Waiting is one of the hardest thing that a man can do and I personally never appreciate that kind of stuffs. Would you ever like to wait long to actually get a burger when you can get it faster from another spot ? No right ! same implies with sites and blogs too. People who turn up to your site may very easily make their way out if they do not get a fast response. Page speed is not only important to make readers and visitors happy but also for SEO purpose as well.
You may also want to read How to reduce sites bounce rate which i wrote recently .
Tips To Increase Site/Blog Loading Speed:
I hope you know the term Cache and what it refers to. If you don’t, then it is a thing which stores some files for instantaneous use. Cache plugins , cache your blog/site for faster and quicker response. The plugins generate static HTML files for pages than putting load on server each time. Thus it will increase the loading speed of your blog.
You may want to try super cache plugin.
Latest WordPress Version:
Technology changes with time and web world is also ever growing. You may have wordpress installed but it doesn’t mean that it is enough. You should also know that wordpress is one of the most commonly updated CMS and is one of the world’s best. With changing technology they bring up things to match the technology. Improvement is always the better, and better will always be faster ! which means it will improve your blogs loading speed.
Download latest wordpress.
System configuration is a vital criterion in the performance throughput that we get from the system. RAM or Processor may play a vital role in how fast the system responds and servers are no different. That is why choosing a good host is always a very important thing. If you choose a bad host, you may not only get lower loading speed but also higher down time. You may want to read why you should avoid free hosts .
You may want to try Hostgator, one of the most recommended hosting company.
Although images provide a very catchy and enhanced look to the article but they can really be very heavy on servers. It is always recommended that you have it resized and use scripts like timthumb to actually reduce the size of the image. Wpsmushit plugin also reduces the file size dramatically.
Plugins & Widgets:
Coding it manually is much better than using plugins to bring in the functionality to your blog. The more plugins that you use , more the load is weighed on servers. Instead of using plugins try to code manually on your blog.
Disable Hot Linking:
Hot Linking is when other sites/blog use your image directly on their articles, there by actually using your servers process. Not only does it put load but also bring many negatives to you. Prevention can be done by completely disabling hot linking.
When you link articles in your posts always use a ‘ / ’ at the end of the article. It lets the server know that it is actually a directory and server doesn’t have to waste time on finding it out. Thus, eventually faster loading speed. An Example would be to use http://technoleash.com/review/ rather than http://technoleash.com/review
Whenever you load a new theme or edit tags, category etc.. the database actually gets affected. You can manually make changes in your database using phpMyAdmin or using a plugin like optimize-db. This is really helpful in increasing blog loading speed.
Optimized Design Code:
Coding is a vital part which actually keeps your severs process engaged. It is always recommended that you have a clean and tidy coding design so that you don’t put much weigh on your server. Always remove unwanted lines of code ( like comments or php tags ). Unwanted PHP tags are real negative on your blog. Validate your HTML and CSS regularly on validators to check wether your coding are doing fine.
Http request Reduction:
If you have any other suggestions regarding increasing sites loading speed then do let us know via comments
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