 Total Cache settings from this section.On the sidebar, you’ve to click on the “General Settings” sub-section.Then under “General,” You’ll find “Toggle all caching types on or off at once.” Check it & then save it.You may find error if your wp-admin folder is not writable.
As W3 Total Cache will turn on all its caching features because of your last action, there are a few that may not be needed by you. The most common ones are a CDN and the CloudFlare feature. Uncheck “Enable” on these features if you don’t have them.
I suggest if you’re capable of using a a CDN then use it.Its worth of buying.Now, Under the Minify sub-section, There is an option called Minify mode. Select the Auto option.Now, Click Save all settings.
NB: If you make any changes to your WordPress plugins, the W3 Total Cache plugin may ask you to Empty the Cache. This is done to make sure the plugin doesn’t serve a cached version of any changed files.
You should empty the cache each time you make changes to your blog. Now On the sidebar, click on the Minify sub-section.Then, Under HTML & XML, check Enable in the HTML minify settings(You can also check the other options, but make sure to test your site to see if it breaks.)
- Set expires header
- Set cache control header
- Set entity tag (eTag)
Now save all settings & Go to next step.
Now, download and activate WP Smush.it. There is nothing to setup with this plugins.Though you’ll find it under Media from sidebar.Well That’s it! You’re finished.Now you can test your site speed from here:
Now compare both of your speed.The pre-optimization & after-optimization.I can feel your smile from here.Now enjoy your site great speed & of course the benefits from this speed.Speed Matters…don’t ignore it.