Currently, WordPress is used by more than 10 million websites on the virtual world. Apart from its advantages of being user friendly and easy to setup CMS, there has been buzz doing around that WordPress is not SEO friendly or configured perfectly to have a high performance on the popular search engines. Though WordPress repository includes 1000’s of plugins to enhance the overall performance of website, it’s all crap. Instead of going for plugins, here are few tips highlighted in this tutorial that may be helpful in speeding up your website. Installing cache plugin: A website must have the cache plugin to cache all the pages that are being visited by the visitors and to see that these web pages are accessible for all the next visitors. This plugin will quickly generate some html files without calling or modifying any line of the WordPress code. You can even utilize other caching plugins such as WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache.
Delete Inactive Plugins Many WordPress owners install plugins to add some additional functionality to the theme and its use is only for limited period. After its usage, they tend to forget that their WordPress database stores the files of this plugin which further increase burden on the database and affects the performance of the website. It’s better suggested to disable all the inactive plugins that are not worthy to be in WordPress.
Update WordPress Regularly: You are recommended to update your WordPress immediately whenever a new version of it gets unveiled because the WordPress developers make changes to the application to ensure that it works bit faster. Disable the Hot Linking: Hotlinking is a concept where all the internet users utilize an inline link to display an image that is uploaded to your website. Most of the intern users feel its ok to place your image on their website and they embed the image by providing a link to the one where you host it. It can decrease the precious bandwidth of your website. Add the following code to the htaccess file only after taking backup for saving up your website bandwidth:
Compress Images: You need to compress the images to the exact size that fits your theme design and you can utilize several plugins to do the work and one such wonderful plugin is WP Smush.it. By compressing the images, you can cut down few extra bytes of memory without reducing the image quality. The website with images of smaller size gets loaded quickly when compared with websites that have images of good quality and larger size.
Compressing CSS Code: