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The Ultimate WordPress Optimization Guide

The Ultimate WordPress Optimization Guide

Did you know that your website can run up to 10 times faster? It’s not a joke, we made it, so can you! In this WordPress Optimization Guide I will show you some simple steps to speed up your WordPress website.

What Affects Performance?

First of all, you have to know that the most important thing is your hosting. However, even with slow hosting setup you can still get the most of your website by following this guide. Most of all hosting providers offer fast and reliable Shared Hosting, a lot of them even with SSDs, and I’m pretty sure that most of you also have Shared Hosting, because it’s cheap and good. For example, I’m using Namecheap’s Shared Hosting with SSD. In my opinion it is the best hosting provider with friendly support.

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1. Install Jetpack by WordPress.com

WordPress.com offers a great plugin for optimizing your website. With Jetpack plugin you get a great spam blockervisitor stats, security services, image compression and much more.

Download it here: https://srd.wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/

2. Use Accelerated Mobile Pages!

Google already started to show Accelerated Mobile Pages in search results on mobile devices. Publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere using AMP. The great thing about it is that using AMP you can also affect your website’s SEO.

Here you can see that my blog post loads 2 times faster when loading AMP version than the normal desktop version.

AMP Test Result

Normal mobile version(Tested using: https://tools.pingdom.com)

With AMP

With AMP(Tested using: https://tools.pingdom.com)

Official AMP plugin for WordPress: https://srd.wordpress.org/plugins/amp/

3. Install EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is a great plugin for image compression. It will minimize the size of your uploaded images without any loss of quality and load different image resolutions on different devices. This is one of the best plugins for WordPress optimization.

Here is my image size and the load time before the compression:

And here is after the compression:

So, looking at the results you can clearly see that our compressed image was loaded more than 5 times faster.

You can get the plugin here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/

4. Install Autoptimize

Autoptimize speeds up your website by minimizing JS, CSS and HTML files. This plugin creates additional JS, CSS and HTML files by removing unnecessary whitespace.

With Autoptimize enabled my website loads 5 megabytes less. And it is a huge difference!

5. Use GZIP Compression (most important and effective)

GZIP is a form of data compression and is the most effective way to optimize your WordPress website. The original data will be compressed before delivering it over the network. GZIP compression can reduce the size of JS, CSS and HTML files by up to 90%!

So, just by enabling GZIP my JS, CSS and HTML files are now loading 5 times faster!

You can enable GZIP by adding the following code to your .htaccess file on your server:

If the code above doesn’t work for your Apache server than try this one:

Remember, you can always test if your GZIP compression is working using the following tool: https://varvy.com/tools/gzip/

 

By following our Ultimate WordPress Optimization Guide you can speed up your website up to 10 times!

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