Speed Up WordPress Sites?

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I have some sites built base on WP cms but 2 sites are running slowly now.
Do you know any tips or speed up WordPress sites?
 

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What hosting company are you using to host them? A lot of times the hosting can be a huge factor in the speed of a website's load times.

Other factors can be:

Too many images.

High KB/MB images (not optimized)

Poor coding in the theme.

Plus many other factors.

One way that you can get the load speeds up is by using a CDN like Cloudflare or MaxCDN. Cloudflare has a free plan.
 

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Once you have checked your plugins and Optimised your site as best you can, using a CDN is a great option. Ideally, look for a host that is a Cloudflare Optimised Partner. Then you can use Cloudflare Railgun for free which will compress dynamic content also!
 

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As always, Ulterios gave some good tips.

This can give you some clues as to speeding up your wordpress site:

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

There are plenty of speed test sites, just don't have the address for others on hand. Search and you'll find plenty.

A good caching plugin can make a big difference. I've tried many and Wp Fastest Cache has worked best for me. And much less bloated than something like W3 Cache.

An optimize plugin can also help greatly. Autoptimize helped me. Though it takes time and messing with the settings.

This plugin can tell you which plugins are hogging too many resources:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/p3-profiler/

Honestly it can be a pain, to find the right plugins and get them working together.

Hope that helps :)
 

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Good tips by Ron there, I forgot to point out that Google PageSpeed insights can be useful when trying to speed up your site.

Another good site load speed testing site that I use and have found helpful is http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

It's good to get a reference load speed time by doing several tests at these sites before making any modifications then re-testing to see if anything improved. One thing to keep in mind, especially when using Pingdom, is to test at the same rough time of day/day of week. I have done a lot of testing on there and noticed that speed tests vary depending on time of day. It might be them, or your host, but just try to test around the same basic time of day if possible to get the best accuracy.
 

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Another great speed tool site. There are plenty of them. And some give even more details that the G tool does. That's one thing that bugs me about G insights, it "kind of" tells you how to fix things, but not really.

And I think we have to keep in mind, some things you just can't fix, like JS calls. Well, unless your a programmer :)
 

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In my opinion, i think to speed up website speed. We have many things to do.
+ Optimize photo quality - size per post./page/
+ Optimize Javascript./ CSS.
+ Install plugin cache for website (such as wp supercache)
+ If data center is so far away from your local. You can try CDN to improve your access speed. (for example: cloudflare)
+ Choosing "good" hosting provider for "good" speed, less downtime.
Less time loading - faster access.
 

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Have you tried using a caching plugin?
I've found these two are generally the best:
WP Rocket (paid)
Cache Enabler (free).

One feature of cache enabler is it works very well with Optimus.io. Optimus is an image optimiser, and it also converts to WebP format.
Cache enabler works well with WebP - and it has a fall-back for browsers that do not support WebP.

I'd highly suggest looking at a caching plugin - and something like Optimus. Optimus has a free and paid version. If you want purely free EWWW Image Optimiser's free version is capable of doing everything.

As others have mentioned - a CDN will help. My personal preference is KeyCDN as a CDN and CloudFlare for DNS.

One final way is in cPanel - search for "Optimize Website" - click on it and then select "Compress All Content" and then hit "Update Settings". It's a quick and easy way to speed up your website. It wont be a huge increase, but every little bit helps.


If you don't experience much difference (you will most likely have a speed savings of 1 to 2 seconds at bare minimum) then you should look at your web host.

My results from using WP Rocket, Optimus, and KeyCDN have made my website load in under 1 second from most USA locations.
 
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