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  • Beth December 5, 2017

    This article helps you to understand how to make your WordPress site faster.

    Why I need so?

    We can measure your site’s performance and see if there’s anything else to make it just a bit faster. When a person lands on your site for the first time, you only have a few seconds to capture their attention to convince them to hang around. If your site takes too long to load, most people are gone, lost before you even had a chance.

    How can I do it myself without impacting websites?

    Hosting Service Selection. …
    Use The Best Caching Plugin. …
    Choose The Right Framework. …
    Use A CDN. …
    Optimize Your Site’s Database. …
    Compress Images. …
    Diagnose Your Plugins. …
    Disable Hotlinking.1. Choose a good host
    When starting out, a shared host might seem like a bargain (“Unlimited page views!”). It comes at another cost: incredibly slow site speed and frequent down time during high traffic periods2. Start with a solid theme
    You might be surprised to here this, but the Twenty Fifteen “framework” (aka the default WP theme) is lightweight and quite speedy.

    3. Use an effective caching plugin

    WordPress plugins are obviously quite useful, but some of the best fall under the caching category, as they drastically improve page loads time, and best of all, all of them on WordPress.org are free and easy to use. (plugin name : W3 Total Cache)

    4. Use a content delivery network (CDN)
    All of your favorite big blogs are making use of this, and if you are into online marketing using WordPress you won’t be surprised to here that some of your favorite blogs like Copyblogger are making use of CDN’s.
    There is a plugin name :Free-CDN

    5. Optimize images (automatically)
    Image optimizer called Smush.it that will drastically reduce the file size of an image, while not reducing quality.
    free plugin Name: WP-Smushlt

    6. Optimize your homepage to load quickly

    Things that you can do include:

    • Show excerpts instead of full posts
    • Reduce the number of posts on the page (I like showing between 5-7)
    • Remove unnecessary sharing widgets from the home page (include them only in posts)
    • Remove inactive plugins and widgets that you don’t need
    • Keep in minimal! Readers are here for content, not 8,000 widgets on the homepage

    7. Optimize your WordPress database
    I’m certainly getting a lot of use out of the word “optimize” in this post!This can be done the very tedious, extremly boring manual fashion . You can simply use the WP-Optimize plugin, which I run on all of my sites.

    8. Disable hotlinking and leeching of your content

    Place this code in your root .htaccess file:
    disable hotlinking of images with forbidden or custom image option
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?sparringmind.com [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?google.com [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?feeds2.feedburner.com/sparringmind [NC]
    RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ – [NC,F,L]

    9. Add an expires header to static resources

    An Expires header is a way to specify a time far enough in the future so that the clients (browsers) don’t have to re-fetch any static content (such as css file, javascript, images etc).
    You need to copy and paste the following code in your root .htaccess file:
    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType image/gif A2592000
    ExpiresByType image/png A2592000
    ExpiresByType image/jpg A2592000
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg A2592000

    10. Add LazyLoad to your images

    LazyLoad is the process of having only only the images above the fold load (i.e. only the images visible in the visitor’s browser window), then, when reader scrolls down, the other images begin to load, just before they come into view.
    To do this automatically, install the jQuery Image Lazy Load  plugin.

    11. Replace PHP with static HTML
    This one is a little bit advanced, but can drastically cut down your load time if you are desperate to include page load speeds

    Difficulty level [Easy, Medium, Hard].

    How to make your WordPress site faster?
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    How to make your WordPress site faster?
    If your site takes too long to load, we can measure your site’s performance and see if there’s anything else to make it just a bit faster.
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