Simple tips to speed up your WordPress blog

WordPress is everywhere – it powers over 30% of all websites! And for good reason – it’s pretty good. It’s free and most importantly, easy to customize. In 2019, it’s far more than blog software. Instead, think of it as a solution that can single handedly power a website. In this article, we’ll look at some quick ways to give your site a boost, helping you gain more visitors, who are happier (no one likes a slow website).

  1. If you’re using PHP 5, first of all, you shouldn’t be, as it’s End of Life and no longer receives security updates. And second of all, it’s considerably slower than PHP 7. Why not make today the day that you make the move? We recommend version 7.3, but 7.1 and 7.2 would also be suitable; they still receive security updates.

  2. Remove any plugins that you’re not using, or don’t need. Not only can plugins reduce your WordPress site’s security (i.e. if they’re badly written), but they can also add overhead, slowing the time taken for your pages to load.

  3. Use caching. There are various ways to do this, but we recommend using the LiteSpeed Cache plugin if possible. The only downside is, it’s only available for servers that use LiteSpeed as their web server (our shared hosting plans do, if you’re interested!), so you may have to look around a bit for other caching solutions.

  4. Benchmark your site using tools like GTmetrix and PageSpeed Insights. These will often provide helpful tips specific to your website, as well as allow you to see how your site is performing in comparison with other websites.

Feel free to contact our support team for any questions related to the contents of this post, or for assistance in getting the very best out of your existing website!