15 Aug

Optimize WordPress Loading Speed

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Speed is one thing that most us don’t want to compromise on. In the era of technology, when everyone is busy with their lives, speed holds a great importance. We need everything fast and immediate. Same rules apply to the internet world and the websites. Do you know that even a millisecond of less speed can actually make you lose followers or readers on your WordPress website? Nobody likes being on a slow website. Having a powerful, fast and outstanding website is the key to SEO. Slow websites don’t stand a chance in front of the fast ones. If your website is slow, it’s time you do something about it.

We will tell you how you can successfully optimize WordPress speed by just .htaccess tricks.

You need to compress all your scripts, documents and style sheets or even texts that include XML and JSON. You don’t need to Gzip or compress PDF or images as they are compressed already. If you host with GoDaddy or DreamHost, mod_pagespeed module will support your website.  Copy and paste the following link to the htaccess file:

<IfModule pagespeed_module>

ModPagespeed on

# using commands,filters etc

</IfModule>

For hosting providers not supporting mod_pagespeed, this can come handy for you (Apache 2x):

<ifModule mod_deflate.c>
				AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html 
text/plain text/xml application/xml application/xhtml+xml text/css 
text/javascript application/javascript application/x-javascript
			</ifModule>

For users that have Nginx server, cope the following in your .htacess:

server {  
    gzip on;  
    gzip_types text/html text/css application/x-javascript 
    text/plain text/xml image/x-icon;  
}

Now there might be serves that don’t support mod_gzip, neither mod_deflate, for those of you wondering what to do about it, copy the following your theme’s header PHP

<?php  
if ( substr_count( $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING'], 'gzip' ) ) {  
    ob_start( "ob_gzhandler" );  
}  
else {  
    ob_start();  
}  
?>

 

Disabling Etag will also help in compression and optimizing speed of WordPress. To disable Etags, paste the following into your .htacess file:

Header unset Etag
FileETag None

There are also a number of WordPress speed optimization plugins for your WordPress blogs. It is essential to keep in mind, that without a fast blog, your portal is going to be a big failure. No matter how good the content on your website is, you will have a limited number of visitors – which also isn’t guaranteed to be stable. Apart from htaccess tricks, you can use plugins to help fasten your website. We know how difficult it is to find the write plugin among hundreds of them. To help you, we are suggesting the best plug-ins:

1- W3 total Cache:

It is the number one plug-in that boosts the speed of a website. The plug-in is highly recommended by all the top bloggers and website designers. With the use of W3 Total Cache, you can make cache for objects, pages, and database. The plug-in will also help you to compress Javascript and CSS.

2- WP Super Cache:

Are you having difficulty working with the W3 total Cache? After that, we would directly recommend you WP Super Cache. The plug-in is super easy to use and stays maintained. You can download it and set it up without any difficulty. People find it easier to use as compared with W3 total Cache. This plug-in also helps to fasten your website.

3- WP database Optimizer:

We know you can’t afford to compromise on the speed of your website after knowing its importance. Something we would like to share with you more is the WP Database Optimizer Plugin. With this plug-in you can easily optimize your database entries. Many website owners and bloggers find this plug-in extremely helpful.

Optimize Pictures in WordPress

As pictures work like a charm to bring attention to your blog, it is also important that you correctly optimize your images. To optimize images in WordPress, you have to work on a software, luckily you can find hundreds of them for free. Here are some top software’s for image optimization:

1-      WordPress itself has a built in image optimizer editing purpose tool. You can do all the basic functions and optimization of images through it.

2-      Irfan View/GIMP is another software that is free and is supported on Mac, windows, and Linux. The tool needs to be studied thoroughly before being used. People who can use it can do wonders with it. It is one of the best image optimizing tools.

The above mentioned information will surely help you to optimize your WordPress website. Try these plug-ins, tips and software’s to give life to a blog. Follow the instructions and increase the speed of your website. The more the speed, the more users you get on your website today.
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