Bloggers optimize their blog for Search engines, indeed most of the blogs and communities discuss seo to the core, but only some bloggers bother about optimizing their blog for users. Yes! I mean not only the design and layout of your blog/site theme is important, the speed also matters in satisfying the visitors. In common a blog should load in few seconds, if it takes longer time like 5 to 10 seconds then definitely your blog frustrates many visitors. I hope no one’s blog takes loading time longer than 10 seconds.
To optimize your wordpress site/blog to perform better at the time of loading, we have to do some tweaks in wordpress and going to change other factors that affects the speed of loading. Before that benchmark your blog’s loading time with other competitors, for that we have ‘WhichLoadsFaster’ by RyanWitt and you can access it at alvistor.com/speedtest/. Okay lets get into topic.
Don’t think that all your plugins are wrote well and is very important for your site/blog to work. Keep the active plugin numbers very low(around 10) and choose high rated quality plugins. In case of mine WP-Greetbox, Syntax Highlighter, DDAddsig, highslide are plugins which affects alvistor’s speed, but its important is little more than speed, so I decided to keep that and I disable all other plug ins which affects the speed. You have to decide which one is to be disabled and which is left enabled.
WordPress is already in good form to work better for you and still updating, and coming to your plugin, yes it is also, because it works for all the others in the world, so if your blog shows up some speeding problem, that may because of your hosting providers. Compare your speed with alvistor.com/speedtest/ , then if you are not satisfied then it is time to choose one of the recommended hosting solutions given in the bottom of the page.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total cache is a best performance plug in for your wordpress platform, which takes your blog to next level of speed.
Using this plug in you can make a “page cache” which responds to the requests and sends the data from the cache instead of processing the request, so the processing time is saved.
Image Compression plug-in
If you have many images in post or page, you need to compress it in order to load it faster. “Smush.it” by yahoo is a type of loss less image compression technique, and WP-smushit do that seamlessly at the time of image upload in wordpress gallery in background. If you own a photo gallery site or blog, you need this definitely.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
cdn is the most important for blogs/sites which has larger traffic from all over the world. cdn helps to reduce your server’s burden by delivering some archive files like themes, css, js, images etc. There are many cdn providers like amazon, maxcdn, and many, but the cheapest and best is cdn provided by vps.net which also provides cloud hosting is reasonable price, buy cdn from vps.
All the above tips are for wordpress users, if you are a developer, see my next article to improve the speed of your site/blog. Next article is not only for WordPress theme developers, but also to other developers.
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