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The Quickstart Guide to Fast WordPress

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Seconds matter when it comes to websites. When a site loads slowly, I confess I don’t hesitate to close the page and move on. I’ll be a bit more patient on my desktop computer than on my cell phone, but not by much. It’s not called the spinning circle of death for nothing.

It’s a safe bet you’ve done it too. More than half of online customers report they abandon an action when a site bogs down. So what do you do about it?

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If your WordPress site has hiccups (or major indigestion) all too often, we’ve created The Quickstart Guide to Fast WordPress to get it healthy and prevent relapses. Our development team has spent thousands of hours creating WordPress sites, and we bring that experience to bear in this guide.

Before you start making changes, our guide will help you understand the underlying principles of WordPress optimization. You’ll discover why it’s important to identify functions that gobble up computing power. You also will learn how to address the most common bottlenecks on any WordPress site.

With those fundamentals locked down, you can start improving performance. We identify eight easy tweaks you can perform right away, including:

Sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly what is causing a site’s performance issues. Just identifying the problem is part of the process. So our guide includes the top tools—both free and premium—for debugging WordPress performance issues and maintaining maximum performance. These tools range from simple WordPress plugins to tools we liked so much, we bundle them with every account we set up.

Having a top performing site means a commitment to monitoring, maintaining and optimizing your site. Like going in for a checkup with your doctor, this guide can alert you to issues you weren’t aware of and help avoid future problems.

Guide to a fast WordPress site in 2021, how to make your WordPress Website faster.

The optimization guide i am about to show you may be categorized or grouped into 2.

  1. On site optimization and
  2. Off site Optimization.

Onsite Optimization

this includes;

  1. image optimization
  2. Caching
  3. HTML code optimization
  4. CSS code optimization
  5. JavaScript optimization

1. Image Optimization

Unoptimized imaged on a website can drastically lead to a longer load time most especially when you are having a tons of images on your website. even though having images makes your website more eye candy (catchy) if they are optimized they’ll cause your website load very slow.

the best image practices for any website;

  1. Do not use any image that is bigger than 1 megabyte in size.
  2. Always use Jpeg avoid using png resolutions as it will cause an extra delay since its animated.
  3. Always optimized your images before upload and make sure its not too large in width and height.
  4. Use a plugin to lazyload your images so that an image only loads when its visible this eliminates the need for all images to load all at once.

Top 5 free image Optimization Plugins

Here are a list of plugins you can install for free on your wordpress website for optimizing your images.

  1. Image optimization service by Optimole. Image optimization & Lazy Load by Optimole. …
  2. Imagify. Imagify – Optimize your Images & Convert them to WebP.
  3. Smush Image Compression and Optimization. Smush – Lazy Load ImagesOptimize & Compress Images. …
  4. EWWW Image Optimizer. …
  5. ShortPixel Image Optimizer and CDN enabler.

You can install any of the above Plugins right away and begin to use.

Off Site Optimization

  1. Enabling CDN (Content Delivery Network) CloudFlare
  2. Server site configuration

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