Nearly half of all web users expect a site to load in two seconds or less, as a result are more likely to abandon a website that doesn’t load within three seconds. With just a few seconds of hanging, you can lose plenty of potential customers.
How do I know if my site is slow?
Try one of these tools to check your loading speed:
How to Speed it up?
- Compress your images:
Images can take up a lot of bandwidth, especially when you use large images. But your images can be easily optimised to cut down on speed.Along with making sure you’re not putting the full-size version of the image up (for example, uploading a 3000-pixel wide image when you only need a 150-pixel wide version), you can also run plug-ins that will compress your images for you.WP Smush goes through your existing images as well as any images you upload in the future, and compresses them while still keeping the quality up.
- Remove unneeded plugins:
You could be using plug-ins that you don’t really need. While many of them might not have an effect on your site speed, others could be adding hundreds of milliseconds to your loading time.
P3 is a plug-in that reviews your plug-ins and creates a profile of their performance, as well as measuring the impact they have on your site’s load time. Activate it when you want to check your plug-ins, then replace them as needed.
While some browsers will automatically save a cache of your site when people visit your site, you can ensure that it happens, cutting down on loading time when people return. W3 Total Cache lets you cache your site, reducing the number of HTTP requests and speeding up the loading time for returning customers – customers who might have decided that now is the time for a purchase.
- Clean up your database:
Have you gone through the unapproved comments recently? What about trackbacks and pingbacks? Or have you started and stopped so many posts that your Drafts folder is a virtual library compared to your live posts?All of these have an effect on loading time. And you can either go through each one, making sure that they’re exactly what you want to remove, or you can use a plug-in like WP-Optimize to quickly and easily cull them, freeing up database space.
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