Fast loading pages improve user experience, increase your pageviews, and help with your WordPress SEO. In this article, we will share the most useful WordPress speed optimization tips to WordPress performance and speed up your website.
WordPress is probably the most used content management system (CMS) at the moment, but just like any other website, it has to be optimized for speed. Let me explain how to do so in a few simple steps: you can either use one of many available plugins or simply optimize manually. But before doing anything, please make sure your WordPress website actually needs optimization. If it is slow and there are no obvious reasons why, you should hire an expert to take a look into that. The reason is that optimizing too much can lead to compatibility issues with different features of your website – or even worse, bugs.
What Speed Optimization for WordPress Actually Means?
Generally speaking, “speed” means minimizing download time for all pages of your website. But in practice, it means helping Google to crawl your website much more efficiently, not showing errors in the browser when loading a page or even avoiding them when possible. And to do all of that, you will need to follow some steps:
• Decreasing the total size of the HTML code by removing unnecessary information from it (CSS and JS files can be combined together, for example).
• Minimizing HTTP requests by using a Content Delivery Network (CDN), optimizing images, combining CSS and JS files as well as minimizing DOM queries
• Avoiding browser rendering blocking by deferring scripts
• Using Gzip compression on your servers which allows better compatibility with old browsers
A common belief is that WordPress websites are slow because the CMS comes with a lot of features. Actually, it is not so much about features but rather how they are implemented in a website. You should avoid using plugins just to add “one more feature” when you can simply add it through your theme or use a ready-made WordPress plugin instead.
In order to speed up your WordPress website, go to the Plugins tab in an administrator page and deactivate all plugins that you don’t need anymore. For example, disable all SEO plugins if you only use Yoast SEO. Then run your entire website through Google’s PageSpeed Insights and follow its guidelines (e.g.: minifying HTML code). If you want something simpler and still effective, I recommend Next3 AWS Pro.
How To Optimize A WordPress Website Yourself
There are many plugins which allow you to optimize your website but it is also possible – although somewhat more complicated at first – to do it manually. Let’s start with optimizing HTML code:
• Using Google PageSpeed Insights or Pingdom Tools, check whether there are any errors in your HTML code.
• Look up all references to external image files on your website and remove them
• Remove comments from your HTML code – they are not only useless but also increase the overall size of your code.
• Minimize DOM queries by using unique CSS classes for styling similar elements. That way, you will reduce the overall amount of CSS rules that need to be downloaded by a browser.
You can further optimize scripts loaded in your WordPress website – if any of course:
• If you have more than one external JS file, you can often merge them together with something like Google’s Closure compiler.
• Use deferred scripts whenever possible. This means loading your scripts after the page is already loaded.
• Use HTML5 instead of Flash or Silverlight in your website.
If you want to really take things to the next level, we recommend using a CDN for even better load speeds. Next3 AWS Pro is also capable of optimizing and compressing pictures on the fly so it’s definitely worth giving a try since it’s free!
Understand Next3 Core Features
You have got a perfect variety of features. You will definitely love those core Next3 features.
1. Optimize site speed
All your files will be served from AWS S3 servers taking a load off your server and increasing the speed of your website.
2. Website media files transfer to AWS
It is very easy to export or import media files from the sites using Next3 Aws. Users can convert all WP media files from the old website into Amazon AWS and vice-versa with a single click.
3. Drag & Drop Media files upload
Users can upload their all-important files simply by the drag and drop system. It will give you comfort & save your time.
4. Create unlimited Bucket
It is a very easy way to create a bucket or store by selecting the region then the bucket name has to be set.
5. Upload unlimited Files
Upload unlimited files from WordPress Media to AWS S3 bucket and use files anywhere in WordPress.
6. File Manager
It offers a file manager that provides a user interface to manage files and folders.
7. Files Usability
Users can use stored files from AWS file manager anywhere in the WordPress directory.
8. Better SEO Service
All your files will be served from AWS S3 servers taking a load off your server and increasing the speed of your website. Therefore, this has a huge impact on your Page Speed score, therefore ranking better in search engines like Google.
In conclusion, there are countless techniques that can help you optimize your WordPress website but following some basic rules goes a long way:
1). Don’t install every single plugin that comes across your path – start with only one or two and add more once you find out that they actually bring something positive to your website.
2). Minimize external requests by researching which files can be concatenated or minified instead
3). Ensure that your website is fast enough to avoid any blank screens or error messages.
4). Test your website speed using different tools and optimize it manually if necessary.