How to Speed Up WordPress
With more than 72 million WordPress sites on the Web (and counting!), it’s safe to say that this content management system (CMS) is one of the world’s most popular site design platforms. And because it’s so ubiquitous and user-friendly, WordPress attracts not only accolades, but expectations, from people looking to incorporate it into their websites. The software itself is so intuitive and responsive that many of its adherents want the sites they create using it to share those traits; however, like any other application, WordPress has its limits as well as its perks.
If you use WordPress to host your site, you might share a complaint common with other WordPress users: your site is too slow. Slow to load, slow to refresh, slow to use. This can be due to a number of factors: too many or improperly-installed plug-ins; poor mobile optimization; inadequate hosting resources to meet the demands of the website; or a site that’s simply too large and cluttered with unnecessary files, media, and themes. Whatever the reason, if your site is slow, you don’t have to take it lying down.
Beyond the simple steps of removing unnecessary plug-ins and themes, modest changes to your site can help you improve performance. Replacing dedicated social media buttons with simple text or image links can improve speed (particularly on mobile devices) by reducing pings to the servers hosting those sites. You can also use a variety of tools from around the Web to test the speed of your WordPress site, optimize your database, site, and media files, and even compress your entire site to maximize speed without harming performance.
WordPress is a flexible and intuitive tool that gives you the power to create professional, compelling websites for your visitors. By taking the time to optimize your site files, reduce resource usage by unnecessary themes and plug-ins, and make the most of your multimedia, you can make sure your site is both up to snuff and up to speed.
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