Do you want to speed up WordPress Blogs? About 6-years ago when I first attempted blogging and failed miserably, I had a blog with 87-plugins and about 70 of them were activated. I spent so much time in building the theme and at the end of it all, the blog became too complex and eat so many resources. I was told to fix the high CPU resource by host or they will boot me out.
A lot of bloggers are more interested in the design than in delivery great contents, what I realized was that, I was the only one interested in the numerous widgets and sidebars and they didn’t propel the blog any further. It was a lesson, learned by experience which obviously is not good. Learning by instruction has always been a best bet and since I got that idea I have never looked back.
Now that you have decided not to learn by experience but by instructions, I will quickly walk you through very important steps to speed up your blog.
Speed Up WordPress Blog
1. Optimize Database
For me, this really speed up WordPress Blog, and improves the health of your blog. You would see greater results if your WordPress database is optimized monthly. This is an excellent tutorial by Siteground on how to optimized PhpMySql database.
While you are trying to speed up WordPress blogs, the authors of your theme and plugins are always on their feet, tying new ideas for optimal performance. Each time you see an update notification, always try to apply them. In the case where it is a WordPress update, always back-up your Blog before attempting to upgrade to the latest version.
Updates could break your theme or plugins, if you upgrade and this happens, you can always fall back to your previous version while you try out other alternatives in your localhost installation.
This is only a precautionary measure, very little reported cases of broken blogs have been reported due to a WordPress upgrade.
3. Remove Irreverent Widgets
To speed up WordPress blog, you need to be man-smart, I know you love that Widget but do your visitors care about them? Try to find out if they care about it and once you reach a conclusion that the conversion rate is very low, it is best to do away with it. As a blogger, you have to know that your blog isn’t about you and what you like. The moment it is hosted and becomes accessible, it becomes about everyone and since everyone is greater than only you, you have to work in the direction of everyone and focus on delivery great contents.
So much have been said about WP-Super Cache and W3 Total Cache, obviously they are the best out there and I recommend you choose either of them. I once used WP-Super Cache, and I am currently exploring other great plugins, I would talk about the experience at a latter time if I do not return to WP-Super Cache.
Increase The Speed Of Your WordPress Blog: More Tips
Introducing P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
I can’t go on with this article on how to speed up WordPress blog without talking about P3. Now, this is the most vital tool that can help you decide what’s slowing up your WordPress and causing High CPU usage. Believe me, this is my favorite WordPress plugin and I really have to give thumbs up to the author, GoDaddy.
P3 Plugin Performance will scan your entire WordPress blog and Plugins, detailing what is responsible for loading time impact. You would be surprise to see what’s causing the problem; most times it is the plugin you love most. The only option friend is to do away with it and find an alternative that consumes lesser resources. If it’s something that don’t bring value to your blog, removing it entirely without sourcing for any alternative would be absolutely fantastic.
Again, I will leave you with a P3 installation guide by WpSquare.
Speed Up WordPress Blog: Under The Hood
Introducing WP Smush.it
When I completed this article, I had no idea of the great importance of this exciting plugin; WP Smush.it. This plugin works like a charm, it will reduce all your image file sizes and overall improve performance. If you haven’t already installed this, I will like you to do so as soon as you can.
This is how you increase the speed of WordPress blogs, I hope this has been helpful. Here me hear your experiences.
Last Updated: March 2, 2015.