Aiming for a site load time of 2-3 seconds is a must.
No slow sites, please!
If you don’t visit your site often, you might not notice that your site is going slow and that you need to reduce site slowness.
Try using a test like the Google Page Speed test will allow you to see how your site is really doing. While it may appear fast on your end, that could be because of your browser cache.
You want to make sure you are getting a true reading on your site. You also want to make sure people from all over the world get a great experience and not only from one part of the world. Good site speed for people all over is a reason you might want to consider using a CDN (Content Delivery Network) for your content.
If you’ve checked your site and see you need speed. Continue reading to learn ways to reduce site slowness.
1. Remove Plugins You Don’t Need
While plugins can do a lot of cool things, they may slow down your site. If they are keeping you from doing what is necessary, you need to find out which ones you can uninstall.
While it is recommended that you keep the number of plugins that you use to five or less, I don’t do it on my own site because — I need those!
2. Limit Social Media Sharing Buttons
Only have main social media sharing buttons on your posts and pages. The more code you have a site, the more it is going to lag your page and cause slowdowns.
Having social sharing buttons is good for getting the word out there, but overdoing it won’t help. Most people aren’t sharing to obscure social media sites anyway.
3. Enable Caching
Caching is where you are going to need a plugin if using WordPress. Find a cache plugin to install on your WordPress site, so you are able to store files of your site locally for people to have faster access.
Any time you update your website, you want to make sure to clear the cache. If you don’t clear your cache, people will see the old version of the website.
4. Optimize Images
Large or unoptimized images can cause major problems for your site’s speed. Slow page speeds due to images are an easy fix. You can optimize the photos before you put them on your site or if you think a plugin is worth the space, which I do, you can put a plugin up and wha-la!
Optimized images give the visitor a better experience and keep your site speed at its best.
5. Use a CDN
Content delivery networks aka CDNs deliver your content from different parts of the world, so your visitors get a fast experience no matter where in the world they are.
Serving your site from a CDN can mean big speed improvements. If you are a beginner, this can be somewhat confusing so you might want to hire a WordPress tech to set it up for you.
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