How to speed up your WordPress site

Torbjorn Zetterlund ThunderBear

We at ThunderBear Design have spent a great deal of time working and tinkering with WordPress sites, anything from setting a WordPress site to speed up a WordPress site.

We love our WordPress sites and our customers that we are helping, one of the most common questions that we get are how you can you help me to speed up my WordPress site.

We have learnt a few things over time, with any type of web platform technology, even WordPress websites tend to get bogged down with use. At a time when slow website speeds can have adverse effects such as competitors being listed higher, business owners must always be at the top of their game to ensure a fast-loading website. Here are some tips we have learnt over the years using WordPress.

Reduce what you store to the database

There are many things that can increase your database size, your trash is one of them. All types of posts adds to the database, you should delete spam comments and unnecessary pingbacks.

Be careful with the increasing number of drafts and post revisions that been saved to your website. The WordPress revision system lets you re-visit previous articles, see them and restore them.

Revisions are generated every time you save a blog post, as are automatic saves for your posts and pages. This means that a blog post’s revisions will take up the multiplied number of space on your database than the original blog post that was published.

You can control how many revisions you want to set for number times WordPress can save a blog post- say to 8 – by adding this to the wp-config.php file.

define ( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’ , 8) ;

Optimise Your Images

Image are great to add to a website, it also can cause issues with page loads, and they take up storage space, if you have pages with a lots of images, this can cause delays of loading a web page.

Before you upload images, you need to think about how to optimize the your images for the web. Depending on what tool you generate and manage your images with, the tools often have an option to  ‘save for web’.

You can also use a WordPress plugin to do the optimization for you, one good plugin that can be used to not only optimise the images you uploading and optimize previously uploaded images is WP

If you have many images on a web page, there is one WordPRess plugin that lets you load the images efficiently,  Lazy Load ensures that the images are only uploaded when the area is noticeable to the user.

Remove Social Media Buttons & Widgets

On most websites today, you will find all kind of social media sharing buttons, widgets, The downfall is that  social media buttons, such as Facebook’s and Twitter’s, can greatly increase the load time on your website.

While loading your web page, the social media buttons makes calls to the various service to get the data. Just keep it simple, allow user to share your content, don’t include in the design the number of click/visits, that slows down the loading of a web page.

You can switch to text links or locally saved social media images.

WE hope this was useful tips, and if you have comments add them below.