There are several techniques a website owner can do to make his WordPress blog or website load at a more desirable pace. These techniques will help in order for your website to be optimized and load at a 30% faster rate. Remember that not all techniques are listed here, there still tons of things a website owner can try to optimize a website and they are all accessible online. Some of these tips may also work with normal website and other CMS. In very rare cases, it may not be applicable.
For reference, it is best to record the website’s unoptimized speed before trying out any of the techniques below. This way, at the end of the article, one can determine how many percent the increase in website is.
Cache and Compress
Caching is known to be the most effective technique for a lower load time. Caching is done by converting all of the website’s dynamic php pages to static. After converting, it will then be stored in a disk or memcache, easily accessible when users visit the page. This way, the websites’ pages will load faster and also saves memory and system CPU. If the website is running on a shared server, it will greatly improve the loading time.
Trying out this technique will decrease website’s loading speed by around 20%.
The second most effective technique in lowering load time is image optimization. Try out Smush-it, a WordPress plugin which helps optimize images and reduces the file size. By using Smush-it, images size may be reduced to around 20% after. This is very effective and suitable for websites with loads of images on them. It can greatly reduce the load time which is affected by the big image size.
Trying this technique will decrease website’s loading speed by around 5-10%.
Content Delivery Network
Another way to reduce the website’s loading time is by using CDN or Content Delivery Network. Usually an image loads twice longer than the whole site put together. Take Amazon for example, it has a lot of images yet it loads faster because it utilizes Content Delivery Network. Just use a well known CDN service and use W3 Total Cache plugin to configure the network.