As you know that recently Google started ranking websites based on Website Speed, Now days, the quality of a website cannot be measured by just content and design quality as a metric. As time progresses, many new metrics have been added in measuring how much effective a webpage is.
The time required to load a website is an important thing in the ranking of a website, if a website has a less load time and good contents, it is given a high rank by search engine then you need to reduce your website loading time if you want to get a high search engine rank.
There are lots of ways with the help of which you can reduce the loading time of website and can increase the speed of whole website. The time required by a site to load is an important thing in the ranking of that site. If a site has good content and loads in less time, it is given a high rank by the search engine. You need to increase the loading speed of your website if you want to get a good search engine rank. There are several methods with the help of which you can increase this speed. Some of them are given below.
Check the Current Speed of the Website:
Before going to apply any tip, check the current speed of your website. These tools will allow you to check your improvement that you made on your website. There are many free tools out there for checking how long it takes to load your website. here are a few of them:
- Pingdom is a service that tracks the uptime, downtime, and performance of websites, it is very easy to use just follow the link and put the link of your website and click on Check Now, after processing you will get all the information about loading time of your website.
- Page Speed is a Google official tool to check the load time of a website; it also provides suggestions on how to fix performance issues.
- Web Page Test is another great tool that shows you the speed and performance of your website in different browsers.
Now you can apply these tips to reduce website loading time.
1. Use An Effective Caching Plugin
Install caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin, or you can install Super Cache WordPress plugin for this specific task, this plugin will generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. advantage of installing such plugins will that when once user will enter in website, these plugins will catch all the caches of user and when next time user will come then there is no need to load website again, all the contents and images will loader automatically.
2. Avoid using Lots of WordPress plugins
Lot of peoples not giving importance to it, I see lot of peoples are using more then fifty plugins for WordPress that is very foolish step. I think you shouldn’t use more then 20 plugins on WordPress blog, if you will use more plugins it may affect your whole website with loading time. Avoid these silly mistakes. I know you have lot of plugins 😉 if you are using un-necessary plugins then deactivate these plugins.
3. Optimize Your Images
Very important step is, it is truly said that “A picture is worth a hundred words” so always use images to explain anything better. But images can be hurdle for servers to load fast, so we need to make them server friendly. Always choose “Save as Web” option for saving your images after editing. When you will save images as web format, it will reduces the size of image and after uploading on server website loading time will much faster. Choose the correct format for images, I sure you are already familiar with different formats of images such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, Bitmap, etc. JPEG, GIF and PNG are best options for website. If you need a high quality image go for JPEG format. GIF format is most suitable for logo, PNG can also be used as a logo or banner.
4. Use Image Optimization WordPress Plugins
Every blogger is now talking about the loading time of their blogs and websites and that is why this topic becomes very hot among blogging community. As I tell you before that it’s very essential to get high rank, if you are using WordPress for your website then here is the top 5 image optimization plugins that can help you to reduce or optimize you website images automatically.
2. Lazy Load
3. WP Smush.it
You can install only one plugin out of these, no need to install all these plugins for single task because it may affect your website loading time.
5. Avoid displaying flash on your blog
Flash is too bad for SEO, flash content significantly increases the load time of your blog, there are lot of ad networks site that are providing flash Ads with high PPC, but you should go for it, flash can kill your website in search engine.
6. Choose your theme wisely
Theme can play very important role in you load time of website always choose clean, simple and with SEO resources, But whichever theme you choose, make sure that it has got the sidebar to the right and it should load after your content.
7. Keep Update Your WordPress and Plugins
Always keep your WordPress version update, when new version of WordPress released, you will find message in your WordPress dashboard, just click on update your WordPress will updated, Plugins update also very important, if you will not update your plugins, may be plugins leave working properly.
8. Optimize your WordPress Database
You can simply install the WP-Optimize plugin for WordPress database optimization. This plugin lets you do just one simple task: optimize your database (spam, revisions, drafts, tables, etc.) to reduce their overhead. You can also use WP-DB Manager plugin, which can schedule dates for database optimization, at a time use one plugin out of these two, both will perform same function.
9. Host your images on your own server
Lot of newbie even pro bloggers doing this mistake, never upload your images on any other web server, because if this server down, your website will automatically down, lot of bloggers uploading images on blogger, it’s not fair for your blog SEO, if you will host your images on any other server it’s mean you are giving your own 50% traffic to other server freely.
10. Avoid too many advertisements
Too much advertisement can increase loading time of your blog, I visited many blogs, they are using Adsense, Infolinks, Chitika, Clicksor at once, which is too much bad thing for your SEO, at a time just use one Ad network on your blog, it can help you to reduce load time of website and also helpful in search engine.
The Ball’s In Your Court
Now, a lot has really been discussed about how to speed up your WordPress blog and I guess you have learnt something about it. I try to give you some basic but very vital steps, If you know of other methods you use in attaining blog’s health, kindly drop it in the comment box so we can learn. In an next post I can use them as a reference.