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.

How to get Maximum Speed with WordPress

How to Fine Tune Your WordPress site for Maximum Speed

Every website owner has at least one thing in common, no one wants to be slow. If your site doesn’t load quickly enough you can lose readers, rank, traffic and even revenue. Twenty-five percent of people leave a site if it has not loaded in four seconds and 40% leave after three seconds. Here is a look at some efficient ways to speed up your WordPress website.

Test Your Speed

First things first, find out what is slowing your site down.

Remove Unnecessary Plugins

For some this will be as painful as cleaning out your closet, but it’s important to remove unnecessary plugins that are slowing your site down.

An Optimised Database

Your database houses everything about your WordPress site, from spam comments to old plugin tables. Optimising your database is a relatively easy way to speed up your website, here are a few ways to get started.

Content Delivery Networks

A CDN hosts a copy of your site in different places around the world so your readers are directed to a server closer to them.

Image Issues

Every photo on your page must be downloaded by your reader each time they open a page. This includes the photos in your website design as well as the ones in your content.

Tips to speed up image issues:


Caching is a great way to speed up your content delivery and reduce the amount of requests from your server.

Minimise and Minify Your Code

Your code is an important part of your website, but it can also slow you down. Here are a few ways you can optimise and minimise your code:

Social Media Sharing

People are more willing to share things online if they see that others are doing the same.

Async Loading

Social media sharing plugins are not the only JavaScripts that slow a site down with external calls.

Optimise Your Mobile Site

Speed is important for mobile users, most don’t have large enough data plans to sit and wait for your page and all its contents to load. You have a couple of options when it comes to your mobile site.

A Look at the Numbers

Here is a look at five popular WordPress plugins and their load times on the Frontend and Admin side.