It’s time to speed up WordPress and leave the 6-second speed loads behind.
Tuning your website will:
- Create a better user experience
- Helps you rank better in Google.
There are quite a few metrics Google use to rank pages. One major element of them is speed.
I spent a day searching, installing, fine-tuning and testing plugins to see which one gives the best results.
Going from 6-9 second loading speed, and an awful a lot of issues, this is what I achieved:
But, before we get into it…
Requirements To Speed Up WordPress
The most basic requirement of a fast website is a reliable hosting provider with proven speed metrics.
InMotion seems to be the fastest provider, and I’ve personally used them in the past.
Bluehost is the most advocated by bigger websites like Pat Flynn’s SmartPassiveIncome.com
Shop around online to find the most suitable for you.
Your theme must be very well made if you want to run a fast website.
I use the X Theme. It’s super easy to use, responsive and beautiful.
On my other one-page websites I prefer TheSaaS.
For more themes, shop around at Themeforest.
Large images slow down your website.
Before uploading, make sure you compress your pictures with Optimizilla.
It can decrease the size of the file by 50-70% while keeping the quality sharp.
These will further compress the images after you’ve uploaded them to your website.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
CDNs store your files on their network of servers.
Whenever a user visiting your website, he will be connected to the closest one. Dramatically increasing the speed to reach your website.
I recommend using Cloudflare.
You don’t need the paid versions, the free option is sufficient.
Sign up, follow the instructions.
Once you’re done, let’s see the 3 plugins I’m using.
I start with the plugin that I found very recently. It doesn’t appear to be so popular, but this is the best one I’ve ever used to speed up WordPress.
Grab it here: Swift Performance Lite
I use the free version.
Once you’ve installed it, you’ll be greeted with a setup wizard which will analyze your site.
Once it’s finished scanning, click “Continue Wizard” as we want a manual setup.
The next up is caching, copy the settings below.
If you’re using Cloudflare, make sure to tick “Enable Auto Purge”.
Then go to Cloudflare –> Settings –> Select your website –> Scroll down to the API section –> Get your API key
Now, scroll down and click “View” of your Global API key.
You need to enter your password and confirm captcha.
Copy the key to the “Cloudflare API key” section, and also enter your email address.
Done? Good. Let’s move forward with Optimization settings.
Tick everything, click Continue.
Last step, Media.
One you hit Continue, the plugin has been set up.
Important: You might have a conflict with other plugins. For example, I’m using GetResponse for the forms on my website.
The forms didn’t load with Swift Performance switched on.
If anything as such happens: Go to Swift Performance Settings –> Plugin Organizer –> Add a rule for Swift to exclude the plugin from being modified
Fast Velocity Minify
Find it here: Fast Velocity Minify
Install it, and select the following setting:
JS & CSS Script Optimizer
This plugin works similarly to Fast Velocity.
Download: JS & CSS Script Optimizer
Settings for this plugin:
If you followed my instructions clearly to speed up WordPress, you should be seeing similar results:
Once again, the steps to consider:
- Get a decent hosting provider
- Use a well-made theme
- Compress images before uploading
- Set up Cloudflare CDN
- Install & configure the plugins I recommended
Let me know below your achievements! Did you make your website blazing fast?
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I’m a marketing consultant and blogger. Focusing my efforts on creating simple, actionable marketing guides, for small business owners.