Optimize Speed for WordPress Blog

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In 2010, Google has introduced a new factor in the organic ranking algorithm. It is Page Speed. Since then, websites scramble to make their sites faster and cleaner so that they will be ranked higher in Google search results.

Although Page Speed is only one in over 200 factors affecting the search results, bloggers still have to consider it. High Page Speed not only increase SEO performance but also enhance our readers’ web browsing experience. I am sure a slow loading page will give bad impressions to its readers and nobody wants to visit it again. This post will aggregate some popular tips to identify problems and make your blogs run smoother and faster.

1. Test your blog’s loading speed

  • Use Pingdom to get a detailed analysis of your blog’s performance: It mimics the way a page is loaded in a web browser, every test shows general statistics about the loaded page such as the total number of objects, total load time, and size including all objects.
  • YSlow – analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages.

2. Reduce dynamic PHP and http calls

  • “There is an inherent overhead in each HTTP request. It takes substantially less time to serve one 30K file than it does three 10K files”. So combine all files in a type into a library. Learn how here.
  • Use W3 Total Cache plugin to enhance user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

3. Optimize CSS, HTML, Javascript, image and video files

  • Optimizing Web Graphics.
  • Make sure that all images have height and width tags.
  • Consider hosting your images and videos on an external site that has huge servers and can handle the load.
  • Make sure your blogs are legal HTML. The best way to do that is validating your code at W3C to make sure you don’t have any major errors slowing down your blog.
  • Remove abundant WordPress plugins, use only the plugins you really need, and delete the rest.

4. Keep you database clean

  • Use phpMyAdmin to optimize your database: Log in to phpMyAdmin, select all the tables, and then “repair” and “optimize”.
  • Use WP-Optimize plugin to cleanup and optimize database.

If you have more tips to optimize WordPress blogs, please share with us in the comment section below. Thanks and happy optimization. :)

About Tuan Do

I am a professional blogger on TechWalls - Technology Blog since 2011. I write about anything related to technology and Internet. Wordpress blogging tips, technology and gadget news are my favorite topics. You can follow TechWalls to get my guide on making money from Wordpress blog.
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  1. At times it may be the theme that is slowing the page loading and its advisable to get a well coded fast loading theme.
    .-= Selurus´s last blog ..Easter Egg Hunt =-.

    • Yeah. However, it is not easy to know which themes is well-coded. So I think we should choose the prestigious theme designers like Elegant or Thesis.

  2. I find one of the largest issues with website loading is the images attached to our articles. The more images the longer a website will take to load.

    Thanks for the resources Tek3D
    .-= bbrian017´s last blog ..Re examining your blogging values =-.

    • yeah, images often have the biggest size in a page. That’s why we should decrease the number of images and try to use .PNG images to reduce their size.

  3. nice blog na. nice Alexa and compete rank also. U have to make it more beautifull also. keep increasing ur ranks

  4. Great tips. Pingdom is indded agreat tool to monitor response times. I also use wp-minify for scripts and styles minification.
    .-= Omer Greenwald´s last blog ..How to Manage Your Client’s Expectations Effectively =-.

  5. ownlimited says:

    hi. Article I was looking for is here. thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. success for you

  6. Hi Tuan
    Since you are a Genesis theme user, would you say that Genesis child themes are fast?

    At the moment I use a theme from Elegant Themes – looks fantastic but it is so slow.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on Genesis and page load times.

    • Hi Keith.
      Before moving to Genesis framework, I used the theme Who’s Who from Elegant Themes. I had to optimize that theme to reduce its loading time. And when I changed to this Genesis child theme, I almost don’t have to do anything. I check the loading speed regularly and see that it just takes about 3s to be completely loaded. This could be a good choice if you rate the page speed highly.

  7. Thanks for sharing this information and resources its really help full for me with the help of this we can improve our design and development.
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  8. Great post. Thanks for sharing this its really help full for me.
    Thanks…..

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