Is your WordPress blog performing at it’s best? How quickly does the page load? Is it sluggish? Is it requesting lots of files? YourYour website’s speed performance is one of the key factors in ensuring that the visitors are having a good experience with your site. So we personally think it is worthwhile to spend some time tuning/optimizing the site for performance.
Before diving into the optimization tips and tricks I recommend measuring the current performance of the site so you have some bench-marking figures to compare against after you make the changes and see how it has affected the performance.
How to Measure the Performance of a Site
You can use a combination of the following tools/options to measure the performance of your site.
We use GTMetrix for testing the page load time and what files are slowing down or hoe much files are requesting or it
1) PageSpeed Insights
The PageSpeed Insights tool from Google to measure performance and try to achieve a score of 80+ out of 100. PageSpeed Insights analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages.
You can also use YSlow addon for Chrome or Firefox to measure the page load time of a site. YSlow has an add-on integrated with the Firebug web development tool.
The site in question takes about 23 seconds to load which is not a very good page loading time. Some optimization could help!
3) Manual Observation
You can also use the stopwatch on your computer (or an online one) to test how long it takes to load a webpage.
4) Database Queries
The number of database queries a webpage makes to load the page have an effect on the page load time. You can use the following piece of code in the footer of your theme to find out how many database queries a page is making:
Make sure the webpage is not making any unnecessary database queries.
5) Speed Tester
You can use the website speed tester to find out how fast your site loads.
Basic WordPress Site Optimization Tips and Tricks
- Upgrade to the latest WordPress release (you should be doing this for security reasons anyway)
- Use WP fastest Cache WordPress plugin (forget WP Super Cache). WP Fastest Cache is pretty good then W3 Total Cache… even we use it.
- Optimize your images size and time of load so they load faster.
- DeActivate and Delete the plugins that are unnecessary.
- Optimize and Repair your Database from PHPMyAdmin. You can use the wp optimize plugin that does this for you.
- Check your theme Code (use good themes with valid HTML code).
- Get good web hosting.